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Media, Film and Radio courses

Top 10

for Film Production and Photography

(Guardian League Table 2017)


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

We’ll help you to develop original, inspired work in areas such as media production, film production, visual effects, post production and production design, which will get you noticed in a fast-moving world where new platforms are constantly evolving.

You’ll get involved with exciting practical projects that will give you strong understanding of what it will be like working in industry.

We have a huge range or equipment that you will have access to, starting with the Canon C100 and moving through to Red One and Red Epic. We have a suite of over 200 Apple computers with the full Adobe CC package, Microsoft Office and Apple iWork applications as standard and specialist software for each of the industries.

Knowing that I was being taught by lecturers who shared my passion for film was very inspiring to me

Drew Davis

"I’ve lived in Derby all of my life and I have a real soft spot for the city and surrounding areas, so I knew I wanted to stay close when I went to university. I also knew people who had been to the University of Derby to study Film and they each praised it. So it was a no brainer! My time at the University of Derby was instrumental in where I am now. Each day at work, I’m putting everything I learned at university into practice. Had I not gone to the University of Derby to study, I honestly don’t think I’d be where I am right now. Many of the lecturers were very ‘plugged in’ to the film community in Derby, which also inspired me to get involved with it too." 

Drew is now a Director of Future Proof Films, a video production company that specialises in creating stunning corporate video content.

If you want to create compelling film, radio, print or digital media products, the possibilities are endless when you study with us.

  • You’ll get the opportunity to hear from a variety of guest speakers - recently we’ve had visits from screenwriter Tony Grisoni, director Robin Hardy and production designer Jane Morton.
  • You’ll become skilled in all the stages of taking an idea from script to screen - and your work will be showcased to industry professionals through festivals, competitions and our prestigious film première evening at Quad.
  • We’ll encourage you to enter competitions. Mould, a film drama made by BA (Hons) Film Production students, won the prestigious Royal Television society (Midlands) Student Television Awards 2015, in the Drama category. 

What our Media, Film and Radio graduates do

Karl Poyser has worked internationally as a director of photography on various commercials, short films and music. Recent graduates have gone on to successful careers as a production assistant and director of photography as well as working for independent production companies and the BBC.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • film maker
  • visual effects artist
  • broadcasting
  • radio producer

You could also go on to study our MA Film and Photography postgraduate course.