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Careers

The holistic and collaborative nature of this course ensures that upon graduation you will be equipped with the necessary skills for the film making process – pre-production, production and post-production.

Graduates are well placed to take advantage of new opportunities in the sector. Many graduates are now working as Online Producers – managing online film content for companies including the BBC and ITV.

During the course students are encouraged to undertake work placements (e.g. at the BBC or on set in productions shot in the region). All students get involved in live-projects with companies such as MTV and are able to include work made for ‘real-world’ clients on their showreels.

The course is taught partly in the brand new Media Lab giving students access to state-of-the-art facilities. Through ‘Pitch and Presentation’ projects students develop concepts for short films and then compete to go into production with feedback from a panel of industry producers. Film makers and Independent producers regularly provide guest professional lectures. NUA’s status as an Apple Authorised Training Centre enables undergraduates to gain a Final Cut Pro Level 1 End User qualification – a valuable professional development award that students can opt to take in addition to their degree.

Graduates from BA Film and Moving Image Production may also apply to progress to NUA’s MA in Moving Image and Sound. All NUA undergraduates receive a tuition fee discount if they choose to continue with their postgraduate studies at NUA.

Vocations

The film industry is made up of a small number of large companies and a very large number of smaller companies which have an occupationally diverse and highly skilled workforce characterised by very high levels of freelancers working in the production sector. Graduates from the course are working for major production companies such as RSA Films and Warner Brothers and on films such as the Harry Potter series and Prometheus. Typical careers include:

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Art Director
  • Production Designer
  • Director of Photography
  • Camera Operator
  • Script Supervisor
  • Assistant Director
  • Editor
  • Lighting Technician
  • Screen Writer
  • Story Board Writer

I absolutely loved my time on the course. Creative freedom was really encouraged. I’ve been really lucky to get an amazing job straight after graduating.

Jessica Waterhouse
2012 graduate
Production Office
Ridley Scott Associates

The course places a lot of importance on practical film- making, so you get a lot of hands-on experience making shorts. The course covers a lot of aspects of film-making, from scripting to editing. It means you gain a broad understanding of different roles in production, which I think is a really useful knowledge to have starting your career.

Tim Swaby
2013 graduate
Editor
Spindle Productions

I love working so closely with such an amazing, inspirational and creative team. Working for Ridley Scott I get to experience a great deal and am building up my knowledge.

Nancy Ryan
2002 graduate
Assistant to Ridley Scott
Scott Free Films

I loved how much hands-on experience we got on the course. We made our own films independently or in small groups. This gave me a great insight into different roles in the industry.

Anna-Marie Ramm
2013 graduate
Film Workshop Leader, Tutor, Filmmaker
Elstree UTC

Other graduates include

  • Nancy Ryan
    Assistant to Ridley Scott, Scott Free Films
  • James Duncan
    Technical Officer, ditto tv
  • Rory McVicar
    Technical Support, Aframe
  • Ross Allen
    Online Producer, ITV
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More advice

For more advice about careers in film visit the Creative Skillset website.

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More advice

For more advice about careers in film visit the British Film Institute website.