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What makes Film Production at Worcester special?

Our film production course embraces all areas of film - from documentary and fiction, to artist's filmmaking and critical writing. We believe in learning through doing - so from the very beginning, you'll become part of a close-knit creative team, making films exactly as you would in the industry.

Digital technology has changed the way that film is conceived and produced. You'll explore different techniques and establish yourself in a key specialist role, such as production design, visual effects, animation, directing, cinematography, editing or sound.

The experience of studying film with like-minded people in an arts environment will help to fuel your creativity and give you a wide network of invaluable contacts for your future career.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Build a strong portfolio of work that demonstrates the specialist skills and practical film making experience which employers really value
  • Study in our purpose-built Digital Arts Centre, which includes a video studio, sound studio, individual edit suites and high-spec computer labs with the latest image manipulation, editing and sound post-production software
  • Benefit from regular visits, guest lectures and feedback from top industry experts
  • Tailor your learning to your interests by studying your degree in combination with a second subject, such as Film Studies, Screenwriting or Creative Writing

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Top 20 for student experience

We're in the top 20 for student experience in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

"I'm really thrilled by all of the opportunities I have had whilst studying, I couldn't be more set for the industry; I've had experience on professional film sets, offers from London film companies and my debut film has so far been really successful."

Eleanor Smart, Film Production Joint Honours graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points (for example, BCC at A Level)

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Art and Design & Creative Media pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Crafting the Moving Image
  • Fiction: History and Production
  • Introduction to Experimental Film
  • Storytelling and The Screen

Optional

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Specialist Production Skills
  • Single Camera Drama
  • Experimental Film Production
  • Factual Film

Optional

 

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Final Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Factual Film Production
  • Group Film Production

Optional

  • Advance Specialism
  • Corporate or Commercial production
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Thomas Phillips, Film Production Graduate

The one key thing I can say about doing Film Production at Worcester is the creative freedom you get throughout the 3 years. The course itself helped me develop my skills greatly and I had the chance to work with a lot of different people thanks to the University's help. From interactive feature films to charity events, my portfolio expanded greatly and it's even allowed me to meet my creative partner who I work with on as many projects as I can.

Emlyn Wilcox

Emlyn Wilcox

Communications and Participation Intern

“Coming to university through Clearing, I never thought that in three years’ time, I would be graduating with a First. I am proud of the time and effort that I have put into my work whilst at university and I am glad that this has been recognised and rewarded.” 

“I wanted to study somewhere that had a sense of community and Worcester definitely has that. As for the City, I wanted to go to university in a city, but a city where everything felt close by but also had everything you would need from a bigger city.” 

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Study Film Production as part of a joint honours degree

As well as a single honours degree, Film Production is also available as part of a number of joint honours combinations, allowing you to combine it with another subject to match your interests and career aspirations:

Animation and Film Production BA (Hons)

Digital Media Production and Film Production BA (Hons)

Film Production and Screenwriting BA (Hons)

Film Studies and Film Production BA (Hons)

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

Throughout the course you will be taught through a variety of methods. These will focus around small informal lectures on a topic and then a viewing, discussion or practical exploration of the topic. As film making is at the heart of what we do we put film making at the core of as many sessions as possible so that you, the student, get as many hours behind the camera as possible.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

There will also be master classes from industry professionals, screenings and trips to widen your learning throughout the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 15-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 8 hours of interactive workshops
  • 4 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 4 hours of seminars in groups of around 12 students

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. All of our full-time academic staff are Fellows of the HEA.

Our visiting tutors are all industry professionals who have directed feature films, music videos or worked at major broadcasters such as the BBC.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include film production and presentation.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
0 formal examinations
2 essays
4 practical reports
2 individual or group presentations
4 film productions

Year 2
0 formal examinations
0 essays
4 practical reports
2 individual or group presentations
6 film productions

Year 3
Major independent study project of approx. 6000 words
0 formal examinations
0 essays
4 practical reports
3 film productions

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. Feedback from tutors and peers is available in every session where practical work is undertaken. Feedback is also available from your tutors via email, Skype or in one to one tutorials. 

We aim to provide feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

Dr Paul Elliott

Paul Elliott is the author of three books on film and popular culture: Hitchcock and the Cinema of Sensations, a study that deals with embodiment and philosophy in the work of Alfred Hitchcock; Guattari Reframed, an introductory volume on the French psychoanalyst and activist Felix Guattari, and Studying the British Crime Film. He has a PhD in film studies and has written widely in the area of cinema.

He has a passion for British film and television and the avant-garde. He is currently writing a book about the experimental documentary and how the philosophies of art have impacted upon filmmakers depictions of reality.

Paul teaches on a number of modules including Truth, Reality and the Documentary Film, Hollywood and Beyond and Screening the Nation. All of these modules ask students to see film as part of a wider culture of modern thought and philosophical inquiry.

He is also interested in the concept of the film archive and historical film documents and is the proud owner of an original copy of the 1929 Surrealist manifesto. You can follow him on twitter @drpellio

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Reuben Irving

Reuben has worked as a freelance editor for over 10 years producing work for cinema, TV, web and mobile content, and live theatre/dance performance. His most recent project as editor was the feature film How To Be. He has always had an interest in experimenting with form, content and technology.

Reuben was a Managing Director of Gorilla Cinema for five years. Work, here, included production, sound recording, management of community arts projects, training and the design and management of a ground-breaking mobile solar-powered cinema.

Alongside his production work, Reuben has had a longstanding involvement in teaching in HE. Before joining Worcester he was an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and wrote an undergraduate course for the Open College of the Arts. He also worked as an 'Enterprise Teaching Facilitator' at Sheffield Hallam, wrote and delivered an accredited course at Sheffield Independent Film & Television and worked with Sheffield Arts Education developing curriculum design for schools across the city.

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John Bradburn

John has directed over 20 music videos for bands from all over the world. His work has been seen in The Melbourne International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and West County Los Angeles. As a camera operator he has worked for the BBC and for a wide variety of corporate and commercial clients.

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Simon Bovey

Simon's experience is diverse, ranging from animation and regional theatre, to radio and award winning films. His work as writer and director has received international success through both short and feature films. He is an established writer for the BBC with a significant body of broadcast work including Doctors for BBC1; drama and period thrillers for Radio 4 and three science fiction series for Radio 4 Extra. He currently has two feature film scripts under option. He also works as a script doctor and analyst for a number of independent film companies both here and in America.

More information can be found at his website or at his IMDB.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Our film graduates typically pursue career routes into media, including:

  • employment in production companies working in TV,
  • film or commercial production,
  • further specialised training in a specific industry-related job role,
  • working as a freelancer,
  • or setting up your own small business.

Our multi-strand course gives you the opportunity to take your study in a particular direction and/or to achieve a portfolio of skills and knowledge that is attractive to potential employers and clients.

The array of transferable skills associated with the subject ensures that graduates are well qualified for a range of alternative career paths. You may also wish to progress to postgraduate study.

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.
Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2022/23 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £111 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £189 per week (2022/23 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Film Production BA (Hons) - W612

Joint Honours:
Please visit the individual joint honours course pages for UCAS links:
Animation and Film Production BA (Hons)
Digital Media Production and Film Production BA (Hons)
Film Production and Film Studies BA (Hons)
Film Production and Screenwriting BA (Hons)

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

W612

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

 

Dr Paul Elliott

Course Leader