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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Programs

This school also offers:

Certificate

One Month Filmmaking Certificate

Campus Full time 1 month January 2018 United Kingdom London

During this one-month intensive filmmaking course, you will get hands-on training in professional filmmaking working under the guidance of internationally respected filmmakers and tutors, often including directing Master Tutor, Patrick Tucker. [+]

During this one-month intensive filmmaking course, you will get hands-on training in professional filmmaking working under the guidance of internationally respected filmmakers and tutors, often including directing Master Tutor, Patrick Tucker. From the first day you arrive at the school in the heart of central London there are practical workshops and training exercises that provide a well-balanced introduction to the technical craft of filmmaking and the art of visual storytelling. The quality of the final work speaks for itself and we always encourage prospective students to go online and compare the quality of this work with that of other short courses anywhere in the world. Unlike some other short courses, the Certificate course at Central introduces students to ALL of the main aspects of contemporary filmmaking, including professional sound recording, casting and producing. This course is designed for those with little or no experience of professional filmmaking. The course is designed to provide training in professional practice at an introductory level. The age of students who have taken the course ranges from 18-55, with students travelling from all over the world. Students on the one month course are actively invited to attend social networking events during their time on the course to help build up a list of contacts for future projects. On the course you will have the opportunity to write, direct or crew on a high quality short film with professional actors and receive one-to-one support from working film industry experts. Students who have completed this course have... [-]

Six-Month Independent Filmmaking

Campus Full time 6 months April 2018 United Kingdom London

Designed for the independent filmmaker, this course is ideal for individuals wishing to write, direct and produce their own films, but with little or no prior experience in filmmaking. While developing your skills in these key areas on your own film projects, you will also gain valuable hands-on experience working on-set as crew members for your fellow classmates. [+]

Designed for the independent filmmaker, this course is ideal for individuals wishing to write, direct and produce their own films, but with little or no prior experience in filmmaking. While developing your skills in these key areas on your own film projects, you will also gain valuable hands-on experience working on-set as crew members for your fellow classmates. In doing so, you will gain practical skills and knowledge in assistant directing, production management, production design, cinematography and sound recording. In order to finish your films, you will also learn how to edit picture and sound and gain a thorough appreciation of all aspects of postproduction. By the end of this course you will be able to: Write, direct and produce your own independent short film projects Work on-set in a variety of crew roles with confidence Direct and motivate actors to deliver the intended performance for a scene No visa requirement for International students Currently taking applications for April 2016 Limited places available By the end of the course, you will have made 4 films and learned scriptwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, production design, editing, sound design and recording Six-Month Independent Filmmaking The Six-Month Independent filmmaking course has been designed to meet the demand for specific training in the major filmmaking disciplines for anyone who has a passionate desire to tell a film story but has had little or no experience in filmmaking. It would also be of interest to someone who has optioned a written work and wants to write,... [-]

Courses

MA Directing Fiction

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 United Kingdom London

This programme is for anyone who has a background in film or media production wishing to develop their skills as a director. By engaging with the conflicting demands of the filmmaking process, students will address the creative goals as well as the technical and leadership challenges inherent in the role. [+]

This programme is for anyone who has a background in film or media production wishing to develop their skills as a director. By engaging with the conflicting demands of the filmmaking process, students will address the creative goals as well as the technical and leadership challenges inherent in the role. Through a series of practical exercises and collaboration this course aims to prepare students to realise their vision from pre-production through to postproduction. Clarity of vision, organisation and preparation are key. In this respect, the collaboration between the director and the writer, producer and cinematographer, and other heads of department, is explored as an integral part of the development and pre-production process, leading up to the shoot. By the end of this course you will be able to: Work effectively within a feature film production environment Understand what is expected from a director from pre-production to postproduction Employ effective motivational strategies when working with actors [-]

MA Social Impact Documentary Filmmaking

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 United Kingdom London

This one-year MA in documentary practice engages in creating social impact through film. It recognizes the unique role that documentaries play in society and the power of high quality storytelling. The goal is to provide graduates with the tools and the confidence to become effective members of the social impact community. [+]

This one-year MA in documentary practice engages in creating social impact through film. It recognizes the unique role that documentaries play in society and the power of high quality storytelling. The goal is to provide graduates with the tools and the confidence to become effective members of the social impact community. The curriculum is practice led and focuses on diverse films with the potential to connect with audiences on a global level. Built around a series of distinct modules, students develop and create a major project, devise impact and engagement campaigns and pitch to an industry panel. The course draws on an extensive network of organisations and individuals within the documentary arena due to the school’s close partnership with the Bertha Foundation, DocHouse and BritDoc. By the end of this course you will be able to: Research, shoot and edit your own documentary and social impact films Investigate relevant funding and distribution channels for a particular project Effectively develop and pitch a variety of documentary project [-]

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Industry Filmmaking Diploma - Graduation Film Promo - 2014

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