BA Film and Television
Do you want to make film and television? At Minghella Studios, you’ll develop the skills required for creative screen production and explore an amazing variety of films, programmes and ideas to inspire and enrich your own practice.
Develop your creative confidence and ‘voice’ through experimentation and exploration in our purpose-built, industry-standard Minghella Studios, a dynamic collaborative environment in which film, theatre and television makers work alongside each other. You'll have access to three flexible theatre spaces, a multi-camera film and TV studio (featuring Arri Alexa film cameras), a digital cinema, and a dedicated recording studio and mixing suite with state-of-the-art equipment.
The Reading area has the UK's fastest-developing film economy, with the construction of a major film studio just a few miles from our campus on the University’s Thames Valley Science Park. Staff in our department collaborate closely with the management of Shinfield Studios to develop opportunities for University of Reading students. In 2023, this partnership, together with local provider Resource Productions, has been awarded major funding from the British Film Institute to create one of the UK's seven centres of screen-skills training.
In the National Student Survey 2023, 90% of our students said that teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (89.92% of respondents studying in the School of Arts and Communication Design).
Our Department proudly subscribes to the industry-leading BAFTA Albert scheme, which supports film-and-television makers in their efforts to work sustainably and limit their environmental impact. By studying with us you'll join one of the UK’s leading Universities in Environment and Sustainability’ Ranked 1st in the world in the People and Planet University Awards 2023/24.
The first year of our BA Film and Television course will offer you an equal balance of foundational knowledge and supported practice, delivered by the lecturers, researchers and technicians who lead our core modules.
You'll develop this understanding further in your second year of study, exploring work within and beyond familiar film and television traditions and contexts. Optional modules will allow you to expand your interests and investigate a variety of areas in detail, such as authorship and genre, industry practices and cultural debates. Throughout the year, you’ll engage in increased, group-based practical work in either film or television, enhancing key skills and developing more specialist technical and production proficiency.
In your final year, you’ll enrich your expertise as a skilful and knowledgeable creator and critical thinker, culminating in a collaborative film or TV production, a written dissertation, or an individual creative research project. The course will give you the tools and independence to select your path with confidence by the third year of your degree.
Optional, research, and practical-based modules, built around our academics’ current world-leading research and practice, will deepen your knowledge of film and TV, and there will be opportunities to engage with communities and clients as part of your practice.