BA (Hons) Film and Screen Business

Course Overview

This course challenges you to develop your business skills, and knowledge across a range of areas within the screen and film industries and build their entrepreneurial mission to launch successful careers.

You’ll learn to navigate the modern media environment; film and media content production and delivery; financing and funding; data and analytics; legal and accounting principles; marketing strategy, exploitation, and distribution.

You will also hone skills to help progress in your own business career – presentation, networking, pitching and creative entrepreneurship.

The BA (Hons) Film & Screen Business programme is made up of Level 4, 5 and 6 modules delivered over six consecutive semesters, each focusing on a key area of business within the screen industries. In each semester you will study three modules: Screen Industry, Business Skills and Entrepreneur. By meeting the learning outcomes, students develop knowledge and understanding, critical analysis and practical skills to help you to become a great business practitioner within the creative industry.

Screen Industry covers the knowledge and understanding of the different business models in the environments you are going to work within. You will then be assessed on your core competencies in these modules.

Business Skills are the core technical skills you need to successfully run a business and become part of the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneur is a combination of the skills learned in the Business Skills and Screen Industry modules which are then applied to a practical brief as part of your key project. This could be setting out a business plan, running a marketing campaign, financing, and helping produce a short film or project managing a film festival.

You will graduate with a degree, a portfolio of professional content, and a business plan to help you navigate the complex media and creative industries job market.

Awarding Body: University of West London
Award on Completion: BA (Hons) Film and Screen Business

Semester 1: Tell a Story

  • Introduction to storytelling for all screen types.
  • Learn the basics of production, producing a short film to gain insight into the creative process

Semester 2: Change Hearts

  • Learn about business functions, audience and market research and financial planning in relation to social impact filmmaking
  • Gain knowledge about, budgeting, scheduling and how these apply to production management.

Semester 3: Change Minds

  • Deploy project management, financial, marketing, and technical skills by creating a business plan or producing a piece of advertising or branded content.
  • Learn about money, legal and marketing practices to enable you to support productions and understand commercial ideas.

Semester 4: Entertain Me

  • Learn business, project, and people management skills and as they apply to film and TV series.
  • Understand the market dynamics of working in fiction and the importance of effective budgeting, planning, and scheduling then commissioning creative projects.

Semester 5: Become Influential

  • Use strategic management principles, business techniques, entrepreneurial skills, and organisational and management skills in relation to the production of and/or planning and distribution of a new or innovative digital project.
  • Adopt key strategies and learn to use relevant tools which will help in the field of project management.

Semester 6: Be an Entrepreneur: Graduate vision and business plan

  • Learn different approaches to leadership and management and how these aid a successful creative entrepreneur.
  • Integrate a wide range of key business, strategic management, communication, leadership, teamwork and production skills to plan/schedule, finance, produce and/or distribute a self-defined graduation project.
  • Research and discover new techniques or technological methods to support film or content.

  • UCAS Tariff: 96 points
  • A-Level: CCC
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: MMM
  • GCSE Match & English: A, B, C

UK applicants need to apply through UCAS using codes:

  • Course code: W3N2
  • Institution code: W05
  • Campus name: University of West London

A UCAS application requires applicants to complete a simple online form where they will have to supply the following information:

  • Personal details
  • Details of the ScreenSpace degree programme applied for
  • Education and employment history
  • A personal statement
  • A reference, and contact details for your reference

Once you submit your application, a member of the Admissions team will be in touch to arrange a brief interview. This can be done in person at Ealing Film Studios, where we are based, or over the phone. Applicants will be assessed on their background, creative experience and passion for studying at ScreenSpace. Applicants are encouraged to research ScreenSpace and MetFilm School prior to applying. If you are accepted at ScreenSpace, you will be given an offer via UCAS. It is then your responsibility to accept this offer at your preferred institution.

International Students

International students who require a VISA to study in the UK are unfortunately not eligible to apply for ScreenSpace courses.

However, MetFilm School courses are open to all students who meet the relevant language and admissions requirements; please do get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you on your application.

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, or if your previous education was not conducted fully in English, you will need to provide documented evidence of your English language competence to study a course with us.

ScreenSpace accepts the qualifications listed below as evidence of English language ability from students from the European Union. However, we request that students submit an IELTS score of 5.5 overall as preference. In addition, we will take into account studies previously undertaken in English, for example at IB, Foundation or undergraduate level. Please contact info@screenspace.co.uk if in doubt.

The qualifications listed here are all considered, as well as each application on its own merit.

  • Cambridge PET
  • Cambridge FCE
  • Cambridge Advanced / Proficiency / Business Higher / Legal / Financial
  • ESOL Skills for Life Levels 1 & 2
  • BULATS Online (certificated version)
  • TOEFL IBT Test
  • PTE Academic
  • Trinity Level 1
  • Integrated Skills in English
  • French Baccalaureate
  • German Abitur
  • Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas
  • Norwegian Vitnemal
  • Polish Extended Matura

21 May 2020

UCAS Undergraduate Apply opens for 2021 entry.

4 September 2020

Applicants can pay and send their applications to UCAS, and unis and colleges can start making decisions on applications.

15 January 2021. Please note: this deadline has been extended to 29th January 2021.

Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on this day (check course details in our search tool for the correct deadline). The reference needs to be completed before the application can be sent to us.

25 February 2021

Extra for eligible applicants.

30 June 2021

If an application is sent to us by 18:00 (UK time) on this day, we’ll send it to the chosen universities or colleges. Applications received after this date will automatically be entered into Clearing.

5 July 2021

Last date for applicants to add an Extra choice.

31 August 2021

The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept the applicant. Adjustment ends on this date.

21 September 2021

The final deadline for applications to 2021 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time).

20 October 2021

The deadline for adding Clearing choices, and for universities or colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.

Full-time undergraduate Home and EU students

UK and EU students For UK and EU students, the total course fee is £27,750, which is £9,250 per year. Students who will be starting a course at ScreenSpace are able to apply for a full student loan to cover this cost of their fees. 

UK students may also be eligible for a Maintenance Loan to cover the costs of study. For more information about student finance, read the Student Finance guide and the guide to how and when to apply. 

For more information about student finance, visit Student Finance.  

To apply online for student finance, visit the Direct.gov student finance website. 

EU students following the referendum

Following the EU Referendum, the current advice from The Student Loans Company (SLC) in England in relation to EU student funding is as follows: 

EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those residents in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those residents in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances. 

The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at the university from this August to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged.  

The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.            

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2020/21 academic year will be eligible for the same funding and support as those in 2019/20. 

It has also been confirmed that students’ eligibility will continue throughout their course. For further information, please refer to the UK Government’s EU funding support page. 

International student funding and support

Unfortunately, no funding, bursaries or scholarships are available for international students.

Students must provide:

  • A camera or smartphone capable of recording 1080p at 25fps
  • A laptop computer (PC or Mac) to a minimum spec to allow Adobe Creative Suite to run optimally
  • An Adobe Creative Suite license

 We estimate the total cost of this equipment to be less than £750, though some students may choose to spend more. The Adobe license will cost around £200 per year.

 For a full list of kit requirements and spec, click here.

Foundation Degree

If you don’t have enough UCAS points to join directly into the first year, UWL runs a foundation year which you can join before starting the first year of your degree (Credit Level 4).

Whatever your starting point, the Foundation Year offers a firm grounding in the underpinning skills and knowledge that you will need to survive at University.  We will work on written skills, and spend a lot of time making sure that your maths skills are strong enough to see you through your degree, so that by the time you get to Credit Level 4 you will be in a really strong position to get the most from your studies.

Apply for the 2021/22 BA (Hons) Film and Screen Business with Foundation.

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