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About this course

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Film and Journalism
City Campus
Three years full-time
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Programme leader:
Freya Billington and Mark Simon Hewis
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BA(Hons) Filmmaking is a production-based course that will give you the practical and intellectual skills essential for a career in today's creative industries.

Page last updated 12 October 2016


Why Filmmaking?

Our production-based BA (Hons) Filmmaking focuses on key drama and documentary storytelling skills by developing advanced craft techniques used in the professional media.  Creative practical work is underpinned by an in-depth understanding of culture and context.

The course pushes boundaries, intellectually and imaginatively. We will open your eyes to filmmaking for the 21st century through development of non-linear, trans-media and multiplatform projects.  The aim is to give you the knowledge to navigate the industry as it changes over the next 10 to 20 years by applying techniques you have never used, never imagined.

Our high-quality, multi-skilled graduates go on to work in careers in the creative industries and in groundbreaking roles in digital media.

Why study this course?

Film making is based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of the City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include state-of-the-art digital media studios, while production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.

This is a production-based degree: you will learn by making. Our teaching team works at the cutting edge of contemporary media practice, with high levels of practical experience and expertise.

You will have the opportunity of studying and accessing facilities at other sites within City Campus. This may include attending lectures, including guest lectures, and seminars at the City Campus at Arnolfini and City Campus at Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Real-world experience

Bristol is one of the UK's principal media production centres with a unique arts and culture scene. Our strong industry contacts, including the BBC, ITV, Aardman Animations, Endemol, Icon Films and E3 Media, ensure ongoing professional input. Work experience is integral to the course.

Recent guest speakers have included broadcast commissioners, cinematographers, directors, composers and coders/designers who shared their influences and techniques. Visiting professors include Tom Archer, former Head of Documentaries at BBC, Controller of Factual Production and a renowned documentary maker.

Where it can take you

The course provides excellent preparation for a rewarding career in the creative industries. Our graduates go on to work in wide range of media and multimedia production companies, as researchers, camera operators, editors, assistant directors/producers, mixers, graders, even cinematographers. Others go on to further study on MA or doctoral research projects.

Visit Vimeo to see a selection of films by our students.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Professional Practice 1: Introduction to Filmmaking and Creative Media
  • Scriptwriting
  • Sound, Image and Sensory Experience
  • Exploring Interactive Media
  • Creating Screen Fiction

Year 2

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Documentary Research and Production

Plus either

  • Narrative and Experience
  • Professional Practice 2: Developing Craft Skills


  • International Exchange
  • Professional Practice 2: Developing Craft Skills for International Exchange

Final Year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Preparation for Self-Directed Study in Filmmaking and Creative Media
  • Professional Practice 3: Work Experience and Future Directions
  • Filmmaking and Creative Media Dissertation
  • Self-Directed Study in Filmmaking and Creative Media

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning takes place primarily through lectures and seminars. There is an extensive range of craft technical workshops at each level of the course.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


A variety of assessment methods are used throughout the course, including projects, essays, group presentations and audio-visual presentation. There are no exams.

Critical evaluations are written throughout the course. In these students are expected to critique and analyse their own production work, and also relate it to the broader context and history of professional media production. Marks from modules undertaken in years 2 and 3 can contribute to the final award.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

The course is recognised by Creative Skillset, Sector Skills Council, and carries the Creative Skillset Tick indicating courses appropriate for a creative industries career.  


We have strong links with broadcasters and the film industry, with the cultural and voluntary sectors, and with commerce. You will spend at least 15 days on work experience in Years 2 and 3. We encourage a confident, entrepreneurial approach alongside imagination and creativity.

Placements could be with a major TV channel, a small independent film company or an up-and-coming digital media agency. Recent students have spent time at Tigress Productions and been involved in low-budget features in Halifax and Bristol. One gained an internship at Al Jazeera and another worked on a live multimedia performance.

You can also choose to take part in the Erasmus/Socrates European exchange programme in your second year to gain invaluable experience of filmmaking in a different industrial and cultural context.


From the start, you will be encouraged to go out and make films and associated moving image work using a range of techniques in different environments.

Study facilities

Filmmaking is based at Bower Ashton Campus with access to unrivalled facilities and resources including media studios offering the latest technology. Equipment includes RED cameras, a fully fitted HD studio with gallery, state-of-the-art postproduction and dubbing resources, printing, photographic workshops, and well-equipped computer and digital media labs.

Staff have a range of industry credits and extensive expertise and we are able to offer full technical support for student projects.

Studying at Bower Ashton offers an excellent base for you within the exciting City Campus, connecting teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries as well as student support services.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Student success

Students have gone on to work at a wide range of media production companies and in a huge variety of roles. They include:

  • RTS Documentary National Award Winner
  • Head of Channel 4 T4 and Music
  • Ars Electronica Winner
  • Grierson-nominated Editor
  • Adam Curtis' Editor
  • Head of the BBC Centre of Technology
  • BAFTA-winning web designer for Aardman Animations
  • BBC Producer/Director and Series Director
  • Emmy-nominated Art Director,
  • Editor for Andrea Arnold and Ken Loach
  • Managing Director of Spectrecom Television Studios
  • Cannes Young Director of the Year
  • Media Adviser to the Shadow Minister for Media and Communications.

Showcase your work

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.


Careers / Further study

Our graduates go on to work in media companies ranging from the BBC, ITV, Aardman Animations and Heart Radio to interactive multimedia companies and arts-based organisations. Posts include production management, camera operators, sound mixers, colour graders, researchers and even cinematographers.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

UWE career resources and downloads

Prospects - an overview of careers in the media


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1469

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years1650
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year550

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Art, Media, Design and Technology
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Individual offers may vary. Entry is based on portfolio and ability. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios. Students of all ages and from all social backgrounds are recruited with a wide variety of subjects and qualifications including Foundation Studies Diploma, BTEC National Diploma, A levels or equivalent qualification in Art and Design

Applicants demonstrating commitment to and knowledge of the subject on their application form are invited to a selection session where they will be required to present a collection of their creative work to demonstrate a good practical ability in and understanding of their chosen field. It should be noted that it may not be possible to interview every applicant to the course.

Entry on to this course has always been competitive. In recent years we have taken approximately 25% of applicants with A-levels, 25% with BTEC/GNVQ Media, 25% from foundation courses and 25% students who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience. We particularly welcome applications from these students, since we feel that they make a distinctive and important contribution to the life of the academic community.

To have a good chance of obtaining a place on the course, you should be able to bring a portfolio of media related work to the interview. The emphasis is definitely on quality not quantity, but the portfolio might include samples from any of the following: video show reels, CD-ROMs, web design work, audio materials, artwork, storyboards, photography and samples of written work.

How to apply

Applications should be made through UCAS but it should be noted that it may not be possible to interview every applicant to the course.

Please see the general information about applications.

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