Join the award-winning students on our BA (Hons) Film Production degree and develop your skills in script, cinematography, editing, producing and directing in studio and on location.
As a production course, your modules will be around 80% practice-based to 20% context and research. This course is industry-recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark for courses best suited to prepare you for a career in the screen industries.
Over the three years you'll gain key skills, from ideas development and scripting to pre-production planning and shooting, through to post-production skills in editing and colour grading. You can choose to keep a broad skillset or start to specialise in particular craft areas like producing, camera or editing.
You'll shoot on digital formats from HD to 4K and analogue 16mm film. By the final year, you and your crew will be working with feature film industry level equipment like our new Arri Alexa Mini cameras.
You'll learn from highly experienced filmmakers, television producers and technical officers in our specialist facilities. With an emphasis on collaborations, you'll have opportunities to work with students from all the year groups as well as your lecturers on this small, focused and friendly course.
Whether your career aspirations are to crew on high-end TV drama or film, work in post-production, set up your own company as a videographer, create stunning cinematography or innovative online content, reinvent what television is, or use film to make change in the world, the skills you learn on this course will set you up to start that journey.
As a BA (Hons) Film Production student at ARU, you'll be supported by award-winning, lecturers whose work has been screened on all the major UK television networks, as well as at multiple international film festivals. They have won Emmys, HUGOs and BAFTAs and continue to make films and programmes.
With their encouragement, you'll produce a range of programmes and films that may be as prize and film festival-worthy as our other recent student work. In 2022 the graduation film Roots was selected for official competition at the Watersprite International Student Festival and Cambridge Film Festival, winning the Watersprite Cinematography award and the GTC Bill Vinten Universities Award for Camera. You can see cinematographer Agata Kazmiercczak's story below.
Our students’ films have been very successful in the regional Royal Television Society Student Awards. In 2021, following five nominations overall, Lidia Bieniarz won the Best Short Form Film category as well as the top prize – The Sir Lenny Henry Award – for A Film About My Dad, while Agata Kazmierczak won best editing for Colourblind. In 2019, second-year documentary Tertiary Sound was officially selected for the BFI London Film Festival.
You’ll also have the chance to join our organised trips to Sheffield Documentary Festival, Camerimage in Poland and Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York, and take part in live briefs with partner organisations. Some of our students recently worked with communications and PR agency Creative Warehouse, submitting pitches for a 90-second film and accompanying social media campaign.
You’ll have access to a series of guest lectures and workshops led by industry professionals where you’ll learn more about industry practices, receive invaluable advice and have an opportunity to network with visiting film and programme makers.
Past speakers have included directors Ben Wheatley (High Rise, Free Fire), Chloe Thomas (Victoria, Harlots), Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), producers Laura Hasting-Smith (Macbeth, Hunger, Howards End), Oliver Kassman (Saint Maude and a BAFTA Breakthrough winner), cinematographers Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave, Hunger) and Robbie Ryan (Red Road, I, Daniel Blake, American Honey) , sound designers Larry Sider and Adele Fletcher, Emmy Award-winning documentary director Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon, Presumed Guilty) and BBC Commissioning Editor for Storyville, Mandy Chang.
Make the most of being in Cambridge: you can gain crucial work experience at Cambridge’s two annual film festivals. You’ll have the chance to get involved with Cambridge Film Festival, one of the longest-running film festivals in the UK.
You can also get involved with the Watersprite International Film Festival, the biggest student film festival in the UK, run in conjunction with the University of Cambridge. Every year, our students are part of the central organising committee and lead subcommittees like marketing, filming, events, and judging. This festival presents a huge opportunity for you to build your networks and make connections with industry guests, mentors and student filmmakers from around the world.
Other opportunities to collaborate with University of Cambridge students through extracurricular events include the student-run radio station Cam FM and the ADC Theatre (home of Cambridge Footlights).
There are plenty of other opportunities to get your work seen. Our final year graduation films premiere on the big screen at The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. We also host a selection of student work on our YouTube channel.
Extra-curricular funded film projects have included shorts for C4’s Random Acts, the Kodak 16mm Commercials Competition and most recently, a collaboration with The Globe's Sixty Second Shakespeare project, creating shorts to coincide with the theatre's productions. The project is open to all students in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, with the films released on The Globe’s website and also promoted on their social media and YouTube channels.
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film & Screen Studies research achieved ‘world-leading’ in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
Course Leader: Sophie Jackson
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Still from "The Captive", co-produced by Alessia MavakalaSee more of our Film Production students' work
A film by second year students. Directed by Alannah Beaumont and starring BA Drama student Marcia Motty-Campos.
Gabi graduated from our BA (Hons) Film Production in 2020 and now works as Senior VFX Co-ordinator with Cambridge-based visual effects studio Vine FX.Gabi's story
Enjoy a highlights video of the Royal Television Society East Student Awards Ceremony, hosted at ARU in March 2023
A film by 2022 graduating students. Winner of the GTC Bill Vinten Cinematography Award and Watersprite Cinematography Award.
Agata now works at BBC News, and has won awards for her films from the Guild of Television Camera Professionals and Watersprite Film Festival. Read about her experiences on the course.Agata's story
Watch clips from selected films by our BA (Hons) Film Production students.
2022 student film Hidden has been winning great acclaim on the awards and festival circuits, including Best War Film at the International World Film Awards.Watch the official video teaser for Hidden
Sophie talks with James Ward, head of school for Cambridge School of Creative Industries, about her role, courses, and career journey.
Josh is Senior Lecturer in Film Production at ARU. Hear him talk about his 25 years of industry experience using video storytelling for education, communication & social justice.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Josh Newman
A montage of work by graduating students on the BA (Hons) Film Production course
Clip from A Short Film About My Dad, winner of The Sir Lenny Henry Award at RTSE Student Awards 2021.
"ARU was so welcoming when I first arrived in the UK, I had no problems feeling at home ... I found out so much about myself and this experience helped me grow immensely."Weronika's story
Our BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students won four of the nine student categories.
As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:
Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:
You’ll benefit from extra-curricular events such as:
We'll also support you to take part in filmmaking initiatives such as 60 Second Shakespeare and the Kodak 16mm Commercials Competition; and take on smaller film jobs to gain valuable work experience.
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Our BA (Hons) Film Production degree course will prepare you for employment or self-employment in film, television and the creative industries; the ever-expanding field of screen content including music, dance, marketing and fashion promos, as well as high-end drama and documentary.
We place an emphasis on creativity and storytelling, as well as solid, transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, resourcefulness, and risk management.
You’ll also learn highly valued specialist skills such as editing, cinematography, production management, budgeting, producing and directing – invaluable as you launch a career in this highly competitive but growing and diverse creative industry.
Gain crucial work experience and industry contacts at Cambridge’s two annual film festivals. Get involved with Cambridge Film Festival, one of the longest running film festivals in the UK, as an intern in the lead up to the festival, a volunteer during it, or even as part of the CFF Youth Lab and Jury. At Watersprite International Film Festival, the biggest student film festival in the UK, you can become part of the central organising committee and lead subcommittees like marketing, filming, events, judging. Watersprite gives you a huge opportunity to build your networks and make connections with industry guests, mentors and student filmmakers from around the world.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
This course is industry-recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.
We’re an official Blackmagic Design training partner, which means you can get certification in their DaVinci Resolve video editing software.
"I really want to thank ARU, but especially my course leader Hans Petch, for the outstanding support we have received. He continuously goes above and beyond for us and it's such a privilege to be part of this life-changing course."Kai Wissler
BA (Hons) Film Production & winner of Royal Television Society East student award 2023Awards put Film students and graduates in spotlight
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Our links with local and national organisation will help you make contacts and find work placements in the industry. Our recent students have found internships and placements with companies including the BBC, Pinewood Studios, StudioCanal UK, Sight and Sound magazine, and Watersprite Film Festival.
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