Practical Filmmaking

with Integrated Foundation Year​

The Integrated Foundation year programme is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to practically prepare students for the transition into Undergraduate study. 

This course introduces you to the fundamentals of filmmaking and screenwriting practice. It will help the development of your creative, critical and craft skills in preparation for progression to the BA (Hons) programme at Central Film School and further study of the contemporary film and television industry.

Programme Overview

A focus on the fundamental skills needed for the pre-production, production and post production of a film, as well as the theory and practice that underpins the skill sets of professional filmmakers.

Programme Facts



September 2024

Central Film School 

Eligible for Tuition Fee Loan




Student Story


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

This course is designed to teach students the skills needed for the pre-production, production, and post-production of a film, as well as the theory and practice that underpins the skill sets of professional filmmakers.​

Year 0

Foundation in Screen Practice (30)

This module will introduce you to CFS filmmaking equipment through technical induction sessions, workshops and supervised studio practice.

Your understanding of the equipment will be applied to the making of a short film where you will also learn about the basic production management paperwork required when producing a film project.

Screen Industries Research (15)

This module will familiarise you with study skills and research methodologies that develop your ability to search for, locate, extract, organise, evaluate, use, present and retain relevant information appropriate to their study. 

Writing Short Scripts (15)

This module will introduce you to dramaturgy, narrative structure and character development through lectures, seminars and practical exercises. You will be introduced to different genres and explore these through the analysis of short films.

Professional Practice (30)

This module will introduce you to the practical film production processes, including the production stages, elements and organisational requirements.

Final Group Project

For your final projects, the filmmakers will choose a screenwriting project and develop that into a short film on which all of you will collaborate fulfilling the production roles.

Year 1

Visual Storytelling
In this module you will engage with moving image as a specifically visual medium; drawing on traditions of art, photography and theatre. This module will foreground the importance of narrative sequence, with emphasis on framing, staging, and syntagmatic storytelling.

Screen Studies
This module focuses on the study of films from multiple perspectives, including thematic, narrative structure, genre, ideology, and the relationship between style and technology. A number of critical responses to cinema – including genre study, auteur theory, and feminist critiques, will also be applied to featured titles both fiction and documentary.

Working with Actors
By approaching performance from both the point of view of writers, and filmmakers, will enhance the understanding of how to develop good quality work from both sides of the camera.

Practical Filmmaking 1
You will engage in the art of filmmaking by working in various key production roles with your peers.
The module will develop your understanding of, and competence, in the following roles:
1. Directing
2. Production Management
3. Editing/Continuity
4. Cinematography
5. Production Design
6. Camera operating
7. First Assistant Director
8. Production Design
9. Sound

Animation & Virtual Production
This module aims to provide a foundation in digital animation and special effects techniques, enabling students to explore, experiment and collaborate with creating specialist visual effects.

Documentary Film Production
Working in production crews, students will research, write and produce a short documentary film. All of the work produced is united by the fact that subject matter derives from research and exploration into one or more aspects of the ‘real’ and ‘actuality’ and people with lived experience.

Year 2

Practical Film Production – S16mm
The module will focus on advancing your technical competencies and subject knowledge – deepening them through the discipline that is required when working with the Super 16mm film format and associated workflows.

Writing, Pitching & Developing Short Film
This module is intended to develop your knowledge of the skills required to not only write a short film, but also to devise original ideas for films. To pitch ideas in a knowledgeable and engaging way and also to collaborate in a relationship that further develops ideas from films.

Graduation Film Development
This module will focus on the development of graduation short films. The aim is to take students through the industry development processes and give an overview of key specialism roles necessary in the production of the graduation shoots. You will pitch competitively for a graduation film specialism.

Graduation Film Specialisms
The elective specialism modules prepare you to confidently undertake the duties, responsibilities and workflows of the roles that you will be assessed on during the Graduation Film process.

Production Design
Editing / Continuity
Sound Recording / Design

Skills for the Screen

Editing and Continuity

Production Design


Sound Recording / Design



Entry Requirements

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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.


Year 0: £9,250

Year 1: £11,100

Year 2: £11,100

(£31,450 / DEGREE) 


Year 0: £16,950

Years 1: £22,500

Years 2: £22,500

(£61,950 / DEGREE

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

of up to £11,100. EU students may also apply for funding from their country of domicile where applicable.

Including scholarships for International Students.

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

Our Tutors

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


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. 

Our Graduates have progressed onto careers with large production companies and as freelance filmmakers. 

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?