2 years full-time | Top-up available

Confetti Nottingham Campus, NTU

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Throughout this Film Production foundation degree you’ll learn the skills needed to work in a variety of technical roles within the film production process. You’ll get a wide range of experience whilst developing a specific area of expertise and developing a strong portfolio of work, tailored to your career aspirations.

From ideation and pre-production to post-production and the final exhibition of films, you’ll be immersed in every aspect of the filmmaking process. 

Develop expertise in camera operation, lighting techniques, editing, colour grading, audio recording, and sound design, while building a portfolio showcasing your industry experience.

This course is for you if:

  • you enjoy being on location
  • you are good at working as part of the team
  • you are excited by working with film equipment

Progression route

Top-up your degree to a full BA (Hons) qualification in Filmmaking at NTU

Clearing 2024

  • 48 UCAS points from up to three qualifications; and
  • GCSE – English and Maths Grade C / 4

Spaces are limited, so call NTU’s Clearing hotline on 0115 848 6000 to secure your place.

2025 entry

  • 64 UCAS Tariff points; and
  • GCSE – English and Maths Grade C / 4

To find out what qualifications have tariff points, please use our tariff calculator.

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Meeting our entry requirements

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How to apply

This degree is validated by Nottingham Trent University. You can apply through UCAS.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.


Audio-Visual Film Technologies (20 Credit Points)

This is your introduction to a range of equipment used on a film set. Develop the skills and understanding required for camera operation, audio acquisition and lighting techniques for film. Examine the scientific principles behind the skills that inform the film-maker’s ability to achieve a cinematic quality product when using lighting, audio and camera technologies.

The Evolution of Film Technology (20 Credit Points)

Study the historical development of film technology and assess the impact technological change has had on the industry. You’ll be given the opportunity to investigate a range of film examples, past and present, in order to assess the impact technology has had, and continues to have, on changes in film production and distribution.

Film Project Management (20 Credit Points)

You’ll develop your ability to project manage the technical requirements of a film shoot. You’ll learn how to break down a script in terms of its technical requirements, whilst also learning about the different stages of project management in preparation for location filming – including location scouting, risk assessments, kit specifications, crewing, budgeting and scheduling.

You’ll be expected to show a detailed understanding of the health and safety regulations that govern the film industry and in particular, location filming.

Applied Film Technologies (20 Credit Points)

You’ll work collaboratively as a part of a production team on a film set. As part of the team, you’ll be expected to demonstrate your proficiency working with a particular piece of hardware in a particular discipline. You’ll also need to demonstrate a detailed understanding of camera, lighting and audio technologies.

Post-Production Technology for Film (20 Credit Points)

You’ll learn how to use post-production software for both visual and audio. You’ll develop an understanding of the technologies involved and impact on the creative process. You’ll gain experience and understand the relationships between different software, developing skills that will enable you to apply post-production theory in a practical way.

Script to Screen (20 Credit Points)

This module aims to equip you with the abilities needed to proficiently oversee a film production, guiding it from conception to public showing. You’ll take a film concept and navigate through all the essential phases, harnessing film production technology for shooting and editing. Alongside refining your screenwriting skills, you’ll also enhance your technical expertise, all while collaborating within a team. Teamwork is integral to crafting a film of exceptional quality that meets high standards.

Advanced Film Technologies (20 Credit Points)

This is your introduction to the technical specifications and requirements of a range of complex film grip equipment. You’ll learn to operate equipment whilst also investigating the scientific principles surrounding camera and lighting technologies when shooting for visual effects content. You’ll plan and shoot a technically-complex sequence using appropriate specialist equipment.

Short Film Development (20 Credit Points)

You’ll research markets, festivals and competitions to inform the development and production of your own short film. Working under the guidance of an industry partner, you’ll undertake the pre-production of your own short film. You’ll be expected to make appropriate judgements in the planning of your production and demonstrate the ability to problem-solve.

Short Film Production (20 Credit Points)

Produce a short film aimed at a film festival or competition. You’ll learn how to work in film production environments working to the necessary health and safety regulations. You’ll also develop your production management skills, learning to effectively manage workflow and processes in the successful delivery of your own short film.

Industry Practice (20 Credit Points)

You’ll undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

Advanced Post-Production Technology for Film (20 Credit Points)

Develop more advanced skills in the areas of post-production for film. This will involve visual effects, colour correction and picture grading for film post-production; and dubbing, mixing, ADR and Foley for audio post-production. Using the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in these module students will work with an industry partner or client to post-produce a product to be shown in the cinema.

Non-Fiction Filmmaking (20 Credit Points)

Learn how to create engaging non-fiction films. You’ll explore both the theory behind effective storytelling and the practical aspects of making these films. Through hands-on projects, you’ll choose a topic that interests you and develop your skills in researching, scripting, filming, and editing.

Collaborating with classmates will give you a taste of real-world teamwork in the film industry. By the end, you’ll have the tools to craft compelling non-fiction stories that resonate with audiences.

Do It For Real

Industry Week

Studying at Confetti you’ll take part in Industry Week where you’ll be able to meet a range of professionals within your field of interest as well as other areas of the creative industries. 

Past guests include Shane Meadows, Vicky McClure and Stephen Graham.

Student work

Our Talent Development team works closely with course leaders to link students with opportunities across the industry. Film Production students have previously worked with and visited leading companies, such as:

  • Splendour Festival
  • Notts TV

You also may be going on trips to Tech Expos, Broadway Cinema and Aesthetica Film Festival.

On this course you’ll study in Confetti HQ – our £9.1million digital media hub. You’ll have access to:

  • A range of cameras such as Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Sony FS5, Blackmagic Ursa Mini, DJI Ronin RS3 Pro gimbal and DJI Ronin 2 Gimbal.
  • Industry-standard software, such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and DaVinci Resolve Studio


After finishing your foundation degree, you may decide to go straight into industry or top-up to a full honours degree.

If you achieve a Commendation or higher grade, you’ll be able to progress onto the Level 6 (Final Year) of the popular BA (Hons) Filmmaking at NTU course.

For those completing their foundation degree with a Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to progress onto Level 5 (Year Two) of the course.

If you choose to progress onto the full honours degree at NTU, you’ll be invited to a transition tutorial with the Illustration course team at NTU. The aim of the tutorial is for you to meet the course team; present your work; and for the team to ensure any appropriate support (if necessary) is made available to you before you progress.

What roles do our graduates go on to?

  • Feature film camera operator
  • Producer
  • Director of photography
  • Marketing executive
  • Film editor
  • TV 2nd AD

NTU Employability Support

Our support doesn’t end when you graduate. As a Confetti and NTU student you will be entitled to dedicated graduate employability support for up to three years after you complete your studies. You’ll have access to exclusive events, initiatives and work experience opportunities to support you in the early stages of your graduate career.

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