If you're passionate about becoming part of the Film and Television industry, then we are here to help you get started. Working in small year groups, you will be exposed to all the necessary skills you need to produce films and television programmes/shows, building on your knowledge and skills to help you progress into a career in film production.
As well as studying professional works, we offer a very practical, hands-on approach to learning about developing projects. Each week will see you out on a shoot with full access to production facilities and technology, giving you a solid base to build a portfolio of work that can be used to best show off your skills to future employers. From adverts to documentaries, we will give you a wide range of genres to explore and work on during your course.
Our carefully structured programme allows you to develop rapidly using innovative project briefs, technical workshops, frequent studio lectures, practical demonstrations and visits from professional filmmakers. You will be encouraged to use, exercise and stretch your imagination as we help turn your ideas into films and TV programmes.
Many of our full-time programmes can be studied over a longer period on a part-time basis. Please contact the course enquiries team for further details.
Course Study Options
We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year-click the button for more informationIntegrated Foundation Year
During the first year you will be introduced to a broad range of skills, with the option to focus on a particular area of practice during the second year. This will lead to your final degree productions in year three. Over the three years you will cover areas such as documentaries, scriptwriting, TV commercials, short films, music videos and multi camera television production.
Our course focuses on the real world of film and television production. You will follow current professional practice and learn to operate the same equipment as industry professionals. You will also learn to consider the place of new distribution technology as a possible method of getting your work seen by viewers.
- Researching Visual Narratives
- Television Production
- Film Production
- Introduction to Script and Preproduction Techniques
- Film & TV Technical Skills
- Critical Approaches to Film and Television
- Research Techniques for Film, Television and the Media
Optional Modules (Subject to availability and demand)
- Screen Writing
- Short Film
- Experimental Film and Video Art
- Music Video
- Television Commercials
- Television Studio Production
- Introduction to Motion Graphics
- Film and Television Experimentation
- Film and Skills Consolidation
- Professional Practice
- Virtual World
For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
96-112 UCAS tariff points. Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience. We have a points range so we can take into account all of the information on your application form and adjust the offer from the evidence provided.
You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
112 UCAS tariff points.
Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.
Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.
Their website www.ucas.com provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:
Institution code name: UoC
Institution code: C99
- A Ambleside
- B Brampton Road, Carlisle
- E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
- F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
- L Lancaster
- T University of Cumbria in London
- Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness
Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
- Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
See the following websites for further details: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk
All students will need to purchase stationery, course books and personal equipment. Extra costs may also be applicable to cover field trips, membership fees etc. The following PDF link below provides an overview of these costs for this course.Additional costs
We are proud to say that graduates of our course have gone on to work for many top-level production companies, including BBC Productions, MTV (Berlin), ITV Productions, Company Pictures, Planet 24, Nickelodeon, Ridley Scott Associates and Independent Productions.
Since the course began in 1993, 27 Royal Television Society awards and commendations have been awarded to the works of our students, which shows the top-level of training we provide. For our latest students films please visit our Vimeo page.
Resources and facilities
Based at our beautiful Brampton Road campus in Carlisle, on the edge of the Lake District, you will be in the perfect environment to learn, make friends and get creative. We have a wide range of production equipment, covering everything from Sliders to drones, DSLR to high definition, that will help make your vision a reality.
You will be given the chance to experience most production contexts that will serve you well as you progress into the industry. Our team of practising professionals, as well as our visiting practitioners, represent a wide range of production areas to provide you the knowledge and advice you need no matter what type of production you are interested in.
Awards and recognition
Work produced by students on the course has received acclaim from the industry in terms of Royal Television Society awards. So far, our students have won 27 RTS Awards. Our campus is already famous within the industry-the X-Wing fighter flying over the lake in the new Star Wars was filmed nearby with the help of our students! Macbeth was filmed nearby on Hadrian's Wall - also with the help of our students!
Our students' films are regularly screened in film festivals around the world. Most recently Laxcha Bantawa's film 'Pawan' won Best Documentary at Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2014, and Stephanie Kiewel's film 'Funkenflug (Sparks)' came runner up (out of 3000 entries) at New Designers 2015, going on to win 'Best Drama' at RTS (Royal Television Society) Awards 2016.
Whilst working on their films, students have travelled to as far away as Norway, Poland, India, Africa, Iceland, Germany and Russia, giving the course a truly international outlook. This wide range of set, studio and location experience gives our students the breadth of vision and the logistical skills necessary to move forward into industry.
This course has also achieved a 93% overall satisfaction rate in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).