BA (Hons) Film Production

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Turn a passion for film into a career by joining our acclaimed BA (Hons) Film Production degree course at ARU.

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Royal Television Society East Awards 2020

Our BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students won four of the nine student categories.

Join our award-winning students and develop your skills in cinematography, editing, producing and directing in studio and on location. You’ll shoot on film, digital and analogue 16mm film, and gain key skills, from ideas development and pre-production planning, through to post production skills in sound design and colour grading. Learn from highly experienced filmmakers, television producers and technical officers in our specialist facilities. You’ll work closely with other students on your course, as well as your lecturers, gaining friends as well as skills like team work and collaboration.

If your career aspirations are to crew on high-end TV drama or film, set up your own company as a videographer, create innovative online content, reinvent what television is or use film to make change in the world, the skills you learn on this course will set you up to start that journey.

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Industry-standard equipment

As a student at ARU you’ll have use of facilities including:

  • a fully-equipped HD multi-camera TV studio including multi-purpose scenic backdrops; lighting rig; professional-standard gallery; mixer; autocue
  • a film studio featuring overhead lighting, tracks, dollies, green screens, and flats
  • a full range of digital cameras including C100s and Sony FS5s leading up to industry-standard 4K Sony FS7s
  • location kit including Steadicam, jibs, location lighting, and sound-recording equipment
  • for editing and post-production, more than 30 editing suites and stations, plus a specialist colour grading suite all with complete Da Vinci Resolve software (including Colour Grading and Fairlight sound post production ) as well as the complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite and Master Collection (Premier Pro, After Affects, Audition and Speed Grade)
  • film cameras, film processing and Steenbeck editing to work on 16mm film.

Our experienced technical staff are on hand to offer full training.

Learn outside the classroom

You’ll benefit from extra-curricular events such as:

  • joining the organising committees of Watersprite International Student Film Festival
  • networking with filmmakers at Watersprite
  • volunteering or interning at the Cambridge International Film Festival
  • the option to attend events such as Sheffield Documentary Festival
  • field trips to London for RTS Masterclasses and live studio TV recordings
  • events offered through our student-led film societies.

We'll also support you to take part in filmmaking initiatives such as 60 Second Shakespeare and the Kodak 16mm Commercials Competition; and take on smaller film jobs to gain valuable work experience.

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Our BA (Hons) Film Production course will prepare you for employment or self-employment in film, television and the creative industries; the ever-expanding field of screen content including music, dance, marketing and fashion promos, as well as high-end 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.

You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course, such as our MA Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Blackmagic Design

We’re an official Blackmagic Design training partner, which means you can get certification in their DaVinci Resolve video editing software.

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Gain contacts and experience

Our links with local and national organisation will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies including the BBC, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK, Sight and Sound magazine, and Watersprite Film Festival.

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