BA (Hons) Film Production supported by University of Brighton*

Are you really passionate about film? Do you want to get your hands on the kit used to make real films? Do you want to learn your craft from real filmmakers? Brighton Film School is dedicated to one thing: Film. The BA (Hons) Film Production is focused on creating the next generation of filmmakers.

This cutting-edge industry-led course provides you with the opportunity to acquire the fundamental skills and techniques of film production required for a sustainable career in the film and related creative industries.

You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with creative practitioners from other arts disciplines through Brighton Film School’s partnerships with the British and Irish Modern Music (BIMM) Institute and the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT).

All students leave Brighton Film School with a professional showreel, which will serve as a calling card for your skills, and an understanding of how to navigate the film industry.

The Film School teaches with HD and Film to introduce you to working with both mediums. The BA (Hons) Film Production undergraduate degree introduces you to a variety of film genres and styles and covers the principal creative and technical skills and roles that are found in the film industry including screenwriting, directing, cinematography, producing, production sound mixing, editing, lighting/gaffer, continuity/script supervision and production management.

As you move through the course, you will be able to specialise in a film form through a range of optional modules offered in the second year including narrative shorts, documentary, experimental film or feature film screenwriting.

The development of your practical film production skills is supported by a film theory strand which provides you with a critical understanding of applied film theory and ensures that you will enter the film industry as an informed practitioner.

Year 1 of the course will build your skills and confidence in a range of filmmaking techniques and theory. In Semester 1 you will have an introduction to the organisation and practices required to go from idea to delivered piece. You will learn production fundamentals through introductory sessions on camera, lighting, sound recording and production management leading to fast turnaround small crew productions equipping you with the experience of filming the elements of a narrative fiction or narrative documentary. In addition to this, you will learn post-production fundamentals through sessions on editing/editing workflow leading to the fast turnaround of edited sequences, ingesting footage, transcoding to proxies, organising the edit environment, editing, autoconforming, grading and titling. Production organisational fundamentals will also be essential. Who does what, when and why? Cultivating an understanding of all the departments and roles, both to understand what your function is individually, and how and in what way you work together as a crew.

Semester 2 will be learning through doing. You will produce a short narrative film production, from idea to screen, followed by a short form documentary or music film production. Film theory will continue through scene analysis, the construction of meaning, film history and appreciation.

The second year of studies will be developing your practice through specialist options and engagement with relevant applied theory. Compulsory modules will include Film Production and Film theory, which will advance into aesthetics and visual literacy – how to read images, constructing meaning in sequence and narrative theories.

In Semester 1 you will select two of the four options below:

  • Camera, Lighting & Production Sound
  • Editing & Post-Production Sound
  • Writing & Directing
  • Producing & Managing the Production

In Semester 2, you will produce a narrative short, film documentary or music film as well as further your film theory. You will then advance your chosen two specialisms from above by narrowing it down to one and undertake a work placement embedded by your chosen specialism.

Your third and final year focuses on employment progression and your chosen discipline. You will study critical understandings 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.

In Semester 1 you will produce a showreel, CV, biography and website, together with an essay and presentation exploring current professional practices. You will take on a Head of Department role in preparation for your Major Project then complete, document and evaluate your pre-production work. You will then conduct initial research for an extended essay under the guidance of your supervisor.

In Semester 2 you will continue with your Head of Department role to take your chosen Major Project through production and final delivery, documenting and reflecting on your work. After submitting a proposal and literature review, you will write a 4,500 word essay on your chosen aspect of film production, history or theory.

*Subject to validation

Please note we cannot accept Non-EU International students unless you already have a VISA which allows you to be in the country for the duration of the course you would like to study.

Course nameBA (Hons) Film Production
Start dateSeptember 2019
Duration3 years full-time
Course fees£9.250 per year (subject to review)
Entry requirementsA full Level 3 BTEC extended diploma, two grade C A Levels or a minimum of 64 UCAS Points is required
UCAS codescourse code: P3W3 institution code: B72

Modules

Year 1
Production Fundamentals
Post-Production Fundamentals
Introduction to Production Organisation
Short Film Production
Short Form Documentary and Music Promo Production
Film Theory
Year 2
Film Production
Camera, Lighting and Production Sound
Editing and Post-Production Sound
Producing and Managing the Production
Writing and Directing
Film Theory
Year 3
Professional Practice
Major Project
Historical and Critical Studies Extended Essay
Minor Project
Year 1Year 2Year 3
Production FundamentalsFilm ProductionProfessional Practice
Post-Production FundamentalsCamera, Lighting and Production Sound Major Project
Introduction to Production Organisation Editing and Post-Production Sound Historical and Critical Studies Extended Essay
Short Film ProductionProducing and Managing the Production Minor Project
Short Form Documentary and Music Promo ProductionWriting and Directing
Film Theory Film Theory

The staff have been extremely helpful throughout and very welcoming, and have guided me along the way in many aspects. The facilities are really professional and the range of equipment amazed me.

Joanna Cavlan

Film Production