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BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography (full-time)


Film and Media Production

Study Mode

University Level

Start Date



3 years


£9250.00 per year

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Course Overview

Delivered at our Salisbury campus and validated by Bournemouth University, the programme aims to produce graduates who engage with the world with interest, insight, intellectual curiosity and ethical awareness. These attributes will allow you to work as creative, collaborative, reflective and confident practitioners to contribute and shape the present and future film, television and related industries.

What will I learn?

The course typically involves modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

- Screen Studies 1
- Professional Development Plan
- Film Craft Principles
- Production Principles
- Creative Storytelling
- Collaborative Project

Year Two:

- Screen Studies 2
- Production Portfolio
- Film Specialisms
- Investigating Industry
- Negotiated Project

Year Three:

- Concept Development
- Graduate Project
- Dissertation

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Teaching and Learning:

You are normally required to complete a placement, the minimum requirement for which is a 4 week 'short' placement. Successful completion of a short placement is a graduation requirement although students are encouraged to complete the short placement between years 2 and 3.

As an alternative to the short placement and with sufficient notice, you may undertake a 30-week 'sandwich' placement. The sandwich placement must take place between years 2 and 3 and be in the broad area of Film or Television Production.

To be allowed to proceed to year 3, you must:

- Complete a minimum of 30 weeks satisfactory work experience ('sandwich placement' students).
- Complete the placement logbook satisfactorily which may include assignments relating to the nature of your work and the organisation you are working in.
- Satisfactorily meet the performance criteria of the placement as determined by the completed assessment forms from the company and you.

The supervised work placement draws on some or all the modules studied on the first two years of the programme. It provides the opportunity for you to develop your abilities and demonstrate an understanding of Film Production and Cinematography and related subjects as well as providing a platform for successful entry into the profession following graduation.

It applies and demonstrate an understanding of the skills acquired in years 1 and 2 and makes a major contribution to the understanding of the final level modules and further develops dissertation research by utilising the context of the work experience as appropriate and enhances your prospects of future employment.

Entry Requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or equivalent qualifications at level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

In addition to the entry requirements above, you may be asked to provide a portfolio as part of the application process.

Don't quite reach the entry criteria? You can still apply to do this course on completion of our Access to Higher Education programme.

Additional Costs and Information

You can apply for this programme via the UCAS website and you can contact the college on +44 (0)1225 756200 or email for more information.

The UCAS institution code for the programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for the programme is PW36.

The cost of this programme is £9,250 per year (£16,250 per year for international students).

You may be required to purchase relevant textbooks as recommended by individual lecturers.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that the 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.

Meet your lecturer

Kieron Evans,
Programme Lead, BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography

Prior to his teaching career, Kieron first gained a HND in 3D Computer Animation at University of Wales Trinity St David before going on to achieve a BA (Hons) in Film and TV Production from Bournemouth University. Kieron also has a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education for Bath Spa University.

Kieron first worked as a freelance Camera Operator with ITV and then worked as a Camera Operator and Editor for independent production companies before moving into television commercials production working as a Visual Researcher and Director’s Assistant on high-profile TV spots.

Joining the College as a full-time lecturer in September 2008, Kieron initially taught on the HND Film and TV course before helping to design and create the Film Production & Cinematography degree that started in 2009. Kieron became Programme Leader in 2020. Read more...

Dr Tom Waters,

Tom Waters is an academic and researcher in the field of Film Studies with a professional background in television production, postproduction and broadcast. He has also worked in film curation and as a film festival coordinator.

Tom holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Essex on the work of Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven. His current research interests include apparatus theory, structuralism, post-structuralism, sensation, affect, embodied spectatorship and the intersection between theory and practice.

Dion M Casey (GBCT, SOA),

Dion is a freelance cinematographer and Steadicam owner operator specialising in feature films and TV drama.

Since leaving the BBC where he worked for 12 years, he has gone on to work on many feature films, high end television dramas, commercials and music videos including the seminal Verve video Bittersweet Symphony.

His most recent film and television work includes The Dark Crystal, Gentleman Jack, The Spanish Princess, Line of Duty, Silent Witness, Into the Badlands, Victoria, The Crown, Humans, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Masters of the Air.

He continues to combine his professional work as a cameraman with teaching part time on the BA (Hons) Film Production and Cinematography course.

Specialising in both technical aspects such as camera, lighting and blocking as well as helping students develop their understanding of the aesthetics and why you would shoot in a particular manner.

Dion is a member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians and the Steadicam Operators Association.

Samantha O’Neill,

Samantha’s interest in film began early in life. Her grandfather owned a cinema, and consequently her father became an amateur lens practitioner who used photography and motion film to record every aspect of their home life.

A personal interest in film developed as a strong part of Samantha’s own life, through the observance of ‘make- believe,’ which led to a fascination with ‘mise en scene’ and in particular the behaviour of ‘dressing up.’

Samantha’s initial training in understanding these disciplines took place at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School with study in Costume Design. What followed was work as a costumier with Angels the costumiers in London and Paris.

Later Samantha began undertaking work in film as a Costume Designer and remained a freelance practitioner within the industry for over 20 years.

Samantha has worked on five Bafta nominated productions with one win, a collaborative RTS win, followed by an Emmy win in 2006.

Samantha holds a BA in Photography and an MA in Fine Art. Currently, aside from lecturing in film and developing her PhD, Samantha works with Cosprop in London as a Costume consultant.

Tim Dodd,

After a spell working in the laboratories to earn the then required union ticket, Tim joined the film industry in 1980 as the clapper-loader on Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal and The Great Muppet Caper working under veteran cinematographer Ossie Morris. In a subsequent career spanning nearly thirty years, he was the focus puller on numerous feature films and TV dramas before progressing to camera operator and cinematographer shooting second unit for film directors including Jonathan Lynn and Paul W S Anderson. During that time he also worked on hundreds of commercials, documentaries, corporate and music videos all around the world - everywhere from Hawaii to Rajasthan.

Tim’s continuing strong links with the industry enable him to provide students access and trips to prime contacts and companies within the feature film community as well as the opportunity to use professional 35mm camera equipment and current digital cinema cameras. His main interest is the continuing popularity and use of celluloid acquisition, helping and encouraging students who are interested in a career in the camera department to develop the relevant knowledge and skills to work on film-based productions, skills that prove just as invaluable with current digital technology.

He continues to make films, directing his own shorts and producing extra-curricular student short films that have screened at festivals and won prestigious Royal Television Society awards. Occasionally working on commercials or music videos to keep current, most recently he was a producer (and a camera operator) of The Fence, an independent British feature film shot over the summer in Bristol, released through Vertigo and Showcase cinemas.

Tim is a member of The Guild of British Camera Technicians.

Denzil Lyne,

Denzil has a BA (Hons) in Film and TV production from Bournemouth University and has worked as technician at the college for over fifteen years. Denzil oversees and manages our extensive equipment stores, studios, and editing facilities. In addition to his technician duties, Denzil provides practical camera, lighting, sound, and editing workshops to support students in their production work.

Denzil has worked on projects outside of the college including work as a technical manager on two recorded live Ludovico Einaudi concerts. Denzil has also filmed at various music festivals including Download and Glastonbury. At Download, he filmed several live performances and interviews with members of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Papa Roach and many more. At Glastonbury, Denzil produced coverage of Cubes Concepts’ ‘Cubehenge’ installation in 2010. Many of Denzil’s external projects, including a documentary about female pilots, allowed him to provide paid opportunities for current students at the time.

Denzil also has a magic power. When a piece of equipment is not working, Denzil only has to walk into the room and the equipment magically starts working again!

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