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BA (Hons) - single

School of Arts

What you will study
This course balances study and practice. We deliver a creative and technically-adept film production, film criticism and film history programme to professional industry standards and structures. You will learn about film analysis and have hands-on practice in film-making and professional knowledge. Additional options include screenwriting, production management, new media and independent film. The final year offers a choice of work placement or a live, industry-mentored project plus a choice of a critical or creative production project. This course includes a European field trip.

What next?
Our varied curriculum will make you stand out from the crowd when applying for a variety of careers in the film and media industry. You will graduate with valuable knowledge of film criticism and history, professional standards and structures in the industry and technical competencies in film production so vital for employment. The European field trip enables you to experience film culture from a different perspective and in a real world context. Career options include film, TV and media journalism, research, production management and creative writing for the screen.

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Headington Campus, Headington Hill

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years or 4 years sandwich
  • Part time: 5 - 8 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will graduate with valuable knowledge of film criticism and history, professional standards and structures in the industry and technical competencies in film production so vital for employment.
  • In the first year a European field trip enables you to experience film culture from a different perspective and in a real world context. In recent years we been able to offer student passes for the Cannes Film Festival.
  • We make the most of our industry connections, recent guests have included Ken Loach, Terry Ackland-Snow, Nick O’Dwyer and Quicksilver Media.  
  • Oxford is home to three art-house cinemas, the Curzon, the Phoenix and the Ultimate Picture Palace. We have close relationships with each of these who offer a range of work experience to Brookes students.
  • We run an online booking service supplying students with a comprehensive selection of industry standard camera, audio and lighting equipment plus other technical resources, open Monday to Friday. 

Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown below. 

Year 1

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.


Work placements

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 in London.

Films students have worked on productions including Skyfall, Slumdog Millionaire, Inglourious Basterds, Saturday Kitchen and Downton Abbey.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Programme changes

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.

Teaching and learning

The course uses a wide variety of teaching and learning activities to support your studies and to allow you to develop and demonstrate the programme learning outcomes.  Lectures cover key issues and outline important concepts, as well as illustrating these concepts through plentiful examples. Seminars may be tutor or student-led, and are opportunities for in-depth discussion and debate on the issues raised in the lecture or preparatory reading.  Tutorials are smaller meetings between tutors and individual students or student groups. They are used to help students develop ideas, to monitor the progression of projects and to provide detailed feedback on work submitted both formative (developmental) and summative (assessed).

Other learning activities include:

• Skills workshops are employed across creative modules and are hands-on sessions allowing you to acquire specific abilities or techniques which will benefit your practice.

• Technical Demonstrations are essential and are accessed through the School of Arts’ innovative ‘Skills Carousel’ sessions. These allow students of all disciplines to acquire technical competence with a range of production equipment.

• Field trips are invaluable opportunities to place learning into real-world contexts. All first year students on BA (Hons) Film travel together as a group to a European city in order to experience film-making facilities, film festivals, exhibition venues, film history and film culture from a different perspective.

• Work-based Learning is central to the compulsory final year Working in Film 5: Creative Industries module. All students will be supported to find a work placement or live project (see below) which suits their specific interests and career aspirations. Placements will be available in sectors including film/media production, journalism, exhibition, film festivals, or research.

• Live Projects are an entrepreneurial alternative to work placements where students get together in a group to deliver a specific project or event which will often be public-facing. A good example of a live project is the organisation and delivery of our annual Student Film Festival which screens final year student films and awards prizes chosen by a panel of judges.


Time spent in different learning activities

Year Lectures, seminars or similar Independent study Placement
1 22%78%0%
2 15%85%0%
3 13%76%12%

Approach to assessment

A key feature of the course is the incorporation of a wide variety of assessment types that encourage you to think and behave like a professional: for example, using cutting-edge digital methodologies, pitching story ideas, creating scripts, directing short films, designing a programme for a local independent cinema, and organising and running our popular Student Film Festival. The course is 100% assessed through coursework. Group work will be supported and monitored closely to ensure fairness and maximum participation.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

Year Written exams Practical exams Coursework
1 0%0%100%
2 0%0%100%
3 0%0%100%

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

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

IB Diploma: 30 points


  • AS-levels will be recognised in place of a maximum of 1 A-level; may include 12-unit vocational A-level
  • Other A-level equivalent qualifications will be considered

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offer quoted for each subject.

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an  international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our  pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

International applicants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is a great place to study film, as we have a rich cinematic heritage right on our doorstep. Oxford's historic architecture features in popular films and television shows from the Harry Potter series to Inspector Morse, and we are close to the world-leading facilities at Pinewood Studios. The international creative hub of London is just an hour away.

The city of Oxford has one of the oldest independent cinemas in the UK, the Ultimate Picture Palace, which offers retrospectives of classic and contemporary films, special events with filmmakers, and film festivals - as does the Phoenix Picturehouse. 

Specialist facilities

You'll have access to professional-quality resources and facilities including a 6K Red Epic Dragon camera rig. We also have recently refurbished digital editing suites, with Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and Final Draft software and the latest HD equipment. Our state-of-the-art cinema room has industry standard 4K projection and THX approved Dolby Atmos sound. Practical and vocational modules benefit from the contribution of professionals from the industry and will prepare you for a broad spectrum of careers in the film and media industry.

You can make use of video and DVD viewing facilities and consult the vast collection of videos, DVDs, specialist books, journals and electronic databases in our library, which provide an invaluable source for further study and independent research.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

Our exciting and varied curriculum will make you stand out from the crowd when applying for a variety of careers in the film and media industry: from film, TV and media journalism to research; from production management for film and TV companies to creative writing for the screen. The professional contacts developed during the work placement will enhance your opportunities in TV and the film industry.

Our graduates have recently secured positions including Research Coordinator at Universal Pictures, Marketing Assistant at Be At TV, PA to the Commercial Director of Icon Films and freelance make-up artist at Pinewood Studios.

Further study

Students can choose to continue their study of film at postgraduate level with our MA in Popular Cinema, or pursue doctoral level supervised research.