BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking




BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking


Course Summary

The BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking (BAPF) is designed to teach aspiring filmmakers the essential skills, across a range of disciplines, to prepare them for a career in the screen industries. Experienced filmmakers and educators have developed the curriculum to foster student talent, embed the discipline required and provide the knowledge necessary to be a successful, modern, industry professional. We focus on technical training for the pre-production, production and post production of a graduate film, and the theory and practice that underpins the skill sets of professional filmmakers.

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 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.

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Student Films


Depending on the specialisations followed during their studies, students may progress as Directors, Producers, Cinematographers, Editors, and Sound Designers. Students may also choose to study at postgraduate level in a specialised subject, such as VFX or Film Sales & Distribution. Many graduates work as freelancers on independent productions whilst building their experience, before establishing themselves in specialised technical or production roles. Our graduates regularly demonstrate the dedication, skill and tenacity required to establish themselves in this extremely competitive industry.

Course Structure

The programme is delivered over two years and is split into Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6. This specialist 2 year degree structure includes additional terms during the summer period and ensures that students are able to enter the professional world as soon as possible.

Course Timeline

level 4 - term 1 & 2

At Level 4, Visual Storytelling teaches the language of film and the importance of mise-en-scene, and students visit the National Gallery and make a short film based on a painting. Practical Film Production 1 focuses on 9 key on-set roles, and provides students with the technical skills they need to crew a short film. Screen Studies looks at the theories that underpin the history of cinema. The modules at Level 4 give students a solid platform on which to build their knowledge and understanding of the filmmaking process, from pre to post-production.

level 5 - term 3 & 4

At Level 5, students gain experience in areas of film production that require a different set of disciplines. In Practical Film Production 2: 16mm, working with film stock means detailed shot planning and on-set preparation are critical, and the workflow is entirely different to filming with digital cameras. In Documentary Production, students are challenged to research a topic and portray it on film in a way their audience can connect with. Students also start drafting the scripts for their graduation projects, focusing on narrative and character development.

level 6 - term 5 & 6

This is the final stage of the course, and by this point most students have a good idea which crew roles their skills are best applied to. At Level 6, we focus on the pre-production development of graduation films, the allocation of the crew roles, and learning about Film Business, before students form their film crews and begin the production process. After this point we provide tutorial support throughout the process, but students are expected to work collaboratively to ensure the success of their graduation films.

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS points for October 2020 intake in line with UCAS tariff changes or equivalent

  • If you are an international student and unsure of your eligibility please contact us on

  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent

  • 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)

Course Fees

Course Fee:
£500 Registration Fee + £16,500 per year (UK/EU)
£500 Registration Fee + £20,250 per year (International)

Duration: 2 years
Start date: October 2020

You will also need Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.  The School will cover Actors costs, shooting kit, Production costs for module exercises and Graduation film.

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 Visual Effects

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.



Graduation Film Success

Holmgång (2017, dir. Tariq Keblaoui)
Best Student Film, London Independent Film Awards 2017
Best Cinematography (Jenna Wörlin), Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017
Best Cinematographer and Best Student Director, TMC London Film Festival 2017


Graduation Film Success

Holmgång (2017, dir. Tariq Keblaoui)
Best Student Film, London Independent Film Awards 2017
Best Cinematography (Jenna Wörlin), Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017
Best Cinematographer and Best Student Director, TMC London Film Festival 2017