Central Film School

Introduction

Central Film School was established in 2008 to offer highly personal and practical teaching by working professionals.

Central Film School delivers relevant, practical training in a supportive, collaborative and creative environment. Small and friendly, the school provides continuous access to tutors and has one of the highest student-equipment ratios of any school in the UK.

The school is a partner of the Bertha Foundation, a charitable organisation which champions forms of activism that bring about change. In line with the foundation's goals, Central Film School aims to nurture talent and support content creation that can change things in our world, which is why we've introduced new MA courses in social impact documentary and directing fiction.

All of our tutors are working film industry professionals and include those at the forefront of new and emerging technologies.

One of the key teachings at the film school is that while technical proficiency in filmmaking is necessary, this cannot engage and entertain an audience without a genuine focus on story.

We want to develop students with a thorough and robust appreciation of original, visual storytelling - studying an 'idea generation' process to provoke fresh and innovative approaches to narrative.

The school admits a maximum of one hundred students across all programmes each year in order to keep class sizes intimate and friendly, to ensure maximum interaction with tutors, and to give great access to all our equipment and facilities.

Central Film School has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at: www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/provider?UKPRN=10024024.

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that Central Film School is making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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BA Practical Filmmaking (Hons)

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

This BA Honours degree course has been designed to respond to the demand for BA programmes that prepare graduates for employment by providing you with the skill sets required by employers in the screen industries. Our primary focus is on professional practice and preparation for employment. [+]

This BA Honours degree course has been designed to respond to the demand for BA programmes that prepare graduates for employment by providing you with the skill sets required by employers in the screen industries. Our primary focus is on professional practice and preparation for employment. The course offers a far higher amount of practical teaching than standard degree courses in filmmaking. Students learn to work collaboratively towards professional standards through the course model that sees lecture, seminar and workshop training followed by the practical application of learning on set. In the final phase of the course students demonstrate the culmination of their learning through major graduation film projects that then receive a Gala Screening in Central London at the Curzon, Soho. Full-time degree course 2 years Currently taking applications for February 2016 Limited places available Accredited by the University of Gloucestershire BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking This course focuses on professional practice and training for career within the film and television industry. With a highly practical approach to filmmaking, film business and production management, students are provided with a solid skill base from which to build their individual career. 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 yourselves, that filmmaking is essentially a collaborative process and one that requires absolute determination. It’s true and therefore 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 - 40% - 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 special training days from Panavision and ARRI. 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. Free 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. Develop a professional approach to film budgeting and scheduling using industry standard software such as Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling. The two-year BA It is important to be aware that whilst most UK BA courses last for three years, we compress the course into two in order to keep tuition fees to a minimum. This means that the course is highly intensive and requires full commitment throughout the whole two-year period. Our students are always busy with assignments and graduation films and the course runs from early September until September the year after next, unlike most academic programmes where students sit their final exams in the Spring. [-]

BA Screenwriting (Hons)

Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

Screenwriting BA Honours degree is a unique fast track writing programme that provides the opportunity to learn the art and craft of screenwriting at an accelerated pace. [+]

Screenwriting BA Honours degree is a unique fast track writing programme that provides the opportunity to learn the art and craft of screenwriting at an accelerated pace. During this two-year degree students receive expert teaching from working industry screenwriters and also see work they have written being rehearsed and shot. After developing your screenwriting skills by working on exercises, scenes and short films, students then go on to focus on writing feature films for which they receive professional script development support before pitching at exclusive meetings with UK literary agents. Full-time degree course 2 years Currently taking applications for February 2016 Accredited by the University of Gloucestershire BA(Hons) Screenwriting The primary focus is on storytelling and professional practice. However, students are also provided with a thorough insight into the business and economics of feature film production, distribution and the international world of film festivals. Our approach is to provide an holistic insight into the world of telling stories for the big screen. We believe this is the best way to prepare our students for future employment. The BA (Hons) Screenwriting course is centred around the art and craft of storytelling. It has been designed to prepare graduates for employment by providing them with the skills demanded by employers not only in the film and television industries but also, increasingly, in the world of video games. The course embraces the truth of the adage that “writers write” and therefore, with the help of our outstanding roster of industry professionals as tutors, students are required to apply their learning to screenplays throughout their time on the course. Course Highlights The BA Screenwriting course is delivered as an intensive fast-track programme over two years. The course is delivered in smaller class sizes and specialist seminar groups. The course involves a higher than normal proportion of scheduled contact hours – 40% – to reflect the film school’s ethos of providing new writers with substantial one-to-one development time. The course is delivered exclusively by working industry professionals, including script development executives from the British Film Institute, the Script Factory, BBC and a range of production companies. This is integral to the school’s master-apprentice style of teaching. Professional actors will stage much of the students’ work. Our students are heavily encouraged to collaborate with the BA Practical Filmmaking students to have their screenplays go into production. This is both part of the course and something encouraged outside of the course. The two-year BA It is important to be aware that whilst most UK BA courses last for three years, we compress the course into two in order to keep tuition fees to a minimum. This means that the course is highly intensive and requires full commitment throughout the whole two-year period. Our students are always busy with assignments and graduation films and the course runs from early September until September the year after next, unlike most academic programmes where students sit their final exams in the Spring. [-]

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Industry Filmmaking Diploma - Graduation Film Promo - 2014

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