Practical Filmmaking

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.

Programme Overview

A 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.

  • 2-year programme intensive fast-track programme including summer terms
  • Small class sizes and specialist seminar groups
  • Taught by working industry professionals allowing students to receive training to industry standard from people who have up-to-date knowledge.
  • Specialist training on Arri 16mm camera from Panavision.
  • Learn about filmmaking from the perspective of the director, producer and writer and all key crew roles.
  • Focus on current issues through the impact of documentary filmmaking, supported by the Bertha Foundation and DocHouse.
  • Access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.
  • Be trained in the use of Adobe products such as Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Progression: 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. Many graduates work as freelancers on independent productions whilst building their experience.

Programme Facts


September 2021

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Our tutors know the industry, so they can share what to do and what not to do, tips and tricks on how to get along in the film industry. That is really going to help me.


Practical Filmmaking

Course Outline

TERM 1 & 2


At Level 4, 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.

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.

TERM 3 & 4


At Level 5, students gain experience in areas of film production that require a different set of disciplines.

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.

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.

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 September 2021 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).

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Understanding the costs and financing options open to you as you plan your studies will help you to make a wise investment in your future career.


£10,800 per year

(£21,600 / DEGREE) 


£20,750 per year

(£41,500 / DEGREE) 
  • Tuition fees cover

Actors costs, shooting kit and Production budgets for module exercises.

  • Tuition Fee Loans are available for UK/EU students

of up to £10,800. EU students may also apply for funding from their country of domicile where applicable

  • Scholarships available

Including scholarships for International Students.

  • Additional costs

You will also need a Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?

Our Tutors

Martin Bray

As a core tutor at the Central Film School specialising in cinematography, I can share the experience I have gained on projects with the BBC and Channel Four, along with insights gained from a long relationship with Ridley Scott Associates

Martin Bray