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.
- 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 encourage you to take risks and be experimental as you work across different genres – including drama, documentary and the avant garde – using both celluloid film and the latest digital technologies.
- You’ll be taught by experienced tutors who work in the film industry nationally and internationally, winning awards and leading major film productions. They’ll give you crucial insights into how to succeed in roles such as cinematographer, producer, scriptwriter and director.
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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Media and Film Studios
You will study modules such as:
- Image, Industry and Analysis
- The Modern Filmmakers Toolkit
- From Script to Screen
- The Wider Screen
- Keeping It Reel: The Art of Celluloid
- Critical Approaches to Film: Text and Context
- Independent Filmmaking Techniques
- Film Production
- Extended Essay
- Independent Creative Practice
And you'll choose from modules such as:
- Negotiated Film Project: Pre-Production
- Negotiated Film Project: Production
- Negotiated Film Project: Post-Production
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.
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.
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.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||Yes - see interview details|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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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, state-of-the-art 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.
Included in your fees
- Film stock 50ft per student specialist equipment and edit suites
- Starter packs for introductory workshops (e.g. 8GB SD Class 10 memory card. 1 per student.
- Participation in Degree Show screening at QUAD
- Here at Derby, we provide excellent learning resources, libraries and specialist laboratories and studios.
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Additional materials (printing, stationary, portfolio sleeves, folders, USBs/hard drives etc.) (Approx. costs - Year 1= £250, Year 2 = £300, Year 3 = £400)
- There will be occasions when you will be expected to attend exhibitions, screenings, performances and festivals. You will need to budget for these over each academic year.
- 2 study visits (1 in year 1 and 1 in year 2) approximate cost of each study visit is between £15 and £30, depending on the activity / location.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- additional course related publications (approx. costs £100),
- specialist software/hardware (costs up to £1500
- final year project costs (costs determined by student £200-£600)
- travel for work placement opportunities (costs will vary dependant on location)
- We provide full details of all course fees, but extra costs may include field trips (approx. cost £200-£400)
- Additional expenses incurred by students (average £50 a head) are usually covered by fund raising e.g. crowd funding (training provided for this as part of professional practice)
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.