What will I learn?


Watching films has become China’s national pastime. There is a thirst for stories that hold audiences spellbound; and you can now learn how to tell them.

Have you ever sat in a cinema and thought, 'I want to tell stories like that!’? Have you ever wanted to work on real film productions with real movie stars? If you have the passion to communicate your thoughts and your stories on the big screen, this programme is for you.

The BA Filmmaking is a practice-based programme that fosters creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation. You will learn to make films both for the small screen and for cinema consumption.

Your practice will include notions of the creative producer, directing for both documentaries and drama, storytelling, cinematography, sound design, and editing, as well as marketing films worldwide.


  • Learn in an industry-standard, purpose-built film school building operational from 2020, with world-class facilities including high-end cameras, a fully functional digital media lab, a television studio, motion capture facilities, a sound stage and even a cinema.
  • Study project-management and other international film and television industry-standard software
  • Learn from award-winning international staff and industry professionals
  • Gain practical experience through industry work experience opportunities, and the chance to create your own films and work on live projects
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education, and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Which department am I in?

School of Film and TV Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 or 4 years)

Tuition fees
¥88,000.00 (US$ 13,587) per year
All international students who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for a RMB 8,000 early bird discount
Start date

Expected September 2021


Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

111 Ren Ai Road, Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District,

Suzhou Industrial Park,



215123, China

Entry requirements

For international students

Students have the following requirements are

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two.

A-level: BBB

IB: 30 points

SAT: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three SAT subject tests of at least 600 in each subject, if you took the SAT before March 2016.

AP: high school diploma with a GPA of 3.0, plus three AP subjects at Grade 4 or above.

English Language Requirements

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If you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.