Cameraman filming in Birmingham

We’ve put together a list of film and production related training courses and qualifications available at universities and colleges in Birmingham. It’s by no means an exhaustive directory, so please contact the providers for details of other courses that may be available.

Although we have made every effort to include the most up to date information, we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Please contact the respective university or college for further information about each course.

Independent Cinema Office

The national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition in the UK. Since 2003 we have booked 26,000 films, trained over 1000 professionals from 635 organisations, distributed 235 films and achieved audience figures of over 6 million.

ICO training courses offer staff of independent cinemas, film festivals and film societies the opportunity to update their knowledge, learn new skills, meet colleagues from around the UK, share best practice, and gain inspiration. Take a day out of your busy working schedule to assess what you’re doing right and what you could do better, and return to work with new skills, fresh ideas and renewed confidence. We run courses around the UK and, wherever possible, secure funding to keep the course fees low and to offer travel and accommodation bursaries

Telephone: 020 7636 7120
Website: www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

Birmingham City University

Full Time

BA (Hons) Acting

This is a three-year degree course designed for students who wish to pursue a career as professional actors. Throughout the course the balance of teaching progresses from an emphasis on the technical skills that develop performance skills in the first year to an emphasis to total performance in the third year with performances in the mediums of theatre, radio and screen. Career management skills are also covered in the final year.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

BA (Hons) Stage Management

This course is aimed at those who wish to work within company, production and stage management and will offer a thorough vocational training in aspects of technical theatre. The course material explores stage, lighting and sound principles for performance spaces varying from small scale theatres to venues and large multi-media events. Over the three years students acquire direct hands on experience working on a minimum of eight BSA shows which take place in a variety of professional venues across Birmingham. They will also take part in group lectures, workshops and masterclasses led by industry professionals. In their final year they have the opportunity to focus their interests in a work placement within a chosen field.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Broadcast Journalism PgCert/PgDip/MA

This course is the only one of its kind in the Midlands region. It has very strong links with media employers and offers bursaries from the BBC, Independent Radio and Independent Television. This is an intensive, practical course designed to equip suitably qualified students for careers in broadcast journalism in the UK’s media – primarily within radio or television. The course is recognised by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, which is the industry training body.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

English and Media – BA (Hons)

The BA English and Media programme examines the central role of communication, cultural context and creative practice across a range of literary, linguistic and media texts. The programme covers areas that combine English and Media studies including film studies, popular culture, narrative analysis and genre analysis, which you can combine with specialist options from either English or Media. The course exploits the innovative possibilities of online communication, both in the classroom and beyond. Throughout your studies, you will be able to develop your own creative writing and put your skills to work through professional practice in a programme of placements

Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Film Technology and Production BSc (Hons)

The course combines a study of the enabling technologies of audio-visual and communications with their creative applications relating to the production of digital films and a study of production management relevant to the film industry. Graduates will be versatile, adaptable, technically literate, creative and business-like and well equipped to perform a variety of roles within firms, bridging the gap between technical specialists and creative professionals.
The BSc (Hons) Film Production and Technology course is accredited by the Institution of Incorporated Engineers as satisfying academic requirements for IEng.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Film Technology and Special Effects – BSc (Hons)

This course is ideally suited to those with an interest in computer graphics and who are keen to pursue an exciting and creative career in CGI special effects, film and television production and post-production computer animation and 3D modelling.
With a focus on hands-on practical skills, this course will provide a challenging and fulfilling film production experience, using CGI special effects and animation. The course builds on existing programmes in Film Production and Multimedia Technology.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Media and Creative Enterprise – MA

This programme focuses on developing your skills and confidence for professional development in the creative and media industries.
The course is designed to develop entrepreneurial skills for those planning to set up a creative business, go freelance or who want to be more entrepreneurial within their existing venture.
It is specifically aimed at those working in the creative sector, such as design, media, crafts, music industry, publishing, graphic design, film and animation, as practitioners, managers or consultants.
This course is appropriate for any stage of an individual’s career. It can act as an aid to launching a business, help those moving between careers or enrich an existing role in business.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Media and Communication (Journalism) Cert HE / Dip HE / BA (Hons)

This three-year course is designed for students who want to develop a career in the news media, whether magazines and newspapers, or television, online, and radio news operations.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Media and Communication Cert HE / Dip HE / BA (Hons)

This three-year course is designed for students who want to develop a career in the media based on a broad range of skills across more than one production area, or who wish to explore different areas of the media before specialising.
You will begin by choosing four areas of production to explore from television, radio, journalism, public relations, music industries, media photography, and web and new media. As you progress through the course, you will focus further, studying up to four disciplines in Year 2, and two in Year 3. The mix of skills that you have developed through the course will be showcased in a final year project that combines and builds on the experience developed previously.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Media & Communication BTEC HND

This course consists of five modules and is intended to establish skills and knowledge in a range of media as a basis for further study or employment in some aspect of the media and communication industries. The course covers production, theoretical and professional aspects of media study.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Multimedia Technology – BSc (Hons)

The course is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career as media technologists in the growing interactive media industry sector.
The course develops broad cross-disciplinary skills and awareness. In particular, it offers an excellent combination of creative and technical thinking. Students will gain knowledge and skills in web and rich internet application development, animation, 3D-modelling and video production.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Sound Engineering and Production – BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production has been designed to meet the exacting requirements found within the audio industry. There are five key themes running through the programme: industry and visual media, production and synthesis, digital audio and project, acoustics and audio electronics and live and recorded sound. This unique combination of subjects supports entrance into a range of career paths and further study opportunities.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

Television Production – PgCert / PgDip / MA

The course contains five main modules: two television modules unique to this award, two professional development modules shared with other courses in the School’s respected MA suite and an MA by Practice Project. There are no exams or substantial pieces of written work; the course is practical and aims to equip you with the knowledge and tools to enter the television industry immediately after graduation.
Telephone: 0845 202 1383
Website: www.bcu.ac.uk

University of Birmingham

Full Time

BA American & Canadian Studies and Film Studies – Joint Honours

This exciting new undergraduate programme allows students to gain broad knowledge both of cinema’s social, national and historical frameworks and of North American history, culture, and politics within a multidisciplinary context. It draws upon a wealth of research and teaching expertise in American and Canadian Studies, and in the study of film culture within but also beyond North America.
Telephone: 0121 414 3344
Website: www.bham.ac.uk

Literature and Film MA

This new interdisciplinary programme explores key approaches to film and contemporary literature, from the late nineteenth century to the present day, with an emphasis on their critical, ideological and aesthetic practices. Our academic staff’s research specialisms bring a broad range of aesthetic, theoretical and historical approaches to the study of film, literature, spectatorship and reading, so you’ll benefit from their expertise. You will develop a critical understanding of film and literature and the optional modules allow you the flexibility to choose areas that interest you the most, so you have to freedom to work on literature or film or work equally on both.
Telephone: 0121 414 3344
Website: www.bham.ac.uk

BA Modern Languages and Film Studies

The BA Modern Languages & Film Studies pathways allow you to study one or two modern languages along with film. The languages available are French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Please note that it is not possible to combine Spanish with Russian or Italian with Portuguese. If you are studying two languages, you need an A-level in one of the languages you wish to study. If you are only studying one language, you will normally need at least a GCSE in a language.
Telephone: 0121 414 3344
Website: www.bham.ac.uk

Film Studies MRes

Giving you a critical and evaluative understanding of film within an interdisciplinary context, this programme encourages you to understand the role of film and cinema within a range of socio-cultural arenas. Forging the links between film theory and film practices, cultural politics and state or foreign policy, it will also allow you to assess the notion of film as a social process engaging with issues of representation, production and consumption.
Telephone: 0121 414 5740
Website: www.bham.co.uk

Film and Television: Research and Production MA

Film and Television: Research and Production is the new title for the long established and very popular MA in History, Film and Television. Although history is still very much an element of teaching and research on the course, this new name better reflects the opportunities available on the MA to study and work within the film and television industries.
It prepares you for a career in the media and combines rigorous academic training in research skills and methodology with technical and vocational training in designing, researching and editing programmes, and in the process by which programmes are commissioned and sold. The programme includes a unique 12-week work placement in the media industry at a partner company such as the BBC or Maverick Television.
Telephone: 0121 414 3344
Website: www.bham.ac.uk

MA – TransAtlantic Studies

This postgraduate programme brings together scholars and students in the disciplines of history, literature, politics, and film studies. There are specific pathways of study in the MA: Foreign Policy, Postnational Studies, and Film Studies. The MA is available as both a full-time (12 months) and a part-time (24 months) programme. It consists of six module courses and a 12,000 word dissertation. The pathway in Film Studies allows students the flexibility to choose from all the options available in Film/TV, alongside the compulsory Research Skills module and shorter dissertation.
Telephone: 0121 414 5740
Website: www.bham.ac.uk

City College Birmingham

Part Time

Media Level 2 GCSE

This is a 1 year course, 3 hours per week (daytime) – located at St Georges Sixth Form Centre, Newtown, Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 204 0000
Website: www.citycol.ac.uk

Media Level 2 GCSE

This is a 1 year course, 3 hours per week (daytime) – located at Bordesley Centre of FE and HE, Camp Hill, Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 204 0000
Website: www.citycol.ac.uk

Media Studies Level 1 Pre GCSE

This is a 1 year course – located at City Academy Saltley, Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 204 0000
Website: www.citycol.ac.uk

Media Studies Level 1 Pre GCSE

This is a 1 year course, 3 hours per week (daytime) – located at Bordesley Centre of FE and HE, Camp Hill, Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 204 0000
Website: www.citycol.ac.uk

Media courses at Birmingham Adult Education Service, Birmingham Art Using Digital Media for Beginners

This is a 10 week course – located at Stone Hall Centre, Acocks Green, Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 303 4318
Website: www.citycol.ac.uk

University College Birmingham

Full Time

Food, Media and Communications Management BA (Hons)

This is a 3 year course.
Telephone: 0121 604 1040
Website: www.ucb.ac.uk

Food, Media and Communications Management FdA

This is a 2 year course.
Telephone: 0121 604 1040
website: www.ucb.ac.uk

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Full Time

BTEC Higher National Diploma in Media & Communication – Level 4

The Higher National Diploma in Media & Communication programme aims to develop students’ skills in media vocational areas and to develop understanding of issues central to the media industries, their products and their audiences.
Telephone: 08452023836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

HND Media and Communication – Level 4 and 5

The Higher National Diploma in Media & Communication programme aims to develop students’ skills in media vocational areas and to develop understanding of issues central to the media industries, their products and their audiences.
Telephone: 08452023836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

Media Production BTEC First Diploma – Level 3

This course acts as an introduction to the media industry and is a broad vocational programme of study. It includes the following modules: understanding the media, media skills development, research for media production, video production, audio production, advertising production.
Telephone: 08452023836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

Film Studies Level 3 GCE A2 Level

This one year course, seeks to encourage an enjoyment and understanding of a wide range of films and to develop knowledge of the nature of cinema as a medium, an art form and an institution. Participants will explore such issues as film conventions, audience, genre, stardom and authorship in Hollywood. They will also be made aware of forms of World Cinema such as: French, New Wave, Surrealism and German Expressions.
Telephone: 08452023836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

Media – Games Development BTEC National Diploma

This two year course based at the Josiah Mason Campus, Sutton Coldfield College, offers participants a chance to develop skills and techniques used in the rapidly growing world of computer and video games. Participants will use industry-standard software packages and develop their talents to meet the needs of a range of industry sectors. It covers contents such as: drawing concept art for computer games, digital graphics for interactive media, 3D modelling and animation, computer game design¸ critical approaches to media products, computer game platforms and technologies and computer game story development. On completion they can progress on to Higher Education or employment in the media industry. On completion they can progress on to Higher Education or employment in the media or video games industry.
Telephone: 0845 202 3836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

Media – Games and Digital Production BTEC First Diploma

In this one year course based at the Josiah Mason Campus, Sutton Coldfield College, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the basic tools of digital graphics software, analyse and compare computer or video games and understand digital video editing and website design. It covers contents such as: introduction to media industries, research for media production, introduction to media audiences and products, video production, audio production, print production, 2D computer games or digital graphics animation techniques. On completion they can progress on to BTEC National Diploma in Media, Graphic Design, Art or Games Development.
Telephone: 0845 202 3836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

Media – Moving Image Level 2 BTEC First Diploma

In this one year course based at the Josiah Mason Campus, Sutton Coldfield College, covers core units such as: research for media production, introduction for media industries, introduction to media audiences and products and specialist units such as: video production, audio production, advertising production, interactive media production, animation techniques, writing for the media, factual production for the media and media production project.
Telephone: 0845 202 3836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

Media – Moving Image Level 3 BTEC National Diploma

In this two year course based at the Josiah Mason Campus, Sutton Coldfield College this course, participants will learn to make a range of media products, including television dramas, audio and video documentaries and news programming. All of this is underpinned by the theoretical units, where they will learn about how advertising, journalism, television, radio and the film industry work. It covers units such as: Video production, Audio production, Media theory – incorporating advertising.
Telephone: 0845 202 3836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

Media BTEC National Diploma

This two year course based at Sutton Coldfield College course covers contents such as: music video and factual programme production, single camera drama techniques video editing, understanding television and film industries, photographic techniques, film studies, radio drama and DVD authoring.
Telephone: 0845 202 3836
Website: www.bmetc.ac.uk

South Birmingham College

Full Time

Media Production Level 3 BTEC National Diploma

This course is designed to give students experience in all areas of media production. They will study a number of units including video production; video editing; interview and presentation techniques; Writing for television and radio and production management. Students must have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, a BTEC First Diploma in Media (Merit grade) or an equivalent qualification, and relevant experience.
Telephone: 0121 694 5000
Email: admissions@sbc.ac.uk
Website: www.sbc.ac.uk

EDEXCEL BTEC Diploma: Creative Media Production – Level: 2

This one year course at the Digbeth Campus, is designed to give you experience in media focusing on audio and video production. This course is ideal if you currently work or would like to prepare for employment in a range of Media roles. To enrol on this course you will need to have 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, a Level 1 Diploma Creative & Media or an equivalent Level 1 qualification. The course links into the National Occupational Standards for the sector (where appropriate) and is supported by the relevant National Training Organisations (NTOs) or Sector Skills Council (SSC).
Telephone: 0121 694 5000
Email: admissions@sbc.ac.uk
Website: www.sbc.ac.uk

EDEXCEL BTEC Extended Diploma: Creative Media Production

This two year course at the Digbeth Campus, is a designed to give you experience in all areas of media production. Each production assignment has a built in written component such as an evaluation; this is supported by theory based sessions which underpin individual learning. To enrol on this course you will need to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English, a BTEC First Diploma in Media (Merit grade) or an equivalent qualification, and relevant experience.
Telephone: 0121 694 5000
Email: admissions@sbc.ac.uk
Website: www.sbc.ac.uk

The New Technology Institute

NTI Birmingham offers a full range of professional accredited courses helping you get the most out of the latest technologies. NTI offers a range of Adobe, Apple, and Avid Accredited training courses.
Website: ntibirmingham.co.uk

Open Colleges Career Guides

Open Colleges has been delivering quality education for over 100 years. We’ve achieved this by continuously evolving our approach to meet the needs of our learners by offering flexible, accessible, affordable and supportive courses.
Website: www.opencolleges.edu.au/careers