Course Summary

This one-year International Foundation Programme (IFP) in Media Production, is a challenging and inspiring programme, designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to develop a portfolio of media related work; and to practically prepare students for the transition into Undergraduate study.

Course Highlights

  • The course is taught in smaller class sizes and specialist seminar groups.

  • The course involves a relatively higher level if practical and professional skills covered on the programme.

  • Students experience working with the support and guidance of experienced producers to help realise their vision.

  • 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.

  • Access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.


Successful completion of the course allows students to progress to CFS undergraduate degree courses in media and film related subjects, or undergraduate degrees in other Universities. 

Course Structure

This programme is one year in duration and takes place over three terms. The programme will have January, as well as October, start dates from 2020. 

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Course Timeline

module 1 - Academic English for Undergraduate Study 

Subject to validation

This unit supports you in developing your English academic writing, research and presentation skills. You will also improve your language proficiency and develop your understanding and practice of CFS and UK academic conventions and standards. You will complete a written assignment at the end of the first two terms and take an English examination at the end of term 3, which will enable you, on successful completion, to progress onto your undergraduate course.

module 2 - Foundation in Film Practice 

In this Unit students will be introduced to the basic practices in film in order to equip you with a basic understanding and awareness of visual media and conveying meaning and emotion through the moving image.

module 3 - foundation in film theory

In this Unit you will explore cinema patterns in their generic, representational and global contexts. As well as looking at British and US cinema, you will also be introduced to other international trends that range from European film and media to Bollywood film traditions and beyond.

Module 4  - Foundation in Screenwriting 

Students will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the anatomy of the script format. Areas of study will include; genre, story and audience; developing a cinematic concept; creating memorable characters; and the fundamentals of dramatic structure and formatting.

Module 5  - Final Major Project

In the final term, you will propose and undertake a personal project agreed by your tutor. You will use all of the learning, skills, and experience that you have acquired during your studies to help you to develop a body of work that demonstrates your readiness to progress to a suitable undergraduate course at Central Film School.

Entry Requirements

  • You will need to have completed 12 years of schooling in your home country. Exact school qualification differs country to country so contact us for more information.

  • IELTS 5.0 overall (no less than 4.5 in any band)

  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview

  • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application. This could include a short film or a show-reel (both a maximum of 10 minutes in length)

  • This programme is subject to validation by the University of Gloucestershire. Therefore some aspects of the programme may change.

Course Fees

Course Fees - £15,950

Duration: 1 year
Start date: Oct 2019 and Jan 2020

You will incur further cost such as a Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.  The School will cover Actors costs, shooting kit and Production costs for module exercises.

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

  • MA Filmmaking

  • MA Sales and Distribution

  • MA VFX

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 £3,000 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.