This production-based course gives you the practical and intellectual skills you need for a successful career in today’s creative industries.

Why study filmmaking?

Our everyday lives are filled with moving images through social media, TV streaming, broadcast TV and cinema to mention just a few.

Traditional cinema is still a huge and vibrant industry, and the surge in streaming services has created more opportunities for filmmakers to reach their audiences and produce truly cinematic storytelling.

We’re also seeing the expansion of virtual and augmented reality and starting to discover how filmmakers will use this technology in the future.

The industry needs creative new filmmakers to produce adverts, music videos, social media campaigns, political films, documentaries big and small, TV series, independent titles and big summer blockbusters.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Filmmaking is based at Bower Ashton Studios, part of the City Campus. Exceptional facilities and resources include digital media studios and production and fabrication workshops offering traditional tools and the latest technology.

This is a production-based degree – you’ll learn by making. Our teaching team works at the cutting edge of contemporary media practice, with high levels of practical experience and expertise.

Attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed. Develop drama and documentary storytelling skills by developing advanced craft techniques used in the professional media. Gain an in-depth understanding of culture and context.

The course pushes boundaries, intellectually and imaginatively. Explore filmmaking for the 21st century through development of eclectic short form projects that span the vast opportunities for audience and presentation in the modern industry. Build the knowledge to navigate the industry as it changes over the next 10 to 20 years by applying cutting-edge techniques.

Our City Campus is a creative powerhouse. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

In 2017, Bristol was named UNESCO City of Film because of the strength of the city’s moving image culture and industry. The city boasts a strong, skilled-pool of locally-based crew and facilities companies, which includes award-winning freelancers, production and post-production companies.

Be a part of Bristol’s vibrant arts and cultural scene, where students and workers in the creative industries often collaborate.

Our strong industry contacts include the BBC, ITV, Aardman, Films@59, Bottle Yard Film Studios and E3 Media. They provide ongoing professional input and work experience opportunities.

Attend talks from broadcast commissioners, cinematographers, directors, composers and coders/designers who will share their influences and techniques. Recent guest speakers include director Ben Wheatley (High Rise), writer and director Gurindha Chandha (Bend It Like Beckham). We have also held masterclasses with editor St John O’Rorke (The White Princess) and art director Sarah Hauldron (Gosford Park).

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.


Accreditations and partnerships:

The UK Socrates-Erasmus Council




Bristol City of Film