BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production

Join the next generation of filmmakers. Earn your place on any film set around the world.
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London, Glasgow, Liverpool
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Domestic Fees
Select Campus

£9,000 per year

The annual tuition fee is fully funded via Student Finance England for eligible home fee students.


£7,500 per year

Partial funding is available for eligible home fee applicants who are resident in Scotland via the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)


£9,000 per year

The annual tuition fee is fully funded via Student Finance England for eligible home fee students.

BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
International Fees
Select Campus

EU students £9,000* per year (self-funded)

Non-EU students £13,000 per year (self-funded)

(*Student visa required)


EU students £7,500* per year (self-funded)

Non-EU students £11,500 per year (self-funded)

(*Student visa required)


EU students £9,000* per year (self-funded)

Non-EU students £13,000 per year (self-funded)

(*Student visa required)

2 years full-time
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Course Durations
2 years full-time
Start Date(s)
January 2022
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Start Dates
  • January 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • January 2022

  • September 2022

  • May 2022

  • September 2022

Entry Requirements
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet one of the following criteria:
Degree entry Offers will be made to applicants who are expected to meet, or exceed the entry requirements below, in addition to supplying a personal statement:
72 UCAS points
GCSE level A* - C in English 9 - 4 (or equivalent). For students studying in Scotland this is equivalent to National 5, C grade
Personal statement
Non-standard entry routes SAE Institute will accept non-standard entry applications, which do not meet the 72 UCAS points or equivalent, and/or maths/English at level 2 or equivalent as required:
Portfolio of related work - This could include recordings, films, sketch books, a blog or any suitable medium that gives you the best opportunity to show us your creative potential.
Successful pass mark achieved via the SAE UK Maths test
Academic Essay
Further Domestic Entry Information
For more information, please look at our Domestic Entry page
Domestic Entry Requirements
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
International Entry Requirements
Non-UK Applicants
English language requirements Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English, equivalent to UK GCSE (Level 2) grade 4 (c) or above. Equivalent qualifications can be accepted, where these qualifications have been verified by ENIC and are adopted widely within the UK Higher Education sector, including:
IELTS (UKVI or Academic) (minimum 5.5 in all components and an overall score of 6.0)
Pearson Test of English (minimum 51 in all subscores)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (minimum grade C)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (minimum grade B)
Cambridge English: Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (B2 First) – minimum grade C
TOEFL (IBT or IBT Home Edition online) 72 overall with the following component scores: Listening – 17 Writing – 17 Speaking – 20 Reading – 18
LanguageCert ESOL examinations:
  • International ESOL C1 Expert – pass in all four components
  • International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) – minimum 33 in all components
  • ESOL Integrated Skills in English II – pass in all components
• IELTS Indicator* (online) – minimum 5.5 in all components and an overall score of 6.0
*Accepted on exceptional basis for the applicants whose local test centres are affected by closures due to Covid-19
Further International Entry Information
For more information, please look at our International Entry page
International Entry Requirements


Learn in world class studio environments Sony and Canon cameras, DaVinci Resolve colour grading software, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe Creative Cloud.
Practical, immersive training Practical skills are vital. Our learning approach is a blend of vocational and academic from day one.
Creative collaboration Collaborate with artists, designers, web, mobile, and game developers, animators, and audio specialists.
Expand your career Graduate with a portfolio, work experience, employability and entrepreneurial skills and a network of fellow creatives.

Tools & Software

Film Skills

Cinematography Visual effects skills Directing Production Post production Lighting Sound

Course Structure

BA/BSc Film Production is broken up into three distinct stages, each designed to develop different skills.
Trimester 1
Develop the essential technical film skills and the knowledge required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals.
You will be introduced to a range of fundamental practises and processes within film production, gaining an overview of the film industry and its workflows. During the first trimester you will develop knowledge and skills across several core competencies through theoretical and practical instruction as you build a portfolio of projects.

Topics in Trimester 1 include:

  • Production planning
  • Camera operation
  • Lighting techniques
  • Working in a crew
  • Audio recording
  • Edit theory
  • Non-linear editing
You will be introduced to the various creative and organisational elements that must be completed before being able to advance any film into the physical production process. You will develop skills in storytelling and script writing, and unpack the various processes that go into planning your production.

  • Short film narrative structure
  • Story development
  • Script writing
  • Pitching
  • Pre-visualisation
  • Research
  • Film analysis
  • Production design
Trimester 2
Throughout the second teaching term, you will focus your skills in film production and post production. This will provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of production roles, and to work across a range of post production processes in finalising a film for distribution.
Throughout trimester 2 you will build the skills associated with developing and communicating an overarching vision of a film, as well as working in ‘below-the-line’ roles to bring your narratives to the screen. You will continue to develop skills within the camera department, grips, lighting department and sound, as well as the organisational roles associated with production management, assistant directing and location management.

Topics in Trimester 2 include

  • Short Film Theory
  • Pitching
  • Character Development
  • Genre Theory
  • Colour Theory
  • Typography Theory
  • Casting and Rehearsals
  • Blocking and Staging
  • Pre-visualisation
  • Directing Actors and Working with Crew
During this module you will gain a practical appreciation for the post-production phase of filmmaking. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct a range of post-production workflows as you prepare a film project for distribution. Working with industry standard software, you will edit your film, perform colour correction and colour grading, as well as develop basic skills in audio editing.

Topics include:

  • Video editing
  • Sound editing
  • Montage theory and techniques
  • Colour grading/correction
  • Motion graphics
  • Post-production workflow
Trimester 3
Trimester 3 introduces you to a professional working environment where you will undertake a number of prescribed project briefs using a project based ‘creative studio’ approach. Creative Studios provide a practically focussed approach to your education, through the engagement with authentic assessment activities that reflect industry practises.
During creative studio 1, you will begin to apply your core practical skill to the art and craft of documentary filmmaking. You will develop technical and narrative skills as you work on a series of projects to produce non-fiction films.

You will be guided through a series of practical workshops, where you will explore interview and lighting techniques and how to capture engaging and vibrant footage that will tell your stories. With support from theoretical classes and discussion based sessions with lecturers and peers, you will develop your skills in finding, exploring and crafting engaging narratives through a variety of modes.

Working independently and as part of a creative team, you will work with HD and UHD camera workflows, experiment with a variety of production and post production skills as you bring real-life stories to the screen.

Topics you may draw upon in Creative Studio 1 include:

  • Documentary production planning
  • Research
  • Style and genre
  • Factual film production practices
  • Interview techniques
  • Editing documentary
  • Giving, receiving and learning from feedback
  • Reflective and critical analysis
  • Cultural contexts
Trimester 4
The second Creative Studio term focuses on collaborative production skills as you develop a creative team to develop, produce and distribute a variety of Film projects.
Creative Studio 2 enables you to learn more about the business side of the film industry, and the vital role of the Producer. Collaborating with peers from across disciplines, such as audio and animation, you will be supported in producing a short fiction film or a series of promotional films, including music videos, adverts and corporate videos.

If you opt to produce a short fiction film, you will continue to develop your storytelling, directing and cinematography skills as you bring your narrative to life. Typically you will find yourself collaborating with Audio Production students to ensure your soundtrack, location sound and ADR is of a professional standard. You will also have the opportunity to integrate visual effects through collaborations with our animation students. Ultimately, you will be aiming to produce a high-quality fictional narrative film that is ready for distribution and submission to festivals.

Should you wish to develop your production skills through the world of promotional film, you will be given the opportunity to work on a series of creative briefs and collaborate with peers from across SAE’s creative programmes, notably Audio Production, Content Creation and Online Marketing, and Music Business. You will be guided through the concept development process as you gain skills in working with clients, and broaden your production skills into live-event/multi-camera production and multi-clip editing techniques.

Topics you may draw upon in Creative Studio 2 include:

  • Fictional film production
  • Promotional film production
  • Working in a team
  • Collaboration and communication
  • Enterprise
  • Marketing basics (target group analysis, product lifecycle, product development)
  • Business planning (budgeting, financing)
  • Pitching projects
  • Contracts
  • Film marketing and distribution
Trimester 5
As you enter your penultimate study period, you will begin to specialise your skills within your chosen area of the film industries.
Creative Studio 3 provides you with an opportunity to identify your area of professional interest and develop a deep and sound knowledge in this field.

You may choose to undertake structured industry-based activities through the form of ‘live projects’ or to pursue a research project in your field of specialisation. This module will build a thorough awareness of professional practice and provide you with an opportunity to direct your professional development in a way that aligns with your future career plans.

Film-specific specialisms will include negotiated and live industry projects, designed in collaboration with lecturers and industry. These could be in fields including fiction, non-fiction, experimental, promotional or transmedia film productions typically within the role of producer, director, script writer, cinematographer or editor.

Using evidence-based decision making and your mastery in creative media practice, you will also work to develop a proposal for your final Major Project, where you will be supported to identify methodologies and outcomes appropriate for a Major Project either within the realm of the Arts or the Sciences.

Topics you may draw upon in Creative Studio 3 include, but are not limited to:

  • Script Writing
  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Colour Grading
  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • Promotional Film Production
Trimester 6
This final module enables students pursuing the Film Production award to demonstrate their skills in a large scale, advanced level project.
During your final trimester you will work to the completion of your final Major Project, which will have been designed, scoped and approved through the preceding term. This project gives you the opportunity to focus and advance your knowledge and skills in your chosen specialism within your field, and serves as the culmination of your learning journey with us.

Previously, students have used the Major Project as a springboard into industry, creating award winning projects, establishing their own businesses or making connections with industry professionals that have led to employment.
UCAS Course Codes
BA (Hons) Digital Film Production W612
University of Hertfordshire
Level 6 This program was developed and is delivered and assessed by SAE Institute, awarded by and quality assured by University of Hertfordshire.

Career Outcomes

What jobs will this course lead to?

  • Video editor
  • Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Colourist
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Camera Assistant

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Course FAQs

We are looking to see an applicants’ best and most refined artwork in whatever medium they choose, and should evidence their creativity and technical skill. You are welcome to contact our admissions team for advice on what you should include.

We are looking to see applicants passion for film, if you have created any work before applying. This can include examples of your work, script work or practical mov examples or anything creative and film related that boosts your creative vision. We would also like a 800 word write up of why you want to study film production as well as what your favourite is and why? (400 words on each). You are welcome to contact our admissions team for advice on what you should include.

You can provide a PDF document or a personal URL with examples of your work. Text based work, such as scripts and write ups can be submitted as a PDF document.

We consider all applicants, so you can still join the course without any practical experience. However, we do require you to have a passion for film, which is why we ask you for an informal write up to explain why you would like to join the course and what your favourite film is.

While we recommend students to invest in their own hardware, in particular a laptop and an external hard drive, they are not essential to the course as you can use the computer labs on site. They will, however, make your learning experience easier as you can work off site. A camera is desirable but again not essential as we have cameras on site for your learning experience.

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