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BA (Honours) Film and Media Production

Explore the art and craft of filmmaking and develop your own independent creative style.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS P390 Course code

Course description

What you study

This course focuses on drama, documentary and experimental filmmaking in the context of critical and theoretical study. You can also choose to develop your screenwriting skills.

In year one, we introduce you to core skills, theories and creative techniques. You explore the fundamental areas of production through individual and group projects across a range of genres and disciplines.

In year two you typically begin to focus on two specialist areas from • cinematography • sound recording and design • post-production • directing and producing • transmedia for film. You also study what it is like to work in the film industry right now, and have the chance to network with professionals around the UK.

In year three you create a significant showreel piece in your chosen genre. Supervised by your own personal tutor, you form production teams to carry out creative and technical roles on each other’s productions. Your critical and theoretical development culminates in either a dissertation or in-depth study of a chosen area of filmmaking, and you also produce a two-year future strategy for the distribution of your own work or for your own artistic or professional development. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Field trips

On each year of the course you take a field trip at no additional cost. In recent years these have included making films in Liverpool and the Peak District, attending the Aesthetica film festival in York, and travelling to London to meet recent graduates from the course who are now working in major film companies like Pathé and Lionsgate. On these trips you gain useful connections which can lead to internships or even jobs after you graduate.

There is also the chance to visit international film festivals including one of the biggest in the world, Berlin, where you can see the latest releases and meet filmmakers and people from the industry.

Work experience

Our partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest – one of the best documentary film festivals in the world – gives you access to invaluable work experience opportunities. You can work behind the scenes filming the events, and attend exclusive workshops with international industry experts or even take part in a judging panel.

We are a BBC partner organisation, which gives you the chance to apply for placements and get involved in BBC projects. Recently our students filmed the CBeebies Christmas pantomime and worked on the Sports Personality of the Year programme.

We also have an internship arrangement with Warp Films, which is run by our graduates. Final year students have undertaken crewing roles as work placements on TV series like This is England 88 and 86 and award-winning films including Submarine, Tyrannosaur, and '71.

Facilities
For filming on location you will have access to a huge selection of industry-standard cameras and sound equipment, updated every year to make sure you have the latest technology. We also have two professional studios, including one which is fully equipped with green screen technology.

You edit your work using the post-production software Avid Media Composer in our editing suites, and show your work in our own cinema, The Void, which offers Blu-ray DVD through a HD digital projector, 35mm projectors and a Dolby 5.1 surround sound system. We are one of the few universities in the UK to have such facilities.

After you graduate, we can help provide you with your own studio space as you start your filmmaking career.

Employability
In the film industry, experience and networking are two of the most important elements to a successful career. On this course we make sure you get plenty of both. Our students are regularly offered freelancing opportunities which are excellent for building your experience and improving your employability.

You work on real projects, making documentaries, training films and online content for local and national companies. Recently our students have produced work for the NHS, Sheffield City Council and the Royal Society for the Blind.

You can also have your work shown on Sheffield Live, a TV station which broadcasts to the region on Freeview and all digital packages.

In your second year, we help you set up meetings with industry professionals in your area of interest. You also attend guest lectures – recent speakers have included film editor and director Nick Fenton.

In your final year we help you prepare for the next stage in your career by learning how to market and distribute your work.

Our award-winning teaching team
You will be taught by practising media professionals with current film industry knowledge and expertise. Our staff include
• Virginia Heath, director of From Scotland with Love, which was nominated for a Scottish Bafta in 2014
• Bafta-nominated director Annie Watson and producer Debbie Ballin
• Esther Johnson, curator and award-winning artist and filmmaker
• Ron Wright, award-winning sound designer
• Susannah Gent, award-winning director

Professional recognition

This course is recognised as meeting the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society's accreditation criteria of industrial relevance and professional practice.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels , including at least 32 points in a relevant subject or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, including at least 32 points in a relevant subject or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

As part of our selection process, we may request a portfolio or other evidence of your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

* Relevant subjects are • media studies • film studies • English • photography • history of art • theatre studies • history.

2018 entry requirements

Normally GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels , including at least 32 points in a relevant subject or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, including at least 32 points in a relevant subject or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

As part of our selection process, we may request a portfolio or other evidence of your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

* Relevant subjects are • media studies • film studies • English • photography • history of art • theatre studies • history.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

Practice modules • creative media project development • foundation production skills
Theory modules • film analysis • film writing

Year two modules

Practice modules • moving image project • moving image production skills • cross-media project • screenwriting
Theory modules • critical theory • professional contexts in film and media

Year three modules

Practice modules • project development • major project
Theory modules • research project • researching exhibition and distribution

Assessment
  • coursework
  • practical exercises
  • projects
  • written assignments
  • oral presentations

Employability

Recent graduates have found work with a range of media companies, including • Pathé • Lionsgate • The Mill • Illuminations • 2AM Post Production • BBC • ITN • Warp Films • Tiger Aspect Productions. Graduates have also worked on Skyfall, World War Z, War Horse, Spectre, The X Factor and the BBC TV series Bound, shot on location in Sheffield.

Graduates go into further study or develop careers in areas such as • creative advertising • camera work • digital media production • directing • documentary making • festival curation • music video production • film and TV production • scriptwriting • post-production • sound design • editor • art director.

You leave the course with transferable skills needed in most careers including • teamworking • creative and technical problem solving • organisation skills • communication skills • adaptability and flexibility.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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