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Film Production and Theatre BA

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Study mode

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich; 6-year part-time

UCAS code

W244, W24P with placement year

Start date


Study location

Brunel University London campus

Entry criteria

BBC (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a placement year option


Our location in West London is advantageous for contacts and work placements in the Film and Television industry and other media organisations  

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

Adding Theatre is a smart way to study and specialise in a wide variety of skills-based strands ranging from Acting, Digital Performance, Directing, Musical Theatre, and Playwriting. All within creative and nurturing environment by staff who are cutting edge academics and industry specialists.

The new BA in Film Production aims to develop the creative, practical, technical, cultural and interpersonal knowledge and skills associated with professional film production. Combining the production and theory of visual digital media, it is the perfect starting point for those interested in pursuing the career in Film, TV, Communications or Media.

The course offers a combination of film production (including practical film/video-making, scriptwriting, filming and editing, project management skills) with critical analysis, thinking and research skills and an understanding of the how the film and TV industries work. 



The Film Production and Theatre BA is designed for those who want the opportunity to develop professional expertise in filmmaking, mixed with academic study and more general knowledge of the workings of the film and television industries.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The BA consists of a mix of compulsory and optional modules. A typical selection is provided below, although some variations may occur from year to year.

Level 1


  • Perspectives
  • Ensemble Production
  • Storytelling
  • Creative Project Development


  • Directing 1: Contexts, Theories and Practices
  • Playwrighting 1
  • Physical Theatre 1: Between Dance and Theatre
  • Applied Drama Practice
  • Acting: Essential Skills
  • Digital Performance
  • Musical Theatre

Level 2


  • Perspectives
  • Short Fictions
  • Working in the Film/TV industry


  • Writing 2: Expriments in Language for Performance
  • Directing 2: Contexts, Theories and Practices
  • Physical Theatre 2: Performance and Embodiment
  • Acting: Beyond Naturalism
  • Applied Drama: Project
  • Digital Performance 2
  • Musical Theatre: Histories, Practices and Theories
  • Performance as Research
  • TV: Texts and Contexts
  • Film and TV Genres
  • Screenwriting

Level 3:

Compulsory (you must take one of the following)

  • Option 1 - Final Production OR Written Dissertation OR Joint Film/Theatre Final Production
  • Option 2 - Special Project in Film and Television Studies AND Written Dissertation
  • Option 3 - Joint Dissertaion


  • Alternative Film
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Analysis of FTV Work Experience
  • Horror
  • Independent Art Cinema
  • Psychogeography
  • The Canon Re-loaded
  • Advanced Physical Theatre
  • Perspectives 3
  • Advanced Musical Theatre
  • New Writing: Page to Stage
  • Professional Experience and Development


Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel


  • Modules including Understanding the FTV Industries and Work Experience foster employability
  • The Work Experience module is delivered by industry professionals with a programme of industry speakers.
  • Including a 70-hour work placement, offering the opportunity to apply skills in a range of contexts.
  • A network of contacts in film and television industry, marketing and PR, charity sector

Emphasis throughout your studies is placed on gaining transferable employment skills. You will develop communication, report writing and presentation skills to an excellent level, equipping you for a range of subsequent professional careers. Brunel’s Professional Development Centre is a dedicated service that are committed to increasing our students' employability, helping you to develop the skills and experience you need to stand out in the job market.

Careers and your future

Our graduates have gained employment in the following roles in the FTV industry: Distributor, Casting work and production assistant, Freelance script supervisor, Press assistant, Freelance producer, Visual effects production co-ordinator, Head celebrity booker, On-air planner, Compositor, Contracts co-ordinator, Senior digital producer.

Work placements

Placement venues include The Pinewood Group, Fremantle Media, Objective Productions, WaterAid and BalletBoyz.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-level BBC (all subjects considered).

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Art and Design, Applied Science, Creative Media Production, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Music and Music Technology, Performing Arts, Production Arts or Travel and Tourism.

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Art and Design, Applied Science, Creative Media Production, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Music and Music Technology, Performing Arts, Production Arts or Travel and Tourism, with an A-Level at grade B.

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BC.

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Merits in all units.

Applicants with relevant theatre experience may also be considered.

All applicants are required to attend a group audition workshop as part of the selection process before a formal offer is made.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Teaching style varies and is designed to suit each module

  • Lectures; seminars; practical workshops; screenings; tutorials

Course facilities include

  • 17 fully-equipped edit suites, using Final Cut Pro X, Avid and/or Adobe Premiere
  • Cameras including Canon C100, Sony PMW200, Canon XF100, Canon 5D

Assessment and feedback

Practical work (videos, scripting, storyboards, websites), coursework essays/projects (various kinds), seminar presentations, video essays, extended dissertation/film at Level 3

Special features

  • Our location in West London is advantageous for contacts and work placements in the Film and Television industry and other media organisations  
  • You will have access to the latest equipment and technology.  Our editing suites have up-to-date production software such as Avid with accredited training facilities for Final Cut Pro 10
  • Film Production at Brunel is strongly committed to making links between teaching and research, with most modules taught by staff who have published authoritative work in their field.
  • With the Professional Practice option, students are encouraged to take advantage of our extensive range of contacts in film and television production, distribution and exhibition in London, as well as in media public relations and marketing to gain professional work experience in a variety of settings. Also, we are often approached by media companies looking for students to help out on specific projects.

  • Trips to see professional theatre plays in London with your entire year group and course tutors.
  • The opportunity to study six skills areas at entry level and then select one or two areas for specialist study in your final year.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £15,400 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.