• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

We want your ideas and your imagination to become part of our course. Whether that's in writing the scripts, filming live events, editing, digital effects, or directing and producing the whole film, you'll find you have lots of opportunities to be a creative filmmaker at Bucks New University.

From the lecture hall to the cutting-room floor
Through a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, we help you learn the skills you need in a modern media business. You’ll cover camera, lighting, sound, editing and all elements of planning and pre-production, bringing them together to produce a range of fiction and non-fiction films.

We treat you like professional filmmakers. Films are analysed and deconstructed so you can apply those techniques to your work. Our students don't just stop at learning about film and television, they cover webcasting as well.

Expert teaching from professionals in their fields
The course team have a range of experience in the film and television industry. We teach in professional standard recording and filmmaking facilities. As well as lectures, we have professional masterclasses, guest speakers, and work experience opportunities designed to prepare you for a career in film and television.

Students also benefit from filming weeks and filming live events, all of these have different demands and require flexible and organised thinking.

This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.

This course is also accredited by JAMES, which recognises the quality and suitability of a specific course to meet industry needs.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


We create the industry on campus, giving our students every opportunity to collaborate across courses, just like the real world. Work with our audio specialists on the Audio and Music Production course and our selection of new stars in the Performing Arts course.

Film and Television is mostly taught in our newest building, the Gateway building. It’s equipped with modern suites and brand-new facilities.

We use professional Panasonic and Canon cameras. And in our private and communal editing suites, you’ll get the chance to become skilled with all our post-production software including Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer and the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Work with lots of artists

You will regularly be given the opportunity to work with a variety of artists using our state of the art facilities. Working with Audio and Music Production students, you’ll record, edit and direct all footage”. This will give you experience of working with a wide variety of genres to help you perfect your skills.

Other students and graduates have worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Pan (2015), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) and lots more.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80 - 104. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Screen Language
  • Documentary Production
  • Screen Form and Platform
  • Technical Skills: Lighting and Sound
  • Writing for Film & Television: Writing Fiction
  • Fiction Production
  • Technical Skills: Camera and Editing
  • Writing for Film and Television: Documentary

Year 2 Modules

  • Music Video Production (optional)
  • Writing and Producing Fiction: TV Series bible (optional)
  • Breaking Conventions: Crime and Realist Genres
  • Client Production with PlacementPlus
  • Advanced Technical Skills: Post Production and Lighting
  • Introduction to Multi-camera Productions and Events: technical techniques and output (optional)
  • Introduction to Multi-camera Productions and Events: Production and event planning (optional)
  • Film Drama Production
  • Advanced Technical Skills: Audio Collaboration and Multicamera
  • Art Film Production (optional)
  • Breaking Conventions; Fantasy Genres
  • Writing and Producing Fiction: Feature Film Treatment (optional)

Year 3 Modules

  • Non-Fiction Storytelling (optional)
  • Professional Preparation 1A
  • PlacementPlus Work-Based Project in Film or Media (optional)
  • Creative Portfolio Production (optional)
  • Independent Production Project (optional)
  • Independent Script Project (optional)
  • Industry Practice Research Project (optional)
  • New Media & Current Trends
  • Professional Preparation 1


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Beaumont Loewenthal

I currently work as an assistant editor/VFX assistant editor in film, with recent projects including Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).

Studying at Bucks was an eye-opening experience, especially as someone who had made a last minute decision to choose to study film at university. I joined not really knowing what I wanted to get into, but did have a minor affinity for editing developed from the projects I had worked on at sixth form. The Film and TV production course at Bucks really helped me understand all the roles available in film and TV and solidified my liking of editing which made it easier to determine my career choice and path to it in the film industry.

The teaching from the staff was always great and they were always there to inform and advise on any issues that arose. I enjoyed the final year the most by far, where things got a bit more serious and the level of production and quality of our work had to step up and become a lot better. I had a great experience at Bucks.

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James Kayler

Studying at Bucks gave me the basics to succeed in the TV industry. The course taught me the practical knowledge of how to create video but also the importance of being able to work in a team.

Bucks encouraged my ambition to succeed as a freelancer by creating an education programme that required a hard work ethic away from the campus.

If it wasn't for the camera knowledge I gained from my education at the university, I wouldn't be working in the TV industry as a director now.


What are my career prospects

We provide you with the opportunity to work in placements where you’ll gain real experience. Many of our students end up being fully employed by the company they worked for during their placement.

Some of these companies include: BBC, Chyron-Hego, BT Sport, CTV, Celador Productions, Nickelodeon, Pinewood Studios, Sky Sports, SKY TV and Talkback Thames.

You’ll get the chance to work on big projects In 2012, we had more than 25 undergraduates employed across many of the London Olympics sites, from Dorney Lake to the Olympic stadia. These students have now graduated and are working in sports and live events broadcast, a direct result of our commitment to working closely with our industry partners for the benefit of our graduating students.

In 2015 Bucks graduate Rob Brandon directed the chart-topping video ‘Budapest’ for artist George Ezra.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout the time you spend with us, we’ll support you on route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable, and good leaders.

We encourage you to undertake work placements, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.