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Film and Broadcast Production - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This practical film production course is specifically designed to give you the skills and experience you need for a successful career in film and television. Taught in London’s East End, home to a vibrant creative industries community, you'll be immersed in a busy and creative environment with opportunities to participate in film festivals and work commissioned by high profile clients. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This exciting course challenges you to develop and produce effective and engaging screen stories: involving you in practical production work in an innovative studio structure and providing you with the opportunity to work on live projects with clients throughout the course.

Ideal for students who want to learn specialist film production skills supported by a flexible education in broader media practice, the course places a strong emphasis on the media industries.

The teaching is undertaken by practising filmmakers and theorists, receiving support from guest speakers. Students are also encouraged to undertake a work placement as a part of their study. One of the courses major innovations is that most of the teaching takes place in practical studios, where you will be offered live projects with clients, ranging from Benetton to the Bank of England. Last year, some of our students undertook location filming on a  feature film which now has cinema distribution. You will visit film festivals such as the London Film Festival with students in previous years also attending the Berlin Film Festival where they watched screenings, enjoyed sessions with film makers and developed their professional networks. You will also gain valuable experience for your CV though live project work for internal and external clients.

As the course has developed we have placed an increasing emphasis on public exhibition and festival submission. This gives you opportunities to produce increasingly sophisticated work. Throughout your studies you will be making and screening your films for your peers, tutors, industry professionals and the public, culminating in The Cass Summer Show where you will have the opportunity to screen your films at the prestigious National Film Theatre on the Southbank. This, along with innovations such as The Cass Cinema Academy, creates a rich and vibrant atmosphere in which you will develop as practitioners. You can see examples of work by students and alumni of the course online in The Cass Cinema.


Students are assessed via coursework essays and practical project work. Final year students will also undertake a major project and a dissertation.

Professional accreditation

Prior experience and qualifications can be accredited, allowing direct entry to Level 2 of the degree, subject to available places.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you will normally be expected to obtain:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 280 UCAS points from at least two A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications in relevant art and design subjects
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum of grades BBC in three relevant A level subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects) plus a portfolio review

We encourage applications from International/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Suitable applicants living in the UK will be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Film, Photography and Media Extended Degree (with Foundation Year).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The BA (Hons) Film and Broadcast Production is a specialist, single honours programme.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits. During the first level, you’ll develop basic technical skills, make a series of films and study modules including scriptwriting and production management. In the second level, you’ll develop your technical skills in cinematography and editing and study modules on a wide range of subjects – from media theory to drama production. In the final level, you’ll utilise the skills you’ve developed on major projects in pre-production and production, as well as an in-depth research project.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Basic technical skills in camera and post–production: you will make a series of films for screening
  • Scriptwriting
  • Production management
  • Visual design for the screen
  • Media and film theory

Year 2 modules include:

  • Intermediate technical skills in cinematography and editing
  • Drama production: you will make a series of films for screening
  • Media theory and film studies
  • Professional media roles and industry structures

Year 3 modules include:

  • Major Project: Pre-production
  • Marketing and self-promotion including social media and festival strategies
  • Major project: Production – this can be an ambitious short film made collaboratively or individually, a series of shorter films made for clients or working on a longer film project for screening at the Summer Show, on your own website and at the National Film Theatre.
  • Major research project

You could follow in the footsteps of past graduates and move into media-related professions, including technical roles in media production, research, journalism, marketing, PR, film festival organisation and programming. You could also work freelance, set up your own compay or go onto further postgraduate study at masters or PhD level.

Graduates in the recent past have found work at companies such as Channel 4, CNBC and Sky as Assistant Directors, Directors of Photography, Runners, Assistant Producers, Media Planners, Researchers and Location Managers.

Others have continued making short films with the aim of becoming feature film directors. In 2014 two of our graduates released their first feature films as Directors. One has recently won a BAFTA as a rising British film industry star.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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