Filmmaking BA (Hons)

UCLan Filmmaking offers scope to develop both personal creative expression and professional level skills in a supportive and inclusive environment. 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 more times than any other university in the North West.

You will focus on professional and creative development in a variety of formats including narrative, documentary, independent short film and the feature film. You will also explore the theoretical aspects of Film language and its influence on modern production techniques, its historical context and philosophical underpinnings. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    3 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Our graduates regularly appear in the credits of major television and cinema releases and win awards at prestigious film festivals and the Royal Television Society.
  • Previous guest lectures from people such as Jan Harlan (Stanley Kubrick’s Producer), Baldwin Li (Independent Film Producer), Sarah Miller (Screenwriter), Jonathan Stenton (Editor).
  • Experienced teaching team with specialisms in independent short film, feature film, promotional work, documentary film, experimental work, animation, post-production, sound recording & mixing and visual effects.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Production Skills
  • Introduction to Specialist Production Skills
  • Film, Television, Media & Culture
  • Scripts, Treatments and Pitching

Year 2

  • Specialist Portfolio
  • Professional Development
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Filmmaking: Advanced Production Skills

Year 3

  • Major Project Proposal
  • Major Project Production

One of the following:

  • Dissertation
  • Filmmaking Specialist Practice

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

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

Applicants will be required to submit an electronic portfolio.  You will sent an email by our Admissions Office with further details on what your portfolio should contain and how to submit it.

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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Further Information

Visit our Youtube channel to see examples of some of our films.

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.


Quartet receive national comedy and entertainment award
Four students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have beaten off stiff national competition to win a prestigious film award.

Yousef Thami, Liberty Shaw, Jake River Parker and Heather Davenport received the Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Television Award 2017 Undergraduate Comedy and Entertainment prize for Headless: The Ed Shales Story.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Lectures are delivered by a core team supported 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.

There are also film screenings, tutorials and technical workshops.

Our facilities consist of amongst others:

  • a SOUND STAGE that has multiple uses as an open filming and rehearsal space as well as a CHROMAKEY stage and MOTION CAPTURE suite.
  • a series of bookable EDIT SUITES
  • a FOLEY studio
  • a digital TV studio
  • two SOUND recording and mixing studios
  • COMPUTER (Mac & PC) labs

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.

Sound Stage - Green Screen

Exterior Film Set


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.


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.

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Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

BA (Hons) Film Production, 2014

UCLan graduate, Anthony Smith, has given his production career a kick-start by setting up his own company, Red Pencil Productions.

Anthony chose to study BA (Hons) Film Production after hearing a lot of great things about the course. He was particularly interested in the feature film module that was taught in the second year. Anthony believed that UCLan was the perfect University to move away to and gain independence.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.