BA (Hons) Film Production

This course is validated by the University of Brighton and taught at Brighton Film School.  Upon successful completion, students receive a degree from the University of Brighton.

Are you really passionate about film? Do you want to get your hands on the kit used to make real films? Do you want to learn your craft from real filmmakers? Brighton Film School is dedicated to one thing: Film. The BA (Hons) Film Production is focused on creating the next generation of filmmakers.

This cutting-edge industry-led course provides you with the opportunity to acquire the fundamental skills and techniques of film production required for a sustainable career in the film and related creative industries.

You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with creative practitioners from other arts disciplines through Brighton Film School’s partnerships with the British and Irish Modern Music (BIMM) Institute and the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT).

All students leave Brighton Film School with a professional showreel, which will serve as a calling card for your skills, and an understanding of how to navigate the film industry.

The Film School teaches with HD and Film to introduce you to working with both mediums. The BA (Hons) Film Production undergraduate degree introduces you to a variety of film genres and styles and covers the principal creative and technical skills and roles that are found in the film industry including screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing, production sound mixing, editing, lighting/gaffer, continuity/script supervision and production management.

As you move through the course, you will be able to specialise in a film form through a range of optional modules offered in the second year including narrative shorts, documentary, experimental film or feature film screenwriting.

The development of your practical film production skills is supported by a film theory strand which provides you with a critical understanding of applied film theory and ensures that you will enter the film industry as an informed practitioner.

Year 1 of the course will build your skills and confidence in a range of filmmaking techniques and theory. In Semester 1 you will have an introduction to the organisation and practices required to go from idea to delivered piece. You will learn production fundamentals through introductory sessions on camera, lighting, sound recording and production management leading to fast turnaround small crew productions equipping you with the experience of filming the elements of a narrative fiction or narrative documentary. In addition to this, you will learn post-production fundamentals through sessions on editing/editing workflow leading to the fast turnaround of edited sequences, ingesting footage, transcoding to proxies, organising the edit environment, editing, autoconforming, grading and titling. Production organisational fundamentals will also be essential. Who does what, when and why? Cultivating an understanding of all the departments and roles, both to understand what your function is individually, and how and in what way you work together as a crew.

Semester 2 will be learning through doing. You will produce a short narrative film production, from idea to screen, followed by a short form documentary or music film production. Film theory will continue through scene analysis, the construction of meaning, film history and appreciation.

The second year of studies will be developing your practice through specialist options and engagement with relevant applied theory. Compulsory modules will include Film Production and Film theory, which will advance into aesthetics and visual literacy – how to read images, constructing meaning in sequence and narrative theories.

In Semester 1 you will select two of the five options below:

  • Camera & Lighting
  • Editing & Post-Production
  • Writing & Directing
  • Producing & Managing the Production
  • Sound Production & Post-Production

In Semester 2, you will produce a narrative short, film documentary or music film as well as further your film theory. You will then advance your chosen two specialisms from above and have the opportunity to apply for a wide range of work placements with the film school’s industry partners.

Your third and final year focuses on employment progression and your chosen discipline. You will study critical understandings of applied film theory, with current industry insight and practice in film production, and the creative and technical skills to function effectively in film, television and associated sectors.

In Semester 1 you will produce a showreel, CV, biography and website, together with an essay and presentation exploring current professional practices. You will take on a Head of Department role in preparation for your Major Project then complete, document and evaluate your pre-production work. You will then conduct initial research for a research essay under the guidance of your supervisor.

In Semester 2 you will continue with your Head of Department role to take your chosen Major Project through production and final delivery, documenting and reflecting on your work. After submitting a proposal and literature review, you will write a 4,500 word essay on your chosen aspect of film production, history or theory.


Entry Requirements and Recruitment Process

A-levels or BTEC

Normally two A-levels at grade C or above (64 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma MMP.

International Baccalaureate

24 points.

Access to HE Diploma

Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.

GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)

At least three GCSEs to include English language and mathematics.

Studied before or got relevant experience?

A qualification, HE credits or relevant experience may count towards your course at Brighton Film School, and could mean that you do not have to take some elements of the course or can start in year 2 or 3.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in other elements.

Applications are welcomed from students who might not have the qualifying entry requirements but can demonstrate a proactive commitment to narrative film, documentary, music promo or some other type of moving image creation, in the moving image disciplines.

All applicants who demonstrate the potential to meet the entry requirements will be asked to submit a portfolio of their own work in support of their application. This can either be done at an applicant day, where applicants showcase their portfolio of work to a film tutor and partake in a number of interactive workshops, or through submitting an electronic portfolio to be reviewed by a film tutor. Applicants will be considered who meet the academic entry requirements, demonstrate a good standard of portfolio work and provide a compelling personal statement.

Examples of portfolio work include showreels, short films, screenwriting pieces, academic film analysis, photography and anything that reflects passion and enthusiasm to study Film Production at Brighton Film School.

To visit the course page on the University of Brighton website, click here.

Please note we cannot accept Non-EU International students unless you already have a VISA which allows you to be in the country for the duration of the course you would like to study.

Course nameBA (Hons) Film Production
Start dateSeptember 2019
Duration3 years full-time
Course fees£9,250 per year (subject to review) - there are no compulsory additional course costs however we strongly recommend investing in a Terrabite external hard drive
UCAS codescourse code: P3W3 institution code: B72


Year 1
Production Fundamentals
Post-Production Fundamentals
The Production Process
Short Form Narrative
Short Form Documentary/Music Promo Production
Research for Practice 1: Film Language and the Message in Film
Year 2
Research for Practice 2: Style, Form and Industry
Camera and Lighting (optional module)
Editing and Post-Production (optional module)
Producing - Managing the Production (optional module)
Writing and Directing (optional module)
Sound Production and Post-Production (optional module)
Research for Practice 3: Politics, Culture and Ideology
Year 3
Minor Project - Pre-Production
Professional Practice
Historical and Critical Studies Research Essay
Major Project: Production and Post-Production
Year 1Year 2Year 3
Production FundamentalsResearch for Practice 2: Style, Form and IndustryMinor Project - Pre-Production
Post-Production FundamentalsCamera and Lighting (optional module)Professional Practice
The Production ProcessEditing and Post-Production (optional module) Historical and Critical Studies Research Essay
Short Form NarrativeProducing - Managing the Production (optional module)Major Project: Production and Post-Production
Short Form Documentary/Music Promo ProductionWriting and Directing (optional module)
Research for Practice 1: Film Language and the Message in FilmSound Production and Post-Production (optional module)
Research for Practice 3: Politics, Culture and Ideology

The staff have been extremely helpful throughout and very welcoming, and have guided me along the way in many aspects. The facilities are really professional and the range of equipment amazed me.

Joanna Cavlan

Film Production