Film BA (Hons)

This course is in clearing with spaces available

This course is in Clearing with Spaces Available


Course options

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UCAS code: W620 112 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Film, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 Per year
  • BA (Hons) Film, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 6 years
    • Pro-rata full time fee
  • BA (Hons) Film, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 Per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: W622 64 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Film, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 9250 Per year
  • BA (Hons) Film, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 14820 Per year

What makes this course different

  • Hands-on approach

    We'll give you the chance to make your own films and the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of film and cinema including skills such as scripting, cinematography and editing.

  • Work placement

    Guided by lecturers who have made an impact in the world of film and television, you'll have the exciting opportunity to learn practical skills during a work placement with a film production company.

  • Purpose-built facilities

    You'll work in our student film production unit while taking advantage of unrivalled film-making facilities, including a dedicated film production studio, edit suites and a research centre.


Accredited by ScreenSkills

BA Film at UEL has been accredited by ScreenSkills, an industry-led skills body for the screen industries: film, television, visual effects, animation and games.

Find out more about ScreenSkills

Course modules

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If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you have the option of taking an extended version of this course. You'll begin with a foundation year that will prepare you for the BA course, giving you the academic and personal skills you need for successful degree-level study.

Academic Development

Social Media Project

Ways of Looking

Narrative and Creativity

Group Film Project

Mental Wealth: Professional Development

In our video-dominated world, we offer one of the few remaining courses in the country that gives you the chance to learn how to make films with actual celluloid on 16mm cameras. There are three strands to our three-year course - film history, film theory and film practice. In your first year, that means you'll make short documentaries and fiction films while learning how to analyse films and studying the history of Hollywood cinema.

Creative Content

Media Cultures

Production Lab 1

Mental Wealth: Professional life - Agency 1

Film History

In year two, you'll explore screenwriting and you’ll also be encouraged to experiment - looking closely, for instance, at avant-garde cinema. You'll have the chance to go on a highly sought-after work placement in a film production company, and you'll make films for a particular client outside the University, such as a local charity.

Production Lab 2

Advanced Storytelling

Critical Theory

European and World Cinemas

Mental Wealth: Professional life: Agency 2

Internship / Study Abroad Module: Employment and Enterprise

Optional placement

In your third year, you'll study different film genres and the history of cinemas from different parts of the world, including European, Asian and Bollywood cinema. At the end of the course, you'll have the chance to make a longer film for a prestigious screening of our students' work at a London cinema.

Professional Practice

Final Project: Development

Final Project: Completion

Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Agency 3 - Freelancing at UEL Creatives

Horror and Science Fiction

Urban Film

Transmedia and Digital Futures

Creative Mobile Media

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career prospects are as diverse as the cinematic world itself. Our graduates go on journeys that extend beyond the realms of film. They have found exciting opportunities in the media and cultural sectors, including television, advertising, journalism, and education.

One of our recent graduates secured a producer role within a few months of completing the course, while another gained hands-on experience as a camera assistant on the set of Star Wars. Throughout your course you'll benefit from our strong affiliations with the British Film Institute, Film London, and London's vibrant film festivals, fostering your success in the industry.

Industry links

Our industry links are widespread, ranging from production and postproduction companies, film festival organisations, artist filmmakers, writers and film curators. These include Film and Video Umbrella, Discover Film, London Short Film Festival, Just Runners UK, Close-Up Film Centre, Bow Arts – Nunnery Gallery, and the B3 Media – Creative Network.

Graduate employers

Organisations our graduates have gone into are: Discover Film and Just Runners UK.

Job roles

Typical roles which our graduates have gone onto include film director, cinematographer (Director of Photography), film editor.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

As you complete your degree, you may choose to pursue further studies with our MA in Filmmaking or apply for a prestigious film school.

Rema Khatun
As a university committed to your career growth, we've curated dedicated Career Zones across all of our campuses with practical services tailored to your success. From internships, personalised coaching, and employability workshops to volunteering, mentoring, placements, and enterprise opportunities, we offer a diverse range of support.

Our online Career Zone platform provides accessible career support and is equipped with practical tools to navigate your career journey. Whether you're in the classroom or beyond, we're here to empower your professional development."
Rema Khatun

Career Zone

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

Some courses teach you about film-making while others concentrate on the theory and history of film. At UEL, we'll give you a thorough, expert grounding in both.

We combine practice with critical analysis, teaching you not just how to make films but throwing you into every aspect of the film world, from screenwriting to cinema history.

Each year, you'll make your own films, from fiction to documentaries. And in your last year, your final piece of work will be screened at a special show at a London cinema.

Throughout your course, you'll get the opportunity to develop your production skills by studying modules focused on documentary, fiction, screenwriting, and avant-garde filmmaking.

We'll give you the skills to work in all film-related fields. Our graduates have gone into a variety of rewarding careers, from film production to festival administration to film journalism.

    Guided independent study

    When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. 

    Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, and specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

    Academic support

    Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas - including learning and disability support.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.


    Each year you will spend around 280 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.

    The approximate workloads for this course per year are:

    • Scheduled teaching - 284 hours 
    • Guided independent study - 916 hours

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

    Class sizes

    To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 40 - 50 students a year. Lecture sizes are normally 40 plus students.

    In workshops, you will be taught in groups of 12 - 15 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

How you'll be assessed

  • 100% coursework, which includes 70% practical work: individual and group-based film productions, and written assignments. 

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days, although you will receive immediate feedback following many of our face-to-face assessments.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


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What our students and staff say

Students in Film campaign UEL Clearing 2018
We spent 10 months planning our final film, and I have never felt such strong pride as I did when the title faded onto the screen at our end-of-year showcase. It is no secret that low-budget filmmaking is a long and stressful process, but being able to participate and grow with such a strong group of talented women made it one of my favourite experiences at UEL.

Having chosen a challenging and hard-hitting narrative, it felt amazing to arrive at the showcase knowing we'd succeeded in our expectations for the film. Our year of hard work had paid off, and we had formed life-long friendships along the way. Sharing our work with our class and lecturers was a wonderful and wholesome experience, and the support that we received when we were announced 'Best Drama' was overwhelming. Finishing my degree on such a high note was very motivating and filled me with so much positivity for my future career in the film industry."

Bethen Blackabee

Final year student in BA Film

Julian Alexander holding a camera
The film course here at UEL focuses on the individual ambitions of each student as they discover what it means to be a filmmaker. By covering theory, practice, and on-set skills and experiences there is something everybody on the course. Students produce a variety of different projects across all year groups from socially conscious dramas to zombie fighting cheerleaders – we as lecturers support it all!"

Julian Alexander

Film lecturer