BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production
  • BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

    You will be making films from week one and set-ready by the time you graduate when you join our BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production degree, accredited by ScreenSkills.

    We will encourage you to explore a variety of filmmaking mediums and platforms to become an accomplished and creative storyteller.

    You’ll learn by doing as you become a flexible, multi-skilled collaborator with technical and craft skills highly-prized by industry.

    You’ll explore how the production skills you use and creative choices you make can shape and change the story you are telling.

    Script to screen

    Your focus will be the short film form, including:

    • Original and adapted drama
    • Documentary
    • Advertising
    • Commercial editorial work.

    You’ll play a range of production roles as you learn fundamental skills, including:

    • Script writing
    • Producing
    • Directing
    • Cinematography and editing
    • Sound recording and sound design
    • Production design.

    Film production and release

    Entrepreneurial skills won’t take a back seat, as you pitch films to professional visitors, 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.

    The final year provides opportunities to write, produce or direct an original short film and submit it for selection for a special industry screening.

    There’s also the potential for international exposure through online screenings and NUA’s Graduate Showcase.

    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 team in the Ideas FactoryNUA to help support you as you plan your career.

    Accredited by:

    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.

    Course information

    Institution code: N39
    Course 3 Year UCAS code: W613
    Course 4 Year UCAS code: W612
    Course length: 3 or 4 year options
    Sandwich courses: Creative Professional Development (1 year, Level 5 diploma), or Creative Computing (1 year, Level 5 diploma), available between years 2 & 3

    All courses run as a blend of on-campus and digital teaching and learning, and follow current UK government safety advice. Applicants and students will be notified directly if any changes need to be made.

    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.

    Student work

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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

    T Levels
    A T Level in any subject with overall grade Merit or above

    UAL Extended Diploma
    Merit

    UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
    Merit

    UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
    Pass

    Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
    Merit

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
    Pass

    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    A minimum of 27 points

    NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, 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 application 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

    We are calling the traditional portfolio a ‘development portfolio’. This is to emphasise that what we would like to see is where you are now in your creative journey. You don’t need to spend a long time making the perfect work, as we can assess your potential from your work in progress. Your development is the most important part of your learning.

    Your development 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 development portfolio in the application process.

    2022/23 University fees for new entrants

    NUA will assess students’ tuition fee status using the guidance provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs

    Students from the UK or Ireland and EU students with ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status will be charged ‘Home’ fees if they meet the relevant residency requirements.  They will usually be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government, meaning that they won’t have to pay NUA’s tuition fees up front.

    Students who do not meet the necessary residency requirements will usually be charged ‘Overseas’ fees and will not be eligible for the UK government tuition fee loan. Since 2021/22, this includes new entrants from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland who do not have ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ status, because the UK has now formally left the EU.

    Fee status Course Annual fee
    Home Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £9,250
    Overseas Undergraduate degree (full-time three and four year degree) £17,500

    In subsequent years inflation may be applied to the fees of those who started in 2022/23, at no more than the Office for Students’ recommended measure based on forecast RPI-X.

    See our Fees and Funding page for further information which is also available in a downloadable format.

    Financial support for UK students in 2022

    Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are usually available to UK and some EU students, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

    All students have an opportunity to spend a year, between the second and third year of their course, enhancing their employability options through a Level 5 Diploma.

    These courses are offered in Creative Professional Development; a structured programme of input sessions and work-based learning, and Creative Computing; designed to build the foundation skills in coding and software design that are in high demand in the digital and creative industries.

    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

    T Levels
    Pass (D or E on the core)

    UAL Extended Diploma
    An overall Pass

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

    Foundation Diploma in Art and Design 
    Pass

    Access to Higher Education Diploma (Art and Design)
    Pass

    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    A minimum of 24 points

    NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, 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 application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer.

    Students
    Student Tanicha uses a camera rig on wheels in the NUA Film Studio

    Tanicha Toro-Oloto

    "So far I have worked as a director on a documentary unit, writer, producer, production designer and currently working on directing a fashion film, with fashion communication students. Being able to create, try something new and work with different people is what I love. "

    BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

    Three students at Norwich University of the Arts stand in the Sir John Hurt film studio

    Sam, Beth and Bram

    "Norwich has so many hidden gems, come and explore them with us in our vlog."

    BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production

    photo of alum Florence Watson standing next to wall with arm on railing and smiling at camera with long curly black hair and a loose light blue jumper in a tall room with glass doors in background

    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

    Lecturers

    • Tal Amiran

    • Jon Revell

    • Joanna Coates

    • Dan Tombs

    • Dr Phil Archer

    • Ryan Andrews

    • Jennifer Handorf

    • Rachel Heywood

    • Adrian Wootton (Visiting Lecturer)

      CEO of Film London
    • Johnny Hardstaff (Visiting Lecturer)

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

      Senior Creative, MTV International
    • Patrick McGrady

    • Maria Mullarkey

    • David Strafford

    • Jonathan Driscoll

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