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Sheffield Hallam University

Film and Media Production

UCAS Code: P390
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Media studies
Student score
72% MED
% employed or in further study
89% LOW
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

112 UCAS points from at least two A levels , including at least 32 points in a relevant subject or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies. Or 96 UCAS points from three A levels, including at least 32 points in a relevant subject or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies. Relevant subjects are Media Studies, Film Studies, English, Photography, History of Art, Theatre Studies, History.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

This course focuses on drama, documentary and experimental filmmaking in the context of critical and theoretical study. You can also choose to develop your screenwriting skills. In year one, we introduce you to core skills, theories and creative techniques. You explore the fundamental areas of production through individual and group projects across a range of genres and disciplines. In year two you typically begin to focus on two specialist areas. You also study what it is like to work in the film industry right now, and have the chance to network with professionals around the UK. In year three you create a significant showreel piece in your chosen genre. You form production teams to carry out creative and technical roles on each other’s productions. Your critical and theoretical development culminates in either a dissertation or in-depth study of a chosen area of filmmaking, and you also produce a two-year future strategy for the distribution of your own work or for your own artistic or professional development. Field trips On each year of the course you take a field trip at no additional cost. In recent years these have included making films in Liverpool and the Peak District, attending the Aesthetica film festival in York, and travelling to London to meet recent graduates from the course who are now working in major film companies like Pathé and Lionsgate. On these trips you gain useful connections which can lead to internships or even jobs after you graduate. There is also the chance to visit international film festivals including one of the biggest in the world, Berlin, where you can see the latest releases and meet filmmakers and people from the industry. Work experience Our partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest – one of the best documentary film festivals in the world – gives you access to invaluable work experience opportunities. You can work behind the scenes filming the events, and attend exclusive workshops with international industry experts or even take part in a judging panel. We are a BBC partner organisation, which gives you the chance to apply for placements and get involved in BBC projects. Recently our students filmed the CBeebies Christmas pantomime and worked on the Sports Personality of the Year programme. We also have an internship arrangement with Warp Films, which is run by our graduates. Final year students have undertaken crewing roles as work placements on TV series like This is England 88 and 86 and award-winning films including Submarine, Tyrannosaur, and '71. Facilities For filming on location you will have access to a huge selection of industry-standard cameras and sound equipment. We also have two professional studios, including one which is fully equipped with green screen technology. You edit your work using the post-production software Avid Media Composer in our editing suites, and show your work in our own cinema, The Void, which offers Blu-ray DVD through a HD digital projector, 35mm projectors and a Dolby 5.1 surround sound system. We are one of the few universities in the UK to have such facilities. After you graduate, we can help provide you with your own studio space as you start your filmmaking career. Employability You work on real projects, making documentaries, training films and online content for local and national companies. Recently our students have produced work for the NHS, Sheffield City Council and the Royal Society for the Blind. You can also have your work shown on Sheffield Live, a TV station which broadcasts to the region on Freeview and all digital packages. In your second year, we help you set up meetings with industry professionals in your area of interest. You also attend guest lectures – recent speakers have included film editor and director Nick Fenton. In your final year we help you prepare for the next stage in your career by learning how to market and distribute your work.


**Year one modules**-Practice modules • creative media project development • foundation production skills Theory modules • film analysis • film writing **Year two modules**- Practice modules • moving image project • moving image production skills • cross-media project • screenwriting Theory modules • critical theory • professional contexts in film and media **Year three modules**- Practice modules • project development • major project Theory modules • research project • researching exhibition and distribution

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 75%
Student score 72% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
49% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
295 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 89% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are customer service occupations


Graduates who are media professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.
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