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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

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required

BBC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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Additional requirement information

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Course content



Year one

  • Film, Style and Form Core
  • Digital Cultures Core
  • Media History Core
  • Digital Production Core
  • Writing Short Fiction Optional
  • The Media Industries Optional
  • British Film and TV Optional
  • Harry Potter and… Optional

Year two

  • North American Cinema Core
  • Screen Theory and Criticism Core
  • Multimedia Production Core
  • Entrepreneurship and Professionalism Optional
  • Writing Adaptations Optional
  • Cult Media and Identity Optional
  • Documentary and World Cinema Optional
  • Screenwriting 1 Optional

Year three

  • Digital Filmmaking Core
  • Sound Design Core
  • Industry Placement Optional
  • Screenwriting 2 Optional
  • The Paradox of Horror Optional
  • Disney and Animation Optional
  • The Beatles and the Counterculture Optional

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

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.

Work placements

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.

Most of the optional work placements take place in the Greater London area. Some might be in central London, but there are also a number of suitable Communications and Marketing organisations in west London.

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.

Most classes range from around 15 to 40 students. Seminars will have a maximum of around 20 students.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 21%
  • Work-based learning: 2%
  • Guided learning: 34%
  • Independent study: 43%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

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

* 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

The degree provides essential learning resources via our Library and specialist equipment is available via our Mac suites and technicians. This is so that you don't need pay extra for these resources, though you may wish to buy some textbooks to have your own copies.

You might have to pay travel costs for transport to work placements. The University will generally try to reimburse public transport costs for field trips.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

Facilities

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Teaching staff

Dr Jon Hackett Dr Jon Hackett
Programme Director - Film and Communication

jon.hackett@stmarys.ac.uk

Lee Brooks Lee Brooks
Senior Lecturer - Media Arts

lee.brooks@stmarys.ac.uk

Joy Mellins Joy Mellins
Module Convenor

joy.mellins@stmarys.ac.uk

Damian O'Byrne Damian O'Byrne
Programme Director (Foundation Year Lead)

damian.obyrne@stmarys.ac.uk

Further information

UCAS Application Timeline