BA (Hons)

Film Production


If you aspire to see your name in the rolling credits of a hard-hitting Netflix documentary or BAFTA nominated feature film then this is a great place to start out. Our cutting-edge course embraces all the key areas of film production, from development to post production, and will help you determine whether you’re destined to be a director, editor, screenwriter or one of several other vital roles in the thriving film industry. 

Video camera screen showing the person being filmed

Course overview

Our Film Production programme offers a hands-on and aesthetic perspective on the film industry and cinematic techniques. It is anchored around our superbly equipped Multimedia Centre, which has industry-standard facilities, including two HD TV studios with green screens, use of state-of-the-art cameras such as the Black Magic and Canon C100, together with facilities for multitrack audio recording. 

A robust range of core modules in Years 1 and 2 covers key areas, from editing and sound to lighting and cinematography. In Year 3, you work on a final major project, a showreel and advanced post-production as well as a fascinating choice of optional specialised modules. 

The course team is made up of active and award-winning filmmakers who encourage and support the development of your personal ideas and stories into films in drama, documentary and experimental formats. We aim to help you develop your own distinctive creative film-making voice during your three years with us. 

And it’s not all about ‘Lights, camera, action’. The course also examines and engages with film criticism, cinema history, the production process and cultural issues surrounding film so that students can develop wider perspectives on the use and function of film production. 

Deep pocketed online TV networks and the internet have led to a surge in the number of people producing visual material for a global market. With record amounts being spent on film production in the UK in recent years, graduates have gone on to work in all parts of the film industry, including related areas in production administration, archiving and distribution. 

What you need to know

Course start date



On campus

Course length

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time



Typical offer

112-120 points


From £9,250 pa

Course features

  • Enjoy 24/7 access to outstanding industry-standard facilities 
  • Build a strong portfolio of work that demonstrates the specialist skills and practical film-making experience that employers really value
  • Gain insider knowledge from the shared experiences of award-winning film professionals 
  • Travel to overseas film festivals such as Berlin and Cannes 

Course details

Work Placements

Students have the opportunity to choose the optional volunteering module in Year 2.

Study Abroad

Our BA (Hons) Film Production course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the USA or Canada.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and Teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent Learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall Workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
Independent learning: 1008 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
Independent learning: 1008 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
Independent learning: 972 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

The degree places emphasis upon the aesthetic and technical dimensions and knowledge of the filmmaking process. The course also examines key critical concerns in film, the production process and cultural issues surrounding film so that students can develop wider perspectives on the use and function of film production.

Teaching Hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.


Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
91% coursework
3% written exams
6% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:
100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:
96% coursework
0% written exams
4% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to


Camera and Lighting

This module offers students the opportunity to gain core competencies in professional camera and lighting equipment operation for both drama and documentary production work. Undertaking intensive hands-on workshops, students’ skills and creativity are honed and tested thorough weekly formative exercises designed to foster knowledge and practical application across both drama and documentary disciplines.

Editing and Sound

This module offers students the opportunity to gain core competences in professional sound-recording equipment and a chosen piece of editing software for use in both drama and documentary production work. Through intensive hands-on workshops, students’ creative and aesthetic skills are tested and honed through weekly exercises designed to test knowledge and practical application across drama and documentary forms. 

Creative Storytelling

In this module, students have the opportunity to develop basic storytelling and scriptwriting skills by focusing specifically on the study and writing of short screenplays. The focus will be on analysis and implementation of narrative devices (including narrative shortcuts and use of sound), development of story and character (and the inter-relationship between the two), and on skills in writing visually and succinctly. The particular character of the ‘short’ screenplay will be examined, analysed, and practiced. Scripts will be written with a view that they be made as a short film in Semester 2 for the ‘Producing Drama’ module.

Professional Skills Development

This module offers students the opportunity to gain a core understanding of the professional skills needed to develop a short film. Particular focus on the development of ‘soft skills’ will feature within the module in order for students to develop their understanding of the commitment and practice needed by film crews to successfully produce a short film. This will be complimented with developing a student’s theoretical understanding of film genres and their application to filmmaking and to creating meaning within the frame. Students will explore how genre is created through semiology (the use of signs and symbols) within the frame to express a range of meanings and how they support narrative.

A group film project is designed to advance student understanding and development of filmmaking creative and professional practices. Students undertake an individual online blog in order to continuously reflect on their own professional development and understanding, throughout the module.

Documentary Portraiture

This module serves as an introduction to documentary filmmaking. Through the exploration and experience of producing a 'cinematic documentary portrait', students will develop fundamental skills including that of conducting filmed interviews and creating meaning through the combination of words, images, and music in the edit. Through the study of documentary film references and by means of their own practice, this module also allows students to appreciate the social impact of documentary films and problematise them from an ethical perspective..

Producing Drama

This module offers students an opportunity to be involved in the production of a moving-image project from the creation of an original screenplay (as developed in Semester 1, Creative Storytelling) to delivery of the final film. Students are able to participate in both the basic creative dimensions of fiction filmmaking including directing performance, cinematography and editing and the organizational dimensions of producing and production management. Working in key roles throughout the pre- production, production and post-production stages of the film making process, students will develop the ability to work creatively and organizationally in groups of 4. The aim of this module is the recognition of filmmaking as a collaborative art form.

Film Enterprise

This module offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of opportunities available to them within the film and media industries during their time studying at university. The module will consider a variety of strategies and techniques used by early career filmmakers to gain experience within the film and media industry such as a development of CV writing skills, a development of a social media presence and the processes of finding potential work opportunities. Additional approaches such as freelancing and starting a business will also be covered. The aim of the module is to develop a student’s understanding of how to approach finding work within these industries during their time at university. This module will feed into employability focused modules at later levels, as well as identifying any current challenges a student will need to address in their own professional development.



Following on from key editing techniques learned at Level 4, students develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical and historical practices and aspects of cinematic editing both as a technical skill and as narrative convention. The module will focus on the development of aesthetic and practical skills applicable to the filmmaking process and how image construction and structure contribute to creating mise-en-scene.  After a historical overview, students will examine specific areas of editing through lectures and workshops focusing on areas such as: montage, editing of moving image for film and media industries, cutting sound, colour grading and delivery. Students will produce an individual portfolio that demonstrates a range of editing techniques, including narrative and experimental image juxtaposition. Students will research and write a case-study analysing a particular editorial practice or industry practitioner. 

Film Sound

Students will develop their understanding of the effect that well recorded, edited, and mixed Foley and ADR has on a film, and its contribution to the creative process. Students will focus on the development of practical skills in this area; its place in the filmmaking process and how it contributes to meaning in film. After an introductory overview, students will study the specifics of sound production in the filmmaking process through technical workshops focusing on recording, sound design, sound mixing, playback, monitoring, and sound effects. Students will work as a team to record a range of sound elements and environments then put into practice editorial skills, knowledge and creative perspectives that the module provides in relation to sound production. Throughout the module the emphasis is placed on self-evaluation and working to realistic goals. 


This module develops cinematographic skills, acquired from Lv4 study, to inform creative authorship and technical camera operation. Students will understand that the conceptual development of visual narrative in film is a vital compliment to cinematographic technical ability. Utilising examples from contemporary cinematographers, students will critically analyse how practice informs the filmmaking process, this will be realised to produce a short film exercise. Studies and experimentation with genre and semiotics will take place during workshops that explore cinematographic methodologies. These workshops are designed to advance students’ key core skills in lighting, camera, direction, and mise-en-scene, inclusive of a written critical analysis. A formative task to present a developed pre-production plan affords project progress tutor feedback.

Directing Drama

This module offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the role and attributes of a film’s Director and their relationship with other heads of departments during a film’s production. During both taught sessions and workshops with active industry professionals, students will learn the craft and skills needed to become and work with a director during the production of a film. Working in specific roles based on students’ industry interests, crews will utilise this gained knowledge in combination with skills learned at level 4 to develop a pre-written script into a filmed project for final delivery at the conclusion of the module. The module aims to introduce students to the role of a director, how they work with actors and how their creative vision impacts across multiple departments during the production of a film. 

Telling Real Stories

In this module students will examine how real-life events can be shaped into screen stories of the factual genre. A toolbox of storytelling skills will be practiced, with particular emphasis on techniques for writing narration such as delivering backstory, eliciting the audience's curiosity, and devising emotional cues. Guidance is also given on the early stages of project development including the identification of stories with potential, researching them, and organising a film production as a team of specialised crew roles.  

Project Development

Bringing together skills and knowledge gained so far at level 4 and 5, this module aims to prepare students for work on a major filmed project with an underlying focus on the student’s project plans at level 6. Students will begin the pre-production process of a major filmed project, to be with an aim to complete at level 6. Students will also be introduced to a number of key processes they will go through when working on a major project such as concept development, crew formation and responsibilities during pre-production, funding sources, off set management as well as a consideration of future distribution avenues and funding of a larger scale version of the project. The module will culminate with students developing a clear strategy for future stages of their final major project.

Optional modules

Students must choose one option:

  • Digital Distribution - 15 Credits
  • Festivals - 15 Credits

Students must choose one option:

  • Work placement - 15 Credits
  • Professional Practice - 15 Credits

Students opting to complete the Study Abroad sheme must complete the following module: 

  •  Study Abroad Reflection - 15 Credits 


Large Scale Production

The module provides the opportunity to work as part of a large film group to make a 10 – 20 minute film. Roles will include, director, producer, AD, DP, camera operator, 1st AC, production designer, sound mixer, boom operator, editor, colourist, and sound designer. Starting with the ‘pitching’ and ‘greenlit’ process, you will be expected to work collaboratively and reliably throughout preproduction, production and post-production in your chosen role. The module will mirror, as closely as possible, industry protocols and practise. Being able to work to deadlines, in the form of assignments given in class and throughout the production, will also be an integral part of the process. An Individual Production log will provide the opportunity to chronicle your creative and technical contribution to the film, and to reflect upon what you have learnt throughout the production.

The Evolution of Filmmaking

While hardly more than one hundred years old, Film as a medium of mass communication, an industry and as an art has had undeniably strong impact on society, as has it's even younger sibling, television. While media convergence, social media and globalisation are pushing their evolution, it is important to be able to understand where these fundamentally social technologies come from. This module will provide students with a historical overview of the main technological, social and institutional changes in the fields of film and TV and will challenge them to relate the legacy of these developments to contemporary practices.

Showreel and Entrepreneurship

Following on from level 4 studies in Film Enterprise and level 5 studies on Digital Distribution, Work Placement and Volunteering: Community Filmmaking, this module prepares students for post-study employment opportunities. The module aims to provide students with a realistic knowledge of the current employment possibilities within the film industry and develops the important aspects and understanding of industry requirements needed for graduate entry into the film industry. Professional and current practitioners will advise and tutor students on seeking and securing work within a particular sector, ones that compliment skills acquired on the Film Production degree. To hone interpersonal skills, each student will present their completed website and showreel, inclusive of a reflexive accounting of their creative choices.

Advanced Post-Production

This module develops understanding of how advance post-production techniques are deployed in the modern film production process. Using a wide range of Adobe Creative Cloud applications (Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects etc.) you will create a short film sequence utilising and demonstrating post- production techniques. Seminars and workshops will explore examples of post-production techniques in current use and provide historical context to improve understanding. This module will equip students with advanced skills in post- production appropriate to entry into the film and media production industries. A formative task affords project progression tutor feedback.

Optional modules

Students must choose one option:

  • Advanced Cinematography - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Post-Production - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Screenwriting: Adaptations - 15 Credits
  • Creative Industry Collaboration - 15 Credits
  • Value Studies Module - 15 Credits

Students must choose one option:

  • Creative Documentary Practices - 30 Credits
  • Professional Creative Practice - 30 Credits

Students must choose one option:

  • International Collaboration - 15 Credits
  • Television Studio Production - 15 Credits
  • Emerging Practices - 15 Credits
  • Value Studies Module - 15 Credits

Entry requirements

112-120 points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

A-Levels: BBC-BBB from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. BBB is comparable to ABC in terms of tariff points)

BTEC/CTEC: DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4

T Level: Merit in a T Level

Additionally, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further. 

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.

International points required

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by contacting our International Recruitment Team via our International Apply Pages


2024 Course Tuition Fees

  UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 


Year 1 £9,250 £16,700
Year 2 £9,250 £16,700
Year 3 £9,250 £16,700
Total £27,750 £50,100
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,850 £3,340
Total with Sandwich Year £29,600 £53,440

Additional tuition fee information

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2024, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don’t have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £139.14 and a 15 credit module is £2,087.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the optional costs for this course:

Overseas trip

Students have the option to attend a trip to a Film Festival throughout the duration of the course. Indicative cost: £375 per academic year.


It is recommended that students purchase their own hard-drive storage at the beginning of the course. Indicative cost: 2TB devices cost £80.

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check may be required if you undertake a placement, volunteering, research or other course related activity where you will have contact with children or vulnerable adults. The requirement for a DBS check will be confirmed by staff as part of the process to approve your placement, research or other activity. The indicative cost is £40.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.


The programme leads to a range of careers in the film-related industries.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

Student with careers staff member
"We have had a BAFTA-nominated teacher, we have had professionals come to talk to us who have had these big nominations and awards to their names and we have had opportunities to network with them even before we graduate." Marie, Film Production student

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