Film Production

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

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    WP6J

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Recognised by industry professionals, this programme delivers ‘strong emphasis on practical and vocational development’ (Diarmid Scrimshaw, producer, ‘Tyrannosaur’) and prepares ‘exceptionally professional’ students (Derrin Schlesinger, producer, ‘Babylon’ and ‘Four Lions’).
  • 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.
  • You will have a unique opportunity to make a feature film in your second year.

Course Overview

Year 1

Core modules

  • Introduction to Professional Film Production
  • Introduction to Narrative Film
  • Introduction to Documentary Techniques
  • Introduction to Scriptwriting Design And Visual Excellence

Year 2

Optional modules

  • Feature Film
  • Social Issues Film Making Adaptations
  • Documentary Production
  • Music Video and Promo Film
  • Digital Visual Effects
  • Thinking Through film
  • Sound Design and Production
  • Video Post Production

Year 3

Core module

  • Film Major Project

Choose from one of the following

  • Dissertation

OR

  • Extended Research Project

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

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

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. 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 6 times.

As a student you will be focusing on professional and creative development in a variety of formats including narrative, documentary, independent 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.

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.


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 and cinema, are all within the remit of this course.

The course leader for this course is Ian Crook.

Liam - film production

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.

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 our Great Northern Creative Expo webpage.

We also guarantee at least a weeks work experience on a professional film set through our partnership with Film Buddy. Students have recently worked on large scale productions for the BBC, ITV and Netflix.

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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.


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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.


Our Facilities

You will have 24 hour access to rooms in our purpose-built Media Factory. You’ll spend time in dedicated edit suites, Foley Studio, sound stage with greenscreen and motion capture facilities, recording studiosphotography studios and television studio.

Exterior Film Set

Sound Stage - Green Screen

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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: 2019 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.