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Film Production

BA Hons

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Media

UCAS Code: W435

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Study at our state-of-the-art digital media campus at MediaCityUK, surrounded by professional film producers and broadcasters
  • Work in a contemporary creative environment on collaborative film projects and live briefs from industry
  • Create your own career path by choosing from hands- on module options that range from the latest in Film VFX and Audio Post to scriptwriting and directing
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This is a hands-on degree in which you learn practical filmmaking alongside studying the critical and contextual aspects of film theory. You will be making short films using high-end camera and editing equipment both on location and in our digital media studios at or state-of-the-art digital media campus situated in the heart of MediaCityUK, the country’s biggest creative media cluster.

You will learn key film-making skills such as directing and producing, cinematography and editing, and choose from options in visual effects, audio post production, scriptwriting and production design. You will also learn key theories in film analysis which will help inform, inspire and contextualise your creative output as well as leading to essay writing.

Being based at MediaCityUK, there is a strong emphasis on working with industry with opportunities for engaging with real world and collaborative projects throughout the course and a core second year module devoted to helping you acquire the professional skills you need to launch your creative career.

In the second and third years this course offers students the opportunity to specialise in different aspects of film production – be that traditional scriptwriting, production and direction or contemporary film techniques in digital post production and VFX, and the creative application of green screen and motion capture technologies.

The global nature of film production is recognised both in the international content of the course and the opportunities for studying abroad. There will be a strong emphasis on collaborative project work throughout.


Course Details

In each year of the course you will take film production modules requiring you to work practically in groups, plus craft modules which develop your individual creative skills and finally theory modules which stimulate your critical thinking and ability to analyse and contextualise film forms. 

There’s a mixture of compulsory and optional modules but all are geared to get you working creatively and collaboratively. There’s a strong emphasis on getting professional work experience throughout the course and the whole of your final semester is dedicated to enabling you to make a film to showcase you strengths to industry. There are no exams - all assessments are based on practical coursework and written essays.

Year 1

In the first year the course provides you with a fast-moving introduction to a broad range of film production techniques. You will collaborate in groups to create films in a range of different styles. You will learn how to develop ideas into compelling stories, how to plan and run shoots, how to direct for single camera on location and multi-camera in the studio, how to get the best out of your camera, sound and lighting kits and how to edit and grade. You’ll also learn key concepts in critical film theory and explore and analyse the evolution of film.

  • Introduction to Filmmaking 
  • Storytelling on Screen 
  • Introduction to Film Analysis
  • Cinematic Practice and Production 
  • Production Design 
  • Introduction to Film Theory

Year 2

In the second year you build further on your filmmaking skills with longer and more challenging assignments, and have the chance to develop your own creative interests with a choice of options from the techy end of post production and film VFX to the contrasting skills of scriptwriting and working with actors. Everyone takes a module in professional practice which runs throughout the year and encourages you to seek work experience and start developing your professional networks. Learning about the theory of different film genres is combined with practical exercises in production. 

  • Creative Cinematography 
  • Professional Film Practice 
  • Documentary Film: Theory and Practice


  • Post Production
  • VFX Techniques 
  • Scriptwriting for Film
  • Producing and Directing
  • Sound Practice for Production
  • Audio Post Production

Year 3

In your final year you develop your chosen specialist interests to advanced level, collaborate and innovate in producing film projects that cross traditional boundaries, apply theoretical knowledge of film distribution to promoting your own outputs and work on a major project of your own choosing to create film that will be your calling card to industry. 

  • Transmedia Film 
  • Film Distribution and Exhibition 
  • Final Film Project


  • Lighting for Camera 
  • 21st Century Cinema 
  • Sound Design for Broadcast and Cinema 
  • Scriptwriting for TV and Film

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English and Maths GCSE grade C
UCAS tariff points 112-128 points
GCE A level BBC-ABB General studies not accepted
BTEC National Diploma DMM-DDM in media
International Baccalaureate 31-32 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Beth Hewitt the Director of Admissions for further information.

Personal Statement.

These are some of the things to talk about in your Personal Statement – it does not need to be every one:

  • Why Film Production – what qualities would you bring to the programme/degree.
  • Favourite films/directors and why?
  • Experience in production or in film/media studies/as a hobby/or what production work you do outside your classes – what kit, what films/products have you worked on and in what capacity.
  • Your career aspiration?
  • Your personal strengths and how that identifies you with a job in film.
  • Any work experience and what you did in that work experience.
  • Include a link to your online portfolio/flickr/Instagram


Include things that enable us to see the work being done at college, or as a hobby or extra curricula, such as:

  • Samples of work – A levels/BTEC
  • Photographic work
  • Sample stories/scripts
  • Best essay from media/film studies
  • Audio – podcasts, soundcloud work
  • CV – work experience if any
  • You tube channel
  • A show reel of best work from college/school

All applicants are interviewed.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Applicant profile

  • We’re looking for hard working students who are passionate about creating film in all its forms.
  • No specific filmmaking qualifications or practical experience are required to get on to the course.
  • But a creative and professional mindset are a must alongside a genuine appetite to learn and a willingness to collaborate.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year


  • Teaching is delivered through practical seminars, demonstration workshops, discussion seminars, large group lectures, small group supervision, personal tutorials, and online learnin
  • The tutors on this course are largely industry experienced or industry active or leaders in their field of academic theory.


  • Assessment is through practical course work and formal written essays.
  • There are no exams on this course
  • You will work both individually and in groups to create a range of projects for assessment


Career Prospects

  • Graduates from this course will be well qualified to seek work in the film industry for entry level roles in different aspects of film production, direction, camera, audio and post-production.
  • They will also have valuable technical and creative skills that will serve them in other areas of broadcast and on-line media and the digital creative sector more widely
  • Transferable skills acquired on the course will also benefit graduates seeking roles in advertising, public relations, marketing and the entertainment industry

Links with Industry

  • Our location at the heart of MediaCityUK means that we are ideally placed to foster links with film, TV and other creative digital media companies.
  • You will have the opportunity to work on creative projects with media production companies, and may be offered work placements with our industry partners.

Further Study


This course benefits from the brand new state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK. These include a 5-camera HD TV studio, a 3-camera HD TV studio and a digital performance studio with full green screen capability. There are two radio/audio recording studios, and 5.1 surround sound audio post production theatre, with foley booth. Audition v3 audio editing and Final Cut Pro and Avid software-enabled suites are throughout the building.

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