BA (Hons) Film Production

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Introduction

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

Watch the montage of clips from their award-winning and nominated films

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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Facilities and showcase

Industry-standard facilities

As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:

  • Film studio with overhead lighting, tracks, dollies and green screen
  • Multi-camera television studio with modular set panels and modern set dressing
  • Full range of location kit from 4K digital cameras, professional lighting, to Steadicam
  • Sound-recording equipment for location filming
  • Editing suites with Da Vinci Resolve and the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite
  • Finishing suite with audio monitoring and grading panels
  • Aaton Cameras and Steenbeck editors for 16mm film production
  • Motion capture equipment

Future Labs and workshop equipment

Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:

  • 3D printers and scanners - FDM printers; material-specific extruders; SLA Formlabs printers; SLS Formlabs Fuse1; structured light 3D scanners
  • 2D printing and cutting machines - laser cutters; Roland BN20 vinyl printer & cutter; Gerber substrate cutter; Mimaki TX300P sublimation printer.

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.

Take a closer look

Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.

Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.

Careers

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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We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

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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Our friendly, bustling campus is a stone’s throw from the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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