BA (Hons) Film Production with Foundation Year

TARIFF: 32 - 56
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / BNU based at Pinewood Studios
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Do you have a passion for film? Do you want bring stories to life? Our BA (Hons) Film Production course will see you developing your skills and knowledge in how films go from concept to screen. Work behind the camera and explore all aspects of production, from casting and scouting locations, to managing budgets and measuring the success of films.
Studying at both our High Wycombe campus and teaching base at Pinewood Studios, you’ll be able to get a feel for life on set, develop your skills and understanding of this fast-paced industry, all right in the hustle and bustle of a working studio.
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Why study this subject?

‘Tax reliefs for film, high-end television and animation have made production in the UK more attractive than ever.

As of August 2020, there were 300 British films completed in 2019-20 which claimed Film tax relief (FTR), with UK expenditure of £2.5 billion. These figures are likely to increase as more claims are received by HMRC. Since the relief was introduced in 2007, 3,470 films have made claims, accounting for £18.4 billion of UK expenditure.’ (

Increased industry demand means employers need graduates with practical skills and hands-on experience. From audio-visual production for film or tv or creating films for the web, to location manager, editor or sound technician.

You could turn your passion for film into a rewarding and successful career with the right teaching and hands on learning experiences.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Buckinghamshire New University is a great place to start. When you’re surrounded by so many creative students and lecturers, you can’t help but be inspired to dream big. You will get the chance to collaborate with other BNU courses that make up the team that sit behind creating a film, such as Performing Arts, Dance, Hair and Makeup and Costume Design.

During your time with us you’ll learn hands-on practical skills to help you stand out to potential employers. You’ll get to grips with industry-standard equipment including cameras, lighting, sound and editing software, ensuring upon graduation you are prepared for your first role.

You’ll also benefit from our expert-lecturers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry, many of whom have written and produce award-winning films and TV shows.

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Film and television production student holding a camera and filming

Expect plenty of guest speakers, visiting lecturers and workshops. Our fantastic industry connections will contextualise your learning by presenting their first-hand appreciation of current industry problems, practices and priorities, and offering professional insights from different technical and creative perspectives.

And with London only 30 minutes away, you’re also close to some of the world’s top creative organisations and access to a huge range of networking opportunities.

This course is developed with both academics and industry professionals. And, by constantly focusing on your future, we’ll ensure you leave us as one of the most employable graduates around.

What facilities can I use?

At both our High Wycombe Campus and teaching base at Pinewood Studios, we have all the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment you need to kick-start your career.

Our Green Screen studio, video studios and editing suites are all kitted out with the professional-standard equipment you need. Our audio-visual editing suites include Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Final Cut Pro X, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer. The suites are acoustically treated and sympathetically lit.

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.


What will I study?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

We’ll start the course by exploring the key theories and skills you need to analyse and deconstruct films. You’ll look at Hollywood cinema, documentaries, independent and art cinema, and more, as well as the impact of streaming.

During your time with us you’ll explore the ins and out of industry. We’ll cover different areas from directing, to visual effects and sound design. At the same time, you’ll hone your practical script writing skills. We’ll run workshops and you’ll pitch your script to a highly experienced panel. They’ll analyse it for creativity and production viability.

As well as this you will explore production design, art directing and more. We’ll help you understand the complexities of visual storytelling with specialist modules on film forma and storyboarding.

How will I be taught and assessed?

A hand-picked team of experienced professionals are eager to pass on their expertise to the next generation of budding filmmakers and will share insider knowledge throughout the course.

Throughout your time studying you will be assessed in a range of different ways, including;

  • essays where you will be required to present research material in specific subjects and edit it to fit desired outcomes as well as write in depth about particular topics
  • reports where you will be encouraged to document your entire learning progress throughout the degree
  • portfolio which is an essential part of the course in order to present yourself visually to prospective employers. You will be taught on the different processes involved in producing industry-standard portfolio and assessed on the outcomes
  • practical skills which is one of the most important elements of the degree and you will be assessed on the quality of your finished pieces throughout the course.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

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BA (Hons) Film Production Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 32 - 56

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.



This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Introduction to Moving Image Production

Year 2 Modules

Screen Language

Technical Skills: Camera and Editing

Documentary Production

Writing for Film and Television: Documentary

Screen Form and Platform

Technical Skills: Lighting and Sound

Fiction Production

Writing for Film and Television: Writing Fiction

Year 3 Modules

Pre-Production and Fiction Production Management

Advanced Camera and Lighting Techniques

Directing for Film

Sound-for-Moving Image Production Project

Advanced Editing and Compositing

Client Production with Placement Plus

Commercial Short Form Production

Advanced Screenwriting and Pitching

Year 4 Modules

Professional Preparation 1

Professional Preparation 1a

Production Design and Art Direction

Visual Storytelling & Storyboarding

Industry Practice Research Project (optional)

Creative Group Production (optional)

Non-fiction Storytelling - Documentary (optional)

Individual Micro Film Production (optional)

Factual Storytelling - Broadcast News & Current Affairs (optional)

Independent Production Project (optional)

Placement Plus Work-Based Project in Film or Media (optional)

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£9,250 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£14,250 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

What are my career prospects? 

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our BA (Hons) Film Production course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities. Upon graduating you might go into:

  • Audio-visual production for film or TV
  • Film crew
  • Camera operator
  • Music director
  • Film producer
  • Film editor
  • Create films for the web.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course.

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