BA/BSc (Hons) Film ProductionJoin the next generation of filmmakers. Earn your place on any film set around the world.
Non-EU Students £13000 pa
Non-EU Students £13000 pa
Non-EU Students £11500 pa
YOUR CAREER IN FILM BEGINS NOW
Learn in a collaborative environment with state of the art equipment and studios, under the expert guidance of our industry leading staff.
You will be producing real-world projects in small creative teams meaning you will have a real competitive edge and an impressive portfolio when entering the workplace.
Learn the art of filmmaking using industry relevant software including Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer.
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Course StructureBA/BSc Film Production is broken up into three distinct stages, each designed to develop different skills.
Topics in Trimester 1 include:
- Production planning
- Camera operation
- Lighting techniques
- Working in a crew
- Audio recording
- Edit theory
- Non-linear editing
- Short film narrative structure
- Story development
- Script writing
- Film analysis
- Production design
Topics in Trimester 2 include
- Short Film Theory
- Character Development
- Genre Theory
- Colour Theory
- Typography Theory
- Casting and Rehearsals
- Blocking and Staging
- Directing Actors and Working with Crew
- Video editing
- Sound editing
- Montage theory and techniques
- Colour grading/correction
- Motion graphics
- Post-production workflow
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
- Style and genre
- Factual film production practices
- Interview techniques
- Editing documentary
- Giving, receiving and learning from feedback
- Reflective and critical analysis
- Cultural contexts
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
- Marketing basics (target group analysis, product lifecycle, product development)
- Business planning (budgeting, financing)
- Pitching projects
- Film marketing and distribution
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
- Colour Grading
- Transmedia Storytelling
- Promotional Film Production
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.
What jobs will this course lead to?
- Video editor
- Visual Effects Artist
- Camera Assistant
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.