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Film Production

The University has an international reputation in the film business. Graduates have worked on Oscar-winning productions, BBC documentaries and dramas and for major studios like Dreamworks.

Course Information

As one of the few courses in the UK with full membership status for CILECT, as well as the Skillset Accreditation, BA (Hons) Film Production gives you practical experience of the many aspects of filmmaking alongside historical and conceptual knowledge that accentuates the importance of research. You'll learn the skills needed to take on key creative and production roles in both live-action drama productions and documentaries.

You'll learn the skills needed to take on key creative and production roles in both live-action drama productions and documentaries.

Creating any sort of film depends on a team of technically gifted individuals working together. You'll discover the relationship between the various roles and stages of film production, including designing, editing, sound, cinematography, production and direction. As a film student at AUB, you'll have access to state-of-the-art equipment and well-equipped studios. We have professional filmmaking equipment for each part of the process, from pre-production to the delivery of completed films.

We’ve recently been awarded Gold by the TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) which assesses the quality of teaching. Our staff are exceptional.

Our staff are inspiring teachers, researchers, industry practitioners and technicians who are here to support you with your studies and help you to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Level 4 (first year)

At this level, all students, regardless of the chosen specialisms, will gain a common understanding of all disciplines. This level of the course introduces you to a range of technical knowledge, theoretical concepts and creative opportunities.

You’ll be introduced to fundamental aspects of health and safety, which are essential within the film industry, and which continue to be reinforced throughout the course. Through practical workshops you’ll engage in many aspects of the production process, enabling an informed and guided choice of specialisms at the end of the year.

The first year of the course aims to immerse you in the community and practice of making films.

You can read the full programme specification here.

Level 5 (second year)

During your second year, your specialist skills will be developed, your practical and critical abilities will be enhanced, and you'll become accustomed to the teamwork which is an essential feature of the film production process.

You’ll deepen your specialist learning and develop your ability to reflect on and evaluate your work. Your contextual knowledge and understanding will be extended, and you'll become prepared for the more rigorous pace and scale of work demanded by Level 6.

Relevant health and safety practice will continue to be emphasised throughout the year of study.

Level 6 (third year)

As a final year student, you’ll demonstrate your abilities within your respective specialist roles and your commitment to the collective responsibility for the production and postproduction of graduation films.

Your third year enables you to develop and consolidate your specialist production roles, building on your previous learning. You’ll be required to undertake significant independent study whilst also contributing effectively as a team member to the production process. At this stage you’ll also confirm your award title.

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.

All students are registered for the award of BA (Hons). However, exit awards are available if you leave the course early, having successfully completed one or two levels. If you successfully complete a level of the course, you'll automatically be entitled to progress to the next level.

For the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the first year of your course.

For the award of a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE), you must have achieved a minimum of 240 credits of which a minimum of 120 must be at Level 5. This qualification may be awarded if you leave the University following successful completion of the second year of your course.

For the award of a BA (Hons) you must have achieved a minimum of 360 credits of which a minimum of 240 must be at Level 5 or above, of which a minimum of 120 credits must be at Level 6. This qualification will be awarded upon successful completion of your course.

A BA without Honours may be awarded if you have achieved 300 credits, at least 180 of which are at Level 5 or above, and at least 60 of which are at Level 6.

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.

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Dr. Jonathan Carr

Jonathan became Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Film Production course at AUB in April 2017...

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Marek Budzynski

Marek began working in the film industry in 1979, having graduated from the Royal College of Art Film School in 1983...

Mark Triller Staff Profile

Mark Triller

Mark Triller is a UK based filmmaker, animator and illustrator...

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Thomas Strudwick

Production Executive Tom has worked extensively in development, acquisitions, production, business affairs, sales...

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Witold Stok

Cinematographer | Documentary Director Films include the...

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Robert Hardcastle

Rob is Senior Lecturer in Film Sound at AUB where he teaches the theoretical, conceptual and technical aspects of sound across...

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Dr. Andrew Vallance

Andrew Vallance is a filmmaker, writer and curator. He has shown work at Rotterdam, Onedotzero, Locarno, film festivals and Whitechapel...

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Dr. Patti Gaal-Holmes

Dr. Patti Gaal-Holmes is a Lecturer in Film Production at Arts University Bournemouth...

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Digby Elliott

Cinematographer Digby was engaged ostensibly throughout the 1970s on BBC documentary productions but by the early 1980s

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Clare Cahill

Producer Clare Cahill is a lecturer in film production and is also a working independent producer. Clare initially qualified in...

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Mark Sheldon

Director Mark is Senior Lecturer in Directing on the BA (Hons) Film Production course at AUB. A passionate filmmaker, Mark...

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Dr. Romana Turina

Screenwriter Romana Turina is a screenwriter, filmmaker and historian. She taught screenwriting at the University of York...

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Babak Jani

Cinematographer Babi who joined the AUB film production team in January 2017 has worked in camera and lighting department since 2006...

How to apply

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. All of our courses take place on one site, so we don't have a campus code. 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.

Portfolio Requirements

We're looking for students who are passionate about film and who possess an understanding of and commitment to the industry.

Due to Covid-19 and the need for social distance, we will not be able to offer on campus interviews to applicants this cycle. For courses that require a portfolio review or an audition, the Admissions team will be in touch with you and request a digital portfolio or audition.

We will hold Offer Holder days in Spring and invite applicants to visit the campus and meet the course team, or if you are unable to visit us you will be able to attend a virtual Offer Holder Day.

On graduating from AUB, it’s extremely likely that you'll become a freelancer and will need to take a proactive approach to potential employment and employers. Because of this, we look for students who have taken the initiative, accomplished actual projects and have some paid or unpaid work experience.

Film is a fast-moving profession, requiring resilience and commitment to long, demanding hours. Film practitioners must continually create, invent and adapt and our students must be willing to do the same. A demonstrable interest in film and cinema is essential.

Students entering the course are often recommended to possess a Foundation Diploma. This is because the course requires a degree of skill, technical knowledge and conceptual understanding that cannot always be demonstrated through Level 3 study alone.

The digital portfolio is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and – most importantly – your creativity. We encourage you to use a personal or hosting website to include the following:

  • A showreel or short film(s). The work can be fiction, documentary and/or experimental. While technical skill will be taken into account, an ability to tell a story and/or provoke a reaction in the viewer is more important than production value at this stage.
  • Additional audiovisual or written material that demonstrates your creativity and your wider interest in the Arts. This can include digital examples of photography, drawings, design, storyboards, music, screenplays, research and academic writing.

Universities interviewing for creative courses will expect to be presented with a portfolio to help them understand your ability and range of work. Your portfolio could be your golden ticket into receiving an offer so making sure it’s presentable, well-organised and accessible is essential.

Politics; social issues; reading the news; challenging the status quo; asking questions — these are the things that make filmmaking interesting. The films that endure over time are the ones that go beyond technical brilliance; the ones that capture the zeitgeist of a moment and connect with an audience on a higher level.

Jonathan Carr, Course Leader

Fees and Funding

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.

Studios and Resources

As a film student at AUB, you'll have access to state-of-the-art equipment and well equipped studios.

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

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Film Production Studios

Students have access to 4 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

Teaching and Learning

The course objectives are met by deploying a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including projects, exercises, lectures, seminars, workshops, group critiques and tutorials.

Teaching is directed at supporting individual engagement in learning, whilst at the same time the course provides ample opportunities for you to work in teams and enable 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.

Learning Agreement

The Learning Agreement is a crucial document that allows you to define and negotiate the focus of the research and production work that you will produce on the relevant units. It identifies how you'll meet the unit aims and learning outcomes, whilst also allowing you to pursue your specialist learning in the context of your creative and professional aspirations. It will play a central role in the assessment of your work.

Learning Agreements are introduced at Level 5 in Production in Practice and at Level 6 in the Graduation Films unit.

The study time allocated to each unit on the course incorporates a balance of formal teaching, tutorials support and independent learning. The course is structured progressively to provide increased opportunities for independent learning 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 support.

The progressive promotion of independent learning reflects your anticipated maturity as a student and allows you to direct your learning towards your individual goals. The teaching at Level 4 is directed at providing you with the knowledge, concepts and skills to take increasing responsibility for the management of your own learning.

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)

68

68

68

Assessment and Feedback

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

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

You'll receive a final mark for each unit in the form of a percentage, which will be recorded on your formal record of achievement (transcript). 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.

The University has agreed that, during 2019/20, it will run a pilot project. This will mean that on some courses, one unit at Level 4 will be assessed on a Pass / Fail basis only, with written feedback but no numerical grade. If your course has been selected for the pilot, your Course Leader will tell you this, and the details will be clearly expressed on the Unit Information Sheet.

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 viewpoint.aub.ac.uk.

Every student will have an annual progress tutorial with the Course Leader.

What our Graduates Are Doing

Graduates have gone on to work on such productions as Harry Potter, Gravity, Sherlock Holmes, and a host of BBC dramas. Other graduates are employed at companies like Framestore, Dreamworks and King Rollo.

Alumni

Our alumni 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; and Nick Love, writer and director whose recent credits include The Firm and executive producer of Monsters.

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Simon Bysshe

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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Simon Beaufoy

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

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Suri Krishnamma

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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The university has an international reputation in the film business. Graduates have worked on Oscar-winning productions.