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Film Production

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff Points accepted.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

UCAS Tariff


UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 2 A levels (or equivalent).

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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2022


Film production

**Please note this replaces BA (Hons) Film and Television Production for September 2021 entry.**

Turn a passion for film into a career by joining our acclaimed BA (Hons) Film Production degree course at ARU.

Join our award-winning students and develop your skills in cinematography, editing, producing and directing in studio and onlocation. You’ll shoot on film, digital and analogue 16mm film, and gain key skills, from ideas development and preproductionplanning, through to post production skills in sound design and colour grading. Learn from highly experienced filmmakers,television producers and technical officers in our specialist facilities. You’ll work closely with other students on your course, aswell as your lecturers, gaining friends as well as skills like team work and collaboration.

If your career aspirations are to crew on high end TV Drama or film, set up your own company as a videographer, createinnovative online content, reinvent what television is or use film to make change in the world, the skills you learn on this coursewill set you up to start that journey.

As a BA (Hons) Film Production student at ARU, you will be supported by award-winning lecturers whose work has beenscreened on all the major UK television networks, as well as at multiple international film festivals. They have won Emmys,HUGOs and BAFTAs and continue to practice.

With their encouragement, you'll produce a rage of programmes and films which may ultimately be as prize and film festivalworthy as recent student work. Our second year documentary, Tertiary Sound was officially selected for the BFI London FilmFestival and in competitions like the Royal Television Society (East) Student Awards, our students have a growing tradition ofsuccess. In 2019, ARU Film Production students scooped up Best Drama, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Camera,Best Sound and Best Writing at the RTS (East) student awards, cementing the course’s reputation as a national centre of excellence.

You’ll have access to a series of guest lectures and workshops led by industry professionals where you’ll learn more aboutindustry practices, receive invaluable advice and have an opportunity to network with visiting film and programme makers.

Past speakers have included, Directors Ben Wheatly (High Rise, Free Fire), Chloe Thomas (Victoria, Harlots), Roger Michell(Notting Hill, Enduring Love), Producers Laura Hasting-Smith (Macbeth , Hunger, Howards End) ,Oliver Kassman (Saint Maudeand a BAFTA Breakthough winner), Cinematographers Sean Bobbitt ( 12 Years a Slave, Hunger) and Robbie Ryan ( Red Road,IDaniel Blake, American Honey) , Sound Designers Larry Sider and Adele Fletcher, Emmy Award-winning documentarydirector, Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon, Presumed Guilty) and BBC Commissioning Editor for Storyville, Mandy Chang.Making the most of being in Cambridge, our students collaborate closely with Cambridge University students on running theprestigious Watersprite International Student Film Festival where this year they sat on judging panels, met the team behind HisDark Materials and made friends with student filmmakers from around the world. You'll have other opportunities to collaboratewith University of Cambridge students through extra curricular events at venues including student-run radio station Cam FM andthe ADC Theatre (home of Cambridge Footlights).

There are plenty of other opportunities to get your work seen. The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, screens the best films by ourstudents at an end of year screening.We’ll support you to find placements and work experience. You’ll graduate with the insight and know-how you need to work in theglobal film and television industry. You have the opportunity to study a trimester abroad too.


Core Modules
Year 1: Screen Skills. Film Drama: Production and Practices.Talking Pictures.Television: Production and Practices.
Year 2: Story On Screen: Production and Practice.Advanced Screen Skills.Ruskin Module.Debates and Practices.
Year 3: Graduation Films and Portfolio.
Optional Modules(Subject to availability)
Year 3: Working in the Creative Industries.Research Project

Assessment methods

Our courses are delivered through teaching and learning methods which provide students with the widest possible exposure to amodern and innovative higher education experience.

These methods vary and could include attendance at lectures and seminars, undertaking laboratory exercises or work-basedactivities, practical work, performances, presentations, field trips, other relevant visits and e-learning through Canvas, our onlinelearning management system.

Each course is divided into a number of ‘modules’ which focus on particular areas, each of which has a specific approach to itsdelivery. This information is published to students for each module they take via the Module Definition Form (MDF) and Canvas.

You will be given verbal and written feedback at key stages of each module, for example, on project proposals, scripts, works inprogress. You’ll be assessed via assessment on group projects; contribution and engagement; presentations; reports; writtencritical reflections and contextual analysis; essays – written and visual; scripts, proposals and written pitches; portfolios -including: final programs and films; individual research workbooks or research files and material; production documentation;marketing materials and showreels.

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