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Film Production BA (Hons) Top-up Degree

Filmmaking degree course in Brighton

This course is in partnership with the University of Brighton and delivered by Brighton Film School. 

Is your future film? Have you achieved a Higher National Diploma Level 5 or a Foundation Degree in filmmaking or related arts and wish to study to achieve the full BA (hons) qualification? The Film Production BA (Hons) top-up degree combines the strength of the schools film production facilities with the expertise of our team of lecturers - all of whom are professional practitioners in various film and broadcast capacities.

It is a cutting edge course that combines practical filmmaking, fiction and non-fiction, embedded with a strong conceptual and theoretical background to film production and the British film industry. Building on from and connected to the established Filmmaking HND and Art Direction HND course, the BA (Hons) provides students with high-level accreditation and training, as well as the practical skills and practice to create a professional showreel and credit list and connection to the film industry to give the student an amazing opportunity to enter the British film industry as a practicing professional.

This Film Production degree is taught in the heart of Brighton, at the specialist facilities within Brighton Film School which has been delivering HND qualifications, professional diplomas and training courses for many years for the British film industry and is widely recognised as one of the best in the country and endorsed by our patrons Brian Tufano (Billy Elliot, Trainspotting), David Scinto (Sexy Beast, Gangster No.1, 44" Chest), and Michele D'Acosta (Biggie and Tupac, Kurt and Courtney). The course is accredited and run in partnership with University of Brighton. Brighton is a tremendously exciting and creative city to live in and be a filmmaker with a rich heritage in the art and home to the Hove Pioneers.

Typically applicants come from our own Filmmaking HND or Set Design for Film and TV HND courses, however, we do consider applications from students who have the equivalent qualifications and would welcome your application.

About the course

The course will provide students with an industry-relevant offering that includes a critical understanding of applied film theory, with current industry insight and practice in film production, and the creative and technical skills to function effectively in film, television and associated sectors such as music promo, television commercials and branded virals.

The Film School teaches with both HD and Film, to introduce you to both formats so you will be ready for the workplace. We run specialist and advanced workshop and shoots in HD on the Canon C100, Black Magic Cinema, Red Epic and Arri Alexa as well as using the school's Canon 600D shooting kits with Zoom recorders and radio directional mics. Film formats will be covered with projects using Super-16 and 35mm so that you gain a complete overview of both professional film and digital equipment.

Please do not let finances be a barrier to your learning. Studying at the Brighton Film School is extremely valuable in terms of the training, qualifications, industry contacts and value in terms of gaining a practical showreel. Most students fund their studies by applying for a Student Loan and advice and support can be given to you on application. There are also lots of freelancing opportunities through the film school and our study hours are flexible so you can maintain work


  • Professional Practice (20 credits)
  • Minor Module (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (20 credits)
  • Major Module (60 credits)

 Careers and Progression

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will look to work within the film industry across a wide range of roles including (but not exclusively) Director, Cinematographer, Camera Operator, Editor, Producer, Gaffer, Sound Design, Screenwriter, Production Designer and more. Further study is possible across a wide range of MA degree courses at University of Brighton or other.

Visit us and open days

You are very welcome to visit the school to view our facilities and ask our tutors your questions. We will also invite you in for an interview to be should your online application be progressed. Please call or email our office to book first.

Study mode:

This course is one year full-time HE course.

Start dates:

This course starts in September and is taught on two days per week. The rest of the week you are expected to work independently and freelance in the film industry.

Final qualification:

BA (Hons) Film Production Level 6 degree

Entry requirements:

  • Completion of a Level 5 qualification, for example: Higher National Diploma, FdA, FdSC or equivalent
  • In certain circumstances, applicants are considered if they can provide evidence of prior learning with an appropriate portfolio of work
  • International students will be requested to provide a digital portfolio, evidence of ILETS 6.5 and 6 in writing, as well as equivalent Level 5 qualifications
  • Applicants lacking the specified minimum entry requirements may demonstrate by other means, at an interview, that they have the requisite qualities. Application for Accreditation of Prior (experiential) Learning will also be considered

All students are required to attend a portfolio interview and register their application with UCAS. Candidates will be assessed by the standard of their work and by the evaluation of their qualifications, experience, personal statement and reference.

Course fees:

Please visit our fees page. You can apply for student loans to help cover your tuition fees.

How to apply:

Applications in the first instance should be made via UCAS.

Institution code: B72
Course code: P315
Campus code: C
Institution code name: BRITN
Short form of course: BAHFPT

If you are unable to apply via UCAS do please contact us or make an application directly via our website.

You can download the course guide as a printable PDF here.