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International/EU: £15,860 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
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- Learn key techniques and skills required in film and TV.
- Develop the ability to produce distinctive moving image work, informed by a range of historical, cultural, theoretical and professional contexts.
- Experiment with forms, conventions and techniques.
- Create content that supports a vision for a sustainable future with the BAFTA albert HE Partnership.
- Develop your understanding of professional practice so you are ready to find your career in the creative industries.
On this course, you’ll find yourself in an exciting community of creatives who are inspired and empowered by bold and innovative film and TV production. Working together (and independently) you can produce a range of film projects including narrative, documentary and experimental filmmaking. You will graduate with realistic, confident expectations of what your next steps will be.
Student success story
"I was placed on the Foundation Year as I didn’t meet the entry requirements for the BA. It turns out it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I met people that have helped me better myself technically and personally, not to mention the great teaching you experience across multiple disciplines. They really do prepare you for the future."
Dale Horsfall, BA Film and TV Production with Foundation Year
View our students' work
Find out more about the Media Arts and Communications department and view the work of some of our students.
How you learn
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
This programme offers a distinctive approach to film and TV production for multiple platforms and a variety of audiences.The focus is on practice-based learning and professionalism, independent as well as group practice. This reflects industry standards while encouraging innovation and risk taking.
You’ll be trained as an independent creative and technical thinker. You’ll graduate as a multi skilled and employable professional — with the knowledge, contacts and experience you need to start an exciting career.
You learn through
- producing short films
- writing scholarly essays
- lectures, seminars and feedback screenings
- technical workshops
- industry visits and field trips
- independent study
- practice based learning and group work
- public screening events and film festivals
- distributing and exhibiting your work in the public realm
In the foundation year, you’ll study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You’ll grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You’ll also become familiar with Hallam’s exceptional facilities and staff, so you’re fully prepared for undergraduate study.
Course leaders and tutors
Chris CookeSenior Lecturer in Directing and Screenwriting
I teach screenwriting, directing and researching exhibition and distribution
You will work on real projects, making documentaries, training films and online content for local and national companies. Recently our students have produced work for the Screen Yorkshire, DocFest’s Exchange Programme, Aesthetica film festival, NHS, Sheffield City Council and with Sheffield’s diverse communities.
In your final year, you’ll make a graduation piece, crewing up with your peers and exhibiting your work in a public space, normally The Showroom Cinema. You will engage with industry practices including distribution and exhibition.
We aim to take students on trips to film festivals which in the past have included London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica, Berlin and Glasgow.
This course prepares you for a career in
- film and television production e.g. director, producer, location manager, TV researcher, cinematographer, sound recordist / designer, editor
- and associated roles
- the creative industries
- marketing and communications
- academia or further studies
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- Lionsgate, Illuminations, Warp Films, Tiger Aspect Productions, True North
- Independent production for BBC, ITN, Channel 4, Netflix, BFI
- The Mill, Envy, Spool, 2AM Post Production
- Feature films e.g. Mission Impossible 7, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, 1917, Jurassic World Dominion, You Were Never Really Here
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
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Equipment and facilities
On this course you work with
- industry-standard cameras and sound equipment
- professional studios, one which is equipped with green screen technology
- Avid Media Composer
- 4K as well as 35mm projectors and a Dolby 5.1 surround sound system
Learn more about your department
Media, Arts and Communications Facilities Tour
Take a look around the media, arts and communication facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with lecturer Saskia Wilson.
With at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:
- CDD at A Level.
- MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
- A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M.
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
- Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• An Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Media Arts and Communication.
We treat the foundation year as part of the Media Arts and Communication degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Media Arts and Communication degrees.
Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.
|Module: Creative Synergies In Media Production||Credits: 40||
|Module: Media In Context||Credits: 20||
|Module: Media Project||Credits: 40||
|Module: Preparing For Independent Practice And Study||Credits: 20||
|Module: Module 1. What Is Film And Tv?||Credits: 60||
|Module: Module 2. How Do I Make Film And Tv?||Credits: 60||
|Module: Module 3. What Can Film And Tv Be?||Credits: 60||
|Module: Module 4. What Kind Of Film And Tv Maker Am I?||Credits: 60||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Module 5. Our Film And Tv||Credits: 100||
|Module: Module 6. My Context||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Digital media courses (PDF, 225.8KB)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.