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BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

Institution code: N39
Course 3 Year UCAS code: W613
Course 4 Year UCAS code: W612
Course length: 3 or 4 year options

Learn by doing with our Creative Skillset approved BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production degree course, where you’ll be making films from week one.

Focusing on the short film form, including original and adapted drama, documentary, advertising and commercial editorial, you’ll explore a variety of filmmaking mediums and platforms on our undergraduate film and moving image production course. You’ll become an accomplished storyteller and a flexible, multiskilled collaborator, with a deep knowledge of the industry underpinning your technical and craft skills.

Your film and moving image production skills

You’ll have the chance to try out a range of production roles as you learn fundamental skills in producing, directing, camera work and editing, as well as other areas like sound recording, sound design and production design.

You’ll develop your technical skills as you learn the operation of post-production software, as well as digital cinema cameras, lighting, studio and location shooting for single camera and multi-camera drama. You’ll learn how to capture and edit sound using industry standard recording and editing studios.

Your film and moving image production future

Your entrepreneurial skills won’t take a back seat as you pitch films to professional visitors and explore film marketing and distribution strategies, including festival and contest entries as well as online platforms. And you’ll make full use of the industry networks associated with the course, attending craft workshops with leading writers, directors, producers, production designers, sound designers and cinematographers.

In your final year you’ll get to write, produce and direct an original short film, with the chance to enter it for selection in a special industry screening in London. You’ll also gain international exposure through online screenings and at NUA Degree Show screenings.

Graduates work in a broad range of careers including

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Director of Photography
  • Editor
  • Sound Designer
  • Assistant Director
  • Camera Operator
  • Location Manager
  • Art Director
  • Production Designer
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Supervisor

You’ll also get specialist creative careers advice from our Careers Team in the Ideas FactoryNUA to help support you as you plan your career.

Watch the Film and Moving Image Production showreel

Accredited by:

Creative Skillset Accredited course

Course content

  • Year 1
  • Develop your storytelling skills and your fundamental creative craft skills such as producing, script development, direction, cinematography, sound, editing and colour grading.
  • Learn industry standard approaches to the filmmaking process including pre-production, production and post-production
  • Work in production teams on a range of practical projects including visual narrative, drama adaptation, sound design and production design
  • Interview and write a case study about a person currently working in the film industry
  • Produce individual supporting research and documentation in the form of a research and pre-production blog.
  • Year 2
  • Further develop industry awareness and storytelling skills, working on briefs with industry clients and experts
  • Consolidate skills and knowledge in the wider context of film forms, including documentary and advertising films, alongside different forms of drama
  • Develop collaborative working skills on projects with students on other courses, as well as work placement opportunities and live industry projects
  • Year 3
  • Produce, direct, shoot and post-produce a short film
  • Receive feedback and advice on your film from a panel of professionals working in the film industry
  • Receive support to develop a five-year employability plan, including plans to seek out industry placements, internships, mentors and employment, as well as ways to develop your final film for festival (contest) submission
  • Write a Research Report on an area of film production, culture or audience that reflects your interests.
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Typical UK offers

A / AS Levels – GCE
GCE A/AS Levels 3 A-level qualifications at grades BBB. Where candidates are not taking 3 A-levels, NUA will consider combinations of A-level/AS-level and other Level 3 qualifications.

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction* in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 27 points

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through interview and portfolio review so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying.

If you are studying at the time of your application and your interview is successful, it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications. Please do contact our Student Recruitment Team if you have any queries.

International applications

We accept qualifications from all over the world. To find our entry requirements from a specific country, please check our dedicated international pages.

Most international students are required to hold an English language qualification. Applicants are required to have a minimum UKVI approved IELTS exam score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable such as, IB English language syllabus A or B/English Literature (Grade 4).

We also accept some alternative English qualifications. Learn more about our English entry requirements.

You can email us on international@nua.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss your application individually.

BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production degree portfolio guidance

Your portfolio should be relevant to this course, but you can include a range of work that shows your creativity, technical competence, and understanding of narrative.

You may wish to include one of the following:

  • Short Film (max duration 5 minutes – complete films only)
  • 6 still images – photographs, photoshop images – organised in a sequence to tell a story
  • A short script, short story, or other creative writing – no more than 3 pages

Further portfolio advice and tips

Get more advice on presentation formats, layouts and when to submit your portfolio in the application process.

Your interview

After you apply to study BA Film and Moving Image Production at NUA we’ll invite you to an interview on campus or by Skype or telephone, depending on your circumstance.

If you apply by the UCAS deadline of 15 January your interview will usually take place in February. We’ll ask you to prepare your portfolio ready to bring with you or submit online ahead of your interview.

Read our tips for interviews at NUA

Fees and Funding

The cost of your course is determined by your status as either ‘UK/EU’ or ‘International’, so it’s important to check your fee status. If you’re unsure, the UKCISA website will help you determine whether you’re eligible to pay a UK/EU fee (also called a ‘home’ fee). If you’d prefer to speak to NUA directly, please contact student.finance@nua.ac.uk

UK/EU students are eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning you won’t have to pay your fees up front. Further details about tuition fee loans are provided below. International students are not eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan.

2019/20 Tuition Fees For New Entrants

Citizen status



UK/EU nationality

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)


International (non-EU)

Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree)


Fees will remain the same for each year of your course. 

International students

Find out more about 2019 fees for international students and the support available.

Financial support for UK/EU students

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries that take into account family income. Find out how to apply for funding.

Tuition Fee Loan for Undergraduate study

Tuition fee loans are available for UK and EU students.

  • Available to cover the full cost of your tuition
  • You don’t have to pay for your course up front yourself
  • Only start paying back when you are earning over £25,000 per year

Maintenance Loan for Undergraduate study – 2018/19

Student Maintenance Loans are available for UK and eligible EU students to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, clothes, travel and course expenses. The amount students receive is dependent on household income and any maintenance grant received.

  • A loan of up to £8,700 may be available if you live away from home.
  • A loan of up to £7,324 may be available if you live with your parents.

How can you find out more?

To learn more about loans, repayment calculations and other financial support, visit Student Finance. If you have any questions about fees, please email student.finance@nua.ac.uk


Find out about scholarship programmes available to NUA applicants.


For new entrants whose household income is assessed as £25,000 or less, the university will offer a contribution towards the costs of studying at NUA (such as equipment, materials and other course-related costs). This will be £200 for new entrants to Year 0 and Year 1, rising to £300 in Year 2, followed by £500 in Year 3. Find out more about bursaries at NUA

NUA alumni, staff and feeder staff discount

All NUA alumni are eligible for a £1,000 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees. All NUA staff and staff from feeder institutions are eligible for a £500 discount on NUA postgraduate degree fees.

Four year degree

Our innovative four year degrees are exactly the same as our three year degrees but include an extra year of study at the beginning – Year 0.

Year 0 is about developing the skills, knowledge and the confidence you need to successfully complete your degree course. Building on your experience from A Level or equivalent courses, the Year 0 curriculum allows time to develop the practical, creative and conceptual skills that are critical to successfully completing an undergraduate degree at NUA.

While studying Year 0 BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production you’ll come together with years 1, 2 and 3 for weekly guest lectures and screenings. You’ll also engage with a number of projects that will help build your film production skills.  The first of these is ‘Story’, where you’ll work with tutors to develop a script, thinking about character development, plot devices and narrative conventions.

You’ll then move into Pre-Visualisation, taking your script forward, storyboarding and producing shot lists, prop lists and lighting diagrams. You’ll then put the preparation and planning from the previous two projects into practice as you film your studio based drama.

Four Year Degree entry requirements

Typical UK offers for Year 0 entry

GCE A/AS Levels
2 A-level qualifications at grades CC or higher. 

BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Merit, Merit, Pass in an art, design or media related subject

BTEC Diploma (QCF or RQF)
Distinction, Merit in an art, design or media related subject

UAL Extended Diploma
An overall Pass

UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
An overall Pass

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)

International Baccalaureate Diploma
A minimum of 24 points


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Florence Watson

"The most valuable part of my course are my weekly tutorials, where you can discuss any aspect of your project and where I’ve built great relationships with the lecturers – they really go above and beyond to help you discover who you are as a film maker."

BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

Russian student Nina Afonia stands in the Film and Moving image space at Norwich University of the Arts

Nina Afonina

"Whether you have experience or not, the Year 0 course is a chance to discover something new in yourself. I can say with full confidence that the Year 0 course is worth taking."

BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

portrait photo of alum Adrian Ardelean looking away from camera wearing hat with glasses and loose khaki scarf and blue denim shirt

Adrian Ardelean

"We learned the most important thing in today's business world and that is how to sell yourself and your ideas to the film industry. "

BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

portrait photo of alum Caitlin Harrison looking behind camera and smiling with medium brown hair and blue and green checked shirt

Caitlin Harrison

"There is a focus on personal development through our practical assignments which pushed me to find out what I'm truly passionate about."

BA (Hon) Film and Moving Image Production


  • Joanna Coates

  • Adrian Wootton (Visiting Lecturer)

    CEO of Film London
  • Johnny Hardstaff (Visiting Lecturer)

    Filmmaker, Ridley Scott Associates
  • Richard Knights (Visiting Lecturer)

    Senior Creative, MTV International

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