Develop your passion for storytelling. Gain the craftsmanship and skills to begin a career in the ever-diversifying film and television industry, from drama to documentary, and music promos to moving image projects.
Develop your skills in cinematography, editing, producing and directing in studio, on location and in multi-camera television studios. Learn from highly experienced filmmakers and teachers in our purpose-built facilities at Cambridge School of Art. You’ll also explore the theory and context of your craft with an emphasis on practice.
Focusing on creative practice and storytelling, you’ll shoot on film and video, from high definition to 16mm film, and learn post-production skills in editing, sound and grading.
We enjoy a close and rewarding relationship with the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, where the best films by our students are screened publicly at the end of year and for our annual degree show. We also host a selection of our students' films on our Vimeo channel.
Your work will be supported by award-winning lecturers and film and television professionals, whose work includes Emmy Award-winning documentaries for the BBC, Discovery, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITVS, BBC Radio 4 as well as promo, commercials and HUGO and BAFTA Award-winning drama.
Course Leader: Sophie Jackson
This course will prepare you for employment or self-employment in film and television industries and the ever-expanding field of screen content including music, dance, marketing and fashion promos, as well as 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.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work for the BBC, Ridley Scott Associates, Marmalade Productions, Vice, Envy Post-Production, Brand Anonymous, Sommersault Video Productions, DMED Productions (Paris) as well as securing work (and experience) on feature films such as Pride, The Theory of Everything, Kick-Ass 2, Storage 24, Berberian Sound Studio, Ill Manors; TV productions such as 24: Live Another Day; EastEnders; Holby City; and Fortitude as well as numerous commercials and music promos. Others have formed their own production companies or established themselves as freelance editors, cinematographers, production managers and even script supervisors.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure (pdf).
You’ll show your progress through mostly practical portfolios supported by written analytical work. All your coursework will be project–based, reflecting either the technical or production skills required for the film and television industry.
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.
Every year we run a series of specialist lectures and workshops led by industry professionals. In these ‘Wired’ events, you’ll learn about up-to-date industry practices and get invaluable advice. Our past speakers have included Sean Bobbitt (cinematographer: 12 Years a Slave, The Place Beyond the Pines, Hunger), Larry Sider (sound designer, The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, Mirrormask); and Emmy Award-winning documentary director, Geoffrey Smith (The English Surgeon, Presumed Guilty
Our Creative Front Futures events, run by Creative Front Cambridgeshire, will give you a broader taste of the creative industries, allowing you to find out more about the world of film and television production and to explore other career options.
Throughout the course you’ll also get first-hand experience of the industry at informal work placements and benefit from our close links with Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, where we hold regular student and industry events.
When shooting your projects you’ll use our fully-equipped HD TV studio with full lighting rig; professional-standard gallery; mixer; autocue; multi-purpose scenic backdrops suitable for current affairs, magazine programmes and dramas; a film studio with overhead lighting, tracks, dollies and green screens and sets for flats; a full range of HD cameras (including Steadicam); location lighting; and sound-recording equipment.
For post-production work you’ll get access to more than 30 Final Cut editing suites with the complete Adobe Creative Cloud software suite including Premier Pro, after Affects, audition and Speed Grade, and the Adobe Creative Suite master collection.
You’ll be trained on all our equipment by a team of experienced technical staff, who also maintain and manage the facilities.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
Estimated cost of materials over the three years £1,000.
Finishing and marketing for final year projects £200.
Optional field trips £9-£100.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
You will be required to attend an interview of around 20 minutes, during which you will evidence your discussion with a portfolio or, if you are resident outside of the UK, an e-portfolio.
For more information on how to prepare and submit your portfolio please visit our portfolios and interviews page, or go straight to the detailed guidance for BA (Hons) Film and Television Production portfolios.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
Read this institution's report