BA (Hons)
Film Production

Key Information


Duration

3 years

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

UCAS Code

P313

Academic Year

Course Overview

Explore the fundamentals of film-making from narrative right through to post-production, with a degree designed to develop the next generation of innovative filmmakers. Film Production at Lincoln is taught by award-winning industry practitioners and research-active academics.

The degree offers students the opportunity to gain extensive experience in all areas of the film production process, working with contemporary industry-standard facilities, equipment, and software. Students can apply for paid work experience with external clients to develop their CV and showreel, and may have the opportunity to learn on professional film sets with industry-active staff.

Facilities include industry-specification cameras; prime lenses; video editing suites with Avid Media Composer, Da Vinci Resolve and Adobe Creative Cloud; audio editing suites with ProTools and Adobe software; digital imaging, design and multi-media suites; a sound dubbing theatre with foley room; a high-end post-production finishing suite with Flame software; writers' room; and production offices.

Why Choose Lincoln

Access to industry-standard production facilities and equipment

Learn from award-winning industry practitioners and research-active academics

Opportunity to undertake a work placement to gain real-world experience

Focus on employability to prepare for a career in the creative industries

A vibrant research community

Full range of portable equipment available for filming on location

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How You Study

You can benefit from teaching by industry active professionals such as Dr Mikey Murray, a BAFTA award winning screenwriter and director, specialist factual filmmaker Rachel Scarrott, who has produced content for all of the key terrestrial UK TV channels, or Chris Greybe a post-production specialist and illustrator who has worked for the likes of the BBC and Disney.

The first year introduces students to a range of skills such as directing, producing, screenwriting, cinematography, sound recording, and editing. Students can explore filmmaking through a variety of projects in a range of genres, while developing an understanding of film theories.

In the second year, students are expected to explore creative areas in greater depth through advanced specialist workshops and a range of filmmaking projects. A variety of optional theory modules aim to develop students' critical understanding and analytical thinking as they build towards major project outputs in their final year.

Collaborative filmmaking is a key feature of the course, with students working in teams across the programme to produce films. Throughout the course there is a focus on employability, with the degree aiming to prepare graduates for a career in the screen and creative industries.

Contact time with tutors can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars, or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year.

Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions, or entire cohort lectures. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits, fieldwork or self-acquired industry placements.

There is a high level of group work in Film Production and students will be consistently required to communicate effectively with their peers.

Students on this programme will also learn from academic staff who are engaged in world-leading or internationally recognised research.

Our Students' Experience

Our students, Laura and Courtney, share their experience on the Film Production course, including the extra work opportunities that are available, their favourite facilities and studios, the projects they worked on, and how it has allowed them to step into a career after graduating.

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Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Contexts of Film Practice 2024-25FIL1007MLevel 42024-25CoreDocumentary Production 2024-25FIL1003MLevel 42024-25This module aims to introduce students to research and development, and the production processes involved in making documentary films. Students propose, create, and evaluate a short character-based documentary and can explore production roles and team working. The module also introduces the ethics of documentary filmmaking as well as concepts that define the form.CoreFilm Technologies & Craft Skills 2024-25FIL1004MLevel 42024-25This module is an introductory course for the technologies of film production and the key craft skills students will need during their time on the programme.CoreFilm Theory/Film Culture 2024-25FTV1010MLevel 42024-25This module provides an introduction to television studies and focuses on historic and current modes of address, distribution and reception forms and the social function of the medium. The module supports students in developing the skills to critically read television texts through a range of contexts including the economic, cultural and regulatory. An understanding of the historical development of the medium in Western contexts will enable students to critically locate television’s place in the present and future media landscape.CoreScreenwriting & Fiction Production 2024-25FIL1005MLevel 42024-25This module introduces key skills in screenwriting and short fiction film production.CoreSituating Film: Community, Health, Environment 2024-25FIL1010Level 42024-25This module involves working in conjunction with the School's in-house agency New Media Lincs and a number of community-based partner organisations, to practise and develop your skills in documentary film production and working with clients.CoreDocumentary & Fiction Production 2025-26FIL2007MLevel 52025-26This module can enable students to further develop skills in film production and apply them to a range of genre projects. Lectures have been developed to present best practice in production techniques and offer stimulus for idea development in production projects. Seminars aims to provide a programme of student support for production teams conducting a range of creative projects. This can include guidance on idea development, the proposal writing process, production critique and script development, as well as the pre- and post production techniques involved in carrying out successful scripts to a conclusion. Students work in production teams in a range of roles as required by the project assessment briefs.CoreThe Art & Craft of Film Practice (A) 2025-26FIL2017MLevel 52025-26This module will give students an advanced theoretical understanding of the craft skills employed in film production through observation and analysis of the work of pioneering filmmakers.CoreAdvanced Craft Skills - Cinematography 2025-26FIL2001MLevel 52025-26An in depth look into the practice, theoretical and technical skills of cinematography. Students will be introduced to the roles of the camera team, lighting team and the grip team. This module will prepare them to undertake the role of Cinematographer in their graduation films.OptionalAdvanced Craft Skills - Directing 2025-26FIL2002MLevel 52025-26An advanced module that focuses on the fundamental skills of directing for film.OptionalAdvanced Craft Skills - Editing and Post Production for Film 2025-26FIL2003MLevel 52025-26This module aims to introduce students to advanced techniques of film editing and creative picture and sound manipulation specifically related to the film production process. The module will introduce students to the craft of film editing from its widest perspectives, gain an understanding of narrative, story arc and story-telling techniques as well as knowledge of editing in various genres through practical exercises.OptionalAdvanced Craft Skills - Producing 2025-26FIL2005MLevel 52025-26The module allows students to understand and develop the skills required to work towards becoming and industry ready film producer.OptionalAdvanced Craft Skills - Screenwriting 2 2025-26FIL2015MLevel 52025-26This module is an advanced level module in the practical screenplay craft, building on skills acquired in Advanced Craft Skills - Screenwriting. Students will explore the conventions of the feature film screenplay, developing story and scenes for a feature script of their own.OptionalAdvanced Craft Skills: Post-Production Sound 2025-26FIL2004MLevel 52025-26This module aims to introduce students to advanced techniques of creative sound design and audio editing techniques, specifically related to the film production process. Students will work with digital audio workstations and software technologies to create, mix and deliver immersive sound design material for a film. Working with industry-standard software, in high-end facilities, students will learn how to craft high quality sound elements for their moving image productions.OptionalAdvanced Craft Skills: Production Design 2025-26FIL2018MLevel 52025-26OptionalAfrican Film 2025-26FTV2279MLevel 52025-26OptionalAudio Post Production 2025-26AUP2020MLevel 52025-26This module further develops students’ skills through use of advanced techniques of sound editing and design for all visual media outputs, such as film, television and screen devices. Through this, a deeper understanding of the role of the sound editor/sound designer and the audio post-production processes involved at the later stages of completion is achieved. Students learn how sound is acquired for film and television productions and what happens to the sound after the picture editing is completed. Students will work with digital audio workstations and software technologies and the sound ‘dubbing theatre’. Areas covered include synchronising sound and picture rushes, import/export of audio files, supplying audio files for the editing process, audio tracklaying using Digital Audio Workstations (DAW’s), Editing dialogue and speech, recording Foley*, ADR* to picture; recording commentary and narration. Creative use of music in sound post-production is also covered, including composer spotting sessions, selecting and using production music and assessing musical requirements. The roles of mixer, assistant and sound editor are explored, in relation to selecting and assembling sound recordings and producing different mixes in preparation for final sound production of a television programme, film or screen based output. Students will understand the distinctive role of the film, television and screen sound editor and the creative sound post-production process for all moving image productions. (*The art of movement re-recording and using props for sound effects creation to picture) (*Automated Dialogue Replacement)OptionalChildren’s Film and Television 2025-26FTV2275MLevel 52025-26This module investigates and analyses the debates about and developments in children’s film and television, largely in the UK but drawing on the USA, for elements of comparison informed by politics, ideology and economics.OptionalDocumentary Now 2025-26FTV2034MLevel 52025-26This module explores the history and theory of the documentary film. It will introduce students to media texts (films, video, broadcast television and digital platforms) that claim, in distinction to the cinema of fiction, to capture and re-present unmediated – to one degree or another-- reality. Students on this module will be asked to consider, via close text analysis and an understanding of moving image history, the problematics of making such a claim. This will involve students investigating the nature of the documentary image – that is: the relationship of the signifier to the thing signified. It will require them to determine the ethical implications of documentary’s claim on the real for the filmmaker, the persons filmed and the spectators. It will engage them in debates about documentary’s impact in the social sphere. The module will be organised around a series of case studies. Students will gain an understanding of media texts that have had a significant impact on society, knowledge of history and theory of documentary, and skills in close text reading and historical reception studies.OptionalDocumentary Production 2 (A) 2025-26FIL2016MLevel 52025-26This module can enable students to further develop skills in film production and apply them to a range of genre projects. Lectures have been developed to present best practice in production techniques and offer stimulus for idea development in production projects. Seminars aim to provide a programme of student support for production teams conducting a range of creative projects. This can include guidance on idea development, the proposal writing process, production critique and script development, as well as the pre- and post production techniques involved in carrying out successful scripts to a conclusion. Students work in production teams in a range of roles as required by the project assessment briefs.OptionalEast Asian Cinemas 2025-26FTV2025MLevel 52025-26A guide to specific films and accompanying theoretical concepts. Key films provide a platform for debating the political, institutional and cultural context of individual cinemas and regions in an increasingly globalised industry where audiences and producers are exposed to a variety of film styles. Critical engagement and debate are encouraged within the broader structure of World Cinema, alongside cultural and globalisation studies.OptionalEuropean Cinema Now 2025-26FTV2283MLevel 52025-26OptionalFashioning Film 2025-26FTV2278MLevel 52025-26OptionalFiction Production (B) 2025-26FIL2013MLevel 52025-26This module can enable students to further develop skills in film production and apply them to a range of genre projects. Lectures have been developed to present best practice in production techniques and offer stimulus for idea development in production projects. Seminars aims to provide a programme of student support for production teams conducting a range of creative projects. This can include guidance on idea development, the proposal writing process, production critique and script development, as well as the pre- and post production techniques involved in carrying out successful scripts to a conclusion. Students work in production teams in a range of roles as required by the project assessment briefs.OptionalFilm Production Study Abroad 2025-26FIL2008MLevel 52025-26The Minnesota State University Moorhead USA Exchange Programme is an optional unit of study. As part of the three-year course, some students may study for the duration of Semester A of level 2 at Minnesota State University Moorhead USA. The target units of study include areas of practical and theoretical studies comparable with those of Level 2 study for the Media Production Award at Lincoln. During the semester abroad, students will share classes and units of study with local students. Students can experience another culture and have the opportunity to examine USA media industry practice through optional internships for exchange students. The Moorhead-Fargo twin cities also offer practical opportunities for students to engage with USA production companies including NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, and Prairie Public TV, all of whom have local bases.OptionalHistory in/on Media 2025-26FTV2284MLevel 52025-26OptionalHollywood Musical 2025-26FTV2274MLevel 52025-26• This module will investigate the Hollywood musical as one of Hollywood’s most popular and important film genres, from its beginnings in the early sound era to the integrated musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, from critically acclaimed box office successes such as West Side Story (1961) and cultural phenomena such as Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Dirty Dancing (1987) to more recent musicals such as Moulin Rouge! (2001), Dreamgirls (2006), La La Land (2016), and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018). A close study of a number of significant films and associated scholarly literature will support discussion of structural, stylistic and thematic issues. Stardom and the function of the star performance will be considered and ethnicity, race, sexuality, class and gender as constructed through the musical will be analysed.OptionalHorror in Popular Culture 2025-26FTV2282MLevel 52025-26The module aims to introduce you to a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of horror in popular culture. It explores the history of the genre and selected subgenres as well as contemporary manifestations, both supernatural, and realist horror. The module looks at the horror genre in terms of various social, cultural and national contexts. Students can study psychoanalytical approaches to these fictions as well as approaches such as affect theory which attempt to go beyond psychoanalysis. Through lectures, screenings and discussions, students are encouraged to apply these approaches to the analysis of selected media texts and subgenres.OptionalIndustry Placement 2025-26FIL2010MLevel 52025-26This module aims to encourage students to consider the options open to them upon graduation and prepare for life after university. Students have the opportunity to reach into the wider community to develop their skills for future employment. The module aims to enable students to closely examine how a range of film production companies function on a day to day basis and relate their experience to their studies.OptionalIndustry Screenplay Analysis 2025-26FIL2006MLevel 52025-26This module is an advanced level module in the practical screenplay craft. Students will produce and pitch finished short screenplays and begin to explore the conventions of the feature film screenplay.OptionalLocation Sound 2025-26AUP2021MLevel 52025-26Location sound recording is a critical component of the film-making process. Ranging from the practical aspects such as multichannel field recording and microphone types, to understanding on-set etiquette and working with actors, it is a hugely challenging technical and artistic craft. Students will learn how separate and synchronous sound is utilised in film production and how to effectively capture dialogue for factual and fiction productions. This module will equip students with the essential skills needed to provide filmmakers with high quality production sound.OptionalRealism in Narrative Fiction 2025-26FTV2280MLevel 52025-26This module aims to develop an understanding of the complex problem of realism in film and media studies as it relates to fictional narrative forms. Students will have the opportunity to engage with academic debates around realist texts and examine these in relation to historical, contemporary and potential examples.OptionalRepresenting Difference 2025-26MED2037MLevel 52025-26OptionalThe Art & Craft of Film Practice (B) 2025-26FIL2014MLevel 52025-26This module will give students an advanced theoretical understanding of the craft skills employed in film production through observation and analysis of the work of pioneering filmmakers.OptionalThe Art & Craft of Film Practice 2025-26FIL2009MLevel 52025-26This module will give students an advanced theoretical understanding of the craft skills employed in film production through observation and analysis of the work of pioneering filmmakers.OptionalVisualizing the 21st Century 2025-26MDS2001MLevel 52025-26In the 21st century we no longer believe that a single unified world can be visualized from a privileged position. Any sense of distance from the world has collapsed. We are conscious of living in a time of continual change and transformation as opposed to a state of equilibrium. After all, the early 21st century has been marked by rising urbanism, the movements of people, the crisis of global warming, the dominance of ever more complex logistical networks, the emergence of new cultures of speed, experiments with new modes of warfare, etc. This is a confusing situation – simultaneously liberating, exciting, anarchic and dangerous. We are traversed and overwhelmed by these affective forces. This innovative module, in which students collaborate to produce film essays, presents an opportunity to reassess aesthetic theories and practices – our modes of visualizing - in order to confront the conditions of the present.OptionalGraduation Project 2026-27FIL3002MLevel 62026-27This module marks the culmination of three years of practical development through production work. Students will either collaborate on substantial short film products in a clearly defined head of department role or write a feature length film screenplay.CoreGraduation Project and Thesis Development 2026-27FIL3005MLevel 62026-27This module aims to prepare students for their Graduation Project and develops the skills required for writing their Practice-Led Thesis.CorePractice-Led Thesis 2026-27FIL3003MLevel 62026-27This module provides students with a unique opportunity to engage in practice as research alongside their graduation project. It forms the final output of the student for graduation and will take the form of a written thesis that reflects on their artefacts from both a theoretical and contextual perspective.CoreProfessional Practices and Screen Industries 2026-27FIL3008Level 62026-27This module can enable students to deepen their understanding of the environments and contexts of the film industries and to consider wider issues such as copyright, ethics, law and regulation. This can enable students to develop their awareness in these areas in order to understand complexities of the professional landscape when they leave university. The module provides students with the opportunity to prepare effectively and professionally for life in the film industries after university, exploring potential careers and options.CoreShowreel / Portfolio Project 2026-27FIL3006MLevel 62026-27Artefact creation led, this module is unique in allowing students to choose the style and content of their outputs. Particular emphasis is also placed on peer review in the assessment.Core

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

We are an ARRI Certified Film School

Enhance your camera skills and boost your employability by undertaking our accredited training in ARRI camera systems and gain an ARRI Academy Certificate.

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How you are assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; and practical elements, such as presentations, video essays or filmmaking outputs. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. There are no exams on BA (Hons) Film Production and we aim to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Degree Show at the Everyman Cinema

"We are delighted that The Everyman Cinema hosts our Film Production programme's graduation screening. This annual showcase of our graduate's film output represents an exciting culmination point for the programmes as it sends them out into the film world with a rousing send-off: presenting, celebrating, and awarding their screen work in a sumptuous cinema environment for the first time." Phillip Warnell, Programme Leader.

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Alongside the variety of options on the course, which enable you to discover which industry roles suit you best, Lincoln as a city has opportunities for media-based work experience.

Work Placements 

There is an opportunity for students to take an industry placement module during the second year of their studies. Placements can be wide and varied and should be secured by the students themselves, although support from staff is available. Placements on the course are optional and may incur additional costs to participating students. 

Specialist Facilities

You'll have access to a specialist production environment with a sound stage and green screen studio. Facilities include video editing suites with Avid Media Composer, Da Vinci Resolve and Adobe Creative Cloud; audio editing suites with ProTools and Adobe software; digital imaging, design and multi-media suites; a sound dubbing theatre with foley room; a high-end post production finishing suite with Flame software; a writer's room and production offices.

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What Can I Do with a Film Production Degree?

Graduates may go on to work at production companies and creative media start-up businesses, or as freelance craft specialists. Some may choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level or take a qualification in teaching. Graduates and alumni have also gained numerous successes in film festivals, Royal Television Society (RTS) awards, and award schemes.

Graduate Films

Here's a taster of our latest Graduate Films by students on the BA Film Production degree.

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Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

Additional cost to students are likely during the creation of their film production projects, and may also apply during the optional study abroad or work placement pathways.

Tuition fees for the USA study abroad exchange opportunity are included in the course but travel, accommodation, and general living costs are the responsibility of the student.

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