This course is hands on - you will write, plan and make films in the studio and on location; producing work amongst a community of filmmakers, and becoming immersed in the experience of making films.

You work in production teams to produce a range of films, providing the professional experience and abilities to prepare you for work in the film and screen industries. There is a strong focus on production; supported by watching, investigating, analysing, critiquing and thinking about film in order to discover your own identity as a filmmaker. Working in small groups with other passionate filmmakers, you will take an active role in all stages of development and production, learning the skills of directing, producing, cinematography, sound, editing, production design and storytelling.

Our students enjoy creative freedom and have the opportunity to pitch and initiate filmmaking projects across a wide range of productions, from fiction to documentary, advertising to music video. You will develop skills such as self-promotion, knowledge in finance and distribution, and learn to commercialise practical experiences and skills to successfully navigate the film industry.

Learning and teaching is supported through filmmaking practice: in the studio, on location, in seminars and film screenings, production meetings and class discussions, industry talks and study trips including film festivals.

Our students will bring with them an enthusiasm for film and screen, and a commitment to filmmaking. This is an intensive and challenging course where hard work is rewarded through your development as a filmmaker.

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What You'll Study

Year One — You’ll explore the role of the filmmaker and the process of filmmaking. This is supported by studio and location working on a number of film production tasks. You will work across a number of roles and gain hands-on experience in order to frame your understanding of the production process. You make films in small teams and as a class we watch our work in regular screenings with discussions. The focus of this year is on the craft and range of skills involved in the filmmaking process. This is placed into context with an introduction to film history, where you will watch, critique and discuss some of the great filmmakers, filmmaking movements and practices of the last century.

Year Two — You will start to specialise and focus on areas of production, forming more specialist production teams to support full production cycles each semester. You will produce a wide and varied body of work across a number of options including fiction, documentary and advertising.

Year Three — You consolidate the practices of the previous two years, with a focus on industry practice and the specialisation of skills. You will work on larger scale productions during this year and collaborate across a production team, but also across multi-disciplinary teams. In addition you will prepare a portfolio of your work, methods of distribution, screenings and workshops to help support your progression into industry.

Work Experience

Work experience covers a broad range of activities and students are encouraged to undertake work placements during their time at university. As well as guidance from the course team our Careers, Employability and Enterprise team offer support that enhances employability skills and underpins engagement with industry.

Course Specification

Destination Careers

Graduates can find work across the screen industries in a wide range of job roles in camera, lighting, sound, producing and creative, development and research teams. Some graduates will build freelance careers within film and TV, and some may work for film production companies, studios, edit houses and major broadcasters. Graduates may also continue to postgraduate study.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed - irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Click here to view our entry requirements

Portfolio Guide

We are looking for students who have passion and enthusiasm for cinema and film. It is expected that you will be able to discuss and demonstrate this with materials in your portfolio.

We want to see work that best represents you. Work you are proud of and feel you can confidently talk about during interview. Examples of work might demonstrate technique, production methods, concepts, ideas, film critique, discussion or just your passion for film.

Examples of what we expect to see may include one or more of the following:

Showreel – Containing moving image. This can be a range of films or a single production. If you have a great short film you feel we should see all of, then include all of it up to five minutes. If you have lots of films, just use short sequences that total up to five minutes that demonstrate your awareness of filmmaking.

Written Work – This might include short excerpts of scripts or stories you have written, essays about film history, film reviews, critiques and blog posts. Please provide a range of work that you can discuss.

Design and Art Work – If you have designed storyboards, characters, produced illustrations for film development please include a range of samples. In addition, sketchbooks and other materials that outline your approach to storytelling and cinema are accepted. Up to a maximum of five samples.

Photographic Work – You can use photographs that showcase your visual creativity and approach to storytelling. Up to a maximum of 15 photographs.

You do not need to provide all of this. Please choose the materials you have that demonstrate your awareness of film.

At this stage in your career we would much rather see experimental and innovative image making and developmental work rather than finished work, therefore choose a range of materials that best demonstrate your enthusiasm and knowledge of film and cinema.

We also run a range of daytime and evening portfolio development courses specialising in preparation for further and higher art and design education. For more information on current courses please click here.

Interview Guide

We want students who are enthusiastic about cinema and have a passion to explore film through production. We want students who want to tell stories in creative ways, guided by knowledge of cinema and the screen.

When you arrive at reception you will be met by a member of the course team who will take you to the interview location. You will be part of a small group of applicants who have been given the same half day interview slot.

We will provide a short overview of the course and explain the interview process. We provide a screening for you to watch whilst course staff look at your work. You will then have a 15 minute personal interview with staff and one of our current students.

Since we interview several students in one half day session, you should be prepared to be in the University for up to two and a half hours. If you have had to travel long distances and have a train pre-booked, please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange the timing of your interview so you can get away in time.


This is identified from one or more of the following:

An enthusiasm and passion for moving image.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview

Ability to develop strong concepts, ideas and stories.

  • Samples of work

Skill and creativity in use of visual language.

  • Samples of work

A good understanding of filmmaking practice.

  • Interview

Ability to critique cinema, film and filmmakers.

  • Samples of work
  • Interview

Contact Hours and Teaching/Learning Methods

Undergraduate degree courses at Leeds Arts University are delivered and supported through a range of teaching and learning strategies. Courses are made up of modules, these are elements of study that are taught and assessed separately. Each module carries a clearly identified credit value, the accumulation of which will allow you to progress to the next level of the course. 100 hours of learning are expected for every ten credits of the course. Each level (year) of the course is made up of 120 credits and therefore requires 1200 hours of learning. This equates to 40 hours of study per week throughout the academic year.

For every 100 hours of study, approximately 25 hours are delivered as taught or staff-led sessions and the remaining hours are a combination of other types of supported learning and independent study.

For further information visit Undergraduate teaching & learning at Leeds Arts University.

Tuition Fees and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

Our current fees are listed here

Other Costs

Further costs of study are related largely to the costs of materials and depend very much on how individual students choose to respond to University briefs. At the start of the first year you will be provided with a starter kit of equipment and materials that will help you during the first few months of the course. You will be provided with basic materials to help you complete set briefs. As you progress through the course, you will incur additional costs depending on the level and complexity of the work you are making and the materials you use.

The costs below are the result of asking our students to state how much they spend during the year and creating an average, as such they are indicative only.

Computers & Digital Equipment

Our course is offered using a blended learning model which means you will need to access some course materials and video conference using a computer or mobile de-vice (eg laptop, tablet or smartphone). If you are intending to buy a computer for your studies we suggest that you wait until you commence your studies. You will quickly find out what you need and what you don’t need. The Course Team will be able to offer you advice on what to buy and where to purchase it from based on your creative needs and budget. If you do not have access to a mobile device and are unable to afford one you may be eligible for further support from our hardship fund, more information can be found here.

Educational Visits & Offsite Activities

Due to current travel restrictions and the uncertainties caused by the pandemic no residential trips are planned for the autumn 2020 term. This situation will be assessed and reviewed as the course progresses so that opportunities for educational visits further afield can be explored. Costs for such trips are in addition to other costs but attendance is not mandatory.

We provide support for undergraduate students dependent upon their financial circumstances. Visit Undergraduate Financial Support for further information.

Terms & Conditions and Key Information

International Opportunities / Visiting and exchange students

We are delighted to welcome undergraduate visiting and exchange students from Europe and around the world who would like to spend a semester or a full academic year taking credits from our exciting range of courses. You will be fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University during a period of full-time supervised study and your credits transferred back to your home institution.

You can join us through programmes such as Erasmus+, individual university partnerships or as an independent applicant. Please see here for more information and how to apply.

Leeds Arts University students interested in spending some time overseas can find information on the international opportunities available during your course here.

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Please apply direct to the University for our BA (Hons) Filmmaking course using the links below.

Home/EU applicants

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International applicants

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at or call us on 0113 280 8000.


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"We want to help you discover who you are as a filmmaker, and develop the craft and the skills to make wonderful stories for the cinema and screen."
Paul Booth, Course Leader
BA (Hons) Filmmaking