Filmmaking (Top-Up) at BIMM University - UCAS

BIMM University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: BIMM Limited

Filmmaking (Top-Up)

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Course summary

About the course This one-year top-up degree aimed at students who have studied practical media or arts subjects such as film making, art direction or creative media at either a foundation degree, HND or equivalent level. A three-year option is available for students holding A level or equivalent qualifications. This cutting-edge industry-led course has been developed from in-depth and ongoing industry feedback and input from all areas of production that reflects the current demand for industry ready, technically skilled students, who have the creative, logistical and production skills that are currently needed in industry. The growth in high end production for content providers such as Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus and Apple TV in the UK supports the need for highly skilled graduates for industry. This practical course provides students with an industry-relevant offering that includes a critical understanding of applied film theory, with current industry insight and practice in film production, and the creative and technical skills to function effectively in film, television and associated sectors such as music videos, advertising and short form content. To ensure this professionalism is embedded in the curriculum the film school acts as a production house and the tutor as an executive producer to support the collaborative film production that begins in the first year and is realised in the graduation films in the student's final year. Screen and Film School is uniquely positioned amongst other higher education institutions in that students receive budgets to fund their projects throughout the course, supporting the development of high quality films through professional actors, hiring of locations and art direction. As film production is continuously evolving the Screen and Film School is constantly adapting to support the industry’s demands. The course’s intensive curriculum will challenge students to develop their skills and prepare them for the production world of today. Students will gain experience shooting projects on the newest developments in HD, film and digital equipment - from Arri Alexa to Red Raven - as well as classic film cameras like Panavision and Arriflex on super 16mm and 35mm film. Disciplines you can specialise in:

  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Cinematography: All camera department roles
  • Producing
  • First Assistant Directing (Production Logistics)
  • Production Sound Mixing
  • Editing
  • Lighting/Gaffer
Industry engagement is at the heart of the film school. Alongside the course and curriculum, students benefit from over 200 connections across the UK meaning our students gain the skills, experience, contacts and confidence to thrive in the film industry through work experience, internships and paid freelance work. All students will graduate with a professional portfolio of work, which will serve as a calling card for their skills. Students also gain an understanding of how to navigate the film industry which will support the technical and creative film craft skills that will be acquired.


Students can expect to study the following core modules:

  • The Creative Industries & You: Professional Portfolio
  • Final Project
  • Pre-Production Process
  • Production Realisation
  • A range of Expert Optional modules can be selected, subject to availability and student demand:
The expert module in Level 6 will ensure all new students have the chance to prepare and refine their technical and production skills to the appropriate level to work collaboratively on the graduation films. The optional modules are; Screenwriting , Direction Factual, Direction Fiction , Cinematography , Creative Producing & Managing the Production, Post Production Editing & Grading, VFX Compositing and Motion Graphics, Production Design & Art Direction, Sound Recording & Post, Camera, Grip & Lighting, Camera, Grip & Lighting, Production Logistics, Development, Distribution & Commissioning, Research for Specialism, Factual Entertainment, Idea Development & Commissioning – Factual

Assessment method

Assessment methods: Practical Assessment, Portfolio, Visual & Written Essay, Production Realisation Outcomes & Evaluations

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants that require a Student Visa to study can be accepted at the following locations: Screen and Film School Brighton Screen and Film School Manchester BIMM University welcomes applicants from International countries that will require a student visa to study in the UK. Applicants must meet requirements set by UKVI. Upon acceptance of an offer you may be required to attend a consultation with a member of the International Admissions team.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


All applicants who demonstrate the potential to meet the entry requirements through their UCAS application will be invited to submit a show-reel and / or portfolio which will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor. Details of what to include will be provided by email upon receipt of an application

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band
TOEFL (iBT)80the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21
PTE Academic50A minimum score of 50 overall. At least 42 must be achieved in all four skills

We also accept the following qualifications: - ESOL Skills for Life Level B2 (Higher B2 on CEFR Scale) - IGCSE English Language (First Language) at C/4 or above - IGCSE English Language (Second Language) at B/3 or above - International Baccalaureate English Language at 5 or above in English A or B Applicants must have met the minimum requirement and be in receipt of results prior to enrolment.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £15950* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £15950* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fee shown is for year 1 of study only. Fees may be subject to increase on an annual basis, and do not cover additional costs such as: Visa application costs Living costs (rent/bills/travel) Equipment required for your course (computer and software/instrument/books)

Sponsorship information

Each year we offer various bursaries and scholarships. For further information, please view details on the BIMM University website

Filmmaking (Top-Up) at BIMM University - UCAS