Film Production (BA (Hons))

the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

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How you will study
full-time, sandwich

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About Film Production at University of Portsmouth


Our ScreenSkills Select-accredited BA (Hons) Film Production degree will mould you into the expert filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, and special effects producer the booming film industry craves. 

Master the practical and business elements of film creation and exhibit your films at national screening events, which will turn employers’ heads your way.

Graduates have created indie films, joined Marvel, Maverick and Pinewood Studios, and worked on critically acclaimed titles Black Mirror, Wonder Woman 1984, and No Time to Die. Here’s your chance to follow in their footsteps.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Familiarise yourself with advanced professional equipment used in the industries – including Arri Alexa cinema camera systems, a Pro Tools-equipped Foley and ADR sound studio, and a Baselight colour grading system
  • Attract potential employers by showcasing your films at our annual screening event at London’s British Film Institute (BFI)
  • Boost your professional experience by taking an optional one-year placement – either with a company or by setting up your own
  • Bolster your practice and knowledge by attending specialist masterclasses and workshops on all areas of film production
  • Show your editing expertise to industry peers by gaining an Avid Media Composer certification
  • Enhance your employability by accessing training events, bursaries and scholarships – one of many advantages of a ScreenSkills Select accreditation

Work experience and career planning

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience. You can also venture into freelancing, or set up and run your own business with help from the University Startup Team.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Want to gain some valuable industry experience and increase your employment potential when you graduate? By doing a work placement between your second and third year, you can do exactly that.

Former students have interned in various roles, including:

  • Video Producer
  • Editor Assistant
  • Creative Intern
  • Creative Producer
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Promotions Assistant
  • Post-Production Runner

They've completed their placements either self-employed or with well-known names, including:

  • Walt Disney
  • The Farm
  • NBC Universal
  • Warner Media
  • Vivid Homes
  • Fifty Fifty Post-Production
  • University of Portsmouth

You can work for a company or organisation, or set up and run your own business – either with peers or on your own. No matter what you choose, you can get full support from our Creative Careers team.

Module Details

You can work for a company or organisation, or set up and run your own business – either with peers or on your own. No matter what you choose, you can get full support from our Creative Careers team.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Programme Assessment

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

You'll also learn by studying independently. You can borrow film production gear and use computer work stations in your own time to enhance your learning.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

You'll be assessed through:

  • essay and report writing
  • video essays
  • film production artefacts
  • group projects and presentations
  • pitching
  • production files
  • practical assessments
  • workshops and supervised work sessions
  • masterclasses
  • tutorials
  • production meetings

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 40% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 8% by written exams, 28% by practical exams and 64% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 28% by practical exams and 72% by coursework

Student Destinations

You'll have plenty of career routes when you finish this course. Many of our graduates have found success in a variety of roles, destinations and productions – with some going on to work on the sets of blockbuster films and award-winning TV series.

Others have also been nationally recognised in the film and TV industry. For example, a team of our graduates won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award in 2020 for Best Student Film.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • runner
  • camera assistant
  • junior/editing assistant
  • sound recordist
  • junior researcher
  • personal or production assistant
  • junior/production coordinator
  • second/third assistant director

Companies and studios our graduates have worked in include:

  • Walt Disney
  • Maverick
  • Marvel
  • Outpost facilities, Pinewood Studios
  • BBC
  • ITV
  • NBC Universal

Graduates have worked on commercial and indie titles such as:

  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • Rocketman
  • No Time To Die
  • The Batman
  • Bridgerton
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Black Mirror  
  • Boiling Point (indie film)
  • Villain (indie film)

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
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Entry requirements

120-128 points from A levels or equivalent. A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required. Applicants without relevant qualifications may be asked to submit a digital portfolio.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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