BA (Hons) Film

This is a world-renowned Film degree, teaching students to tell powerful, original stories through film. It focuses on film-making practice, craft skills and creative storytelling. It has a practical emphasis that provides professional-level training, underpinned by academic content. You will explore storytelling, making a variety of short films, both fiction and documentary. You will learn industry standard skills in cinematography, sound and editing technology.

Film has been taught at the University for nearly 50 years. Our expertise in film-making and the reputation of our alumni is acknowledged internationally across the industry. We are full members of CILECT, the international association of film and television schools, which represents the gold standard in the industry. Our graduates have worked for the BBC and independent film, TV and radio companies across the world. Increasingly, our award-winning film graduates also set up their own production companies.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
36VA Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
36VA Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

Year One

  • Telling Stories
  • Craft Skills
  • Film History and Theory
  • Dissecting Stories
  • Studio Production
  • Film Theory and Analysis

Year Two

  • Truth and Telling
  • Film Analysis 1
  • Commissioned Project
  • Film Analysis 2
  • Screenwriting for Fiction
  • Screenwriting for Documentary
  • Directing for Fiction
  • Cinematography
  • Sound Practices in Production and Post-Production
  • Editing
  • Producing

Year Three

  • Advanced Film Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Documentary Commissioning Package
  • Advanced Screenwriting for Fiction
  • My Career My World
  • Advanced Film Project Development

Modules are subject to change.


You’ll be taught through a blend of workshops, seminars and lectures, as well as guest lectures from industry professionals. Since we’re accredited by Skillset this will also offer other opportunities for learning, including access to masterclasses and workshops.


You’ll be assessed through a mixture of practical and written assignments. Your final film will form a large part of the final year assessment, and this is a practical task, with written elements.


As part of our Skillset accreditation, you’ll have the opportunity to access work placements during the course. We also actively encourage you to pursue your own work experience throughout the course.


Shafeeq Vellani, Film Course Leader
Philip Cowan, Academic Subject Manager
Professor Florence Ayisi
Dr Coral Houtman, Reader
Nigel Orrillard, Senior Lecturer
Sally Lisk – Lewis, Senior Lecturer
Inga Burrows, Senior Lecturer
Dr Alexander Graf, Lecturer
Margaret Constantas, Lecturer
Vivian Mainwaring, Lecturer
Rhydian James-Yeoman, Lecturer

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Interview: An interview and portfolio are required for this course. Your portfolio should include a showreel/examples of film work and examples of written work, both essays and/or samples of scripts. The portfolio can include photographs, artwork, design projects, paintings, storyboards etc. You will also be required to complete a task for the interview. On one side of A4 paper, write a synopsis of your best idea (fiction) for the 5-minute film that you would like to make most. You may add sample storyboard/drawings for illustration, photographs, soundscapes, or even moving images, which may indicate your stylistic approach to the task. Your synopsis should introduce your subject (what you’re really writing about), your main characters and your setting.Your synopsis should also clearly indicate how the story ends, and how the subject or characters are left resolved or clearly unresolved. Be clear, concise and keep your sentences short. We are looking for evidence of strong, imaginative ideas; clear description and communication through writing skills and illustration; an ability to explore, express and develop your ideas in the interview; and an understanding of some key aspects of cinema such as storytelling, visualisation and sound.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject such as Art, IT, English, Visual Arts, Welsh, Film Studies, Media Studies or Photography (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant subject such as Art, IT, English, Visual Arts, Welsh, Film Studies, Media Studies or Photography (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £400
Cost of film production materials in year 1.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £500
Cost of film production materials in year 2.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £600
Cost of film production materials in year 3.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment)
Headphones (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment)
Hard Dive and USBs (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £50
Grad Show. Year 3
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £250
Print (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £250
Books (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £1000
DSLR Camera and Microphone (All academic years)
Field Trips £500
International Trip (All academic years)

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Our graduates go on to do a whole variety of jobs within the film industry including working for BBC Wales, Channel 4, MTV, and many other companies all over the world. Due to our international reputation for film, graduates of this Film degree are highly regarded within the industry.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.