Film Production BA (Hons)

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Develop your career in the film industry. Study the genres you’re passionate about. Work with industry-standard equipment and technology, and in a variety of different roles. Graduate with a range of transferable skills, experience and knowledge of the industry.

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Overview

If you want to work in the the film or TV industry then this course could be right for you. Whether your interest is in filmmaking, documentary production, directing, cinematography, scriptwriting or editing, this course provides an excellent environment for you to develop your own exciting and rewarding career. With a mix of practical skills and theoretical knowledge, you’ll be set to turn creativity into reality.

You will work on a range of projects and develop your practical production skills in areas including screenwriting, camera, sound, editing, lighting, colour grading, producing and directing. Your learning experience will be greatly enhanced by our highly experienced and skilled lecturing team, and first-class equipment including specialised digital cameras, sound recording equipment, Steadicam rigs, drones and professional editing software packages such as Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premier Pro.

We encourage you to take full advantage of our creative and business services, which prepare you for careers in the film and broadcast industries. Supported by our experts, you will have the opportunity to engage with industry through work experience with a number of broadcasters and film shoots.

Why us?

  • Our students have gone on to win awards from the Royal Television Society and Sunderland International Short Film festival and have seen their work used in promotional material for organisations and cities
  • Develop your skills in one of 70 workstations with state-of-the-art editing and post production systems
  • Get hands-on in our broadcast-quality production studios complete with green room

Course structure

Our teaching methods develop subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills that enhance employability. These include skills in communication, analysis, research, teamwork, writing and presentations.

You will be taught via lectures, demonstrations, workshops, seminars, screenings, group and individual projects, and independent learning.

Assessment methods include portfolios of practical work (short films, documentaries, advertisements, music videos, showreels, scripts etc), production files, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.

Year 1:

Core modules:

  • Film Production Skills (20 credits)
  • Sound: Design and Production (20 credits)
  • Screenwriting (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Film Studies (20 credits)
  • Short Film Production (20 credits)
  • Factual Film (20 credits)

Year 2:

Core modules:

  • Filmmaking for Film Festivals (20 credits)
  • Documentary Production (20 credits)
  • Guerrilla Filmmaking (20 credits)
  • Film Theory and Criticism (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose two):

  • Experimental Digital Film Practice (20 credits)
  • Shoot, Edit, Share (20 credits)
  • Scriptwriting (20 credits)
  • Moving Camera - Steadicam (20 credits)
  • Digital Effects (20 credits)
  • 360 VR Production (20 credits)
  • Sound Design in Practice (20 credits)
  • Post Production (20 credits)

Final year:

Core modules:

  • Practical Final Project (60 credits)
  • High End Video Project (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose one of the following):

  • Video Documentary Production 2 (20 credits)
  • Advanced Digital Fictional Film (20 credits)

Optional modules (choose one of the following):

  • Film and Feeling: Music Performance and Genre (20 credits)
  • Film Studies Special Topic (20 credits)
  • Film, Horror and The Body (20 credits)
  • Film Stars and Stardom (20 credits)
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy TV (20 credits)

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  • Develop your skills in one of our 70 workstations with state-of-the-art HD Edit systems, including Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Premier Pro. You'll also use DaVinci Resolve for colour correction.

    You’ll also access our digital audio postproduction area with voiceover booths.

    Digital editing
  • Get hands-on in our two broadcast-quality production studios complete with green room and changing facilities.

    You’ll access four Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track and mini crane. Our field camera systems, comprises Blackmagic Ursa, Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro, Blackmagic 4K Production Camera and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, with associated location kits, lighting, field monitors and audio mixers.

    Film facilities
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for Journalism and Media studies include:

    • Lexis, which provides full-text newspaper articles as well as access to legal information
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • Archival Sound Recordings with over 12,000 hours of recordings
    • British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC), which provides resources for the production, study and use of film and related media in higher education and research
    • Screen Online (BFI), which is an online encyclopaedia of British film and television, featuring clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive
    Library Services - journalism and media
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Facilities

The David Puttnam Media Centre is a thriving place to study and experience media. Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle and Made in Tyne & Wear, who are both based in the building. Volunteer with award winning Spark Sunderland, write for one of our suite of websites or edit Spark Magazine in our mediaHUB. Get hands on in TV and Radio Studios, Journalism and Digital editing suites. Learn from experts in this centre of excellence for training.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 112-120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact studentadmin@sunderland.ac.uk

We may invite you to an informal interview. We’d like to hear about you, what you love about film, who in the industry inspires you, the elements you most enjoy, and any experience you have.

Fees and finance

The annual, full-time fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

The part-time fee for this course is £6,935 per 120 credits.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Employment

This degree prepares you for careers in the film and TV industries. Your training in communication, teamwork and creativity will be highly relevant to roles in many different businesses and in the public sector.

Career destinations

Our students have gained placements or graduate roles with employers such as BBC Radio 1, Capital FM, Channel 4, Heart FM, Metro Radio, Sky TV, BBC Sport, MTV, ITV Studios (Coronation Street), Talk Sport, The Guardian, Jamie Oliver Productions, Lime Pictures, Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 6 Music, I Daniel Blake, BBC World Service, regional newspapers and PR companies.

You could also choose to continue your studies with a Masters degree at the University of Sunderland, such as MA Media Production (Film and Television) or MA Film and Cultural Studies.

Work experience

We actively encourage you to gain relevant work experience while at university. In every year of your course, you will be guided and encouraged to gain meaningful experience that will fit around your studies.

You will undertake a number of practice modules throughout your course, which can include live briefs from clients from outside the University. You will build up a portfolio of work to show future employers.

All students studying on-campus undergraduate Film Production courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.

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