Film and Television Production BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Cambridge

September

Overview

Develop your passion for storytelling by studying a full-time Film and Television Production degree at ARU. Our students succeed in industry and frequently win awards. Choose to study for one semester, and get support to find placements and work experience. Get the experience, skills and connections for a range of careers in the film and television industry.

Full description

Careers

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty's employability support.

This course will prepare you for employment or self-employment in film and television industries and the ever-expanding field of screen content including music, dance, marketing and fashion promos, as well as drama and documentary.

We place an emphasis on creativity and storytelling, as well as solid, transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, resourcefulness, and risk management.

You’ll also learn highly valued specialist skills such as editing, cinematography, production management, budgeting, producing and directing – invaluable as you launch a career in this highly competitive but growing and diverse creative industry.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for the BBC, Ridley Scott Associates, Marmalade Productions, Vice, Envy Post-Production, Brand Anonymous, Sommersault Video Productions, DMED Productions (Paris) as well as securing work (and experience) on feature films such as Pride, The Theory of Everything, Kick-Ass 2, Storage 24, Berberian Sound Studio, Ill Manors; TV productions such as 24: Live Another Day, EastEnders, Holby City, and Fortitude, as well as numerous commercials and music promos. Others have formed their own production companies or established themselves as freelance editors, cinematographers, production managers and even script supervisors.

Some specific examples include:

  • Jamie-Leigh Richmond (graduated 2018): runner for Task Master, now working on Great British Bake Off
  • Poppy Billet (graduated 2017): gallery runner for 24hrs in A&E, Britain's Got Talent and ITV Studios, currently Localisation Post Production Runner at Pinewood Group Limited
  • Amy Willet (graduated from BA and MA 2014): worked on Flog It and for BBC Natural History Unit, now production coordinator at Plimsoll Productions
  • Sam Cornish (graduated 2014): Production Executive at Genesius Pictures Ltd, creators of BAFTA-nominated and NME Best Film of 2014-winning Northern Soul; The More You Ignore Me, written by BAFTA winner Jo Brand, and Mrs Lowry and Son, starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Film Drama: Production and Practices
    This module will introduce you to the creative, practical and theoretical issues surrounding professional practices in drama productions for the screen. It will give you a solid grounding for further study in the upcoming practice based modules. Emphasis is placed on exercising a balance between the creative and logistical requirements of screen production. Through seminars and practical workshops you will explore story structure, visual storytelling techniques and the creative use of sound and sound design, as well as crew functions and responsibilities, management of time and resources, production methods and risk management. You will have the opportunity to apply and bring together the craft skills you are learning in other modules, working in teams towards a final short production. There will be a firm emphasis on the collaborative nature of film production. The production teams will present and discuss their work in progress with the class from early ideas through script development to rough cut screenings and the final films. You will develop skills in critically evaluating your own and others’ work at each of these stages of shaping a production. You will also develop key employability skills in teamwork, problem solving and communications.
  • Screen Skills
    This module will introduce you to core screen craft skills in Camera, Editing and Sound Recording. As the module continues you will also gain experience with 16mm film, studio and location lighting and factual interview techniques. The module aims to embed good industry practice right from the start of your studies and we will introduce you to protocols and procedures that allow you to “up-scale” from these smaller productions at level 4 to the graduation films at level 6 and beyond. You will learn through workshops, lectures, seminars, inductions, screenings and, of course, hands-on exercises. As your confidence builds on the technical skills you will explore the creative and aesthetic potential of cinematic storytelling (a combination of image, sound and editing). You will complete a number of projects on both digital HD cameras and on 16mm film. All students will provide peer to peer feedback throughout the module in order to further their skills in critically analysing and assessing these screen craft skills and in articulating visual storytelling principles. The module will give you a basis for further study and practice in cinematography, editing and sound. It also underpins the craft/technical skills and understanding of these practices needed by students who may then choose to focus on other disciplines such as directing, screenwriting or producing.
  • Talking Pictures
    This module will introduce you to some of the key aspects of the previous history of their art and industry, to help provide a context and inspiration for your work in the medium. In lectures, we will cover selected historical and critical topics and discuss and analyse them in follow-on seminars. There will be an accompanying series of selected screenings. Along with historical knowledge, you will develop the vocabulary for critical and analytical discussion of style and theme in the screen media. Through guidance and practice, you will also develop your skills in academic research and writing.
  • Television Production and Practice
    This module will introduce you to the practical discipline of producing television content for broadcast and online platforms. You will produce content weekly in the TV studio with some programs being streamed live in this exciting, fast turnaround module. You will explore different genres of factual television, a huge area of employment and a sector within the screen industries that continues to grow. You will learn new studio skills and crew roles such as TV studio vision mixing, lighting, graphics, multi-camera directing, studio camera operator, and sound supervisor, floor manager, factual researcher, floor runner. You will develop studio specific skills such as scheduling, writing presenter dialogue, multi camera scripting and running orders, auto cue and key transferable skills so valuable to employers such as troubleshooting, planning, negotiation and diplomacy.

Year two, core modules

  • Story on Screen: Production and Practice
    Taking advantage of the scope that the short film form offers for experimentation, as well as the need for economy of storytelling, this module allows you to extend and implement the craft skills learnt at Level 4 to more complex short film productions. The module addresses documentary and fiction, but asks you to explore both in cinematic storytelling terms and investigate a range of styles, conventions and methods of engaging audiences. Whether you are engaged in a documentary or fiction film, for the big, small or mobile screen, how you tell your story is fundamental. These approaches can be daringly experimental or more classical. You will put into practice different modes of professional production, and consider the differences and similarities in working in fiction and non-fiction, from research and structuring of story though scripts in preproduction, to responding and reacting creatively to circumstances on the shoot, to reshaping these stories in editing and post production. You will be encouraged to reach beyond your course group and the University for contributors, actors, locations and stories, thus building on communication and professional practice skills that will be so important for sustainable future careers. You will also need to consider the industry debates and context within which you are making these films, for example diversity and representation on screen. Working in small production groups you will devise, develop and produce short films, supported by lectures, technical workshops, opportunities for critical and technical discussions, reviews and tutorial support.
  • Advanced Screen Skills
    This module will allow you to develop advanced specialist skills in technical/creative areas of filmmaking. You will select from a choice of specialist units in Producing, Directing Performance, Cinematography, Editing, Screenwriting, Sound Post-Production, Production Design, although availability of some of these options may vary from year to year. These intensive units will be delivered through workshops, lectures, seminars and screenings. You will test your skills and learn through a series of short exercises and projects. You will build on the skills gained at level 4 and explore specific craft areas you can take forward into your final year and career. The module embeds professional practice in key areas of the film and television production process whilst continuing to encourage your creativity, imagination and ideas generation.
  • Debates and Practices
    On this module, you'll explore the links between critical studies and practice, enriching your knowledge and developing your articulacy about your specialism, as well as drawing on wider perspectives in relation to your own work. You will focus particularly on debates about contemporary practice. Your studies will be seminar-based and, where appropriate and possible, held in the studio. In discussions, you'll engage with theory and history alongside your own developing ideas about contemporary production, with an open agenda that will respond to current events, work and interests.

Year three, core modules

  • Graduation Films and Portfolio
    This module is the culmination of your storytelling and production adventure on this course, where your student filmmaking aspirations and those of your peers reach their zenith, creatively and technically. With an emphasis on self-directed learning, you will be embedding solid production practices and craft skills acquired at Levels 4 and 5 and extending these towards craft specialisations and industry-standard working practices. The module will prepare you to leave your university course and enter the creative industries with a varied portfolio, reflecting a significant body of work and transferable skills. In the first trimester, smaller projects “Collaborations and Commissions” will focus your skills on producing creative solutions to client based live briefs and/or working with creative partners from outside the course, (such as students from Fashion Design, Music, or Performing Arts). Alongside this project-based work, you will start the development and research on the larger, team-based Graduation Films. In the second trimester, the focus will move towards production of the commissioned Graduation Films and culminate with your professional presentation of the final films, together with a marketing plan for the films and yourself. Individually, you will need to demonstrate your capacity to work to a planned schedule, research your craft area and subject matter imaginatively and thoroughly, take account of current thinking on the issues your projects raise, develop your work in ambitious but feasible ways, respond positively to feedback and criticism and arrive at creative solutions. You will be expected to display, in both preparatory and finished work, an advanced understanding of the methods, techniques, materials and processes appropriate to areas of specialisation and your role/s. Your developmental work will be subject to peer and tutor review and assessed with your finished work.

Year three, optional modules

  • Research Project
    The Research Project will foster your independent study with the guidance of a tutor. You'll devise your own project that will reflect on/co-ordinate with/enhance your own studio work and interests, encouraging your self-reflexivity and critical distance. Seminars will give you a forum to learn from each other's research. You will also be supported by individual tutorials with a member of staff. The Research Project may include a variety of relevant topics, including reporting on your own work experience. You can illustrate it with photographs, drawings or video, discussing your approach with your assigned tutor. (30 credits)

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  • Working in the Creative Industries
    Gaining work experience enhances your employability, and work based learning offers you the chance to key gain industry knowledge, skills, contacts and networking opportunities. This module will give you the opportunity to explore a working environment in the industry you have identified as relevant to your future career. It will encourage self-managed learning, and enhance your employability by developing your communication, personal organisation, team-working, and networking skills, as well as giving you opportunities to apply those skills to real-world experiences, thereby increasing your self-reliance and confidence. The experience can be used as a basis for directing and focusing your career plans, and can influence your final year projects. In lectures, group tutorials and seminars you’ll also explore skills analysis and reflective writing. You will need to identify, negotiate and agree with an employer (or employers) the terms of the placement in association with a module tutor, to ensure that the learning outcomes can be achieved. You’ll be given guidance and will need to submit a placement registration form and risk assessments for approval by the module tutor. The work placements may be carried out in a variety of settings depending upon your requirements, areas of interest and availability of opportunities. The minimum period will be 100 hours, and you can undertake more than one placement for the module. You’ll create a reflective report and presentation on your work experience. The report will include the application procedure you have conducted (CV, letter and portfolio); market and background information on the employer; market sector analysis; your role(s) on the placement(s); academic and vocational analysis; transferable/employability and specialist skills analysis, knowledge and experiences (opportunities, advantages, constraints, aptitudes and interests); and a final evaluation (impact on your final year and career aspirations). It will also include copies of the submitted registration and risk assessments. You’ll also need to include a workplace diary that logs activity and supports an analysis of the learning achieved.

Assessment

Modules are subject to change and availability.

You’ll show your progress through mostly practical portfolios supported by written analytical work. All your coursework will be project–based, reflecting either the technical or production skills required for the film and television industry.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.

At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.

Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Industry links and events

Though our connections with Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Royal Television Society East and Storylab, you'll have access to a series of guest lectures and workshops led by industry professionals. At these events you’ll learn about up-to-date industry practices, get invaluable advice and have an opportunity to network with local and visiting film and program makers.

Our past speakers have included, Directors Ben Wheatly (High Rise, Free Fire), Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), Cinematographers Sean Bobbitt ( 12 Years a Slave, Hunger) and Robbie Ryan( Red Road, I Daniel Blake, American Honey) , Sound Designers Larry Sider and Adele Fletcher, Emmy Award-winning documentary director, Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon, Presumed Guilty) and BBC Commissioning Editor for Storyville, Mandy Chang.

Our students collaborate closely with Cambridge University students on running Watersprite, Cambridge International Student Film Festival, forging relationships for the future, taking opportunities to network with industry professionals on judging panels, and making friends with student filmmakers around the world. You'll have other opportunities to collaborate with University of Cambridge students through extra curricular events at venues including student-run radio station Cam FM and the ADC Theatre (home of Cambridge Footlights).

You'll also have an opportunity to screen your films, take internships or simply attend the UK’s longest running film festival, the prestigious Cambridge Film Festival, which attracts filmmakers from around the world to present their work.

Specialist facilities

When shooting your projects you’ll use our fully-equipped multi-camera HD TV studio with full lighting rig; professional-standard gallery; mixer; autocue; multi-purpose scenic backdrops suitable for current affairs, magazine programmes and dramas; film studio with overhead lighting, tracks, dollies and green screens and sets for flats; full range of digital cameras leading up to fully professional 4K Sony FS7’s; plus further location kit including Steadicam, jibs, location lighting, and sound-recording equipment.

We also have a green screen studio with a black and white cyclorama and a lighting rig. It's equipped with practice sets, track and dolly and portable lighting with accessories. You'll be taught in this room but you can also book it to work on your own projects.

For post-production work you’ll get access to more than 30 editing suites and stations with the Da Vinci Resolve software (including colour grading and Fairlight sound post-production), as well as the complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite and Master Collection (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition and Speed Grade).

You'll also have the unique opportunity to work on 16mm film, with access to film cameras, film processing and Steenbeck editing.

You’ll be trained on all our equipment by a team of experienced technical staff, who also maintain and manage the facilities.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)

£9,250

International students starting 2020/21 (per year)

£14,100

Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

Additional costs

Estimated cost of materials over the three years £1,000.

Finishing and marketing for final year projects £200.

Optional field trips £9-£100.

How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

International students

You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Scholarships

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Portfolio review

It is essential that you send us a digital portfolio for review.

For full information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our creative industries portfolios page.


Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in September 2020.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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