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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BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
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2 years full-time
BA/BSc (Hons) Film Production
Course Durations
2 years full-time
Start Date(s)
January, May or September 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
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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:
Academic IELTS (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)
TOEFL (IBT) 72 overall with the following component scores: Listening – 17 Writing – 17 Speaking – 20 Reading – 18
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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.
‘Film Fundamentals’ is the first module for students taking the Film Production award, and covers the essential skills and knowledge needed to advance on the course. Addressing basic principles and workflows, students will learn to operate key production equipment (cameras, lights, audio recorders) and to edit recorded footage. They will also be introduced to different filmmaking styles, and begin to learn skills for effective time management.
‘Film Development’ focuses of the pre-production processes and workflows of the film industry. Scriptwriting and narrative are examined in detail through critical analysis of films, with students required to develop their own script. Students learn to create and review production design elements. Transferable skills are also developed through this module: conducting effective research, and presentation skills for pitching ideas and concepts.
Trimester 2
Broaden your scope to work on complex multidisciplinary projects in accordance with industry-standard practices.
This module builds on the previous, enabling students to bring their pre-production designs and scripts through the production phase of film making. Students will learn the different roles involved in film production and have the opportunity to work in many of them, with a focus on the necessarily collaborative nature of the industry: directing, producing, operating cameras, lights, sound and so on. Issues of copyright and intellectual property will also be discussed.
This module is the culmination of Level 4 for Film Production students, in which their produced material from previous modules is used to learn the post-production workflows and processes of the industry. The technical and creative aspects of film editing are explored, enabling students to complete their film and make it ready for viewing. The module also addresses academic writing skills and correct referencing.
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.
You will work independently and as part of a team on various short projects as they develop production and post production skills in documentary filmmaking.

You will learn about the theories and practice of documentary film, including ethical and aesthetic considerations. Gain a deeper appreciation of documentary film through screenings and analysis of seminal documentary films and identify critical parameters through research, practice and academic frameworks.
Documentary styles - stylised aesthetics in documentary genre filmmaking
Interview techniques inc. lighting, staging, questioning and audio recording techniques,
Creating documentary treatments
Creating audiovisual scripts,
Multi cam production and editing workflows,
Working with archive,
Recording narration and voice over,
Documentary editing,
Colour correction and grading,
Audio editing,
Documentary styles, stylised aesthetics in documentary genre filmmaking
Interview techniques inc. lighting, staging, questioning and audio recording techniques
Creating documentary treatments
Creating audiovisual scripts
Multi cam production and editing workflows
Working with archive
Recording narration and voice over
Documentary editing
Colour correction and grading
Audio editing
Gain a deeper appreciation of documentary film through screenings and analysis of seminal documentary films.Identify critical parameters through research, practice and academic frameworks.
Trimester 4
Trimester 4 will focus on collaborative film production. You will take on production roles and plan artist productions.
The studio module will allow you to choose a business development around promotional content or narrative film. You will set up a business/company, alongside making a portfolio of promotional content (music videos, corporate training, social media, TV adverts, etc) or a short film or TV pilot.
Begin exploring the business side of the film industry. Focus on producing, funding and distribution. Identifying an audience and appropriate promotion and distribution methods to reach the audience.
Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with students across other programmes. Possibly include a short fiction production.
Producing module with promotional film elements. A focused brand or production company with the goal of producing relevant content to an exhibition and distribution stage.

Business infrastructure for creation of promotional materials and/or developing a short film project with the creation of a film company.
Trimester 5
The aim of these modules is to enable students to identify their area of professional interest and develop a deep and sound knowledge in this field.
You'll begin to position your practice in the wider cultural context of your industry. You will also begin to plan their journey into the industry through a greater focus on professional development planning
Trimester 6
This final module enables students pursuing the Film Production award to demonstrate their skills in a large scale, advanced level project.
The Major Project is the culmination of the undergraduate programme; it gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a large scale, advanced level project. There are two options for the Major Project, detailed in (11b) below.

There is an expectation that the final deliverable for this programme will be of a calibre such that it demonstrates the student’s capacity to progress into professional practice or postgraduate studies.
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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