Film Production (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Film Production (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F378; Short form: BA/FPfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 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, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.


Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Approaches to Photography
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Scriptwriting for Production
  • Film and Media Theory
  • Web Fundamentals


  • Extended Media Project
  • Audio and Video Technologies
  • Self-images: Identities, Diaries and Documents
  • Introduction to Animation and Games
  • Sound recording and Design

Year 2

  • 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 3

  • 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 4

  • 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)

Further Information

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.

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.



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



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.

Liam - film production


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.


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

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

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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.

Creative Skillset Accreditation logo


English Regions Skills Review

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.


New ‘street’ created in Preston

cJAM: Media

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate media students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session. The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent. Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded. All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations. To find out more about cJAM: Media, see the video and press release.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

If you want a grounding in independent film production then I recommend UCLan. No other institution covers the full production process like UCLan and at no other institution do students make a feature film. These guys are passionate and deliver 110%

Colin Pons, Film Producer


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


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.