Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Central Lancashire

Independent Filmmaking

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Course summary

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Independent Filmmaking is the future of the film industry in the UK. Every year more and more films are financed and made independently, outside of the large studio systems, many of which go on to win major awards at national and international film festivals such as Sundance. Independent filmmakers are known for their capacity to create thought provoking and exciting stories as well as their technical ability, problem solving and communication skills. The UK is a world leader in award winning independent short and feature films and Futureworks is a frontrunner in educating passionate dedicated students in the art of filmmaking. Working with award winning professionals on industry-standard equipment and the latest software, every student has the opportunity to realise their creative potential. Upon graduation you will achieve not only a recognised degree qualification, but will also be equipped with a strong showreel but also a feature film portfolio making you ready to hit the ground running on an exciting and fulfilling career.

Course details


HE Level 4 (Year 1): Independent Production 1 (40 Credits), History of Independent Film Production (20 Credits), Scriptwriting 1 (20 Credits), Editing for Independent Film (40 Credits). HE Level 5 (Year 2): Independent Production 2 (40 Credits), Contemporary Independent Film Production (20 Credits), Scriptwriting 2 (20 Credits), VFX for Independent Film (20 Credits), Audio Production (20 Credits). HE Level 6 (Year 3): Independent Production 3 (40 Credits), Scriptwriting 3 (40 Credits), Honours Project (40 credits).

Assessment method

We want to do everything we can to prepare you for working within the creative industries, and this is reflected in the way we teach and assess you. The course is mostly coursework based, which means your tutors will be able to give you constant, constructive feedback. Presentation techniques will give you valuable experience of how to present your thoughts and ideas successfully and enthusiastically, so you are better at selling your ideas to prospective employers. The written work is an important part of assessment and will improve your communication skills. A combination of lectures, tutorials, peer reviews, discussions and observations will ensure that you’re industry ready. External trips will present you with a wider range of topics and the opportunity to expand your portfolio, whilst guest speakers will help you to understand the art of filmmaking, how it works and how you can make your mark on it.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeF3M6
Institution code F98
Campus nameFutureworks (Manchester Media School)
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM

As part of the selection process you may be required to declare any unspent criminal convictions. Please see https://futureworks.ac.uk/how-to-apply/degree-course/making-an-application/ for further details.

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Additional entry requirements


Interviewer: Richard Hellawell (Programme Leader)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Independent Filmmaking at Futureworks - UCAS