As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below.
In Year 1, you establish your core creative, critical and professional skills in film production:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 and final year
Throughout Year 2, you build your understanding and confidence, developing your critical insight and creative proficiency:
• Two core modules (Making Film 3: Approaches to Filmmaking and Thinking Film 5: Digital Research Methods) explore film style and digital technologies for research.
• You can choose to further enhance your production skills with Making Film 4: Screenwriting Craft and Practice and Making Film 5: Short Film Production, which focus on short film development and production management.
• Other options include: Working in Film 3: Festivals, Cinemas and New Media enables you to engage with the exhibition and distribution sectors; while Working in Film 4: Independent Filmmakers explores the careers of independent filmmakers and the independent sector.
• You may want to examine film stardom with Thinking Film 4: Stars and Audiences which investigates screen identities. There is also an independent study module (Independent Study in Film) that offers you the opportunity either to conduct an in-depth research project or to develop a short film or screenwriting project.
In your final year, you choose between focusing on the development and production of a major critical or creative project (Thinking Film 7: Dissertation in Film; Making Film 6: Short Film Development; Making Film 7: Short Film Project).
• In the core Thinking Film 6: Film Theory, you consolidate and extend your critical and professional understanding with study of advanced theoretical frameworks. You can choose to accompany this module with the optional Thinking Film 8: Global Cinema & TV in order to expand your knowledge of global contexts.
• You also undertake a compulsory work placement or live project (Working in Film 5: Creative Industries) as preparation for employment.
Our established links with the film industry enable students to meet professionals at regular film events, and to gain
hands-on experience on work placements which are fully accredited as a module.
Placements can be based in the UK or, if you have the relevant language skills, with one of our links abroad. Our students
have gained valuable experience at companies including Working Title, Eon Productions, Cactus TV, the BBC and Warner
Bros. In addition all second year film students can apply to a year-long paid internship at Universal Studios
Films students have worked on productions including
Saturday Kitchen and
Please note that work placements are organised for you. We have a list of possibilities and you are supported in
the process of selecting the right option for you based on your particular interests and focus. Transport costs are
not included in the fees so you would need to fund and organise your travel arrangements, but on the whole our placements
tend to be local.
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.
Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see 'Contact us') if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.
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.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
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