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Practical. Critical. Creative.

Do you want to combine practical filmmaking skills with the ability to critically analyse film in a range of contexts?

From filmmaking to film criticism, digital content creation, film festival programming, archival curation, and more, this BA (Hons) Film degree provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills needed for employment in the screen industries, and beyond.

Formerly known as ‘BA Film and TV Production’, this degree is taught by Northumbria’s leading film practitioners, theoreticians, and historians – all bringing research to life in your workshops, lectures, and seminars.

The BA Film combines theory and practice: you will make your own film projects, from dramas and documentaries to music and experimental films, while also exploring the impact of film on society and culture. See student work from across the years here.

This degree is dynamic, interdisciplinary, and addresses real world challenges, all while equipping you for your career in industry.

Why choose Northumbria to study BA (Hons) Film?

Top Department – Northumbria is ranked 2nd in the UK for Film, Production & Photography (Guardian University League Table, 2024).

Award Winning – You will be taught by award winning film producers/writers such as Len Collin and Johnny Walker.

Taking on Tomorrow – This course is contemporary, future-facing, and critically rigorous, preparing you to make positive impact in the world.

Research Powerhouse – Art and Design at Northumbria is ranked 4th in the UK for research power (REF, 2021). This is a rise of 6 places compared to 2014.

Student Rated – Communication & Media Studies at Northumbria is ranked 9th in the UK for overall Student Experience (Times Good University Guide, 2024).

Your Learning Experience

This course is delivered through a mix of classroom, studio-based learning, and engagement with cultural centres such as the BFI partnership, to further enhance your learning.

Modules will be taught through lectures, seminars, practical sessions and workshops. You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, including practical project submissions, essays, and presentations.

In second year, there is the opportunity to undertake a professional placement where you can gain real-world, practical experience. Alternatively, you can extend your studies, either taking an additional placement year between second and final year, or even taking a year to study abroad in the likes of mainland Europe or North America.

In your final year, you will embark on a Dissertation or a Practical Filmmaking Project (called 'Practice-Based Research Project') which is an opportunity to focus on what interests you most while developing your portfolio and academic skills.

How does this course enhance my employability?

From the very start of your studies, you are supported as you begin to develop transferable skills, such as critical thinking, communication, team working, and confidence.

On the course, you’ll learn how to use industry-standard video/sound editing software, identify the key elements of screenwriting, and understand the logistics and planning required pre- and post-production.

An invaluable opportunity for first-hand employability skills will be your Professional Placement. Here, you will be immersed in the industry, getting to grips with exactly how your knowledge can be applied, and gaining confidence, professionalism, and skills which will stay with you for life.

Many modules have been specifically designed to enhance your employability and encourage you to consider how your interests align with potential future career routes after graduation. For example, the final year module, ‘Event Cultures’, explores events planning, management, and media promotion, while ‘Film Across Media: Transmedia Storytelling and Marketing’ introduces you to how the media industry utilises world-building, to spread traditional context across media platforms.

Missed the deadline to apply for the course? Check out our useful guide on how to apply for uni after UCAS deadline to be able to join us in September!

See other similar courses you may be interested in: BA Media and Communications or BA Theatre and Performance

Practical. Critical. Creative.

Do you want to combine practical filmmaking skills with the ability to critically analyse film in a range of contexts?

From filmmaking to film criticism, digital content creation, film festival programming, archival curation, and more, this BA (Hons) Film degree provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills needed for employment in the screen industries, and beyond.

Formerly known as ‘BA Film and TV Production’, this degree is taught by Northumbria’s leading film practitioners, theoreticians, and historians – all bringing research to life in your workshops, lectures, and seminars.

The BA Film combines theory and practice: you will make your own film projects, from dramas and documentaries to music and experimental films, while also exploring the impact of film on society and culture. See student work from across the years here.

This degree is dynamic, interdisciplinary, and addresses real world challenges, all while equipping you for your career in industry.

Why choose Northumbria to study BA (Hons) Film?

Top Department – Northumbria is ranked 2nd in the UK for Film, Production & Photography (Guardian University League Table, 2024).

Award Winning – You will be taught by award winning film producers/writers such as Len Collin and Johnny Walker.

Taking on Tomorrow – This course is contemporary, future-facing, and critically rigorous, preparing you to make positive impact in the world.

Research Powerhouse – Art and Design at Northumbria is ranked 4th in the UK for research power (REF, 2021). This is a rise of 6 places compared to 2014.

Student Rated – Communication & Media Studies at Northumbria is ranked 9th in the UK for overall Student Experience (Times Good University Guide, 2024).

Your Learning Experience

This course is delivered through a mix of classroom, studio-based learning, and engagement with cultural centres such as the BFI partnership, to further enhance your learning.

Modules will be taught through lectures, seminars, practical sessions and workshops. You’ll be assessed using a range of methods, including practical project submissions, essays, and presentations.

In second year, there is the opportunity to undertake a professional placement where you can gain real-world, practical experience. Alternatively, you can extend your studies, either taking an additional placement year between second and final year, or even taking a year to study abroad in the likes of mainland Europe or North America.

In your final year, you will embark on a Dissertation or a Practical Filmmaking Project (called 'Practice-Based Research Project') which is an opportunity to focus on what interests you most while developing your portfolio and academic skills.

How does this course enhance my employability?

From the very start of your studies, you are supported as you begin to develop transferable skills, such as critical thinking, communication, team working, and confidence.

On the course, you’ll learn how to use industry-standard video/sound editing software, identify the key elements of screenwriting, and understand the logistics and planning required pre- and post-production.

An invaluable opportunity for first-hand employability skills will be your Professional Placement. Here, you will be immersed in the industry, getting to grips with exactly how your knowledge can be applied, and gaining confidence, professionalism, and skills which will stay with you for life.

Many modules have been specifically designed to enhance your employability and encourage you to consider how your interests align with potential future career routes after graduation. For example, the final year module, ‘Event Cultures’, explores events planning, management, and media promotion, while ‘Film Across Media: Transmedia Storytelling and Marketing’ introduces you to how the media industry utilises world-building, to spread traditional context across media platforms.

Missed the deadline to apply for the course? Check out our useful guide on how to apply for uni after UCAS deadline to be able to join us in September!

See other similar courses you may be interested in: BA Media and Communications or BA Theatre and Performance

Course Information

UCAS Code
P315

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2024 or September 2025

Fees
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Entry Requirements 2024/25

Standard Entry

112 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Northumbria University is committed to supporting all individuals to achieve their ambitions. We have a range of schemes and alternative offers to make sure as many individuals as possible are given an opportunity to study at our University regardless of personal circumstances or background. To find out more, review our Northumbria Entry Requirement Essential Information page for further details www.northumbria.ac.uk/entryrequirementsinfo

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2025/26

Standard Entry

112 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Northumbria University is committed to supporting all individuals to achieve their ambitions. We have a range of schemes and alternative offers to make sure as many individuals as possible are given an opportunity to study at our University regardless of personal circumstances or background. To find out more, review our Northumbria Entry Requirement Essential Information page for further details www.northumbria.ac.uk/entryrequirementsinfo

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2024/25 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £9,250

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £18,250

International Fee in Year 1: £18,250


Please see the main Funding Pages for 24/25 scholarship information.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2025/26 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* Government has yet to announce 25/26 tuition fee levels. As a guide, 24/25 fees were £9,250 per year. 



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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