BA (Hons) Visual Production

BA (Hons) Visual Production is a one year course suitable for students who have previously studied in the creative industries elsewhere and wish to enhance their knowledge and experience in producing high quality visual content. Students who have not studied at a Higher Education institution previously are encouraged to explore our other Creative Industries courses.

This Visual Production course is flexible, allowing you to produce your final creative project specialising in a Screen Industries area of your choice, be it Media Production, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Games Design, Computer Animation, Visual Journalism or Film.

You will study in the heart of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales and home to a thriving film and TV industry, including Bad Wolf Studios and BBC Wales, where shows including Doctor Who and Casualty are filmed. Students on the course will benefit from the wealth of creative companies based in Cardiff, by means of set and production office visits, case studies and professional practice.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will study a number of common modules, as well as undertaking optional learning from within a set subject area or areas. Possible areas of specialism include Media Production, VFX, Games, Animation, Visual Journalism or Film by means of a targeted Independent Study to develop a deeper skills base through self-directed learning.

You will build on your previous experience of studying screen media to develop your practical and theoretical skills in your chosen area, learning to understand more about the creative industries, which will strengthen your employability following graduation. You will learn how the British screen industries work, by visiting production companies, as well as meeting and hearing from the most creative and inspiring producers, designers and creatives in a number of guest lectures.

Students complete their studies by producing a final project, which will be pitched to industry professionals before going forward to production.

The course includes the following modules, taught across 2 semesters:

  • The UK Media Industry and its Audiences
  • Advanced Skills Development and Application
  • Individual Project – Developing ideas and the Pitch
  • Professional Practice for the 21st Century Graduate
  • Multi-Disciplinary Group Project


Students on the Visual Production course will be taught through a blend of workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as guest lectures and masterclasses from industry professionals.


Students will be assessed through a mixture of practical and written assignments. Your final film will form a large part of your assessment. This is a practical task, with written elements.


Students at USW Cardiff Campus benefit from industry-standard equipment, software and studio and production facilities. There is an on-site cinema, that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and master classes.



Ian Fitzell - Course leader
Paul Mallison, Media Production Course Leader
Jason Bevan, VFX Course Leader
Adam Martin, Games Design Course Leader
Gareth Hutchinson, Computer Animation Course Leader
Shafeeq Vellani, Film Course Leader

International Entry Requirements


Successful completion of a HND or equivalent qualification at level 5 i.e. Foundation Degree in a relevant subject


English Requirements


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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

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) £900
Apple Mac book or iMac
Field Trips
Potential trip during year 3. Cost is variable and all trips are optional.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £60
WD or equivalent Hard Drive
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £60
Wacom Tablet
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £15
Cost is per month. Adobe Subscriptions

Please apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement


Graduates can expect to graduate with an industry-relevant knowledge and experience to go into a job within the creative 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.