BA (Hons) Film

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Study the art and craft of cinema and gain the practical and creative skill in our specialist facilities to become a contemporary filmmaker.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BA (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Our course teaches you to think critically and creatively, developing your skills to convey your ideas through practical work. Our course covers scriptwriting, production, directing, documentary filmmaking, production design, cinematography, editing and sound design. We offer fully equipped specialist film facilities including high end HD and 16mm film cameras, professional film lighting, Avid Media Composer edit suites, Pro Tools in addition to a professional dubbing theatre and performance studio.

You’ll leave with an in-depth grounding in the technical processes, creative skills and production practices necessary for your career, including opportunities to study abroad and work-related learning. Edinburgh Napier University was recently nominated as one the top three Scottish universities for Film Production and Photography, Guardian University Awards 2017. 


You’ll strive towards the goal of being an intelligent, creative and contemporary filmmaker, by identifying your strengths and perfecting your craft within an established filmmaking role. You’ll increasingly define your own area of study and develop an individual creative practice so that by graduation you’ll be capable of a high standard of creative output.

We are well-resourced and teach to a high technical standard, facilitating the translation of ideas through the crafts of script writing, production, directing, documentary filmmaking, production design, cinematography, editing, sound design and the myriad roles that are instrumental to industrial and independent filmmaking practices.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.

You’ll undertake a period of work-related learning during Year 3 and there is also the opportunity to study abroad.

What you study

Year 1

  • Key Concepts in Filmmaking
  • Research and Communication Skills
  • Narrative Construction
  • Essential Elements of Storytelling (plot, character, dialogue and engaging an audience)
  • Editing Sound and Picture
  • Systems of Continuity
  • Screenwriting
  • Film History

Year 2

  • Film Histories and Key Theoretical Film Issues
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Cinematic Genres
  • Film Adaptation

Working collaboratively on practical film projects in the roles of:

  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Sound Design
  • Writer
  • Director

Year 3

  • Individually tailored filmmaking projects within specialist roles
  • Work-related learning
  • Critical and analytical abilities required to undertake a research topic
  • Visual Anthropology
  • Screenwriting
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Opportunity to study abroad.

Year 4

  • Practical project (typically a short film or collaborative roles on a number of short films)
  • Dissertation
  • Professional development skills

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

You’ll be prepared for a position in the highly competitive media and creative industries. Often freelance in nature, the positions you’ll be pursuing could include:

  • screenwriter
  • researcher
  • film or television director or producer
  • production designer
  • cinematographer
  • editor
  • sound designer
  • festival curator

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including English or other literary subject*.  Art recommended.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including English or other literary subject*.  Art recommended

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

CCC including English or other literary subject*.  Art recommended.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System: 

B1, B3, B3, B3 at HL including English or other literary subject*

New Grading System: 

H2, H3, H3, H3 at HL including English or other literary subject*


Pass HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject

BTEC (QCF) Diploma

Minimum grades D*D (Distinction*, Distinction) in a related subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects with grades 6,5,4 including Grade 5 in English or other literary subject*

Minimum year 2


Pass HND in a related subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Literary subjects accepted

*Modern Studies, History, Psychology, Sociology, RMPS, Theology, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Geography, Latin and Classics.

Other entry requirements

As part of the selection process suitably qualified applicants will normally be invited to submit a portfolio/attend an interview. This applies to all years of entry.

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature applicants are welcomed and, where appropriate, the minimum entry requirements can be replaced by the recognition of prior learning and experience, such as knowledge and skills gained outside of formal learning situations.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 6.5 overall and no element below 6.0.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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