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Film Production BA (Hons)

If you are passionate about film and storytelling through images, and always wondered what all the people in the credits of a film are actually doing, then this course is most certainly for you. This hands-on course, accredited by Creative Skillset and recognised by industry professionals, will enable you to produce films to professional standards, write production proposals and give presentations. Our graduates regularly appear in the credits of major TV and cinema releases, win awards at prestigious film festivals and the Royal Television Society, and have their scripts developed into independent film productions.

Our students and graduates frequently win national industry awards – our most recent is Lauren Clark winning the Undergraduate Open Category prize at this year’s Royal Television Society’s Student TV Awards.

Why study this course?

UCLan Film Production offers scope to develop both personal creative expression and professional level skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. Accredited by Creative Skillset and recognised by industry professionals, the programme delivers "strong emphasis on practical and vocational development" (Diarmid Scrimshaw, Producer ‘Tyrannosaur’) and prepares “exceptionally professional” students (Derrin Schlesinger, Producer, ‘This is England’, ‘Four Lions’, ‘Babylon’).

By helping students maximise their learning potential, this progressive programme has seen students and graduates regularly appear in the credits of major TV and cinema releases. UCLan Film Production students have been Oscar nominated in 2014 and won the Royal Television Society awards 5 times, with two awards from 2014.

The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results show 94% of BA Film Production students stated that they were satisfied with the teaching on their course, and 91% of the students felt that their course has aided their personal development.

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.

As a student you will be focusing on professional and creative development in a variety of formats including comedy, the short film and the feature film. Around one third of your study will explore the theoretical aspects of Film language and its influence on modern production techniques, its historical context and philosophical underpinnings.


 

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I have worked with the students of the University of Central Lancashire on two large scale productions and found them to be exceptionally professional, hardworking and mature in their approach to the working environment

Nathan Barley, Talk-Back-Thames

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This course consists of lectures and seminars, with extensive tutorial support. In scheduled classroom sessions you will develop and present your ideas, discuss and critique other students work and analyse films. There are short week by week assignments alongside your main projects.

You will be actively encouraged to build a portfolio of work in your chosen area be it directing, sound design, online editing and production management etc. to use these skills to access industry.

The course is focused on employability therefore apprenticeships with regional and national broadcasters, employment through commission competition or creative control over story development for small screen, cinema and perhaps radio, are all within the remit of this course.

The course leader for this course is Peter Wobser.

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Futureproof

This September the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries is offering Foundation students a unique opportunity to ‘Futureproof’ their ambitions and gain a National qualification free of charge as part of your studies.

Futureproof includes the PEARL qualification, a national GQAL accredited certificate, that will enable you to transfer key skills that can be taken forward into all areas of life, especially employment or further study.

The course will open doors for you with creative businesses and offers you extra coaching and access to high profile industry professionals. You will get additional support to help you recognise your strengths and apply them in creative work environments.

The five areas PEARL focuses on are, self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, empathy and motivation.

Join us now to be a part of this innovative learning experience

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    WP6J; Short form: BA/MPMI

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Courses at a glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Production Equipment (20 credits)
  • An Introduction to Narrative Film (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Documentary Techniques (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Re-View: Reading Film (20 credits)

Plus 20 credits from:

  • European Cinema (20 credits)
  • Studying Television & the Industry 1 (10 credits)
  • Studying Television & the Industry 2 (10 credits)
  • Consumer Culture and the Media (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Screenwriting (20 credits)

Year 2

  • Feature Film Project (40 credits)
  • Advanced Production Management (20 credits)

Plus any 60 credits from:

  • Researching & Writing Film and TV Documentary (20 credits)
  • Documentary Production (20 credits)
  • Adaptations (20 credits)
  • Social Issues Film Making (20 credits)
  • Thinking through Film (20 credits)
  • British Cinema (20 credits)
  • Studying the Non Fiction Film (20 credits)
  • Sound Design (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Experimental Film (20 credits)
  • Music Video Production (20 credits)

Year 3

  • Group Film Production (40 credits)

Plus any 80 credits from:

  • AV Practical Project 3 (20 credits)
  • A Critical Review (20 credits)
  • AV Practical Project 4 (20 credits)
  • Extended Research Project (40 credits)
  • Popular Television Drama (20 credits)
  • Film & Media Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Film & Media Studies Project (20 credits)
  • Auteur Film Making (40 credits)
  • Script Analysis (20 credits)
  • Work as Practice (20 credits)

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Industry Links

This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

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English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.


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New ‘street’ created in Preston
A new ‘street’ with a difference has been built in Preston city centre to enhance the creative abilities of University students.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created an outdoor television set on campus which will allow students to learn more practical media skills in an industry standard environment.


Learning Environment

Lectures are delivered by industry practitioners and visiting specialists from different fields of film production and you’ll be involved in film screenings, tutorials and technical workshops too.

You will be ‘hands-on’ focusing on industry practices and conventions to give you the opportunity to develop directly transferable skills in the new and emerging media markets.

Lectures are delivered by industry practitioners and visiting specialists from different fields of film production. These are three hours in length. There are also film screenings, tutorials and technical workshops. Typically, you would be spending 10 hours per week, per module on practical study.

The coursework consists largely of practical assignments. About 25-30 per cent of the assessed work is written work such as journals, production paperwork, evaluations and presentations. There are no examinations.


What Opportunities will I have?

We have a well-established track record of delivering successful media students, with three recent Royal Television Society (RTS) awards in as many years, and our graduates feature in many credits of major cinema and TV productions. You could pursue a career in broadcasting, producing media management or scriptwriting.

You’ll have the opportunity to produce your own full feature film - which is unique for an undergraduate film production course in the UK. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad in Year 2, either in Europe or America.

UCLan is proud to host The Great Northern Creative Festival – a free four-day media extravaganza which brings together some of the biggest creative talents in the north as well as across the UK, whilst also showcasing the outstanding creative talents of UCLan students and graduates in media, film, photography and journalism.  For more information, visit www.thegreatnortherncreativefestival.wordpress.com


Our Facilities

You will have 24 hour access to rooms in our purpose-built Media Factory. You’ll spend time in dedicated edit suites running Final Cut Pro and ProTools, with a sound stage, recording studio, Photography Studios and Television Studio.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.