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.

Programme Facts


October 2020

UK/EU £10,800 per year

International £20,250 per year



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

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

Are you an International student?


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) + £500 REGISTRATION FEE


£20,250 per year

(£40,500 / DEGREE) + £500 REGISTRATION FEE

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

of up to £10,800. 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.

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?

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