BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography (full-time)
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Sep 2020
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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Salisbury campus and franchised by Bournemouth University, this industry focused course is perfect for anyone who wants to work in film and television.

You will have the opportunity to work across a range of creative and practical projects including scripted dramas shot on digital and film, documentaries, music videos and commercials.  Tutors include experienced industry professionals and academics who will help you develop key skills in producing, directing, camera, lighting, sound recording, scriptwriting, editing and production management.

You will have access to broadcast digital cameras including the Sony FS7, film cameras such as Arriflex and Bolex, nonlinear edit suites, Steenbeck editing tables, location lighting, dollies and tracking.  As well as shooting on digital, there are multiple opportunities to shoot on 16mm and 35mm film.

You will also deepen your knowledge and understannding of film history and theory and begin to develop contacts within the film industry.  Many students find the work placement allows them to get their foot in the door and they return to do paid work after graduation.  Students have completed placements on Killing Eve, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the Rook and at companies including Panavision, Disney and the BBC. 

Click here to see our BA (Hons) Film & Cinematography student showcase showreel.

What will I learn?

Key areas of study include critical media concepts and contexts, production of a self authored narrative film, film and cinematography project, professional studies and industry placement, concept development and producing a film project.

The course is taught by industry professionals who aim to produce graduates equipped to work in the film and television production industries.

Combining practical experience with academic theory, students shoot and edit over 10,000 feet of film, 600GB of digital footage and spend four weeks on professional placement between the second and third year or thirty weeks on professional placement between the third and fourth year giving you valuable insight into the industry and enhancing your employability prospects.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Media Concepts and Contexts
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Introduction to Production Skills
  • Applied Production Skills 1
  • Collaborative Project

Year Two:

  • Professional Studies
  • Media Theory
  • Applied Production Skills 2
  • Research Methods
  • Film Production and Cinematography Project

Year Three:

  • Concept Development
  • Graduate Project
  • Dissertation

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Entry criteria is 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff Points including a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent and a grade C in Media.

A Diploma or BTEC Extended Diploma at 112 tariff points (D*D* or DMM).

This course requires GCSEs at grade C (4) in Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

Mature applicants will be considered based on their experience if this is included within their applications.

If English is not your first language, you will need to possess IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Study, assessment and qualifications

During each module, you will undertake assignments that count towards its assessment.  Assessment of all modules is by assignments.

All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the film production and cinematography industry and to encourage you to engage in critical reflection.

Teaching and Learning:
You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of film production and cinematography hardware and software.

Work Placements:
The course requires a 4 week placement to be taken between the second and third year.  Wiltshire College has extensive links with local employers and appropriate placements will be facilitated as far as possible by the college.

Nevertheless, it remains the learner’s responsibility to secure such access in order to complete the assessment on the programme. 

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £9,250 per year.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for this programme is PW36.

Click here for the programme handbook.

Applicants without the minimum UCAS tariff points will be interviewed and asked to submit a portfolio as part of their application process and decisions of entry will be made on an individual case by case.

Cameras, editing, recording, lighting and general filming equipment are all included within your course fees. 

As with all arts courses, students are expected to pay for 'material costs' and in the case of film production, this includes travel costs for actors, design and prop costs, etc.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

This course has an excellent reputation in the film and television industry and our graduates continue to find work on high profile and prestigious productions.  Recent credits include Black Mirror, Death of Stalin, Dr Who, Mary Poppins, Darkest Hour, Wonder Woman 1984, Peter Rabbit, Bohemian Rhapsody, Dumbo, Aladdin, Call the Midwife, Men in Black: International, Transformers: The Last Knight, Salughterhouse Rulez, Red Joan, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Spectre, Paddington, Beauty and the Beast, Londongrad and many, many more.