Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2021/22)

International/EU fee

£14,045 per year (2021/22)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Write, develop and shoot original films on our highly practical BA (Hons) Film Production (Top-up) course.

You’ll explore the most exciting and challenging areas of contemporary filmmaking on a course designed to get you noticed in an intensely competitive industry. We are one of the few BA (Hons) Film Production courses in the UK which teach both RED and ARRI cameras, as well as traditional celluloid for film production. 

This course explores the full potential of moving images using both celluloid and digital cinema and gives you vital hands-on experience of professional practice as you prepare for a career in this fascinating and rewarding industry. We nurture your ‌desire to communicate with an audience and encourage you to produce highly creative work, use your imagination and make independent judgments. 

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

Film and Photography - your questions answered

In the below video, Associate Professor, Christine Parker, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Film and Photography at the University of Derby. You can also watch exclusive subject content by signing up to Derby on Demand.

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Showcase your work. Win awards.

All our students get the chance to showcase their work in festivals and competitions. In 2019, our students took home three top prizes from The Royal Television Society Awards, including The Sir Lenny Henry Award for Excellence. While in 2020, student Omar Soomro won his category at the NAHEMI Kodak Commercials Awards.

The culmination of the course is the opportunity to screen your work at our prestigious film première evening held at Quad: the Derby arts centre which celebrates visual arts, film and media. Part of our annual Degree Show, the evening begins with a VIP reception which offers you vital networking opportunities. In previous years the screening has attracted guests of honour such as the Editor-at-Large for Empire magazine Nev Pierce, Director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) and legendary British cinematographer Robin Vidgeon. It could also be a springboard to national exposure for your work.

A Space Apart

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Film Production student Mari Olan diving while in Malta

My exchange experience: An internship in Malta

Mari Olan successfully applied for work experience at Malta Film Studios, one of the largest production facilities in the world. She worked as a 2nd Assistant Director, and towards her dive license at weekends!

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How 'Sweet Sensation' helped launch Omar's film career

While studying with us, Omar directed an advert that won an industry award and has now gone on to work for Netflix.

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All Art and Design, Film, Photography and Music courses are based at our Markeaton Street site where industry-standard, purpose built studios and labs provide a modern and creative space for our students. Markeaton Street encompasses Chandos Pole Street which is home to our Fashion and Textiles courses and Britannia Mill is home to Fine Art, Illustration and Interior Design studio spaces. Our Theatre students learn from professionals at the professional producing and learning Derby Theatre in the heart of Derby city centre. 

Markeaton Street is a 15 minute walk from Kedleston Road, and is serviced by regular free site shuttle buses.

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The Film department at Derby promotes individual and group filmmaking which is necessary for both freelancing and industry work. I graduated with a First Class Honours as an award-winning filmmaker and have gone on to work internationally.

Josh Timmins
Film Production graduate

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Omar Soomro

Open Day Live

Join us at our Undergraduate Open Day Live on Saturday 3 July, featuring Radzi Chinyanganya. There will be lots of exciting activities, live entertainment and much more. We’ll be limiting numbers though, so make sure you book your place today.

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How you will learn

We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

How you will be assessed

The course is 100% coursework-based. This usually includes tasks like:

Who you'll meet

Every single member of our teaching team is actively involved in the film and television industry. They include:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Tom Craig teaching a class on film production

Tom Craig
Programme leader

As a Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Film Theory and criticism, Tom Craig teaches across a wide variety of modules on the BA (Hons) Film and High-end Television Production. He has substantial experience in Film Finance, production mentoring, script supervision, and project development. He is the Creative Director of Big Brain Films.

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Entry requirements

You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject.

You need at least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme.

Additional entry requirements

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees (August 2021 - July 2022)


£9,250 per year



£14,045 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Apply for September 2021

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UK students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS.

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You’ll build the knowledge and practical skills you need for a wide variety of careers, from moving image artist to documentary and narrative filmmaker.   

Our graduates have achieved success as feature film directors and music video artists. They have contributed their expertise to several major film projects such as Assassin’s Creed and 13 Hours (directed by Michael Bay). They have also worked for the BBC, ITV, MTV, Disney and leading music labels.   

In line with the nature of the industry, many of our graduates work on a freelance basis. We provide support for aspiring entrepreneurs starting out in the creative industries through our incubation unit, Banks Mill. It offers studio workspace and business development activities in a vibrant and thriving community of artists, designers and makers.

 – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.  

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Mandatory costs not included in your fees
Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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