Film and Media Undergraduate Courses

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

We’ll help you develop original, inspired work which will get you noticed in a fastmoving world where new platforms are constantly evolving.

Top20for Film Production and Photography**The Guardian University Guide 2021

The School of Arts is a place where talent thrives and ambitions are realised. Our impressive facilities range from our producing and learning theatre, creative dance house and purpose-built studios. 

You’ll join a creative community that is supportive in helping students shape their individual identities and styles. Our courses focus on graduate employability, helping you to establish yourself as an artist; this may be through work placements, real world projects and the chance to showcase your work at events, including the end of year Degree Show. 

Courses are led by experienced practitioners, many are artists and designers with key industry contacts. Their fresh and dynamic approach to teaching will encourage you to learn through risk-taking and experimentation to develop your portfolio. You’ll learn skills that can be applied to a range of fields from design to writing, performance to education and curating to publishing. These links mean that you’ll have the opportunity to work with external clients on real briefs, so you’ll graduate with a comprehensive portfolio of work to help launch your career.

Film and Media courses

You’ll get involved with exciting practical projects that will give you a strong understanding of what it will be like working in industry. Among these is the chance to film Derby County Football Club’s home matches for the club’s website - just one of the many real world learning opportunities available when you study with us.

Our media students attend workshops run by the Royal Television Society which gives them the opportunity to hear and learn from respected industry professionals. You’ll also have access to our huge range of equipment, from a Canon C100 to the Red One and Red Epic cameras. We have more than 200 Apple computers with the full Adobe CC package, Microsoft Office and Apple iWork applications as standard and specialist software for each industry.

Undergraduate Film and Media courses

Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the courses with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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

"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 Film, 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.

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Why you should study a course within the School of Arts at the University of Derby

Career opportunities

A successful career awaits you when you graduate. From production assistants to directors of photography, our graduates have gone on to launch successful careers throughout the industry. Among them is Karl Poyser, who now works internationally as a director of photography on various commercials, short films and music.

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

You could also go on to study our postgraduate course.

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


The £21m Markeaton Street site was created specifically for arts, design and technology courses with purpose-built studios and specialist facilities for all our art, design, media and performing arts students.

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Bright futures for film award winners

Film festival screenings and even a move to LA could be on the cards for our award-winning Film and Media Production students.

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Campus Tours

Campus Tours are a great way to explore our campuses, facilities and halls of residence. We’ll be running the tours in two-hour timeslots, giving you the best possible experience while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

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