Filmmaking - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VA1HE16

UCAS Code: P300


 Students starting in September 2021 will be supported
in their success
through blended on campus and online tutor-led
learning experiences.

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Filmmaking is for those with a passion for all things film. In three years, you will develop the technical, analytical and creative skills to produce films which manipulate the form in a creative, informed and visually engaging way. The course aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills required to make films worth watching. As well as the technical skills required, such as filming and editing, you will learn about how stories are constructed, you will analyse film and develop a deeper understanding of how meaning is created, you will study its history and practitioners. This will inform you in the creation of work that is not only technically competent but that has something to say. You will produce short films, documentaries and experimental music videos and explore who you want to be as a filmmaker with the production of your graduation film and career focused modules.

You will develop a wealth of wider employability skills in communication, creative problem solving, project management and critical thinking. You will have the opportunity to take part in industry facing collaborative projects and engage with industry professionals giving insight into the reality of working within the field. You will work with Photography and Graphic Design students introducing you to the fundamentals of these disciplines again broadening your skill set and also providing a greater network of peers and potential collaborations.

The school of Creative Arts and Digital Industry provides an environment of support and encouragement to all of our students with a focus on developing the individual as a creative problem solver. In three years you will have developed the skills, knowledge and experience required to take you to your next step in life, whether post-graduate study or employment, with confidence, a greater understanding of what kind of impact you want to make on the world and the tools to make it happen.

Entry Requirements

Ideally students should have a minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline and GCSE English Language grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). However, if you are a mature student (over 19) we can consider your application on a case by case basis. If you have relevant work experience or can demonstrate a passion and understanding of film then we may be able to offer you a place. If you are in any way unsure about whether you have relevant experience please contact the programme leader.

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Filmmaking

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Film Theory and AnalysisVA4MD02820Mandatory
Preparing to FilmVA4MD02920Mandatory
Filming TechniquesVA4MD03020Mandatory
Editing Sound and VideoVA4MD03120Mandatory
Collaborative Approaches to Creative PracticeVA4MD03220Mandatory
Engaging the ArchiveVA4MD03420Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Film History and GenreVA5MD03020Mandatory
Documentary FilmmakingVA5MD03120Mandatory
Short FilmVA5MD03220Mandatory
Music Video and Experimental PracticeVA5MD03320Mandatory
Animation and Moving ImageVA5MD03420Mandatory
Critical PerspectivesVA5MD03620Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Planning and Pre Production Grad FilmVA6MD02720Mandatory
Professional PracticeVA6MD02820Mandatory
Graduation FilmVA6MD02940Mandatory
Exhibition and IndustryVA6MD03020Mandatory
Independent Research ProjectVA6MD03220Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification