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BA (Hons) Film Production

On BA (Hons) Film Production, you'll take your ideas to the big screen. You'll be hands-on and practical from the outset through filmmaking and collaboration in our professional, industry-led studio environments.

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We have an international reputation in the film business. Recent BA (Hons) Film Production graduates have worked on Oscar-winning productions, BBC documentaries and dramas, and for major studios like DreamWorks.

BA (Hons) Film Production course information

Communication, passion, creativity, technical ability, vision, research, commitment, respect and professionalism – these are all essential characteristics of those who work in film.

The BA (Hons) Film Production course is designed to foster these skills and abilities through a wide range of exciting and challenging film production experiences – from the moment of a film’s inception to its final distribution to cinema, streaming platforms or other media to be viewed by the audience.

Our BA (Hons) Film Production course is hands-on from the outset, and you'll gain a solid grounding in fundamental, traditional practices, such as shooting on film, as well as exploring the complex creativities of digital production and modern filmmaking protocols. The specialist and focused nature of the course will help you develop your understanding of the creative and commercial realities of film production.

As well as learning practical filmmaking, you'll study cinema in its various forms to achieve a working knowledge of eclectic practices within fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. Your practical skills are informed by an understanding of the cultural and historical contexts of film practice.

Making films is a collaborative process and teamwork is a key part of the course. You won’t only work with your peers, lecturers, and technicians on the course, but with contemporaries and staff from other subject areas across AUB too. We’re closely aligned with BA (Hons) Visual Effects (VFX) for Film and Television, plus formal and informal link-ups with BA (Hons) Costume, BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance, BA (Hons) Animation Production, and others. These collaborations are what builds our creative community here at AUB, with BA (Hons) Film Production at its core.

Course duration

3 or 4 years (full-time)


Option of a 1-year placement

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Placement year

All undergraduate courses at AUB offer an optional placement year, to be taken between your second and third years of study.

If you’re unsure about this optional placement, you don’t need to decide now. Once you’re here and studying with us, the course team will discuss the placement options with you, so when the time comes, you can make a decision that’s right for you.

If you’re required to have a Student Visa to study in the UK, it won’t be possible to undertake the one-year placement option; there’ll be other opportunities for you to engage with industry during your study at AUB.

All undergraduate courses at AUB offer an optional placement year, to be taken between your second and third years of study.

If you’re unsure about this optional placement, you don’t need to decide now. Once you’re here and studying with us, the course team will discuss the placement options with you, so when the time comes, you can make a decision that’s right for you.

If you’re required to have a Student Visa to study in the UK, it won’t be possible to undertake the one-year placement option; there’ll be other opportunities for you to engage with industry during your study at AUB.

First year (Level 4)

At this level, you’re asked to consider how film production relates to the current media environment and our course of study. You’re introduced to the core principles of film production through technical tuition, practical application and historical and contextual study. You’re also encouraged to experiment with your practice and back up your decision-making with informed research and reflection.

Units include tuition related to set protocols, effective collaboration and health and safety, all of which are essential within the film industry, and which continue to be reinforced throughout the course. Through practical workshops you engage in many aspects of the production process, enabling an informed and guided choice of specialism at the end of the year.

Second year (Level 5)

During Level 5, your specialist skills are developed, your practical and critical abilities are enhanced, and you become further accustomed to the teamwork that’s an essential feature of the film production process. You deepen your specialist learning and develop your ability to reflect on and evaluate your work. Your contextual knowledge and understanding are extended, and you become prepared for the more rigorous pace and scale of work demanded by Level 6.

Relevant health and safety practice continues to be emphasised throughout the year of study. Specialist skills training, some of which is certified, is offered as part of the curriculum and will continue into Level 6.

Third year (Level 6)

Final year students demonstrate their abilities within their respective specialist roles and their commitment to the collective responsibility for the pre-production, production and postproduction of graduation films. Level 6 enables you to develop and consolidate your specialist production roles, building on your previous learning. You’re required to undertake significant independent study while also contributing effectively as a team member to the production process.

Successful fulfilment of the demands of Level 6 will allow you to demonstrate your professional knowledge, including current health and safety practice, your creative and technical abilities, and intellectual maturity, all of which are necessary for effective operation in the film and media industries, or for progression to postgraduate study.

Our BA (Hons) Film Production students and alumni have gone on to win great things:

  • NAHEMI Kodak Awards (2023) – Overall Winner, Best in Brief (Bag of Bags); Best in Brief (Jack and the Edamame); Best Animation (The Wrong Choice); Third in Brief (Nothing to Wear); Third in Brief (Plastic Fan)
  • RTS Southern Awards (2023) – Best Student Drama (The Cubicle); Best Student Factual (P is For Paradise)
  • RTS Awards (2020) – Best Student Drama; four further nominations
  • Regional RTS Awards (2019) – Best Student Drama (Zebra)
  • 21st Madrid Experimental Cinema Week – The Audience Award
  • The Cambridge International Student Film Festival
  • Waterspite Festival - Best Cinematography
  • The National Student Film Festival
  • Exposures Film Festival Manchester – Best Screenplay (nominee)
  • Screentest Festival Best Sci-Fi Fantasy – Best Performance (Ensembles) (nominee); Best Production (nominee)
  • Kodak Student Commercial Awards (winner)
  • New York City International Film Festival
  • Saatchi New Director's Showcase
  • Toronto International Film Festival exhibition

Meet the BA (Hons) Film Production course team

Our staff are industry professionals who are passionate about their craft. You'll learn more about the latest developments in the industry from respected visiting tutors and specialists from our Industry Liaison Group. You can read more about their experience by browsing their staff profiles below.

Dr Romana Turina Associate Professor – BA (Hons) Film Production


Jonathan Lewis Senior Lecturer – MA Film Practice and Industry Fellow

MA (Oxon), BA

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Application process

Once you've found the perfect Undergraduate course, you can apply to study via UCAS, including direct entry applications to second and third year.

When applying through UCAS, use the institution code A66 for courses taught at Arts University Bournemouth. For courses based at Bournemouth and Poole College, use code B49. We'll then use your completed UCAS form to make decisions about your application. You can find out more on entry requirements in our apply section.

When you apply to one of our courses, it's important that you help us get a good picture of both you and your work – so you'll need a great personal statement. We want to know more about why you're interested in the course, your key influences, and what you hope to do after your studies.

If you're invited for an interview, many of our courses will ask to see a portfolio of your work so we can get more insight into your ideas and abilities. To help you, we've created guidelines outlining what we expect from your portfolio for each course.

The fee that you pay the Arts University Bournemouth provides the necessary equipment and training for you to complete your course.

You may also choose to buy some items of personal equipment such as a laptop or tablet computer, but this is not required; desktop and laptop computers are available for you to use in common study areas, including a loan system in the Library.

If you decide to undertake an optional placement year, the tuition fee is £1,850. This is subject to inflationary increases based on government policy, and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

For the majority of our courses, we'll ask you to digitally submit a portfolio as part of the application process.

Portfolios should show examples of your work – both finished and work in progress – that demonstrate your interests and skills. We expect to see around 10 slides/images in your portfolio that shows your identity as an artist.

If we ask for a digital portfolio then we'll give you 30 days to submit it. Sometimes we'll need a portfolio submitted quickly if there's a UCAS set deadline approaching, but if you need more time, just let us know and we'll try to help.

We've created specific portfolio guidelines for each of our courses, you can take a look at these below.

If you've applied to study an online postgraduate (MA) degree, please refer to the AUB Online portfolio guidelines.

None of our courses currently require an interview.

The only course requiring an audition is BA (Hons) Acting and if you're invited to one you'll have at least 10 days notice.

Studios and resources

As a film student at AUB, you'll have access to state-of-the-art equipment, three well-equipped studios, editing and grading suites, sound suites and high-end ARRI camera systems.

We have professional filmmaking equipment for each part of the process, from pre-production to delivery of completed films.

Filming at Elliott Road

Film Production Studios

Students have access to four bespoke studios including our Elliott Road Studio Complex

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Filming Equipment

Students will have access a range of industry equipment, including cameras, lighting, sound and much more

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Central Media Store

The Central Media store houses a diverse array of equipment, offering students the means to craft and capture...

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3D Workshop

Our 3D workshops with manual and digital manufacturing equipment and computers

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Drawing Studio

Our iconic blue Drawing Studio is used by student from all courses and was designed by alumnus Sir Peter Cook​...

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Digital Suites

Our Digital Suites offer a digital post-production facility and digital teaching space.

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The Library

The Library at AUB holds an excellent range of print and online collections

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Lecture Theatres and Seminar Rooms

We have a number of lecture theatres and seminar rooms scattered around campus to assist students with their studies.

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Innovation Studio

The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises and an industry engagement hub.

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Our printmaking facilities are a hub of creativity on campus and have been inspiring students since 1964.

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Letterpress and Bindery

The Letterpress and Bindery studio is a central resource, where students can learn and explore bookbinding and letterpress printing.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course objectives are met by deploying a wide variety of teaching and learning methods. These include productions, exercises, lectures, seminars, workshops, certified training, tutor and peer-led critiques, discussion groups and tutorials, and both directed and independent self-studies.

Each unit is assessed separately, and the assessment forms part of the unit. Assessment both provides a measure of your achievement and gives you regular feedback on how your learning is developing.

In consultation with the Course Leader, staff are responsible for co-ordinating individual units of study, and for selecting appropriate methods of delivery according to subject matter and student experience.

The methods employed introduce you to the disciplines required of a creative practitioner and promote the development of transferable skills.

The study time allocated to each unit on the course incorporates a balance of formal teaching, directed self-studies and independent self-studies. The course is structured progressively to provide increased opportunities for self-directed study as you reach the later stages of the course. At Level 4, your work will be closely supervised, and you’ll work to set briefs. At Level 5 there’ll be a mix of specialist teaching and independent study. At Level 6 you’ll work primarily on self-directed projects, with tutorial and workshop support.

Teaching supports individual learning, but there are ample opportunities for you to work in teams, enabling you to learn the value of peer co-operation and collaborative working. At Level 4, there’s a positive emphasis on the acquisition of research and academic writing skills, and students are encouraged to work with the Subject Librarian. These skills are sustained and developed further at Levels 5 and 6.

Contact hours include all scheduled teaching sessions, but also supervised time in the workshop or studio. In line with national guidance, we include in our calculation of contact hours all the time which is scheduled in the studio for independent study which is also supported by staff (either academic staff, or technicians).

The information provided below gives the proportion of your study time which constitutes contact hours. Where there are optional routes through the course, we have used the figures for the most popular option.

Year 1 (% time) Year 2 (% time) Year 3 (% time)




For every unit of your course, we'll inform you of what you're expected to learn, what you’ll submit and how you’ll be assessed, and the deadline for presenting your work for assessment. This is made available through Unit Information on your course blog.

Formal feedback on assessed work is given to students not more than four weeks after work has been handed in. However, feedback is also provided on a rolling basis through individual and group critiques.

A minimum of one unit at Level 4 will be assessed on a pass/fail basis, with written feedback but no numerical grade. Details of this will be clearly expressed on the Unit Information Sheet. All other units will be given a percentage mark.

The final mark for each unit will be recorded on your formal record of achievement (transcript). Except for the pass/fail unit, each component of assessment is graded using a notched marking scale, whereby only certain marks are used within each grade. The only marks available within any ten-point band are *2, *5 and *8 (e.g. 62, 65, 68). These marks correspond to a low, mid, and high level of achievement within each grade band.

All learning outcomes must be passed to successfully complete the unit.

On successful completion of your Honours degree course, you’ll be awarded a degree classification based on your unit marks. The final classification is determined using all unit marks at Levels 5 and 6 using two different algorithms, which are detailed in the HE Student Regulations. If the two algorithms produce different results, you’ll be awarded the higher class of degree.

If you’ve joined Level 6 through either the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route or having completed a Foundation Degree (FdA), the final classification is determined using only your unit marks at Level 6.

For further information on assessment, progression, awards and classifications, please visit

Assessment components include practical exercises and film productions, e-portfolios, written essays, and presentations, as appropriate to the student and unit. The course uses both formative and summative assessment and fosters inclusivity.

What our BA (Hons) Film Production graduates are doing

Our graduates have gone on to work on such productions as Harry Potter, Gravity, Sherlock Holmes, and a host of BBC dramas, while others are employed at companies like Framestore, DreamWorks and King Rollo. Graduate career destinations include:

  • Screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire
  • Director of The Killing and Bora Bora
  • Boom operator for The Hurt Locker and The Sweeney
  • Recordist on Men Don't Lie and The Glowing Hours
  • Partner/co-founder of BOKO Creative and BOKO Advertising
  • Film editor for Finnish TV
  • Prop assistant on Les Misérables
  • Sound assistant on Fast and Furious 6
  • Director of Calm With Horse
  • Director of How to Have Sex
  • Camera operator on Captain Phillips
  • Sound editor on Casino Royale and Harry Potter
  • Art department on The Crown and The Witcher
  • Production assistant on Michael McIntyre's Big Show
  • Colour grader for BBC factual programmes

Alumni from the BA (Hons) Film Production course include: Simon Beaufoy, writer of 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire; Chris Dickens, editor of Slumdog Millionaire and Submarine; Chris Jones, co-author of The Guerrilla Film Makers Guide; Mark Blaney, producer of Africa United; Nick Love, writer and director whose recent credits include The Firm and executive producer of Monsters; and Molly Manning-Walker, whose directorial debut How to Have Sex was nominated for three BAFTAs.

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Elijah Vincent – BA (Hons) Film Production

Since graduating, Elijah has continued to work as a sound designer and audio engineer working on a variety of projects. This included

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Suri Krishnamma – BA (Hons) Film Production

I didn't want to be a filmmaker. I didn't know I could be a filmmaker. I didn't grow up as a budding filmmaker obsessed by movies...

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Simon Beaufoy – BA (Hons) Film Production

I've always been interested in theatre and drama; I originally studied English at Oxford and my interest in film grew...

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Simon Bysshe – BA (Hons) Film Production

Sound is so hard to do well. You don't notice it when it's working, but when there is anything wrong with the quality, it instantly sets...

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