Join us for this highly practical course in Filmaking at the Manchester Film School, and you’ll benefit from state of the art equipment used on major feature films and a programme that’s internationally renowned for its excellence, winning Six Royal Television Society NW student awards and 16 nominations in the last four years (more than any NW University), and the National Award for best cinematography in 2016.

Build on your existing knowledge, as you develop your specialism in Writing, Directing, Production, Camera, Lighting, Sound, Set Design & Construction and Post Production, and use our dedicated 3000sq ft film studio or fully equipped production vehicle to produce Films and TV programmes, with the same equipment used on major feature films.

With assistance from our dedicated production fund and teaching by experienced industry professionals, you’ll work with professional actors on up to six major Film or TV projects, depending on your chosen specialism, along with a range of independent productions throughout the year.

You’ll benefit from high end industry work placements, and draw on experience from previous students, who’ve received major recognition at international film festivals, worked at top production studios, and been part of feature films like James Bond and Harry Potter, TV drama like Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders, and commercials for the likes of Sony, Dyson and Ford.

Fielden Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
Jim Grainger - For the last 11 years Jim has developed The Manchester Film School into one of the leading practical Film Schools in the country, winning regional and national awards.

Gareth Hall - After working in the film industry with directors from Ken Russel to Steven Spielberg, Gareth now uses his knowledge and experience to teach students the real, practical skills of film-making. His students have gone on to work on projects from Downton Abbey to James Bond.

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points

• Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded
Suitability for Foundation Degree study may be assessed by interview.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Application of Film & TV production skills (30 credits)
Sem. 1. Students attend practical workshops throughout the first semester, where they will carry out a range of different production/crew roles.
There are several opportunities for students to practice these roles on short filming projects.

Intro to Film & TV production roles (30 credits)
Sem. 1. Students are introduced to a range of film & TV roles, (often by film industry practitioners themselves) in both classroom and workshop environments. The objective is to understand a range of different production/crew roles within the film and TV industry.

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Sem. 2. Students will learn the principles of scriptwriting, through both research and practice. The end goal is for each student to produce a script for a short film which can be pitched for consideration in Year 2

Year 1: Professional practice (30 credits)
Sem. 2. For this practical unit, students will select which roles they wish to further develop and work as either production/crew on a number of MFS productio

Year 2: Experimental Practice (30 credits)

Year 2: Industry engagement (30 credits)

Year 2: Practice Based Research Project (30 credits)

Year 2: Professional practice 2 (30 credits)
Grove, E. (2009) Beginning Filmmaking: 100 Easy Steps from Script to Screen

Gregory, G. (2007) Careers in Media and Film: The Essential Guide

Hark, I. (2002) Exhibition: The Film Reader

Thurlow, C. (2008) Making Short Films: The Complete Guide from Script to Screen

Assessment is carried out through a series of practical projects approximately every eight weeks, using industry standards to assess how your professionalism is developing.

There is no formal exam, but there are deadlines which you have to meet, come what may, just like the industry!
You’ll have the skills and knowledge to work on a number of different feature films, TV shows and prominent commercials, with past students securing employment on:

• James Bond 007 (Skyfall, Quantam, Spectre)
• Harry Potter
• Shameless
• Downton Abbey
• Peaky Blinders
• This is England ‘90
• Maleficent
• Foyle’s War
• Thor
• Captain America
• Last tango in Halifax
• Happy Valley

And many more…

There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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You’re expected to contribute £170-200 towards educational visits, and pay 25-30% of production costs (set building, props, actors etc)

There is no compulsory equipment apart from a camera phone.

A laptop is advisable but not essential.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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