BA (Hons) Visual Production

BA (Hons) Visual Production is aimed at those who are studying or have recently studied a related subject such as television, VFX or film at an institution outside the UK.

This one-year course will not only broaden your creative horizons, but allow you to develop on a personal, professional and cultural level.

You will grow your creative skills, immerse yourself within a different culture and gain an understanding of the creative industries sector and how the media operates within the UK.

What’s more, you’ll develop a strong relationship with the teaching team who will support you through your studies.

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2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will study a number of common modules, as well as undertaking optional learning from within a set subject area or areas. Possible areas of specialism include Media Production, VFX, Games, Animation, Visual Journalism or Film by means of a targeted Independent Study to develop a deeper skills base through self-directed learning.

You will build on your previous experience of studying screen media to develop your practical and theoretical skills in your chosen area, learning to understand more about the creative industries, which will strengthen your employability following graduation.

You will learn how the British screen industries work, by visiting production companies, as well as meeting and hearing from the most creative and inspiring producers, designers and creatives in a number of guest lectures.

Students complete their studies by producing a final project, which will be pitched to industry professionals before going forward to production.

The visual production course includes the following modules, taught across two semesters:

  • The UK Media Industry and its Audiences
  • Advanced Skills Development and Application
  • Individual Project – Developing ideas and the Pitch
  • Professional Practice for the 21st Century Graduate
  • Multi-Disciplinary Group Project


The visual production degree is taught through a blend of workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as guest lectures and masterclasses from industry professionals.


You will be assessed through a mixture of practical and written assignments. Your final film will form a large part of your assessment. This is a practical task, with written elements.


Students on the visual production course benefit from industry-standard equipment, software and studio and production facilities. There is an on-site cinema, that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and master classes.

You will study in the heart of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales and home to a thriving film and TV industry, including Bad Wolf Studios and BBC Wales, where shows including Doctor Who and Casualty are filmed.

You'll also benefit from the wealth of creative companies based in Cardiff, by means of set and production office visits, case studies and professional practice.



Paul Mallison, Media Production course leader
Adam Martin, Games Design course leader
Gareth Hutchinson, Computer Animation course leader
Shafeeq Vellani, Film course leader

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

International Entry Requirements

 Successful completion of a HND or equivalent qualification at level 5 i.e. Foundation Degree in a relevant subject


English Language Requirements


Applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English, IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course


August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £900
Apple Mac book or iMac
Field Trips
Potential trip during year 3. Cost is variable and all trips are optional.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £60
WD or equivalent Hard Drive
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £60
Wacom Tablet
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £15
Cost is per month. Adobe Subscriptions

Please apply directly to the University for the visual production course.

Admissions statement


Graduates can expect to graduate with an industry-relevant knowledge and experience to go into a job within the creative industry.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.