Studying at Christ Church is a great experience! The equipment is industry standard and our supportive tutors run lots of useful workshops to help you learn how to use it.

Rob, third year Film Production student


    Our Film Production course will provide you with the mix of technical, production and business skills you will need to work in the creative industries.

    You’ll use a range of digital cameras including Canon, Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro and the Arri Alexa Mini LF (used in the BAFTA best British winning film, 1917). Other equipment includes Steadicam, Mix Pre-3 (portable sound recorders) and a range of lighting. Post-production facilities include AVID Media Composer. You’ll also have access to Pro-Tools and the full Adobe Creative Suite.

    Regular visits from working professionals will enrich your studies and offer up-to-the-minute insights into the industry. We have guest speakers from: British Film Institute (BFI), Molinare post-production house, BBC, ITV, Kent Film Office, Netflix documentary filmmakers, freelance CCCU alumni filmmakers and screenwriters, foley artists and 'Festival Formula'.

    Why Study Film Production?

    • Top ten in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of feedback and assessment in the subject area of Film Production and Photography - The Guardian University League Tables 2022

    The film industry is a vibrant and creative sector driven by the demand for prime-time drama on free to air, the streaming platforms and in the cinema. It requires talented and creative people with specialist technical skills and our highly practical course is designed to give you exactly this.

    You'll spend around 70% of the course learning the practical elements of film production with the remaining 30% of time studying theory. Throughout the course, you'll be able to develop your technical and creative skills to a professional level and use your creative flair to complete a compelling production in your final year. This important project is a great opportunity for you to showcase your talents and develop your experience to help you with seeking employment.

    As part of your degree you will gain the "Applied Skills for a Sustainable Media Industry" certificate from industry body, albert, demonstrating that you have developed an understanding of environmentally friendly film production. It is embedded into the course in Year 3 through the Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries employability module.

      All about the course

      The course offers you the intellectual stimulation to expand your horizons and the space to explore your own artistic and creative potential.

      You'll study modules relating to areas such as the art and craft of film editing, moving image production in a historical context and the use of sound production equipment, and you'll spend time honing your skills and carrying out filming projects.

      During the course, you undertake a number of employability modules, which help to prepare you for work experience and ultimately a job in the creative industries. You will also be working on the Albert Sustainability Scheme, developed by BAFTA in consultation with the Higher Education providers. Albert is an industry standard kitemark for sustainability. It is a great asset for your future CV. Many of the skills that you learn over the three years are transferable across the sector, which is a thriving part of the UK and global economy.

      Your tutors are a creative mix of practitioners, including some BAFTA winning filmmakers and theoreticians and they work alongside a technical team. The course is taught in the Powell Building, which is named after renowned British filmmaker Michael Powell and was opened by his widow Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, who is Martin Scorsese’s film editor and an Honorary Fellow of the University.

      "It's always fun talking to young filmmakers - it's very inspiring. I'm always really impressed when I meet them. They seem very serious, very committed and because of the training they get at Canterbury Christ Church university, they are very well versed in film history. I do tell them filmmaking is a very demanding profession, but very rewarding, very exciting and you grow constantly because of the way the work stretches you. I have the best job in the world working for Martin Scorsese. I encourage them to try and find something equally exciting"

      Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell, Honorary Fellow Canterbury Christ Church University, three time Oscar winning editor for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      The academic year consists of two semesters. You will study three modules in each semester, making a total of six modules per year. You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, screenings and workshops and you'll have access to specialist industry-standard software and facilities throughout your course.

      Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.

      The Guardian University League Tables 2021

      • Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of teaching on the course in the subject area of Film Production and Photography

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through directed filmmaking activities and self-study. As a guide, you are expected to put in 150 hours of self-directed study and practical work for each 20 credit module.

      Self-study typically involves looking at films, practising with the film equipment, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      For the major film project in Year 3, you'll work independently and in production groups under the supervision of a member of the course team. It is also a chance to create a final project film which could be part of your showreel. You'll meet with your supervisor on a regular basis alongside your option modules and an employability module as well.

      Your overall workload typically consists of thirty six hours per week, including approximately twelve contact hours and a further twenty four hours of independent learning and assessment activity.

      Total contact time averages about twelve hours a week for each 20 credit module.

      The teaching team is a creative mix of practitioners and theoreticians. Guest speakers from industry, including from Amazon, British Film Institute (BFI) BBC, ITV, and the independent television and film sector, provide industry insights and networking opportunities. The programme’s Industry Advisory Panel ensures that the curriculum remains current and maintains industry standards.

      All the members of our course team hold postgraduate degrees and teaching qualifications and are research-active. They have experience in delivering both theory and practice-based teaching. Some course staff have industry backgrounds with some winning awards from BAFTA in their profession. Some modules, particularly our employability sessions are supported by visiting lecturers from industry who bring valuable insight and industry knowledge, which keeps the teaching of practice and process relevant. You can find out more about the current teaching on the ‘our staff’ webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

      Film production is for you to learn the skills and craft of telling stories, whether factual or fiction and we take great pride in taking you on that exciting journey to engage audiences through the moving image.

      Jane MiltonFilm Production Course Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      You will be assessed using a range of methods, including reflective analysis, group project work, presentations, reflective journals and essays. There are no written exams.

      In practical modules you will normally be assessed by practical project or portfolio, accompanied by a reflective assignment. In 20 credit practical modules, work is equivalent to 4000 words, generally a 5-8 minute practical production and an evaluation assignment to the value 400-800 words. Practical modules provide you with opportunities to develop and evaluate your understanding of the subject through workshops, lectures, seminars, production meetings and tutorials before you complete the formal assessments that counts towards your final mark.

      Theory modules are typically assessed on the submission of two written assignments each worth 50%. Typical word count for a theory module is 4000 words, generally spread over two assignments.

      You will receive feedback on all assessments including: practical films, critical reviews, essays, scripts, portfolios and presentations. Feedback is very important part of your learning experience and you will be encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor and incorporate how you have used this feedback in subsequent assignments.

      Your future career

      Our Film Production degree will help you become multi-skilled, developing your technical and creative skills to the professional level needed for entry into the film industry and wider creative industries, which is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the UK and global economy.

      Graduates may also go on to undertake a higher degree at Canterbury Christ Church University or elsewhere.

      A crucial reason behind my choice to study this course was the amount of successful public speakers that attend our campus each year and give talks on different topics. It is a brilliant way to start building your own network and meet important people from the industry.

      EvaFilm Production graduate


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

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