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University of Portsmouth

Film Production

UCAS Code: PP31

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


120 Tariff points from A levels. A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required.

122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma. Must be accompanied by relevant experience or additional qualifications related to Film or Media.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 50. A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level. A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required.

120 Tariff points. A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required.

UCAS Tariff

120

120 points from A levels or equivalent. A relevant qualification or experience in film/video is required. Applicants without relevant qualifications may be asked to submit a digital portfolio.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Moving image techniques

**Overview**

If you’re a budding Spielberg, aspiring cinematographer or the next big thing in script writing, this BA (Hons) Film Production degree course is for you.

You’ll learn how to develop, write, produce, direct, shoot edit and promote short film for cinema, television and digital platforms. And you'll learn the professional skills you need to excel in the business side of the film industry.

When you complete the course, you’ll be equipped for a career in film and television and be able to tackle many other roles in the media industry.

**Accreditations**

This course is accredited by the industry body ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset). This professional accreditation lets film, TV and video professional in the industry know that you've graduated from a quality course. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

**What you'll experience**

On this course you’ll:
- Learn how to develop, write, produce, direct, shoot, edit and promote short films for all platforms – around 80% of the course is practical

- Use professional, industry-level equipment including Arri Alexa cinema camera systems, Avid Media Composer editing software, and a Pro Tools-equipped Foley and ADR sound studio

- Attend masterclasses and workshops on scriptwriting, directing actors, cinematography, sound design, producing and post-production, hosted by experts in the field

You can also:
- Put your skills to to test on a one-year work placement

- Promote your work at our annual screening event at London’s British Film Institute (BFI), putting your abilities on show for guests from the industry

- Showcase your work on our student TV channel and become part of the production team

- Become a Certified User of Avid Media Composer editing software by completing the accredited MC101 and MC110 editing courses

**Careers and opportunities**

After the course, you can follow in the footsteps of past graduates who have secured roles in areas such as:
- broadcasting

- producing

- media management

- scriptwriting

- technical media

- camera operation

- sound recording

- producing management and coordination

- research and development

- production design

- post-production and effects

Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- runner

- camera assistant

- junior/editing assistant

- sound recordist

- junior researcher

- personal or production assistant

- junior/production coordinator

- 3rd 2nd assistant director

Some graduates have worked on popular and acclaimed productions, including the Guardians of the Galaxy motion picture.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

YEAR ONE
(Core)
- Creative Storytelling
- Editing for Film and Video
- EPortfolio for Film and Broadcasting
- Film Craft
- Film Language and Representation

There are no optional modules in this year.

YEAR TWO
(Core)
- Film Production Practices
- World & Transnational Cinema

(Optional)
- Cinematography
- Creative Music and Effects for Film and TV
- Directing
- Documentary and Factual
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- External Live Brief
- Fiction Film-Making
- Film Sound Production
- Film, Media and Performance Study Exchange
- Professional Experience
- Script Writing
- Student Enterprise
- Underwater Filming and Media
- Workflow and Grading

PLACEMENT YEAR (OPTIONAL)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

YEAR THREE
(Core)
- Graduate Film (up to 15 minute final film)
- Graduate Film Package (Marketing: Electronic Press Kit and Research of your film)
- Independent Research Project
- Self-Promotion (40hrs industry work placement)
- Professional Industry Skills (employability masterclasses)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

- essay and report writing
- video essays
- film production artefacts
- group projects and presentations
- pitching
- production files
- practical assessments
- workshops and supervised work sessions
- masterclasses
- tutorials
- production meetings

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 40% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 8% by written exams, 28% by practical exams and 64% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 28% by practical exams and 72% by coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,100
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Moving image techniques

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Cinematics and photography

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

53%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A few years ago graduates from this subject were having a very hard time but things have improved a lot thanks to our active media, film and photographic industries - much the most common employers for this group. The most common jobs are in the arts — as photographers, audio-visual technicians, operators and designers, as directors, as artists and as graphic designers. Training in presenting sound and graphics is useful in other industries as well, so you can find graduates in journalism, in advertising, in business management, in events management and in web design and IT. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Moving image techniques

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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