University of Derby
Film Production (Top-up) BA (Hons)
University of Derby

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 20 graduates of Film Production (Top-up) BA (Hons) at University of Derby for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Tourism, Transport and Travel.

Overall student satisfaction
87 /100
20 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Tourism, Transport and Travel

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Tourism, Transport and Travel at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22500 £18500 £21500
25-75 percentile range £19500 - £24000 £14500 - £23000 £15500 - £28000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Tourism, Transport and Travel

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22910 £20830 £24369
25-75 percentile range £19839 - £26189 £16042 - £26488 £18552 - £31827

Course Description

Explore the most exciting and challenging areas of contemporary film and high-end TV-making on a course designed to get you noticed in an intensely competitive industry. If you aspire to make big-budget productions for cinemas or small-screen streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon, this course will suit you. You’ll need to be highly creative, passionate and dedicated.

Why choose this course?

You will be taught by tutors who are still successful in the film and TV industry today. They have worked on feature films, TV dramas, promotional videos and sports broadcasts. You’ll work with the best digital cameras, just like those used for Hollywood blockbusters and have the option to work with traditional celluloid film (35mm). Our film students have a track record of winning high-profile industry competitions, such as the Royal Television Society Awards and the NAHEMI Kodak Student Commercial Awards. There are also lots of opportunities to gain experience on real film and TV sets, plus we offer a career-making six-month placement with Malta Production Hub.

Is this course for you?

Through a blend of practical projects and more traditional teaching, you’ll develop the creative, technical and theoretical expertise needed to work within the moving image sector. We’ll cover these key areas:

  • Screenwriting and directing
  • Cinematography, sound and editing
  • Production, including 1st assistant directing
  • Film history and theory
  • Research skills
  • Employability skills.

We’ll also make sure you leave with a great understanding of the film and television industry so you know how to create products that get seen by an audience. Plus, you will develop the professional skills you’ll need to deal with clients, commercial briefs, audiences and markets.


This top-up course can prepare you for a range of specialist careers, in moving image production or in the wider creative industries. For example, graduates from our previous Film Production degree have gone on to work as:

  • technicians in sound, lighting and grips
  • production personnel such as production assistants and runners
  • independent personnel such as script writers, directors of photography, editors, art directors, cinematographers, animation specialists, producers and directors.

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Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Film Production (Top-up) BA (Hons) at University of Derby

45% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Elementary occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Finance Professionals
5% Design occupations
5% Sales occupations

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

You need to have either a HND, Foundation degree, Equivalent to an Advanced Diploma or a 3 Year Diploma in a relevant subject When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the qualifications is compatible with the top-up programme

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Applicants to this course will require some experience in academic writing and also independent film making.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Film Production (Top-up), BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Film Production (Top-up) BA (Hons)

EU £14900 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £14900 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Derby in top UK and global rankings.

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About University of Derby

The University of Derby is a publicly owned university located in the city of Derby, England. The university’s main campus is in Allestree, a suburbian zone in Derby itself, and is situated directly opposite the popular Markeaton Park where many students enjoy going for a walk in their free time.

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