Film Production (with Foundation Year)
UCAS code: WPQX
*Subject to revalidation
- 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
- Develop your own distinctive creative film-making voice
- Gain insider knowledge from the shared experiences of award-winning film professionals
- Travel to overseas film festivals such as Berlin and Cannes
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.
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 Foundation Year is the perfect way to boost your academic skills, build your confidence and develop your wider subject knowledge so you can succeed at Winchester. This course offers an extra year of study at the start (Year 0) which leads onto a full degree programme (Years 1, 2 and 3).
A Foundation Year is ideal if you are returning to education after a break; haven’t quite achieved the entry qualifications required; are wanting more support during the transition to studying at university; or are unsure about which subject you wish to pursue.
In Year 0, you will study a set of modules from across the Faculty of Arts which are designed to develop your academic and practical skills. This broader focus in your first year introduces you to studying at university level and provides you with a better understanding of Film Production and related subjects.
You will experience a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussion-based seminars and independent study. You will also receive support to boost your academic skills to prepare you for the rest of your time at Winchester. Find out more and hear from our Foundation Year students at winchester.ac.uk/foundation
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.
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 2021, 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.
*Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
Students have the opportunity to choose the optional volunteering module in Year 2.
Our BA (Hons) Film Production course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Japan.
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.
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.
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 0 (Level 3): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
- Independent learning: 948 hours
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: 180 hours
- Independent learning: 996 hours
- Placement: 24
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.
Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.
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 0 (Level 3)*:
- 93% coursework
- 4% written exams
- 3% practical exams
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.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.
2023 Entry: 48 UCAS tariff 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: EEE from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations
- BTEC/CTEC: PPP from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
- International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 1 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
In addition to the above, 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:
- GCSEs in Mathematics and 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 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 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.
Course enquiries and applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.
Year 0 (Level 3)
|Succeeding at University||15|
This module aims to build student self-awareness and confidence in their academic ability. By exploring their personal learning identity and skills set, and the meaning of educational success, students will develop their academic knowledge, skills and understanding to support their future studies. In this module, students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in searching for, identifying, reading and understanding cademic texts. They will practice essay writing and examination techniques, and develop their presentation skills. Students will have opportunities for engaging in discussion and debates, and in the giving and receiving of constructive feedback.
|Making Sense of the World||15|
This module is designed to enable students to develop the key critical thinking skills necessary for university study and beyond. Through a combination of lectures and small group seminars the class will discuss many of the key issues that underpin discussion of all academic disciplines. The lectures will introduce key themes and issues that enable students to make sense of the world in a critical fashion while the seminars will allow students to discuss these issues and engage with key readings each week. Students are encouraged to apply these abstract concepts to their specific degree path.
|Modern Literature and Film||15|
This module explores key developments and themes in the history of modern literature and film. It will in particular explore the impacts of contemporary social and historical conditions upon these art forms, and the impacts of these art forms upon those conditions. The module will include formal lectures on each week’s topic, followed by more interactive seminar sessions. In addition to classroom discussions, seminars will include students' formative presentations of their work in progress and workshopping opportunities for the development of students' essays through tutor and peer feedback and advice.
|Essentials of Professional Writing||15|
This module engages students with the core skills in writing professionally, creatively, commercially and journalistically, from research and ideas generation to structure, style and presentation. The module will be delivered through a series of workshops which will include presentations of their work in progress and workshopping opportunities for the development of students' individual writing practice and draft assessment work through tutor and peer feedback and advice.
|Key Skills in Performance, Presenting and Production||15|
This is a practical module in which students will be supported and guided to work in terms to develop skills to plan, perform, present and produce a film production project in drama or documentary. The module will be delivered through a series of workshops which will include students' presentations of their work in progress and workshopping opportunities for the development of students' performances and productions through tutor and peer feedback and advice.
|The Future of the Planet||15|
|Introduction to Media, Language & Communication||15|
This module introduces and interrogates key principles of visual and verbal communication and thus enhances media and digital literacy. In doing so, it explores ways in which we might enhance our status as critical citizens of modern democracies. The module will include formal lectures on each week’s topic, followed by interactive seminar sessions. In addition to classroom discussions, seminars will include workshopping opportunities for the development of students' essays through tutor and peer feedback and advice.
|The Meaning of Life on Film||15|
What is the meaning of life? It is a question often either overlooked within academic discussion, or else deemed as having no relevance. For some, however, the absence of this disappearance from academia is unfortunate, even regrettable. In this module, we will consider this question directly, as well as via a critical engagement with a range of appropriate films. Each week a different aspect of this wider debate will be considered, with a specific feature film or documentary used as the catalyst for these debates.
Year 1 (Level 4)
|Camera and Lighting||15|
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. Student groups will pitch their script ideas in Week 5 for tutor progression feedback.
|Creating Short Screenplays||15|
In this module, students have the opportunity to develop basic 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. A formative task involves an ideas pitch for tutor feedback.
|Editing and Sound||15|
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. A formative task informs project development and tutor feedback on progress.
This module offers students the opportunity to gain a core 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 practices. Students undertake an individual case-study examining a genre film or a director working within a particular genre. A formative task pitching the group film project idea and planned framic elements affords project progression tutor feedback.
After a thorough introduction detailing the ranging genres, production methods and styles of historical and contemporary documentary films, students will develop their own ideas for documentary subject matter and subsequently shoot their own documentary film. This module will focus on the documentary filmmaking process and is aimed to strengthen practical and theoretical knowledge gained prior to and throughout the filming of the group documentary project. An individual reflexive account provides students opportunity to consider their creative role and the finished project in relation to documentary genre practices. A formative task involves a group idea pitch for tutor feedback.
This module offers students an opportunity to be involved in the production of a short filmed drama from the creation of an original screenplay (as developed in Semester 1, Creating Short Screenplays) 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 organisational 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 organisationally in groups of 4. The aim of this module is the recognition of filmmaking as a collaborative art form. Students also set up a personal website and an online social presence. A formative task affords project tutor development feedback on project progression.
|The Director: Auteur Filmmaking||15|
This module offers students the opportunity to gain a core understanding of how the film director composes and populates the frame in furtherance of creating meaning. Students will explore how a director’s voice can be read as being the ‘author’ of a film through the creation of mise-en-scene. An individual micro-film project is designed to advance student understanding and development of directing a micro-film, one that focuses on to create basic mise-en-scene elements in furtherance of developing an original vision for the script. An individual case-study affords students the opportunity to critically analyse a film director as ‘auteur’. Students undertake a formative task to pitch their story concept and plans for mise-en-scene to the tutor for project progression feedback.
Year 2 (Level 5)
Following on from key core editing techniques learned at Lv 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: sensation vs perception, editing of moving image, 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. A formative task affords tutor feedback for project progression.
This module follows on from Level 4 sound studies to develop students’ practical sound production technical skills including location shooting and in post-production through a group project. The module examines the historical and contemporary relevance of sound production in relation to the filmmaking process and how it contributes to mise-en-scene. The focus will be on the practical and aesthetic elements of sound production to understand how it operates and how it contributes to theme. Students will individually reflect on their sound work. A formative task affords project progression tutor feedback.
|Screenwriting and Character||15|
Building on the Level 4 module Creating Short Screenplays, and on the demands of drama production, students explore the central role of the scriptwriter in the film production process. Whilst acknowledging the collaborative process involved in the development of initial ideas for the screen, students will also have the opportunity to develop their own sustained screenwriting style with an emphasis on the importance of character in the production of engaging screen narratives. The module is designed to facilitate those students choosing the Level 6 Adaptations option module and those writing a feature length screenplay for their EIS Level 6 Final Major Project. A formative task affords project progression tutor feedback.
Students will explore the theory and practice of rebel filmmaking as it manifests in a range of national and international contexts and across fiction and non-fiction forms. Rebel filmmaking will be understood as a strategy employed by ‘first time’ or transgressive filmmakers to write and direct films outside the ‘mainstream’ context; to subvert traditional production means; to counter/challenge the economics and ideologies of the mainstream cinema; as a product of ‘found’/retro/alternate technologies; as a means for marginalised/oppressed groups to gain access to methods of film production. The module draws on the students’ practical experiences of filmmaking across all the production modules of the programme to make a short ‘rebel’ film that experiments with narrative or documentary practices. Students will self- film a critical reflexive analysis (to-camera) and verbally discuss how they engaged with non- conformist/alternative film practices per their role in the group film and how their themes challenge convention/power systems. A formative task affords a group project pitch to their tutor for project progression feedback.
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. Utlising examples from contemporary cinematographers, students will critical analyse how practice informs the filmmaking process, this will be realised to produce a group short film. 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 working script and shot/lighting plan affords project progress tutor feedback.
|Directing Drama: Master Filmmakers||15|
Building on key core filmmaking and directing skills studied at Lv 4, students will develop and hone particular personal and ideological themes, to directorially draw upon as a filmmaker, in pursuit of creating bold, innovative and forward-looking stories and mise-en-scene. Understanding film as an art form, as a means to developing an original voice, will serve to develop directorial craft skills. A series of ‘master filmmaker’ directors will be analysed to broaden and deepen an understanding of cinematic language for mise-en-scene. Students will research and write a critical analysis examining examples of a particular director’s work (other than those studied on the module). A formative task will afford students feedback on project and research progression.
Students must choose one module:
Students must choose one module:
Year 3 (Level 6)
|EIS Final Major Project||30|
The Final Major Project is either a group film production (running time negotiable with supervisor) or an individual feature-length screenplay (80- 100pages); this is an Extended Independent Studies (EIS) project. The practical project is supported by an individual ‘mini-viva’ session (10mins) where students have the opportunity to critically account for, and analyse, their particular creative contribution, research and specialist role on the project to a panel of tutors. Genre and subject area are determined through negotiation with personal project supervisors with whom students will have regular tutorials to discuss creative progress, issues and logistical challenges for the production. 2 Formative tasks are undertaken to receive feedback on the project’s progress across both semesters.
|Showreel and Entrepreneurship||15|
Following on from Lv5 studies on the Digital Distribution and Global Producing: Film Festival, Marketing and Networking options, 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. A formative task affords tutor feedback on portfolio progression.
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.
Students must choose two modules listed below (only one Value Studies module can be chosen per academic year):
Students must choose two modules listed below (only one Value Studies module can be chosen per academic year):
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.
2023 Course Tuition Fees
|UK / Channel Islands /|
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland
|Optional Sandwich Year*||£1,385||£1,440|
|Total with Sandwich Year||£38,385||£60,240|
If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2023, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a four-year degree would be £37,000 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. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.
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 £122.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,837.
* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.
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:
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.
SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS
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.
Key course details
- UCAS code
- 4 years full-time
- Typical offer
- Typical offer: 48 points
- On campus, Winchester