Turn a passion for film into a career by joining our acclaimed BA (Hons) Film Production degree course at ARU.
Join the award-winning students on our BA (Hons) Film Production degree and develop your skills in cinematography, editing, producing and directing in studio and on location.
Over the three years you'll gain key skills, from ideas development and pre-production planning, through to post-production skills in editing and colour grading. You can choose to keep a generalist level of skills or start to specialise in particular craft areas like camera or editing.
You'll shoot on digital formats from HD to 4K and analogue 16mm film. By the final year, you and your crew will be working with feature film industry level equipment like our new Arri Alexa Mini cameras.
You'll learn from highly experienced filmmakers, television producers and technical officers in our specialist facilities, and work closely with other students on your course, as well as your lecturers, gaining friends as well as skills like team work and collaboration.
Whether your career aspirations are to crew on high-end TV drama or film, work in post-production, set up your own company as a videographer, create stunning cinematography or 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.
As a BA (Hons) Film Production student at ARU, you will be supported by award-winning, lecturers whose work has been screened on all the major UK television networks, as well as at multiple international film festivals. They have won Emmys, HUGOs and BAFTAs and continue to practice.
With their encouragement, you'll produce a range of programmes and films that may be as prize and film festival-worthy as our other recent student work. Our students’ films have been very successful in the regional Royal Television Society Student Awards. In 2021 following five nominations overall, Lidia Bieniarz won both the best short form film as well as the top prize – The Sir Lenny Henry Award – for A Film About My Dad, while Agata Kazmierczak won best editing for Colourblind. This success followed on from the 2020 RTSE Awards, where our students won four out of nine prizes including Best Drama and Best Factual, and the 2019 RTSE Awards, where they won six out of ten student prizes.
One of our student's Major Project films, Life on Cam, won Documentary of the Month at the European Film Festival for May 2022, while second-year documentary Tertiary Sound was officially selected for the BFI London Film Festival 2019.
As well as submitting your films, you can gain crucial work experience at Cambridge’s two annual film festivals. You’ll have the chance to get involved with Cambridge Film Festival, one of the longest running film festivals in the UK, as an intern in the lead up to the festival, a volunteer during it, or even as part of the CFF Youth Lab and Jury. As well as these opportunities, you can enter your films to CFF for free.
You can also get involved with the Watersprite International Film Festival, the biggest student film festival in the UK, run in conjunction with the University of Cambridge. Every year, our students are part of the central organising committee and lead subcommittees like marketing, filming, events, and judging. This festival presents a huge opportunity for you to build your networks and make connections with industry guests, mentors and student filmmakers from around the world.
You’ll have access to a series of guest lectures and workshops led by industry professionals where you’ll learn more about industry practices, receive invaluable advice and have an opportunity to network with visiting film and programme makers.
Past speakers have included directors Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire), Chloe Thomas (Victoria, Harlots), Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), producers Laura Hasting-Smith (Macbeth, Hunger, Howards End), Oliver Kassman (Saint Maude and a BAFTA Breakthrough winner), 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.
Making the most of being in Cambridge, you'll have opportunities to collaborate with University of Cambridge students through extracurricular events at venues including student-run radio station Cam FM and the ADC Theatre (home of Cambridge Footlights).
There are plenty of other opportunities to get your work seen. The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, screens the best films by our students at an end of year screening. We also host a selection of student work on our YouTube channel, and you can get involved with The Globe’s Sixty Second Shakespeare project, creating shorts to coincide with their productions. The project is open to all students in the Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, with the films released on The Globe’s website and also promoted on their social media and YouTube channels.
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film & Screen Studies research achieved ‘world-leading’ in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
What’s the difference between ARU’s BA (Hons) Film Production and its other film degree courses?
ARU offers a number of film-related degrees. Which one you choose to study depends on your particular interests and ambitions.
A montage of work by graduating students on the BA (Hons) Film Production course
Sophie talks with James Ward, head of school for Cambridge School of Creative Industries, about her role, courses, and career journey.
Our BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students won four of the nine student categories.
Showreel of films by graduating students on the BA (Hons) Film and Television Production course at ARU
Prepping on set - 1st Assistant Director Alina Bobilovoa, Director Alessandro Piccato and Camera Operator Luis Glenn. (Photo: Theo Douchand)
Dlr Amber Gough; Actor Craig Dowding and crew. (Photo by Joshua Agnew)
Make up preparation. (Photo by Warren Lee Cooper)
Shooting - Matt Jak (Photo by Gabi Kaziuknoyte)
Director Cameron Fellow and team. (Photo Warren Lee Cooper)
Director Mariana Vas. Actors Stacey Karvanagh, Paula Wells. (Photo C Fellows)
Filming on the Norfolk coast. Dancer Nacy Frenchnana. Camera Sam Jones. Director Lola Ogunrinde. Funded by Screen South
Filming team wrap photo. (Photo by Weronika Tomaszewska)
Director J.Wiecaszek. Actors H. Howell, M. Dartford. (Photo by C Fellows)
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As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:
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:
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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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Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Film and Television Production
Lecturer, Film and Television Production
Our BA (Hons) Film Production degree 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.
Gain crucial work experience and industry contacts at Cambridge’s two annual film festivals. Get involved with Cambridge Film Festival, one of the longest running film festivals in the UK, as an intern in the lead up to the festival, a volunteer during it, or even as part of the CFF Youth Lab and Jury. At Watersprite International Film Festival, the biggest student film festival in the UK, you can become part of the central organising committee and lead subcommittees like marketing, filming, events, judging. Watersprite gives you a huge opportunity to build your networks and make connections with industry guests, mentors and student filmmakers from around the world.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
We’re an official Blackmagic Design training partner, which means you can get certification in their DaVinci Resolve video editing software.
"ARU was so welcoming when I first arrived in the UK, I had no problems feeling at home, even though I was away from my friends and family. I found out so much about myself and this experience helped me grow immensely."
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