What will I learn?

The Foundation Year in Media is offered as an entry route to a media degree for those who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study. You enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. If you complete this year successfully you progress directly onto our three-year media degree courses listed below. The number of students who progress to degree study are very high - in fact some of these students have gone on to become some of our most successful graduates.


Our course brings together the theoretical and the practical to give you everything you need to start a career in this diverse industry. You’ll get to explore all the stages of the film-making process, covering a range of production roles, conception and development, post-production, script writing, cinematography, and direction.

How is the BA Film taught?

The course involves a great deal of practical work – you will participate in film-making workshops and post-production training, and produce short films in response to briefs. But you will also have a reading and viewing list, and extensive screening/lecture programmes that explore drama, documentary and experimental cinema from around the world. You will investigate practical and theoretical problems through briefs, essays, and individual and group activities. In seminars and workshops and tutorials, you will critique your own and others' work, developing your skills in analysis and reflection, while discovering your own taste, style and vision.

You will be specifically taught how to deepen your research skills to help you become a more independent learner, and in your final year you will produce a major project: a highly achieved short film, long-form screenplay, or portfolio of practical film-making work in your chosen production role.


Assessment is both practical and theoretical, and you will put together a portfolio throughout the course. As well as your practical film-making assignments, you will be assessed on your final project, your professionalism and contributions to others’ film projects, written assignments, pitches and presentations, blogs and analyses of your own practical work.

Criteria for assessment will include the quality of your arguments and your critical engagement in your written assignments, the quality of thought behind your presentations, and your citations and biographical information.


Our students are successful. Graduates of this course have gone on to a wide range of careers, including writers, editors, sound technicians, directors of photography, camera assistants, directors and designers. Some have gone on to work at major institutions such as the BBC, while others have set up their own small businesses, attracting both commercial work and funded commissions. Some have become music video producers and others are freelancers representing a range of special professions within production and post-production.

We help you to establish yourself in the industry in all kinds of ways, including supporting your submission of work to film festivals (some of our students' work has been screened at Cannes) and supporting your writing, whether critical journalism or screenwriting.

There are an array of jobs in the industry, from production, post-production, distribution and exhibition, and many entry points.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£14,000.00 (US$ 18,666) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2022


Hendon Campus

The Burroughs,



NW4 4BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed High School diploma with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 and SAT scores of 550 on each part or ACT composite score of 23 (or) they must have completed High School diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and scores of 3+ on at least two advanced placement exams will be considered.

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


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