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BA (Hons) Digital Film Production & Screenwriting


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Institution C58


Bognor Regis campus

3 Years Full Time

Top 30
UK higher education institution
for courses and lecturers
5 star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 – 112 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBC - BCC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass 
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Student view

Marc Farrell
BA (Hons) Digital Film Production and Screenwriting
Looking back, I only have fond memories of Chichester. The course is fundamental to gaining experience within the industry, and as such I had the pleasure of working for the BBC. Upon leaving the University, my knowledge was more than enough to set up my own media company, with a priority in corporate and wedding videos. I owe a great deal to the staff of the Media department for teaching techniques, inspiring ideas and above all believing in me.

Course content

1st for Overall Satisfaction, Learning Community and Academic Support

 (The National Student Survey 2020)

Course Overview

This is a 75% practical programme focused on a wide range of skills for filmmaking and screenwriting. Underpinned and driven by storytelling, on set practice and employability skills, students learn through hands on experience guided by staff, professional filmmakers and experienced practitioners.

Students also consider real world issues such as audience needs and effective team working whilst engaged on production activity that emulates professional practices. This may include working with actors or pitching project ideas to a panel of tutors and filmmakers.

Students also regularly have the opportunity to contribute to production based staff research projects and multi-camera live event filming. Students can also engage with relevant contemporary practice through annual attendance at the ‘Encounters’ short film festival.

All of our degrees include a range of practical, contextual and skills-based modules offering you the opportunity to undertake a major project, either in dissertation, screenwriting, or digital film production form in your final year.

Find out more

Are you interested in this course and want to find more? Come along to an Open Day. This will give you the chance to meet our Creative & Digital Technologies team, ask them questions and explore the campus. 


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Our facilities

The department of Creative and Digital Technologies is based in the new Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

These exciting facilities provide access to professional industry standard equipment and hands on practical learning. 

Tech Park

 CDT Facilities

The Tech Park facilites include:

  • A 300sqm film production studio and sound stage
  • 9 post production edit suites with‘soho’ standard dubbing
  • An 80sqm green screen studio for motion capture and chroma work
  • Professional recording studios with Mac and PC suites

Learning Resource Centre 

   LRC Bognor Campus

Our Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis is based at the heart of the campus. It hosts:

  • Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans
  • Costa Coffee

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the campus and the facilities it has to offer. 


Where this can take you

The skills you will obtain in  this degree are particularly well suited to work with film production companies, TV production studios, radio outlets, newspapers, PR firms and advertising agencies. Many of our graduates go on to complete Masters degrees, using their undergraduate experience as the foundation to advanced study and/or practice.

Career paths include:

  • Commercials and advertising
  • Film, production, writing, cinematography, and postproduction
  • Television, researchers and journalists
  • Management training
  • Public relations
  • Teaching
  • Local government
  • Marketing organisations
  • Postgraduate study at international film schools

"Without the close tutoring and support I received whilst at the University of Chichester I would not have had the confidence and skills to pursue a career in the film industry and be currently studying Production Management at the National Film and Television School.”

Alumna Profile: Emma Clarke

Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

Work placements

Students are offered a varied pallette of extra-curricular opportunities to gain more ‘real world’ experiences.

This can range from volunteering, on-set training with professional filmmakers or even paid filming work for both external and internal clients. Most recently students have crewed for award winning short drama productions, live concert filming and international conferences.

Indicative modules

The modules available on the course are as follows:

All 15 credits unless otherwise stated

Level 4

Semester 1

Skills – Analysis

This module serves as an introduction to the wide range of crafts involved in film production. Students will learn about a variety of craft roles through film screenings and lectures presented by specialists in each field. They will develop awareness and insights into each craft’s distinct creative and authorial input.

Practice Toolkit

This module is designed to provide a foundation ‘toolkit’ of practical skills to aid understanding of current creative media industries. Students will be introduced to a range of technical and procedural skills including audio, video, photography, web and digital design. These skills will develop their understanding of the processes involved in the manufacture and delivery of audio-visual presentations within the creative industries. It aims to develop transferable skills in information technology.

Digital Film Operations

This module serves as foundation training for developing a range of professional technical and procedural skills in video production. As such it draws from a broad range of production practice and aims to introduce and develop processes involved in the manufacture of conventional audio-visual productions. It aims to develop transferable skills in team work and planning (time management).

Foundations of Story

The aims of this module are to introduce students to some of the processes used in creating original screen-works through character design and ideas development. The module will also explore some of the key concepts of story and screenwriting theory, and focuses on the relationships between story, character, structure & plot. It aims to develop transferable skills in creativity and critical analysis.

Semester 2

Skills – Technical and Operations

This module aims to introduce students to some of the specialised skills involved in drama filmmaking and builds upon the earlier Skills Analysis module. Theoretical learning is combined with practical and technical exercises through a series of workshops. Students choose to study three film crafts from a range of options that may include cinematography, sound, lighting, post-production, production management, script supervision etc. This module will further develop their understanding of filmmaking while deepening their theoretical, technical and practical knowledge of their chosen filmmaking crafts. Students will have the opportunity to study the craftsperson through researching a case study of a filmmaker from within one of their chosen filmmaking specialisms.

Script to Screen (30 credits)

This module aims expand upon the work studied in Digital Film Operations & Foundations of Story, evolving the student experience from small production projects into collaborative engagement with large-scale drama production and complementary marketing. Rigorous explorations will emphasis the link between screenwriting and the processes and practices of collaborative production. The module encompasses screenplay drafting, production development & planning, location filming, post production and exhibition. It aims to develop transferable skills in team work, collaboration and professional practice.

Screenplay Structure

This module aims to expand upon the work produced in Foundations of Story by exploring the importance of structure during the screenwriting process. Students will be guided through the multitude of choices when considering how to identify, control and utilise structure during the planning and execution of various forms of screenworks

Level 5

Semester 1

Drama Craft

This module builds upon the knowledge and experience students gained in Script to Screen and explores in more depth, techniques that apply primarily to drama production. Areas such as teamwork, cinematography, art direction & set construction, directing and sound design may be explored in more detail, enhancing workplace skills. It aims to develop awareness in audio visual technology and production health and safety. Students will be expected to be effective and reliable team members throughout.

Writing the Short Film

This module aims to develop creative skills in audio visual storytelling through an exploratory approach to the methods, processes, styles and structures involved in the writing of a short (6-7 minute) narrative film. It will concentrate mainly on conventional, rather than avant-garde, approaches. It aims to develop transferable skills in pitching.

Choose two from:

Directing Actors

The module will provide students with the opportunity to explore the craft of directing actors. Focusing on the relationship and communication established between director and actor, students will be expected to engage with analysis and practice throughout. The module will consider the different styles and approaches used in the forms of cinema and TV Drama, and students will be expected to apply this to their own work.

Production Operations

This module encompasses three operational areas, embodied in the roles of the assistant director, production manager and film script supervisor; students spend three weeks studying each discipline. This module has been designed to deepen specialist theoretical knowledge and skills in craft areas that are vital to successful drama filmmaking yet can be relatively overlooked within existing film production courses. It introduces students to the knowledge and skills required for the pre-production phase of filmmaking


This module aims to expand upon the work produced in previous modules by exploring the key concepts and practices of digital cinematography. The role and responsibilities of the cinematographer within the production team are defined and students will investigate relationships between cinematic content and visual forms. 

Writing TV Drama (30 credits over 2 semesters)

The module aims to introduce students to the process of development when creating a long form TV Drama series or serial. Throughout the module students will contribute to the creation of a Drama TV “Bible”, a package of materials that is used to inform writers, producers and directors of a show’s particular production criteria. The module will give students the opportunity to explore the industrial context of such documents and how to generate story ideas and scripts for such shows. It aims to develop transferable skills in packaging and selling creative work.

Semester 2        

Short Drama

This module builds upon the knowledge gained in Drama Craft and explores in more depth recent technical developments in the fast-changing landscape of the media and creative industries. The module will introduce students to advanced filmmaking techniques as they adapt scripts from Writing the Short Film. It aims to develop transferable skills in producing creative work in a professional manner.

Production Design

This module aims to provide a solid foundation to the main areas of Production Design; from concept initiation to realisation. Including elements of art direction, mood boards, props and make-up (including prosthetics) the module will illustrate how to decipher aspects such as design metaphor, colour scheming, and spatial awareness. The module will explain the aesthetic, narrative, and technical facets of the craft.

Choose two from

Multi-Camera Live Events

This module aims to expand upon the work produced in Film in Performance by exploring the use of multi-camera recording techniques and the management of various events. It aims to provide students with a range of technical experiences and knowledge of events practice, while developing transferable skills in creating material to a client’s requirements.

Post Production

The module will provide students with the opportunity to investigate the editors’ craft in more depth. Students will engage with non-linear media manipulation as an essential part of the film production process with the main emphasis on the construction of meaning. A mixture of exercises and briefs are used in order to investigate the effect of editing on programme structure, pace, content and form, and on the relationship between sound and image in cinema.

Writing the Feature Film

The module aims to introduce students to the process of research and development when creating a Feature Film concept for cinema release. Throughout the module students will explore the opportunities available to UK based writers when developing feature films ideas. The constraints and issues faced by screenwriters in this highly competitive market, and the need to be imaginative, original and distinctive in their work will also be a constant theme. The module will give students the opportunity to explore the industrial context of development and how to generate cinematic treatments for commercial exploitation. It aims to develop transferable skills in packaging and selling creative work.

Level 6

Semester 1

  • Final Major Project: Film or Screenplay (45 Credits over 2 semesters)
  • Choose three from: Advanced Cinematography, Industry Engagement & FF, Documentary Project, Film Composition

Semester 2

  • Final Major Project: Film or Screenplay (45 Credits over 2 semesters)
  • Choose two from: Creative Portfolio, Resilience in the Freelancer and Business of Production

Please note that the modules given above are indicative and based on the current academic year




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Teaching and assessment

We believe a hands-on, interactive and participative workshop approach to learning with modest group sizes is the most effective way to develop the types of skills that employers look for in graduates.  Each module you’ll undertake is usually supported by a weekly tutor-facilitated workshop of approximately 2.5-3 hours. Group sizes are typically 20-25 students.  At the end of the workshop, you’ll normally be tasked to undertake intersession work that then feeds into the next workshop.

Our approach encourages you to be proactive and offers an environment that’s well suited to enabling you as a student to share your thinking and explore different ideas.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, project work and presentations and seminar discussions.  Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.

Additional Costs

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