3 Year Part-Time Film-Making Course

Please note - our 3 Year Course is not yet running whilst we search for a new venue. You can however register your interest by contacting us.
The use of 16mm film enables editing of image and sound at modest cost. The 2-year course fees are inclusive of costs of basic stock, processing and use of equipment. The course uses, as tutors, film-making professionals, with a lifetime in the industry, and after completing the course many students have gone on to work in the film and television industry, and to make independent films and programmes.
The course is largely pratical, and only theory essential for practice is included. All students are expected to learn all aspects, and not to specialise. Specialisation, if desired, can take place in year 3, after the formal part of the course is completed. The bias of the course is that of traditional narrative, and despite limitations of scale, students are enabled to realise personal, artistic, social and cultural experience in this medium. Following a series of group exercises, each student will make one wholly individual film in both the first and second years. The course is demanding, for the time allocated, and only those who are determined and prepared to sustain their effort throughout the two years should apply. As part of this, intending students should realise that, since film-making is largely collaborative, regular attendance and group co-operation are primary requirements, without which we cannot operate.
The main activity is a 2-year part-time course, roughly divided into Beginners and Intermediate stages. Students must properly complete the first part before continuing on to the second. Successive courses overlap, and may start up to three times a year; September, January or April, but this varies. Enquire about starting times. In the third year semi-independent productions can be made by those who have successfully completed the main course.
Attendance is formally two half days or evenings, six hours in all per week, for six twelve week terms. Times are 2 - 5 and 6.30 - 9.30 (evenings are more usual). However, much activity, including most scripting, production, shooting and editing takes place outside formal course hours.
This is through application form and then interview, if invited. No places are given without interview. Evidence of interest and serious commitment are the main considerations. Generally speaking, those who have 'got their hands dirty', in some way, are likely to be viewed favourably.
The trust has no financial support or subsidy other than occasional private donations, although it has some help in kind from the film industry, and is wholly dependent on student fees for revenue. Therefore no concessions are available, although students can seek bursaries from other sources, the Course providing bona fides to support this. Career Development Loans are obtainable for this course. Fees, which include stock, processing and use of equipment, are set as low as is commensurate with survival and are subject to increase where it is unavoidable.
Proposed fees per term have yet to be set - please contact us for updates.
Liability is for the whole course, but fees are payable termly in advance for convenience.
Students can obtain a diploma on completion of the whole course, that is when all projects are fully completed, although we should stress that we regard the quality of the work produced by the student as the only satisfactory evidence of achievement.