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BSc (Hons) Film and Television Production

Develop your creative, production and analytical skills while learning to tell great stories in the rapidly evolving worlds of film and television

Year of entry: 2022/23

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3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£19,600 per year

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Guardian University Guide 2022

Film and television are exciting, creative and rapidly evolving industries. 

They are consistently on the look-out for new ideas, new stories and new talent. Choose this highly creative and highly practical course to learn the latest techniques for producing exciting film and television content. You'll also gain analytical skills that will allow your imagination to flourish in a professional industrial environment.

You will have access to professional-standard single and multi-camera facilities from the outset. With the guidance of expert staff, many of them film and television professionals, you will develop the directing, editing, camera-operating, writing and recording skills you will need to tackle a range of genres and a range of professional disciplines. Over the three years, you will have the chance to imagine and make your own dramas or documentaries and your own studio programmes and to hone your specialist skills in large-scale group productions.

This ScreenSkills accredited programme was developed with input from practising industry specialists. The teaching staff come from a range of media and academic backgrounds and include documentary and feature film-makers, broadcasting executives, scriptwriters and technical practitioners alongside media historians and theorists with national and international reputations.

By studying Film and Television Production at York you will have the chance to follow in the footsteps of graduates who are already making a name for themselves, as cinematographers and writers, as film and studio directors, as editors and vision mixers, as production managers, production designers and researchers.


This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries. The accreditation means that our students learn professional skills on courses approved and supported by the industry; and it gives access to various schemes, eg internships and traineeships with the BBC, ITV and other broadcasters, as well as independent production companies in British film and television.

I had a brilliant time at York. The training we received in the TV studio was fantastic. We learnt how all of the different roles in multicamera production work together all while using industry-standard kit. I discovered how much I loved vision mixing and went on to study at the National Film and Television School. I'm now working as a Vision Mixer for BBC Studioworks, primarily on EastEnders.
Eleanor, BSc Film and Television Production graduate

Course content

You'll experience creative production, develop technical skills and explore key areas of theory and history on this rigorous course. You'll spend around half of your time in hands-on activity and practical projects. We'll encourage you to explore and realise your ideas. At the same time you'll develop an understanding of how film and television have influenced our world, and how you might contribute to the industries in the future.

You will be based in a £30 million purpose-built complex, home to some of the best production facilities at any UK university. Our facilities are regularly updated to meet the latest technical standards. Currently they include two professional-standard HD television studios, shooting stages, extensive vision and sound post-production suites and a 140-seat 4K digital cinema with surround sound.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

Your first year will introduce you to some of the key technologies, core production processes and major ideas and theories that drive film- and programme-making.

You'll study the art of storytelling and start working on screen stories of your own. You will learn about cameras, editing and sound technologies both on location and in the multi-camera television studio and you will explore some of the underlying science that will allow you to use equipment effectively to achieve exciting creative results.

You will study the history of film, from Hitchcock to Tarantino and beyond, and the history of television, from Coronation Street to Game of Thrones, and you will learn to analyse both media on the way towards developing your own ideas.

A unique module on content development will give you your first taste of creating film and TV ideas in a professional context.

You will take a selection of modules, examples of which may include: 

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In your second year you will hone your production skills and study a full range of professional disciplines on the way towards creating your own projects. You'll learn to develop, write, cast, budget and produce your own short film, drama or documentary. And you will experience a variety of roles and a variety of different formats in the multi-camera television studio, before working up and directing a studio show of your own. You will explore film and TV content production through all its stages, from concept to completion. The module on genre will acquaint you with the importance of terms like Thriller, Horror, Western and other definitions in the development and production of professional film and television.  Meanwhile, to start you own your way towards your own areas of specialisation, we currently offer options in screenwriting, documentary and in designing digital effects tools, among others.


You will take core modules, examples of which may include:


You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include: 

Year 3

In your final year, you'll be able to make a statement about what you want to be in the professional world: film-maker or programme-maker, technician or producer, writer or director and more besides.

You will fine-tune your specialist skills by working alongside your student colleagues in ambitious, large-scale film or studio television productions. You'll explore your interests and enthusiasms by focusing on an independent research project on a subject of your own choosing. And you will prepare to enter the film and TV industries by studying the latest creative, business and political issues that affect budgets, audiences, broadcasters and movie studios. You'll also have the chance to choose an option area of study to complement your areas of specialisation: advanced cinematography, advanced audio production, TV research skills and directing for screen and stage are among the modules that are currently on offer.


You will take core modules, examples of which may include:


You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include: 

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Exercise a critical understanding of the creative processes and current practices in professional film and television production - including how different stages of these processes relate to and inform one another - by applying the knowledge and practical skills gained in appropriate professional situations. 
  • Initiate and produce work, both individually and collaboratively, by applying – with creative, technical and artistic flair - a range of independent and team-working skills in combination with specialist practical skills in the use of digital production technologies. 
  • Constructively contribute to a range of activities related to the film and television industries, gaining an advanced understanding of the role, function and use of digital technologies in contemporary film and television production, distribution and exhibition. 
  • Navigate and negotiate the complexities of the film and television industries in order to develop their own careers through applying a critical understanding of the structure and functioning of those industries and the issues which they face now and going forward 
  • Recognise and develop a capacity to intervene effectively into a range of issues relating to film and television culture through a developed and critical understanding of moving image forms and aesthetics and of how films and television programmes tell stories, create meaning and relate to social and cultural conditions. 
  • Identify how historical issues influence present working practices in the film and television industries by drawing upon a rich knowledge and understanding of both the chronological developments in and geographical diversity of film and television output. 
  • Exercise critical judgement, intellectual rigour and creativity in approaching new as well as familiar situations, and be able to communicate clearly and persuasively using appropriate written, oral and visual media.

Creative community

Join a creative community of industry professionals, dedicated academics and talented students.

Fees and funding

The fees and funding figures below are for 2022/23 entry. If you take a year abroad or year in industry you'll pay a reduced rate of fees for that year

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £19,600

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home): further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international and EU students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at two per cent each year.

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Additional costs

Access to all professional equipment required for the filmmaking and TV production processes is included in your fees.

Some expenses will be additional, for example you may voluntarily incur extra costs to lift production values, eg location fees, expenses, or insurance if you are taking equipment abroad.

Type Amount
Textbooks Included in course fees £0
Field trips Optional additional expense £0
Travel to non-UoY locations Optional additional expense £0
Equipment/facility hire and insurance Included in course fees £0
Other specialist costs (eg, maintenance of musical instruments) Optional additional expense £0


We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.

Our Visionaries Scholarship programme provides a package of financial and industry support to welcome talented UK undergraduate students from Black, Asian, Gypsy, Traveller, and ethnically diverse backgrounds to our creative community.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Using industry standard hardware and software alongside a strong theoretical background, TFTV prepared me for life in the 'real world' of the television industry. I now get to edit anything - from glossy fashion entertainment shows, to gritty cop documentaries - for the UK's leading TV channels.
Sam, BSC Film and TV Production graduate.
Staff editor at Shine, one of the UK's largest independent production companies.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll progress rapidly, guided by our experienced academics who will ensure you're in contact with the latest ideas, trends and technologies.

You'll take part in hands-on-workshops and practical sessions with close instruction from specialists. You'll be able to meet industry experts in our masterclasses and professional visitors programme.

Production is important to this course. You'll make films and TV shows: refining your skills and knowledge as you work through, organise and shoot your ideas and stories.

You'll explore the theories and history that make film and television what they are and that point the way towards their future. Your intellectual development and critical thinking will be supported by lectures, screenings, tutorials, workshops and round-tables.

You'll find our staff accessible and ready to discuss your ideas. With high levels of contact time, you'll never be short of support and advice.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures3-6 hours per week
Seminars2-3 hours per week
Workshops18 hours
Practicals59 hours
Film Screening4-5 hours per week

These figures are based on an average student in an average week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Theatre, Film, Television, and Interactive Media on Campus East.

Most of your contact hours will be in Theatre, Film, Television, and Interactive Media with some additional teaching on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment methods vary according to modules and include productions, practical exercises, presentations, essays, scripts, project proposals, reports and blogs. A small number of modules feature exams, most of them ‘open book’. In the TV studio some of your work will be assessed by live observation with tutors watching you direct and crew.

In the majority of cases you will be assessed individually. The collaborative nature of the film and TV industries however means that some of your modules will involve group work. In these you will be assessed on the actual film or television programme you have produced as a team, as well as on your individual contribution to the project.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams17%0%0%
Practical exams0%26%27%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.

Careers and skills

You will graduate with the practical, technical and creative skills and the experience needed to enter a variety of media industries or to begin a career in independent film and TV production.

While many of our students choose a career in film or television, our course is also designed to offer you a range of transferable skills that are relevant to the media, the wider world of work or to further academic study. For more information on our graduates take a look at our graduate achievement page.

Career opportunities

The majority of our graduates move into staff or freelance roles in the film, television and video industries. Recent roles include:

  • Directors and producers
  • Writers and researchers
  • Cinematographers and camera operators
  • Visual effects artists
  • Sound designers and picture editors
  • Production designers and production managers
  • Vision mixers.

Transferable skills

Transferable skills developed on the course include:

  • Team-working and collaborative skills
  • Leadership
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Creative and persuasive writing
  • Independent research capabilities
  • Critical and analytical thinking.

Entry requirements

Typical offer
A levels


Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate 80% overall
International Baccalaureate 35 points
International foundation programme Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Next Step York, Realising Opportunities. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.
Core Maths If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
Duolingo 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All applications must be made through UCAS.

Once your application has been reviewed by the admissions tutor, you may be invited to attend an interview afternoon.

Your personal statement will be read very closely and we will be looking for a range of interests and extra-curricular activity. Previous experience of film and TV is not a requirement.

We do not require a portfolio.  If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to prepare a short exercise to present to your interviewer. 

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