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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Filmmaking at Nottingham Trent University

Develop a deep creative understanding of the art of filmmaking, focusing on the production of original, entertaining, and influential content.

You'll undertake the roles of writer, director, and producer while working on real-life briefs with our industry partners. We'll teach you key technical and production skills, enabling you to produce a professional production folder tailored to your career goals.

Taught in partnership with NTU's School of Arts and Humanities and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, you'll benefit from a wide range of staff expertise and industry-standard facilities and equipment.

This exciting new degree course has been created in response to the rise of the global filmmaking industry.

Key features:

  • Focus on writing, directing and producing. We want to create filmmakers who can develop their own projects.
  • Take part in live projects and competitions, giving you exposure to the industry.
  • Learn from course staff with industry experience and expertise in areas such as directing, producing and scriptwriting, plus technical skills such as location scouting, editing, lighting and camera operating.
  • Have access to industry-standard facilities, equipment and software such as high-end camera equipment, Davinci Resolve and Adobe Creative suite, and green-screen studios.
  • Complete short periods of work experience to help you gain professional experience and skills.
  • Apply to go on an overseas exchange to a partner university in Europe through the Erasmus+ exchange programme.
  • Exhibit your work at our Degree Show in Nottingham in your final year.
  • Choose to go on the international field trip to a recognised film city every year.

How you're taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures and briefings
  • studio workshops;
  • seminars;
  • tutorials;
  • masterclasses;
  • verbal and visual presentations;
  • individual work;
  • teamwork;
  • live projects;
  • study trips; and
  • personal development planning.


Assessment is 100% coursework. You will be assessed at the end of each module and awarded a grade. You will receive feedback throughout.

Depending on the module, you may be assessed through:

  • design development work (storyboards, scripts, animatics, iterative edits);
  • final project work (e.g. film, scripts, pitch packages);
  • portfolio work;
  • reports and evaluations;
  • essays;
  • visual and verbal presentations;
  • production management documentation; and
  • online design journal blog entries.

Your final degree mark will be based 100% on your final year work.

Exchange opportunities

The University is part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme and has agreements with a number of partner institutions throughout Europe.

If you're thinking about studying part of your degree abroad, Erasmus+ is a great way of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people, learning a new language and gaining a study experience which will enhance your CV. Exchanges usually take place during Year Two of your studies.

Degree Show

You will exhibit your work as part of our Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU's Art and Design courses, and is a great platform for you to showcase your work to members of the creative industries.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (100%).
  • Year 2 coursework (100%).
  • Year 3 coursework (100%).

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%).
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%).
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (22%), independent study (78%).

Careers and employability

The School of Art & Design has an excellent graduate employment rate, with 96% of our undergraduate students in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).

YouFirst – working with our Employability team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the Internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course.

Work placement and internship opportunities

You'll be encouraged to undertake work experience alongside your studies. Course staff will support you by directing you towards work placement and professional practice opportunities.


Our Filmmaking facilities are based in the Waverley building, a dedicated Art and Design building. Facilities and equipment include:

  • high-end work stations with Xeon processors and Quadro Graphics Cards;
  • Adobe Create suite Master Collection software, including After Effects, Premiere, and Photoshop;
  • green screen and motion-capture facilities;
  • Davinci Resolve for editing and grading;
  • professional audio booths fully equipped for sound recording and composing;
  • high-end digital film SLR cameras with a range of EF and EF-S lenses; and
  • 4K film cameras

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

Other requirements

The UCAS Tariff

In 2016 the UCAS Tariff changed. In the new tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don't worry. We've created this calculator to help you work it out.

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can prepare for this course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus, and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our International students page and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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