This degree allows you to develop an advanced level of knowledge and skills in film-making. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the relationship between documentary practice, film theory and the film industry.
You’ll work on a range of individual and crew-based film projects, and develop sophisticated camera, sound, editing and storytelling skills.
Your studies are set in the context of world cinema and the international history of the cinematic documentary. You'll graduate with a portfolio of creative documentary and experimental non-fiction films.
You will learn from scholar film-makers in our state-of-the-art facilities and develop a range of professional skills to prepare you for your future.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
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Your course during COVID-19
Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.
We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.
Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.
Your learning experience
Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.
Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.
In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.
We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.
Terms and conditions and student complaints
The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.
Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.
Quality and ranking
- 3rd in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021 (Communications and Media category)
- 7th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020 (Media and Film Studies category)
- joint 6th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Communications and Media category)
- ranked top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction – National Student Survey 2019 (Media Studies category)
- top 200 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- over 80% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
You are taught the essential skills of film-making and introduced to film-making as a field of academic study. You will be trained in camera, audio and editing skills and will undertake a range of documentary film-making exercises. This is complemented by screening-based modules exploring world cinema, both fiction and non-fiction.
Screening modules develop your ability to critically watch films as a scholar and film-maker. You will be given a solid foundation from which to develop your critical appreciation of film as well as your own film-making. You'll also learn about the structures and operation of the film industry.
You will build your film-making and storytelling skills by undertaking more complex and advanced projects including a series of independent creative microfilms. You'll also complete a crew-based documentary project and experimental film projects.
You will explore film theory for practice across two modules, giving you the chance to build on your learning from the screening modules in Year 1.
|Film Theory for Practice 1: What is cinema?||20|
|Film Theory for Practice 2: Why Cinema?||20|
|Filmmaking: Ideas to Screen||20|
|Making a Short Documentary||20|
|Analysing Documentary Practices||20|
|Race, Culture and Identity||20|
|Representations: Identity, Culture and Society||20|
You make two films: a self-shot short observational documentary film and a full-year dissertation film. You choose optional modules in film, or to explore other academic interests in the School of Arts and Cultures or from across the University.
You can also develop your understanding of working in the film industry by learning from regular industry guests.
|Film Practice Project||40|
Teaching and assessment
Teaching methods range from lectures, seminars and workshops to screening-based classes. However, you learn film-making skills through doing, undertaking a variety of practical exercises, and film-making tasks. You're encouraged to learn from any mistakes, and are given creative freedom to explore, try, and experiment with your own film-making ideas.
Film practice modules will be delivered in purpose-built facilities with access to the latest industry-standard film-making equipment.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You will have the opportunity to experience all key aspects of film-making and of working as solo film-makers and in crews.
Through a diverse range of structured learning opportunities, you will develop both the craft skills and the sensibility required to work as a director, editor, soundperson, producer and cinematographer in the film industry.
You get the chance to attend field trips to film festivals such as Aesthetica Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Edinburgh International Film Festival. You'll engage with the local North East film industry through field trips, cinema events, and guest sessions.
You will learn a variety of research skills, including traditional essay writing as well as critical reflection on your film practice. You will develop film-based research skills through a variety of film-making experiences and by screening your work to a public audience.
These skills culminate in a film-based dissertation, where you work in crews to create a festival-ready creative documentary film – a great calling card for you take into the industry or postgraduate study.
Chat to a student
I didn't come from any film background but my lecturers and supervisors have been very supportive and encouraging. Doing Film at Newcastle University is probably the best decision I've made for my future and I've never imagined being this passionate about film-making before!
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
As a student of Media, Journalism and Film Practice at Newcastle University, you will join a vibrant community in the School of Arts and Cultures' Media, Culture, Heritage department.
You will be based in the Armstrong Building and Film@CultureLab, right at the heart of our city-centre campus. You'll be close to all of Newcastle University's amenities, as well as being just a five-minute walk to Newcastle's main street, Northumberland Street.
You'll have access to:
- professional-standard video and audio equipment, studio space and AV-editing facilities
- specialist computing facilities, including industry-standard software, such as Adobe Creative Suite
- a mobile studio suite
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
You will also benefit from the expert knowledge and skills of our dedicated team of technicians based in Culture Lab.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
Our graduates are equipped with the practical and transferable skills needed to pursue careers across the film, media and creative industries. For example in production, post-production, creative, marketing, distribution and film exhibition sectors.
The first cohort of graduates completed their degree in 2019. Many have gained employment in areas of the film industry, including within major UK post-production studios and commercial video production.
Some have begun careers as independent film-makers or cinematographers, while others are continuing their education at postgraduate level.
Employability at Newcastle
96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.
Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
Where a film degree could take you
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
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Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
We will be holding a virtual event on:
• Saturday 19 September
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
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