Film, TV & Media

Industry overview

The UK has created some of the most influential and celebrated cinema, television and video games in the world.

UK filmmakers, animators and TV producers are internationally recognised for their craft, originality and creativity. It's inconceivable that the likes of The Office, Wallace and Gromit, The Thick of It and The Queen could have been made in any other country.

The independent television sector is responsible for some of the most iconic and groundbreaking television formats and original programming seen around the world - from formats such as The X-Factor and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? to globally-lauded TV dramas such as Sherlock and Downton Abbey.

The UK’s visual effects industry often leads the way in innovation – the CGI which wowed audiences in Gravity, The Dark Knight Rises and the Harry Potter series was all created by UK-based VFX (visual effects) houses.

As the birthplace of such iconic titles as Grand Theft Auto and Tomb Raider, the UK is also recognised as a powerhouse in the world of video games.

There were 259,000 estimated jobs in the TV, film, radio and photography sector in 2013. The highest numbers were concentrated in London, the South East, the North West and Scotland. (Source: Creative Industries Economic Estimates, DCMS, January 2014)

78% of people working in the creative media sector are educated to degree level, compared to an average of 32% across the whole UK economy. (Source: Creative Media Workforce Survey 2014)

Graduate employment

UCA graduates have gone on to work on some of the biggest box office movies of recent years - including Gravity, the Harry Potter franchise, The Dark Knight, Mission Impossible, Skyfall, Godzilla, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Rush, Total Recall, Fast & Furious 6 and many more - as well as on major TV programmes and other projects with leading media companies. Some alumni have also started their own companies, with recent successes including Kode Media, Bright Stem and This Place.

Skills and qualities

As well as the skills and knowledge you'll learn on your course, you’ll also develop a wide range of transferrable personal skills and qualities, such as:

  • Teamwork
  • Creative thinking
  • Timing and composition
  • Patience
  • Ability to take direction
  • Ability to work quickly to deadlines, while retaining high standards
  • Interpersonal communication – especially with clients who may interface with junior roles
  • Management – of self, others, work, time and projects.


Industry connections

We have excellent and long established links to the film, media and television industry and students have completed work experience with many leading organisations, including:

  • English National Opera
  • ITV
  • National Theatre
  • Royal Opera House
  • The Theatre Royal Haymarket
  • The BBC
  • BECTU (Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union)
  • NAHEMI (National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image)
  • National Film and Television School
  • Pinewood Studios
  • The BBC
  • The Guild of Television Cameramen
  • The Royal Television Society
  • The School Of Sound
  • Warp Films.


Subject areas at UCA

  • Animation
  • Digital & Media
  • Film & TV
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Performing Arts.