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.
Develop your skills in cinematography, editing, producing and directing in studio, on location and in multi-camera television studios. Learn from highly experienced filmmakers and teachers using our specialist facilities (see 'Where You'll Study' below for more information). You’ll also explore the theory and context of your craft with an emphasis on practice.
Focusing on creative practice and storytelling, you’ll shoot on film and video, from high definition to 16mm film, and learn post-production skills in editing, sound and grading.
We enjoy a close and rewarding relationship with the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, where the best films by our students are screened publicly at the end of year and for our annual degree show. We also host a selection of our students' films on our Vimeo channel.
Your work will be supported by award-winning lecturers and film and television professionals, whose work includes Emmy Award-winning documentaries for the BBC, Discovery, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITVS, BBC Radio 4 as well as promo, commercials and HUGO and BAFTA Award-winning drama.
With their encouragement and support, you'll be able to enter your projects into competitions such as the Royal Television Society East Student Awards, in which our students have a growing tradition of success, including awards in 2019 for Best Drama, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Camera, Best Sound and Best Writing.
Course Leader: Sophie Jackson
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.
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:
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Estimated cost of materials over the three years £1,000.
Finishing and marketing for final year projects £200.
Optional field trips £9-£100.
You 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.
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.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
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.
Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
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