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Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2019

If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit our Photography, Animation or Film Studies course pages.

About this course

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Film and Journalism
City Campus
Three years full-time
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Programme leader:
Dr Charlotte Crofts
Key fact:
This production-based course gives you the practical and intellectual skills you need for a successful career in today's creative industries.

Page last updated 9 August 2019


Why study filmmaking?

Our everyday lives are filled with moving images through social media, TV streaming, broadcast TV and cinema to mention just a few.

Traditional cinema is still a huge and vibrant industry, and the surge in streaming services has created more opportunities for filmmakers to reach their audiences and produce truly cinematic storytelling.

We're also seeing the expansion of virtual and augmented reality and starting to discover how filmmakers will use this technology in the future.

The industry needs creative new filmmakers to produce adverts, music videos, social media campaigns, political films, documentaries big and small, TV series, independent titles and big summer blockbusters.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Filmmaking is based at Bower Ashton Studios, part of the City Campus. Exceptional facilities and resources include digital media studios and production and fabrication workshops offering traditional tools and the latest technology.

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

Attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed. Develop drama and documentary storytelling skills by developing advanced craft techniques used in the professional media. Gain an in-depth understanding of culture and context.

The course pushes boundaries, intellectually and imaginatively. Explore filmmaking for the 21st century through development of eclectic short form projects that span the vast opportunities for audience and presentation in the modern industry. Build the knowledge to navigate the industry as it changes over the next 10 to 20 years by applying cutting-edge techniques.

Our City Campus is a creative powerhouse. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

In 2017, Bristol was named UNESCO City of Film because of the strength of the city's moving image culture and industry. The city boasts a strong, skilled-pool of locally-based crew and facilities companies, which includes award-winning freelancers, production and post-production companies.

Be a part of Bristol's vibrant arts and cultural scene, where students and workers in the creative industries often collaborate.

Our strong industry contacts include the BBC, ITV, Aardman Films@59, Bottleyard Film Studies and E3 Media. They provide ongoing professional input and work experience opportunities.

Attend talks from broadcast commissioners, cinematographers, directors, composers and coders/designers who will share their influences and techniques. Recent guest speakers include director Ben Wheatley (High Rise), writer and director Gurindha Chandha (Bend It Like Beckham). We have also held masterclasses with editor St John O'Rorke (The White Princess) and art director Sarah Hauldron (Gosford Park).

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Where can it take me?

The filmmaking industry is in a hugely exciting period covering a vast array sectors and outputs, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon.

Our multi-skilled graduates go on to work in the creative industries for a range of media and multimedia production companies - as researchers, camera operators, editors, assistant directors/producers, mixers, graders and cinematographers.

Others go on to further study on MA or doctoral research projects.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Script to Screen
  • Designing Screen Fiction
  • Experimental Short Form.     

Year two

You will study:

  • Documentary
  • Sound for Screen
  • Craft Lab
  • Industry Experience.

Plus, optional modules from:

  • Narrative and Modern Short Form


  • International Exchange.

Final year

You will study:

  • Commercial Short Form
  • Production 1
  • Specialist Practice
  • Production 2
  • Professional Showcase
  • Independent Research Project in Filmmaking.

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

Learn through a mix of lectures and seminars. Take part in an extensive range of craft technical workshops at each level of the course.

As well as studying technical, practical and theoretical ideas to enhance every stage of your creative output, the modern filmmaker also needs a solid understanding of teamwork, ethics and professionalism.

You'll explore these elements in preparation for the needs of today's creative film industry.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

See our students' exhibits on Tumblr and Vimeo.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


You can expect to be assessed through projects, essays, group presentations and audio-visual presentation. There are no exams.

You'll write critical of your own production work and relate it to the broader context and history of professional media production.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

The course is recognised by Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council. It carries the Creative Skillset tick, which shows the course is appropriate for a creative industries career.


Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

We have strong links with broadcasters and the film industry, the cultural and voluntary sectors and commerce. You'll spend at least 15 days on work experience in Year two and Final year.

Your placement could be with a major TV channel, a small independent film company or an up-and-coming digital media agency. Past students have spent time at Tigress Productions, worked on low-budget features in Halifax and Bristol and interned at Films@59, Al Jazeera and the Encounters and Afrika Eye film festivals.

Take part in the Erasmus/Socrates European exchange programme in your second year to gain valuable experience of filmmaking in a different industrial and cultural context.

Get help to find your placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


From the start, you'll be encouraged to go out and make films using a range of techniques in different environments.

You'll be introduced to the pressures of working both on location and on film sets built in our brand new production studio.  

Explore every element available to the filmmaker, such as scriptwriting, production design, creative producing, sound recording and sound design.

With each module, you'll be encouraged and supported to develop work that challenges and enriches your own approach and abilities as a filmmaker.

Study facilities

Fimmaking is based at Bower Ashton Studios with access to specialist facilities and resources and animation studios.

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. You'll attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Bower Ashton houses the main creative and cultural industries library as well as student support services.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


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 managers, camera operators, sound mixers, colour graders, researchers and cinematographers.

Past students include:

  • An 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.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

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) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

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 Per year580

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels
  • Relevant subjects: Art and Design, Photography, Film and Media Production, Film and Media Studies, Drama, English, Music, Music Technology.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at distinction and 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

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. In recent years we have also accepted applicants 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.

Portfolio and selection session

Entry is based on portfolio and ability. Successful applicants are generally those with the strongest portfolios. For guidance on what to include in your portfolio, watch our portfolio advice video.

Applicants demonstrating practical experience/work experience, a passion for the subject and creative inspiration 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.

The selection session will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their

  • Communication, interaction and analytical skills
  • Critical engagement with the discipline/ profession/ programme area
  • Interest and motivation to study

Further details specific to the programme are below.

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.

Interviews typically take place between January and April, according to when you apply.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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