Course Overview

The BA (Hons) Film curriculum offers you the freedom to explore your own area of interest within the broad context of Film. You will be given the opportunity to combine academic investigation with industrial practice needs to fully develop your understanding of your chosen niche. The investigation, critical decision making and research skills you will acquire are planned in keeping with the versatility of the demands of the industry.

It is intended that on completion of your final year, you should be fully equipped to meet the challenges and demands of the current employment market and have the necessary skills to meet a variety of current sector demands.

Course Structure

The course has three Levels, each of which corresponds to one year of full-time study. During Level Four, you will build upon existing skills to enhance your technical abilities, whilst developing your communication skills through theoretical study. Upon progressing to Level Five, you will begin to explore external possibilities with agencies and organisations, before composing a proposal for your final year of study. Level Six will be largely based on this proposal, and will allow you to focus on your preferred area of the sector, and develop creatively according to your personal choices.

You can view a sample of content created by students on this course by visiting the page at

Modules Covered

Level Four Modules include:

  • Introduction to Film Production
  • Introduction to Direction
  • Introduction to Editing
  • Introduction to Producing
  • Introduction to Storytelling
  • Introduction to Film Contexts

Level Five modules include:

  • Intermediate Film Contexts
  • Intermediate Direction
  • Intermediate Film Production
  • Intermediate Film Scriptwriting
  • Intermediate Techniques & Processes in Cinematography
  • Intermediate Techniques & Processes in Sound

Level Six modules include:

  • Specialist Film Practice
  • Specialist Film Contexts
  • Specialist Film Techniques and Processes
  • Specialist Professional Film Practice

Learning Methods

It is expected that, over the duration of your course, you will study with increasing levels of independence. This is to ensure that you are fulfilling your academic and creative personal potential, and also to prepare you for future employment.

You will inhabit a dynamic learning environment, encompassing a wide range of facilities and resources, including digital media suites, drawing studios, design studios and well equipped lecture theatres and seminar rooms.

The College Library also includes a large Film section, which supports student needs via books, journals, visual materials and electronic databases.

Teaching Methods

Our supportive teaching and learning environment is created by a team of well qualified, dedicated staff. We aim to create a positive environment, substantiated by a Personal Tutor system to ensure that you are individually supported.


You will be assessed by a range of formative and summative assessments, which allow you to continue strengthening your skills as a Film Maker. The course is based both on practical and theoretical study, which will be reflected in the method of assessment; practical work will typically be assessed through the presentation of a body of work in portfolio or exhibition form, whilst written work will be presented in essays, reports or journals, including the completion of a dissertation at Level Six.

What's Next?

The course has a proven track record of providing students with a pathway into a broad variety of film-based jobs. By the end of the course, you will be able to compete for, and generate, your own work.

Did You Know?

The Photography department within Bradford School of Arts and Media is affiliated to the AOP (Association of Photographers) and continues to be sponsored by Light Phase camera technology. We also have a joint partnership with the National Media Museum.

You will have the opportunity to learn from both practitioners and experienced professionals. You will work with artists and designers a well as local and national galleries, museums and exhibitions.

You will develop your creative ability within a well-resourced learning environment which offers excellent studio and workshop facilities.

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points and GCSE English and mathematics at a minimum of Grade C.

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Applications are encouraged though non-traditional routes.  An appropriate level of study will be identified through a portfolio presentation and evidence of professional practice experience at interview (APEL).

If you have already completed a Foundation degree or HND, you will be considered for direct entry to the appropriate level of the degree course.

Applications are also encouraged from those who have completed an Art & Design Access Certificate course.

As part of the application process, you will be required to attend an interview to which you should bring a portfolio of your work.


We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

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