This course has been designed to provide you with a solid foundation in all aspects of contemporary filmmaking and assist you in building a successful career within the industry.  Our entire team consists of industry professionals, who are highly experienced and most importantly of all, passionate about sharing their knowledge with you.  

Throughout your time with us you will not only hear, but experience for yourself, that filmmaking is  a collaborative process and one that requires absolute determination. The programme’s goal is to create an environment in which your creativity is nurtured, your network is expanded and your own passion for filmmaking is ignited.

Course Highlights

  • This course is delivered as an intensive programme over two years.
  • The course involves a high level of practical filmmaking elements, supported by modules on film history, genre and theory.
  • The course involves a higher than normal proportion of scheduled contact hours to reflect the higher level of practical, professional skills taught on the programme.
  • The course is taught in smaller class sizes and specialist seminar groups.
  • Our tutors are industry professionals. This allows students to receive training to industry standard from people who have up-to-date knowledge of their respective field.
  • Students are encouraged to engage with social, cultural and political issues through a unique study of the impact of documentary filmmaking, supported by the Bertha Foundation and DocHouse.
  • Students learn to shoot on the school’s own film equipment and receive further specialist training on Arri 16mm camera from Panavision. It is one of the few undergraduate courses teaching practical use of 16mm.
  • All students learn to approach filmmaking from the perspective of the director, producer and writer, enriching their understanding of the collaborative art of the creative process.
  • Access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.
  • Develop skills to work effectively in key crew roles in all aspects of film production.
  • Be trained in the use of Adobe products such as Adobe Premiere Pro.

The two-year BA

While most UK BA courses last for three years, Central Film School's BA Practical Filmmaking only takes two. This means that the course is highly intensive, requiring full commitment throughout the whole two-year period.


All our BA (Hons) degrees are validated by the University of Gloucestershire.

Date + Fees

Applications are now open for our October 2018 course, which runs for 2 years until October 2020.  The course starts on 1st October 2018.

This course costs £18,500 per year. As a two-year BA (Hons) degree, the total cost of tuition, including all materials and filming budgets, is £37,000.


You can apply for this course through UCAS or directly with us.  Details of our entry requirements are on our applications page, but previous training in film is not required, just dedication and enthusiasm.  All candidates are interviewed before being offered a place, and we encourage applicants to send us a showreel if available. 

Merit Scholarship

Central Film School is pleased to reward academic excellence. We have a number of up to 50% merit scholarships for high-achieving students entering the following courses in 2018:

  • BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking
  • BA(Hons) Screenwriting
  • MA Directing Fiction

No application for scholarship required. Students will be automatically considered for the merit scholarship upon receiving an offer for the above courses and will be notified by the admissions team if successful. Successful students will then have 28 days in order to pay a £3000 advance tuition fee payment to secure the award. Limited availability- Scholarships issued on a first come, first served basis.  It should be noted that this discount applies to new students only and cannot be cumulated with any other the Central Film School scholarship.

Find out more

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"I have had a great experience at Central Film School, making amazing contacts and learning a vast amount from the tutors who are all industry professionals. I am currently working as a gaffer and Steadicam operator on a British comedy feature film, the second feature I have worked on since starting film school - shooting boat chases on the Thames and a fight scene on an aeroplane!" James Westlake, BA Practical Filmmaking

Entry Criteria

Minimum requirement: 

  • 64 UCAS points for October 2018/2019 intake in line with UCAS tariff changes.

If you are an international student and/or in doubt about your qualification, please do get in touch.

International student requiring a visa:

Click here for more information if you are a non EU/EEA student and will require a visa to study in the UK.

Module Guide

Level 4
To complete the programme, students must pass the following modules:
PFR4101 Practical Film Production 1: HD30 CATSTerm 1-2
PFR4102 Screen Studies: Landmarks in Cinema30 CATSTerm 1-2
PFR4103 Visual Storytelling and Screen Grammar30 CATSTerm 1-2
PFR4104 Working with Actors15 CATSTerm 2
SCR4106 Screenwriting: Writing Short Films15 CATSTerm 1
Level 5
To complete the programme, students must pass the following modules:
PFR5101 Practical Film Production 2: S16mm30 CATSTerm 3-4
PFR5102 Writing, Pitching and Developing Short Film30 CATSTerm 3-4
PFR5106 Directing Actors30 CATSTerm 3
PFR5107 Documentary Production15 CATSTerm 4
PFR5108 Contemporary TV Formats30 CATSTerm 3
Level 6
To complete the programme, students must pass the following modules:
PFR6101 Graduation Film Development and Pre-Production30 CATSTerm 5
PFR6102 Film Business, Marketing and Distribution30 CATSTerm 5-6
To complete the programme, students must pass a minimum of
two modules from the following:
PFR6104 Producing30 CATSTerm 6
PFR6105 Directing30 CATSTerm 6
PFR6106 Assistant Direction30 CATSTerm 6
PFR6107 Cinematography30 CATSTerm 6
PFR6108 Editing/Continuity30 CATSTerm 6
PFR6109 Sound Recording/Mixing30 CATSTerm 6

Course Overview

  • Two years
  • Based in London (East London, Brick Lane)
  • Smaller groups
  • Number of teaching days: 4-5 per week
  • Number of teaching hours per day: 6 hours
  • Number of assessments per module: 2
  • Assessment types: Practical and/or Essay

During production, students are expected to work long hours and might be expected to shoot during evenings and/or weekends.  The number of teaching days does not include independent study.