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Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

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

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All art and design courses are based at our Markeaton Street site where modern, purpose built studios and labs provide a modern creative space for our arts students. Markeaton Street encompasses Chandos Pole Street (home to our Fashion and Textiles courses) and Britannia Mill (home to Fine Arts). Students on any of our theatre related courses also get to study at Derby Theatre, and Dance students study at Deda.

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

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The course 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

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4FV515

Image, Industry and Analysis

This module introduces you to the key tools used for the analysis of the moving image. It will look at the relationships between appropriate media and cultural institutions, forms and practices.

It will ask you to consider these debates within the context of your own modes of production. You will be introduced to key methods of textual analysis and will utilise these to explore questions of representation and identity. You will develop a socio-cultural and political perspective on the significance of film and media and will be asked to consider the growing importance of new media technologies such as the internet and video games in relation to your own role as a filmmaker.

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20 Credits

Code: 4FV516

The Wider Screen

The aim of this module is to examine the importance of cinematic production outside of the Hollywood mainstream. Building on the critical framework established in Image, Industry and Analysis it will further develop your understanding of the critical perspectives used in the analysis of moving image work.

Through a number of case studies you will interrogate the relationship between cinematic production, politics, society, culture, and national identity. You will explore the way in which national cinemas can both rely on the codes and conventions established by Hollywood, as well as the degree to which they reject these codes in favour of more culturally specific forms of cinema.

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20 Credits

Code: 4FV517

From Script to Screen

The module will introduce you to creative storytelling and how to formulate this into a short workable production script. The ability to write a basic story and script is a key element of your understanding and knowledge related to moving image production at Level 4. Knowing where to start, how to communicate ideas effectively and to have the introductory skills to write a script in the appropriate manner and format will form the basis of this module.

This module will introduce you to the essential skills and importance of individual roles and responsibilities whilst working as part of a crew on a moving image production. You will gain an understanding and an awareness of production personnel and the inter-relationship of people working together to a common goal. In this module you will begin to identify your own strengths and interests in respect of moving image collaborative practice. The module will provide an introduction to some of the demanding challenges and advantages of group work activity.

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40 Credits

Code: 4FV518

The Modern Filmmakers Toolkit

This module will introduce and continue to develop your understanding of a specific range of digital film and sound equipment together with specific post-production software. The module will enable you to become a technically confident, safe working individual that has a solid practical working knowledge of specific moving-image production equipment and specific post-production software.

Completion of this module will enhance your technical skills and knowledge so you can become confident using production equipment safely and efficiently.

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40 Credits

Code: 5FV512

Advanced Critical Approaches to Film: Text and Context

The aim of this module is to equip you with the necessary skills and focus needed to write your dissertation in Year Three. Through a series of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials you will be encouraged to research and develop potential topics around which to base your dissertation. In addition, the teaching on this module is designed to enhance your understanding of dominant critical approaches to moving image work, as well as introduce you to more advanced theoretical frameworks.

There will also be specific sessions designed to equip you with the necessary Study Skills required when writing at this level. For example, you will learn how to: conduct an advanced library search, sustain an argument over an extended piece of work, avoid plagiarism, and reference according to formal academic conventions.

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20 Credits

Code: 5FV513

Keeping it Reel: The Art of Celluloid

This module will continue to develop your understanding and advance your technical knowledge and safe working practices using celluloid film, sound, camera support and post-production equipment. The module will enhance your technical skills and knowledge so you can become confident using professional production equipment safely and efficiently.
20 Credits

Code: 5FV514

Film Production

In this module students have the opportunity to acquire skills and methodologies in screen-writing. Techniques of structuring and developing narrative for the screen are explored from a national and international perspective.

You will explore and practice industry based film making techniques from the development of a shooting script, through to formal pre-production, production, post production, edit screenings and final lock off. There will be an emphasis on creative and practical collaboration in the realization of a script for a short film. The inter-relationship between creative roles in a film making team will be explored with a view to developing your strengths as a contributor in the context of standard professional practice. In addition you will continue to develop your growing confidence, career planning objectives and sector awareness. Your PDP will continue within this module. You will be encouraged to be increasingly aware of your strengths, weaknesses and transferable skills, to define your personal identity as a creative practitioner in preparation for your final year work.

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40 Credits

Code: 5FV515

Independent Filmmaking Techniques

This module will be the opportunity to continue your individual creative practice in film making. You will advance your own artistic strengths and interests in respect of moving image communication from a personal perspective. This module will strengthen your understanding of the relationships between concepts and craft and will ask you to produce work of a high aesthetic standard that also engages its audience.
40 Credits

Code: 6FV500

Dissertation in Film Production

The module enables students to develop and reflect on their studies at Levels 4 and 5. Students are invited to critically explore a chosen subject area that will be progressed toward completion of a final dissertation. The guided independent study time is designed to enable students to develop a degree of independent thought and critical thinking in relation to materials encountered within their study. Good practice of academic enquiry and level of research is also expected.
20 Credits

Code: 6FV503

Negotiated Filmmaking Techniques

This module will support your practical work at level 6 and enable you to negotiate specific workshops in related moving image equipment and/or post-production software. Your technical skills and health and safety knowledge gained through study in Filmmakers Toolkit 1 and 2 and Technical Processes - Advanced will have provided you with a comprehensive understanding of a broad range of equipment and safe working practices. Also the skills you have gained in Filmmaking Techniques 1 and 2 can now be focused on your specific area of interest. This module will enable you to fully engage with a specific, personal learning objective in relation to your own technical interests / requirements to develop your filmmaking technique to the highest level.
20 Credits

Code: 6FV504

Negotiated Screen Projects

In this module, you will have the opportunity to acquire skills and working methodologies to prepare yourselves for the Independent Creative Practice module in the following semester. The work produced in this module is intended to be an expression of your professional potential. In this module, you will be encouraged to devise a project that will build professional and personal skills in readiness for your final project. For example, planning and workflow management, research skills and a range of creative skills appropriate to the project. Students will negotiate a project with the module leader and be required to rationalise how the project will develop their skills and how it is situated in contemporary practice. Students will receive tutorial guidance through the development and execution of the project. Faculty Ethics Committee approval will be needed for all proposed projects.
20 Credits

Code: 6FV502

Independent Creative Practice

In this module you will plan and execute a film and/or video project or feature length script of your own initiation or make a substantial contribution to a project in a negotiated role. The work should evidence creativity, independent study and competent command of film techniques and processes. The produced work is intended to be an expression of your professional potential. The audience for the work should be considered and you will be required to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the work in this context. Faculty Ethics Committee approval will be needed for all proposed projects.
40 Credits

Code: 6FV505

Advanced Professional Practice In Media And Performing Arts

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of media and performing arts; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting. The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of work completed within a media and/or performing arts organisation either in the United Kingdom or abroad. This module has been designed as an alternative study route to the University based teaching offered in either Semester of Level 6. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.
60 Credits

Code: 6FV509

Advanced Post Production: Art/Craft/Grammar

This module provides an opportunity to continue your individual development and practice in film editing and post production techniques. In particular, it will strengthen your understanding of the Art and Craft of editing. At Level 4 you will have gained an understanding and awareness of moving image post production. In this module you will advance your technical practice, storytelling and ability in moving image editing and post-production. Building on this foundation, this module will deepen your understanding of how editing works, stream line your work processes and strengthen your technical knowledge. Particular attention will be given to industry expectations in relation to the role of the Editor.
20 Credits

Code: 6FV510

Contemporary Industry Practice

This module will require you to investigate issues of professionalism and employability in the moving image sectors and will encourage you to consider a range of appropriate careers or further study as relevant to your individual creative direction. Emphasis will be placed on experience and knowledge gained from professional practitioners and you will be encouraged to clearly define your individual direction as a creative, moving image practitioner. Topics and tasks will include presentation skills, personal promotion, costing and commissioning work, employment, self-employment, business practice, exhibitions, and funding.
20 Credits

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.

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How you will learn

You’ll be assessed by 100% coursework.

You’ll learn through a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, collaborative work, tutorials, practical workshops, screenings, peer group critiques and discussions, and independent study. There are opportunities for work placements and national and international study trips too. For example, recent trips have included Prague, New York, Portugal and Malta to name but a few. We have also had students filming in Iceland and the Netherlands as part of their work experience. 

An integral part of the BA (Hons) Film Production course is the chance to write, develop and make your own films. These projects are rich and varied – from interactive projections for a stage production of Hamlet to a feature film completed with local school pupils in response to a global campaign for girls’ education. You could even get involved in film festivals such as FIVE/24 where aspiring film makers are given a single day to write, shoot, edit and complete a film for screening.  

As part of your preparation for the challenges of a Film Production career within the industry, you’ll be encouraged to raise the budget for your final-year project. Many of our students have been hugely successful in attracting financial support through Indiegogo campaigns – allowing for more ambitious story telling and high production values.

Quad film première evening

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 Big Show, the evening begins with a VIP reception which offers you vital networking opportunities.   

The screening is one of the highlights of the year and 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 instant national exposure for your work. In 2019, our students took home three top prizes from The Royal Television Society Awards, including The Sir Lenny Henry Award for Excellence.


You’ll learn about the key equipment and software that is currently being used in the industry for all facets of film production – ensuring you’re ready to hit the ground running in your career.  

Our Markeaton Street site features specialist studios for film, television and photography work, post-production editing suites and Mac suites. We’re well equipped for production and post-production in 16 mm film and high-end digital video technologies. Ours is one of the UK’s only courses to harness both RED and ARRI cameras and celluloid. 

People you'll meet

You’ll be taught by a dedicated teaching team with many years of industrial and educational experience and an award-winning track record in film production. All will bring unique skills and expertise to your development. 

Tom Craig - Programme Leader - As a 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 Production programme. He is widely recognised for being an outstanding teacher. He also 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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Film and TV Studios

Our Markeaton Street site has a dedicated film and television studio space for teaching and student projects - and experienced technicians who provide support.

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Degree Show

Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:

Take a look at highlights from the 2019 Degree Show.

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

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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 Production programme. He is widely recognised for being an outstanding teacher. He also 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

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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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.

Employable Graduates – 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.  

There is the option to take your skills to the next level on our MA Film and Photography.   

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Additional information about your studies

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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.

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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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