UCAS code: P303

Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024

Full time: 3 years, or 4 years with a work placement

Part time: 6 years, maximum 8 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of Arts

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In a world that is hungry for new content to watch, film is an exciting subject to study. With demand currently making it one of the largest sectors in the UK, the film industry is attracting major investment and actively recruiting.

You may want to be a film director, producer or screenwriter. Or you may want to specialise in new media or independent films. Whichever direction you take, our course will give you the direct experience and professional knowledge you need. A third year optional workplacement/ internship can help you progress your skills.

You’ll cover core skills in film production, film criticism and film history. But most importantly, you’ll learn how to apply these techniques to your own work.

A popular part of the final year is a work placement or a live project. And our strong links with the industry mean a film degree from Oxford Brookes is an ideal stepping stone for your future career.

Graduates have gone on to work on productions including Skyfall, Slumdog Millionaire, Doctor Who, Saturday Kitchen and Downton Abbey. Where could it take you?

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Experience abroad

    Enjoy an international field trip to a major European city like Rome or Berlin. Soak up the atmosphere at a film festival, visit some studios and make your own short film.

  • Renowned lecturers

    You’ll be taught by the best in the business, including the author of the bestselling Film Studies book. Plus, get the chance to hear famous guest speakers such as Ken Loach.

  • Hybrid of theory and practice

    Explore key theories such as the fictional narrative of film and balance this with hands-on experience of production techniques. Test it all out on your placement.

  • State of the art facilities

    It’s about using the right tool for the job. From industry level cameras and professional lenses to specialist lighting kits and advanced edit suites, we have you covered.

  • Boost your employability

    Use the jobs board and get involved with live projects through Brookes Creative to network with professionals in the creative industries and help your career.

  • Free language courses

    Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

  • Study abroad

    You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

Course details

Course structure

Throughout the course, you’ll get a good balance of practical application and film theory.

In your first year we focus on giving you a firm foundation in the creative, critical and professional skills involved in producing films. A range of modules help you explore topics such as film history, popular cinema and the language of film. As you start to make your own films, you’ll experiment with screenwriting and creative practice.

During Year 2 you’ll learn new digital research methods and examine different approaches to filmmaking. You’ll develop your critical insight and creative ability. Plus, our optional modules, including short film development, the analysis of stardom or the careers of independent filmmakers, allow you to specialise.

Your final year is when you have the option to choose between writing a dissertation or shooting a short film of your own. To give you first-hand experience of the real world of film, the year also includes a live client project or extensive work placement (or you may decide to take a whole year out between the second and third year on placement).

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Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning activities:


Help you to develop ideas and track the progression of your projects. You will also get detailed feedback on your formative (developmental) and summative (assessed) work.

Skills workshops
These hands-on sessions used in the creative modules will help you develop specific abilities or techniques to benefit your practice.

Technical Demonstrations
Accessed through the School of Arts’ innovative ‘Skills Carousel’ sessions, these will teach you technical competence with a range of production equipment.

Work-based Learning
Central to your compulsory final year module, you'll have help in finding a work placement or live project. Placements are available in sectors including film/media production, journalism, exhibition, film festivals, or research.

Live Projects
An entrepreneurial alternative to work placements. Working in a group with other students to deliver a specific project or event which will often be public-facing.


The course is 100% assessed through coursework.  All group work is supported and monitored closely to ensure fairness and maximum participation.  

This course encourages you to think and behave like a professional and you will have the opportunity to:

  • use cutting-edge digital methodologies
  • pitch story ideas
  • create scripts
  • direct short films
  • design a programme for a local independent cinema
  • organise and run our popular Student Film Festival.

Field Trips

Recent field trips have included:

  • visits to local cinemas (eg The Ultimate Picture Palace)
  • events at the London Film Festival
  • a week in New York, including the Museum of the Moving Image and NBC Studios
  • a week in Berlin during the Berlinale
  • the Cannes Film Festival in May.

A separate fee will apply to an optional field trip. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see 'Contact us') if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Thinking Film 1, 2 and 3

In three core Thinking Film modules (Thinking Film 1: Framing Film Analysis, Thinking Film 2: Research Skills, Thinking Film 3: Popular Cinema), you build your knowledge of research methods and essential historical contexts.

Making Film 1 and 2

Two core Making Film modules (Making Film 1: Introduction to Creative Practices, Making Film 2: Screenwriting for Film and TV) introduce you to production work, including a series of practicals, short project work and technical introductions.

Working in Film 1 and 2

In two core Working in Film modules (Working in Film 1: Screen Industries and Working in Film 2: Film History, Industry and Technology), you consider key industry frameworks and systems of funding, production and distribution.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Making Film 3: Approaches to Filmmaking

Thinking Film 5: Digital Research Methods

Optional modules

Making Film 4: Screenwriting Craft and Practice

Making Film 5: Short Film Production

Thinking Film 4: Star and Audiences

Independent Study In Film

Working in Film 3: Festivals, Cinemas and New media

Working in Film 4: Independent Filmmakers

Year 3 (placement year)

Optional modules

Career Development Placement

Career Development Placement The aim of this module is to develop the professional profile and professional confidence of a student through experiential learning opportunities and engagement with external organisations by undergoing work placements, internships and industry experiences. It aims to enable students to manage their own learning and self-direction through identifying opportunities that align to their disciplinary ambitions, situating their practice in a professional context. It offers a range of options including an Enterprise Residency where students can operate as freelancers and develop ideas for a start-up business with the full support of Brookes Enterprise Support.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

Thinking Film 6: Film Theory

In the core Thinking Film 6: Film Theory, you consolidate and extend your critical and professional understanding with study of advanced theoretical frameworks.

Working in Film 5: Creative Industries

You undertake a compulsory work placement or live project (Working in Film 5: Creative Industries) as preparation for employment.

Optional modules

Making Film 6: Short Film Development

Making Film 6: Short Film Project

Thinking Film 7: Dissertation in Film; Making Film 6: Short Film Development; Making Film 7: Short Film Project

In your final year, you choose between focusing on the development and production of a major critical or creative project.

Thinking Film 8: Global Cinema & TV

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.


Our course is designed so that you will graduate as a well-rounded professional, equipped for a variety of roles in the film and media industry.

You may decide to pursue a career in film or TV, production management, media journalism or creative writing for the screen. Or you could take up a related job such as marketing or public relations in the film industry. 

Recent students have gone on to pursue successful careers at:

  • BBC
  • Sky TV
  • Channel 5
  • Pinewood  
  • Universal Studios
  • Disney 
  • BT Sport 
  • HBO.

Graduates regularly have their works featured at film festivals across the world including the Academy Awards and various BAFTA Qualifying Festivals, such as the Festivale de Cannes, the Leeds International Film Festival and the Holly Shorts Film Festival.   

Other students decide to stay in academia and pursue a research career in their specialist field. 

Our Staff

Dr James Cateridge

I teach undergraduate modules on the film industry, national cinemas and film festivals and exhibition. My postgraduate teaching is in industrial studies and film cultures.

Read more about James

Entry requirements

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

International qualifications and equivalences

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088


Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

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On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.