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Film and Screen Media

BA (Hons) (Top-up)

Study Film and Screen Media at University Centre Leeds

Focus your vision of becoming a film and screen media professional with this top-up degree. This programme allows you to solidify your practice allowing you to zoom towards your dream career. Leverage industry insight and professional product output to identify and maintain your specialism in film and screen media.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Venue: Quarry Hill Campus
  • Fee: £8,745 full-time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): F245
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: The Open University
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Film and Screen Media

This production, content and distribution of film in the industry is developing alongside advancing technologies in an increasingly networked culture. This programme will challenge you to develop your specialist skills in preparation for this ever-evolving industry. Build your visual storytelling techniques and refine your practice to meet industry standards.

This practitioner-focused degree will challenge you to think about the screen differently to give meaning to an audience. The three strands covered on this course include film making, motion design/visual effects and screen practices and you will be encouraged to focus on your specialism while experimenting with your creative practice.

You will explore advanced film and moving image techniques, motion graphics and digital effects, 360 degree camera narrative workflow and working as a freelancer. Additionally, you’ll create a portfolio to showcase your creativity and support your progression.

This course is validated by The Open University 

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We are part of Screen Yorkshire’s Connected Campus initiative which works to forge closer links between TV and Film professionals, production companies, broadcasters and students. Through this initiative you will have access to a range of boot camps, masterclasses and special events, including visits to live sets and studios, industry workshops, visiting speakers and the opportunity to gain feedback on your work from industry professionals. The scheme is encouraged and supported by the broadcasters based in the region, including Channel 4, the BBC and ITV.

We are also members of Film Buddy UK who offer bespoke employability services to encourage, inspire and assist students directly into work experience placements and employment within the Film, Television & Creative Media Industries. UCL Creative Arts students have free registration with the company throughout their studies and have access to live Q and As with some of the world's leading specialists, mentoring support, access to work experience opportunities and FB-1, an online catalogue of interviews and podcasts with specialists from the screen industries.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include:

  • Major Project
  • Research Project
  • Live Client Brief
  • Professional Portfolio

You will develop technical and employability skills preparing you for the contemporary film and screen media industry. You will sharpen your technical skills such as filmmaking, motion design, camera operation and editing techniques and will become multi-skilled in all three course strands. Additionally, you’ll enhance your employability and academic skills such as contextualising your work and critical thinking.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including practical tasks, portfolios, collaborative moving image projects, industry briefs research projects, case studies and presentations.


Foundation Degree: Pass on the second year of a foundation degree in a relevant subject.

HND: Pass grade in a relevant subject.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: We welcome applications from candidates who may not precisely match the academic criteria but can demonstrate experience in their chosen field as well as academic achievement at level 5. Candidates in this category will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

RPL Claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Interview / Audition: All students must be able to demonstrate either by qualifications or testing that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course.

Portfolio: All students are to present a portfolio of artwork and supporting academic text which is disclosed during an interview or correspondence for distance applicants.

Reference: Offers are made subject to reference. 

Progression may include further study such as a master’s degree or PhD.

Job opportunities may include:

  • Film or TV producer
  • Camera operator
  • Cinematographer
  • Film director
  • Video editor
  • Script editor
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Runner
  • Production assistant
  • Camera assistant
  • Videographer
  • Research assistant for film and television production

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of The Open University regulations please click here.

There are additional costs associated with the practical elements of this programme, which may include optional trips and visits. You can decide to create small budgets for their film projects but this is not a course requirement as all equipment is provided. Some additional production costs such as food and travel will need to be considered.

We do recommend students buy a portable hard drive of at least 1TB.



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