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Dr Jon Hackett
Dr Jon Hackett

Programme Director - Film and Communication
020 8240 4174

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This course looks to equip you with the theoretical and practical skills needed to work in the creative industries.

Why study Film and Digital Production?

Film and Digital Production will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the moving image industries and history, and the background of film theory.

Through work experience and professional practice, you will develop skills relevant to film production and screenwriting, as well as related screen media and promotional industries.

During the course, you will undertake a comprehensive programme of professional development, with dedicated modules on practical skills, entrepreneurship and industry placements.

This degree will help you to understand professional practices relevant to cultural industries and how such organisations operate. It will also equip you with an enhanced awareness of issues relating to potential audiences and markets.

Why St Mary's?

The course runs alongside our degree in Film and Screen Media and is taught by industry-expert academics, some of whom are experienced film and television producers and screenwriters. 

St Mary's University is ideally located for those aspiring for a career in the creative industries; the local area of West London has several renowned film studios, including Shepperton, Twickenham and Ealing Studios.

Key facts

  • 93% of St Mary's University students are in professional employment, further study or both six months after graduation (HESA, 2018)
  • Study with media professionals and international and national experts in film, television and popular culture
  • Exciting study trips and opportunities for work experience in the media and creative industries
  • Specialist pathways in screen-writing and video production
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus in South West London

Course content

Year one

  • British Film and TV 
  • Digital Cultures 
  • Digital Production 
  • Film, Style and Form 
  • Harry Potter and the... 
  • Media History 

Year two

  • Cult Media and Identity 
  • Documentary and Global Media 
  • Multimedia Production 
  • North American Cinema 
  • Screenwriting One 
  • Entrepreneurship and Professionalism  Optional

Year three

  • Digital Filmmaking 
  • Disney and Animation 
  • Paradox of Horror 
  • Screenwriting Two 
  • Sound Design 
  • The Enterprising Workplace 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

During this course, you will have the opportunity to engage in entrepreneurial projects, develop business plans and - where appropriate - work on live briefs for clients both within and beyond the university.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Film and Digital Production students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The seminar-based approach of most modules means you can gain instant feedback from peers and from tutors, allowing you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, and gain immediate support.

Industry experts deliver guest lectures and Q&A sessions on subjects such as film classification, writing about film for the media and making it in the industry.

Assessment methods

Essays and reports will be present in many modules. There is an emphasis on coursework and practical work, including pieces that can form part of a creative portfolio. 

In the professional development modules at each level, you will be asked to carry out tasks such as:

  • preparing plans and costings for a project
  • developing an effective CV and social media presence
  • pitching ideas to a client

In your final year, you will dedicate your research project to the production of a major film project.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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