Course details

On this practical degree, you will learn how to produce films and develop your creative and technical filmmaking skills in drama, documentary and experimental film production.

Your theoretical studies will inform your practice and our experienced tutors will guide you in a range of specialisms, including directing (drama, experimental film, and documentary), producing, cinematography, screenwriting, production design, editing and post-production, and location and post-production sound.

You will learn how to engage an audience and you will explore the responsibilities of your practice, discovering and developing who you are as a filmmaker.

You will be taught in our own Northern Film School, which creates more than 200 films a year and was rated one of the top five international film schools in the world to watch by the Hollywood Reporter.

Course Benefits

The Northern Film School is based at the Electric Press in Leeds city center. At the School, you will have access to an impressive range of facilities. These include digital production equipment, production studios, professional level edit suites, production offices, screening facilities, a props store and film and script archive.

The School was the first film school in the UK to receive JAMES accreditation, in recognition of the professional expertise of our staff, the professional level of our facilities and the opportunities for our students to crew on professional shoots. JAMES represents creative and technical organizations across the media industries sector such as the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG), UK Screen and UK Drama. On our JAMES approved course, you will be studying the latest in industry practice and gain access to professional contacts and work experience.

You will also have access to studios at the heart of the professional film and television production in Leeds. Several feature films and BBC television dramas were shot at Prime Studios.

All of our tutors are film practitioners so you will benefit from a wide range of professional production experience. The team has a wealth of expertise from documentary making to cinematography and includes staff who have received BAFTA and Oscar nominations. Our approach towards collaborative filmmaking ensures that you will be self-reliant, with the ability to work as part of a professional unit.

There are also opportunities to undertake study exchange programmes at film schools including Famu in Prague and Griffiths in Australia.

Entry requirements

UCAS Tariff Points 128 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements:


GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.


Pass overall with a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points.


Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.


Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.


We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements. All applicants must be able to show evidence of an interest in film and moving image.


All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio, examples of which could include: cartoons; photography; video; scripts; storyboards; artwork; written critical papers or reviews; radio recordings. Guidance notes for the portfolio can be accessed at this link.

International Baccalaureate: 27 Points


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

You will be well placed to enter an industry that is demanding, continually changing and highly competitive. You will emerge with a strong understanding of your specialism and with a focused approach towards personal development and career planning. Our graduates have worked on TV series like Game of Thrones, 24: Live Another Day and Utopia, and films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fury, and Maleficent. Some of our students have gained internships at Working Title Films and ITV or have gone on to postgraduate study at our Northern Film School.

  • Assistant Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Producer

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Modules & Learning

Year 1 core modules

  • Production
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Specialist Workshop 1
  • Story
  • Story to Screen

Year 2 core modules

  • Film Art
  • Experimental Film
  • Filmmaking
  • Specialist Workshop 2
  • Specialist Workshop 3
  • Film Research

Year 3 core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Specialist Workshop 4
  • Professional Futures
  • Film Project

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation, and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation, and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.


Electric Press

Based at the Electric Press, our Northern Film School has dedicated facilities and equipment for you to use. These include studios, camera and grip equipment, lighting equipment, edit suites for post-production and a 75-seat HD viewing theatre.

Prime Studios

The Northern Film School also has a base at Prime Studios on Kirkstall Road, the center of professional film and television production in Leeds. BBC television dramas Death Comes to Pemberley and The Syndicate and feature films Get Santa and The Rise were all shot at the studios.

Film Studios

Based in the Electric Press, our two expansive production studios, East and West Side enable the building of substantial film sets. This affords film students the opportunity to fully explore set design and prop building.


Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Gym and Sports Facilities

Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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3 years
UK & EU students: £9250. International students: £12000
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