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  • Acquire the ability to analyse film, while mastering the key practical skills required to make your own films
  • Enjoy the freedom to study your favourite genres and periods of cinema while discovering lots of new forms, faces and fields within film
  • Watch a lot of terrific films – and discuss and debate them at lively, interactive seminars
  • Take advantage of outstanding industry-standard facilities to learn practical film techniques and skills at our on-campus Multimedia Centre

It doesn’t matter whether you’re passionate about Hollywood blockbusters, or art-house Russian classics, our Film Studies and Production degree provides you with the intellectual rigour to analyse all types of film from a number of different perspectives. And you won’t just become an expert armchair critic – the course ensures you acquire the practical filmmaking skills required to thrive in this creative industry.

Our dynamic three-year programme engages with film criticism, cinema history, the production process and cultural issues surrounding film so students can develop wider perspectives on the use and function of film production.

American, European and global perspectives on film and film culture are examined, while investigating the subject of film historically, culturally and in terms of its industrial and institutional determination.

Alongside this knowledge of a wide range of theoretical concepts, students acquire skills in the aesthetic and technological processes of directing, producing, screenwriting, editing, cinematography and sound.

You are taught by a team of film specialists and industry professionals with different backgrounds, whose diverse research expertise is reflected in the breadth and scope of the curriculum.

In Years 1 and 2, you study core modules, which cover key production, research and analysis skills and techniques. There are also opportunities to follow up any special interests you may have. In Year 2, for example, optional modules may include European Art Cinema, Contemporary British Cinema, Women and Film, and B-Movies.

In Year 3, you undertake an Extended Independent Study, your own production project and ensure your career is on track with a Show Reel Entrepreneurship and Employment module. Among many options, you may choose optional courses in Animation, The Invention of Hollywood, Cult Film and Art Cinema, and New Wave Cinema.

Open 24 hours a day, our Multimedia Centre offers outstanding industry-standard facilities including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, a computerised radio studio, and facilities for multi-track audio recording. A wide range of equipment is available and the Centre is an Apple Certified Training Centre.

The Winchester course in Film Studies and Production is ideal for students wishing to work in the film industry where critical and practical understandings of film are vital. Graduates commonly find work in film and television-related industries, creative industries, advertising, media and teaching


Graduates work in film and television related industries, creative industries, advertising, media and teaching.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

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.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year. Three or six month placements can be taken as part of credit bearing modules, allowing you to undertake a work placement and still graduate within three years.

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, your personal tutor 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: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 


King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester


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)*:
  • 53% coursework
  • 5% written exams
  • 42% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 82% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 18% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 79% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 21% 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.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.


2018 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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International students

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 or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1 Credits

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.

Semester 2 Credits

Producing Drama 30

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.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Creating Short Screenplays 15 Credits

Editing and Sound 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 2 Credits

Editing 15

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.

Digital Distribution 15

In this module students research and discover how current and emerging social media platforms can be utilised to enhance the promotion of a film project and of their personal craft skills. Students will be introduced to the shifting landscape of film distribution and its reach to a global audience. This option module works to develop personal ideas and online processes to construct a professional promotional online marketing campaign for a film project. A formative task in Week 5 affords tutor feedback on project progression.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Screenwriting and Character 15 Credits

Rebel Filmmaking 15 Credits

Cinematography 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Final Major Project 30 Credits

Advanced Screenwriting: Adaptations 15 Credits

Advanced Cinematography 15 Credits

Directing: Framing Ideology 15 Credits

Third Cinema: Documentary as Resistance 15 Credits

Creative Post-Production 15 Credits

Transnational Cinema: Producing in the Global Age 15 Credits

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
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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 and EU 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



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 mandatory and optional costs for this course:


  • Overseas trip: Students will have the option to attend an overseas Film Festival in each year of study. Approximately £375. 


  • Core texts: John Hill & Pamela Church Gibson (eds) The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, OUP 1998 (Year 1). Approximately £35. 
  • Core texts: David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, Film Art: an Introduction, McGraw-Hill, 1993, 97, 2004, 06, 10, 12, 16 (Year 1). Approximately £35.00 for 11th edition new, or less for earlier editions.


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
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester