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BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Do you want to develop a deep understanding of film as an art form and cultural phenomenon? Do you want to learn the creative and technical skills to produce your own distinctive work to a professional standard?

We'll give you a broad introduction to film in your first year, developing your key analytical skills and knowledge of contemporary developments in the international film industry.

Why study with us?

• Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are internationally recognised researchers and film industry professionals.

• Develop your portfolio. We'll inspire you to create your best work in the classroom, on set and during your two professional work placements.

• Challenge yourself. Our programme will develop your knowledge of film, introducing new and stimulating ideas and experiences.

• Choose your pathway. We'll give you multiple options so you can explore your passions and interests.

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professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.


of our graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

Course Information

About this course >

​You'll study all aspects of audio-visual production, developing a range of practical and craft skills to write, shoot and edit your own films.

You'll deepen and extend your knowledge and abilities in years 2 and 3, studying core modules that explore approaches to researching and theorising film, and develop your practice in documentary and fiction filmmaking. You have the  freedom to explore the aspects of film that interest you with a choice of practical and academic options including the UK film industry, digital effects and science fiction. We structure your options to make sure you get a broad knowledge of film, but how you balance the academic and practical is up to you.

Real-world experience is at the heart of your degree thanks to the two professional work placements you'll complete. By the time you graduate, you'll have had the opportunity to become a confident, engaged, and skilled professional with extensive specialist knowledge, the ability to generate and communicate original ideas, and a mastery of all the crafts of filmmaking.

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Further Study

Graduating from our Film programme, you will possess the knowledge and capabilities to go onto further study for a Masters degree or Doctorate that will make you stand out from the crowd.

The professional experience and effective practical skills you develop on the Film programme will prepare you for to study for a Masters degree in filmmaking and post-production as a route into the media industries; while completing your research training will equip you to study for a research degree, either at Masters or Ph.D. level, which we offer at Leeds Trinity, as an academic or practioner/researcher.

Modules >

Year 1

In year one you study a combination of practical and academic subjects providing you with the key critical and professional knowledge and abilities. Analysing Film explores the form and style of motion pictures. International Film Industries introduces you to the contemporary international film industry. Introduction to Scriptwriting explores ideas generation and development, narrative structure, and character development. Camera, Photography and Lighting provides a practical understanding of videography and photography. Audio Production introduces concepts and practical skills required in recording and producing audio for film and television. Editing/Post-production provides a practical understanding of video editing utilising a suite of post-production/non-linear tools. Through the Professional Development and Placement module you learn how to present and sell yourself to employers in the media sector and complete a six-week professional placement.

Year 2

In your second year you study a combination of core and option modules, allowing you to create your own pathway according to your own interests and passions. Each pathway requires you to choose options from a suite of academic modules and from a suite of practical modules so that you gain a broad-based knowledge of film, but how you balance the academic and the practical is up to you.

Core modules include Researching Media, Film and Culture, which introduces you to a range of approaches to research in the fields of media, film and culture, and to the processes involved in formulating a research proposal; Theorising Film, which develops your ability to theorise about the cinema, contributing to your core knowledge of the medium and your critical thinking skills; and a Professional Development and Placement module building upon your year one work, with a further six-week professional placement.

Options include practice-based modules covering short-film production, digital effects, radio and podcast production, documentary filmmaking, and digital narratives; and academic modules covering the UK film industry, understanding Disney, television genres, online community management, and a negotiated study module where you choose you own area of study.

Year 3

In your final year you design and conduct a research project applying the full range of knowledge and skills developed in years one and two to produce an original piece of work to a topic of your own choosing, with the option of completing this project as research by practice.

A greater choice of option modules in year three enables you to shape your degree according to your interests, choosing from practice-based modules covering advanced short-film production, advanced documentary filmmaking, audio production, creative medium and transmedia production; and from a range of academic modules covering European cinema, contemporary cult tv, computational film analysis, film and television adaptation, science fiction, entrepreneurship and creativity, professional learning through work, and a negotiated study module.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • MFC4012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • MFC4082 - Analysing Film
  • MFC4352 - Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • MFC4401 - Audio Production
  • MFC4412 - Camera, Photography and Lighting
  • MFC4421 - Editing/Post-production
  • MFC4432 - International Film Industries: Contemporary Issues and Debates

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • JOU5052 - Radio and Podcast for Journalists
  • MFC5012 - Professional Development and Placement 2
  • MFC5032 - Researching, Media, Film and Culture
  • MFC5042 - Script to Screen
  • MFC5062 - Digital Effects
  • MFC5072 - UK Film Industry
  • MFC5112 - Understanding Disney
  • MFC5132 - Television Genres
  • MFC5202 - Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • MFC5572 - Digital Narratives
  • MFC5582 - Online Community Management
  • MFC5602 - Theorising Film
  • MFC5632 - Negotiated Study Module

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • JOU6002 - Advanced Radio Production
  • MFC6044 - Advanced Documentary Production
  • MFC6092 - Contemporary Cultural Issues
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction
  • MFC6202 - Contemporary Cult Television
  • MFC6234 - Media, Film & Culture Research
  • MFC6242 - Negotiated Media Project
  • MFC6322 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6404 - Advanced Short Film Production
  • MFC6564 - Transmedia Production
  • MFC6582 - Computational Film Analysis

Learning and Teaching >

Modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group seminars; and production/practical modules through large and smaller group production-based workshops.

On this course students undertake two 20-credit Personal Development and Placement modules, which feature six-week work placements during Levels 4 and 5 sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on their learning.

At Level 6, Single Honours Film and Media students will register for a 20-credit Film Research module where a dissertation or research project (on a subject chosen by the student) will be produced; this is achieved through independent learning and study with the support of a designated tutor. 

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers and mentors and our alumni in their final year. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects. #expand#

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. 

This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Assessments tailored to this course include group oral presentations, research portfolios, reports, production portfolios, artefacts (films) etc.

Students are offered a choice of assignment topics on a number of modules and can develop their own projects in modules adopting an 'independent learning' approach. All assignments however must meet the assessment criteria set for each assignment and module.

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars.

Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@l​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students have undertaken placements working as camera operators, production assistants, editors, photographers, visual effects artists, graphic designers, animators, script writers and researchers. We have strong links with many key employers in the region and beyond, including the BBC; ITV; independent production companies in film, television and new media; and marketing, public relations and advertising agencies.

Graduate Opportunities

Our graduates work as film and television producers, programme schedulers, camera operators, sound recordists,  freelance filmmakers and radio producers/ presenters, or go on to further study to prepare for careers as teachers and university lecturers. Many of our graduates establish their own businesses or work for companies including the BBC, Sky and ITV.

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