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 at Central Film School. 

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 programme at Central Film School and further study of the contemporary film & television industry.

Programme Overview

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

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 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 the contemporary film and television industry.

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 (30)

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.

Introduction to Writing Drama 

This module focuses on analysing the origins of drama, and the different forms, media and elements of dramatic writing. Character, situation, conflict, action and theme are considered separately and illustrated via examples drawn from a range of media platforms. 

Writing Coverage 

This module aims to develop a professional critical eye in the assessment of a screenplay; and to provide you with the vocabulary and the tools for relevant analysis of a screenplay. You will be provided with the means to enhance your writing and narrative skills through advanced ‘writing coverage’ workshop activities.

Writing for Interactive Storytelling 

This module aims to develop your skills in approaching narrative design in a professional and pragmatic manner – to develop an understanding of how to make good art with limited time and budget, in a way that is respectful to your audience.

Year 2

Writing Episodic Drama 

This module will examine the characteristics of episodic fiction on television and online platforms. The principles and conventions that inform TV and internet platforms are examined in this module for you to fully understand the specific format characteristics. 

Genre Analysis 

This module will explore the codes, conventions and themes of various genres – via seminars, workshops, close textual analysis and student presentations, to see how these elements are applied to screenwriting. 

Adaptation for the Screen 

This module aims to critically evaluate the theory and practice of interpretation and transposition, as key processes associated with adapting media for the screen.

Major Feature Film Project 

This module requires you to write and pitch a completed professional treatment, and to prepare you for writing a second draft screenplay. The overall aim for this module is to develop your skill set to:

▪ draft and write professional feature film treatments 

▪ enhance your pitching and presentation skills to a professional level 

▪ develop close textual analysis skills, to evaluate feature treatments and screenplay 

▪ develop and apply feature film writing skills 

▪ plan and self-manage independent writing weeks. 

Skills for the Screen


Episodic Fiction

Writing Drama

Adaption for Screen


Feature Film Scriptwriting

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.

Exclusive Discount

Students on this programme qualify for an exclusive discount with WritersDuet for use on their personal laptops or desktop computers.

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


Students who graduate from this programme may pursue a career as a writer, editor or reader for film, TV, games, online content and print. Graduates can also opt to pursue a career in a different creative writing specialism and may also choose to study at postgraduate level.

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