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Film and Technology

Undergraduate Pathway in Film and Technology

According to The Guardian 2024 rankings, Birmingham City University (BCU) is:

  • 1st in the UK for Film Production and Photography
  • 4th in the UK for Animation and Game Design
  • 17th in the UK for Media and Film Studies.

You will have access to a range of specialist equipment and facilities, including multiple TV studios, a green screen and post-production suites.


  • Two semesters


  • September
  • January

Entry Points

  • Foundation or International Year One

Progression Degrees

BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production

Bring your creative ideas to life using BCU’s industry-standard sound, camera and lighting equipment. You will develop your own portfolio, learning how to apply technology and craft to complete the following process:

  • Narrative design
  • Selection and testing of cameras and lenses
  • Creating digital production workflows
  • Using professional sound and picture finishing software.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Digital Film Production

BSc (Hons) Visual Effects

You will develop the following technical, creative and production skills needed to succeed in the industry:

  • Modelling
  • Rigging
  • Animation
  • Lighting
  • Rendering
  • Compositing

You will learn using a Vicon Motion Capture studio, industry-standard software such as Maya, Nuke and Houdini, and one of the largest fixed green screen studios in the UK.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Visual Effects

BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production

This degree has been designed to meet the needs of the audio industry. You will explore the following topics:

  • Live and studio sound engineering
  • Audio electronics
  • Audio software engineering
  • Acoustics.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production

BSc (Hons) Music Technology

This degree teaches you how to use technology to assist in the creation, performance and distribution of music. You will analyse and evaluate live musical events and sound recordings, as well as music technology products and systems. You will have the opportunity to study in the world-class facilities of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Music Technology

Programme Details

Foundation Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

Throughout this module, you will learn the academic skills needed for success at a UK university, such as:

  • Time management
  • Public speaking techniques
  • Appropriate language styles
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Researching and referencing techniques.

Business Studies

You will learn to define what a business is and its functions in relation to the different types of business costs. You will also be introduced to marketing, the marketing mix and product life cycle.

ICT Skills

This module will introduce you to the concepts of ICT skills, including applications and reporting mechanisms.

Numerical Techniques 1

This module will introduce you to basic mathematics and mathematical applications – including equations, algebraic problems and trigonometry.

Numerical Techniques 2

This module covers a variety of numerical techniques associated with basic number theory, including:

  • Cartesian coordinates
  • Indices
  • Logarithms
  • Polynomial, quadratic and simultaneous equations
  • Geometric progressions.

Physics 1

This module defines the basic laws of physics. You will learn how to describe the fundamentals of mechanics and thermofluid mechanics.

Design Concepts

This module will introduce you to design, the importance of design and the fundamentals of technical drawing.

Programming Techniques

This module covers the fundamentals of programming, how it is used, and how it contributes to the engineering process and solves engineering problems. You will also learn about the purpose and processes of object-orientated programming, as well as gaining an introductory understanding of Java.

International Year One Modules

You will be studying BCU modules together with direct BCU students. For information on the modules, check the BCU course page for your chosen degree.

In addition to the BCU modules, you will study Interactive Learning Skills and Communication with BCUIC.

Entry Requirements

For BSc (Hons) Music Technology, you must have one of the following:

  • GCSE Music at grade 4 (C) or above
  • Music Theory grade 5
  • Proficiency of performance on one instrument equivalent to ABRSM or RockSchool Grade 5.

Career Prospects

  • VFX Artist
  • Film Director
  • Sound Engineer
  • Location Manager
  • Production Designer

Industry-standard Facilities

BCU’s School of Games, Film and Animation is based in the Parkside Building on BCU’s City Centre Campus. Inside you will find a suite of TV and radio studios, post-production suites, and a huge green screen studio.

Our Facilities – Film and Technology
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