Certificate in Practical Filmmaking (Cert HE)

Passionate about making film, television and online content? At the “cutting edge of film education”, Met Film School is the perfect place to turn passion into practice and build your future. Check the entry requirements and apply today.

Met Film School: educating a new generation of screen creatives

Met Film School is passionate about screen content and we are at the cutting edge of film education. We teach through practice in a dynamic, inspiring and fun environment. We help you get the careers you want by making you aware of the screen industries and giving you the creative and entrepreneurial skills you need to prosper. We are creating the smart creatives of tomorrow.

This foundation Certificate course is aimed at students who are looking for fast-track training in the practical skills needed to work on-set within the creative industries.  Students cover the first two blocks of the BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course

KEY FACTS

 

  • 8-month intensive foundation course
  • Designed for those looking for a jump start into the creative arts industries
  • All tutors are working industry professionals
  • Leads to a Certificate in Higher Education qualification (Cert HE) and the option to continue onto our Practical Filmmaking Diploma (Dip HE)

Why apply to Met Film School?

 

The Practical Filmmaking course will equip you with the creative and technical knowledge crucial for you to take your first steps into the exciting worlds of film, television and online media.

At Met Film School we nurture you as the next generation of storytellers and technicians, and help you to navigate your own creative and career path. You’ll work collaboratively on industry projects learning the skills essential to succeed in today’s film, television and new media industries.

We have full membership of the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT) and outstanding links with industry.

You are exposed to industry experts throughout your time with us, acquiring the skills for a career as a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, editor and roles you haven’t even heard of yet. We encourage active participation and the ability to work independently.

Our Certificate in Practical Filmmaking Course (Cert HE) leads to a Certificate in Higher Education. Alternatively click here for our Practical Filmmaking Diploma (which leads to a Diploma of Higher Education).

What will I achieve?

 

By the end of your time with us you will:

  • Be employable in the creative industries of film, television and online media
  • Have met and collaborated with likeminded storytellers
  • Have explored your creativity through storytelling
  • Be technically assured in many aspects of production and post-production for film and related media
  • Have a show-reel consisting of short film, factual and episodic productions that demonstrates your screen storytelling

About The Course

There are two blocks of teaching that progress through the Certificate in Practical Filmmaking Course:

  1. Visual Storytelling
  2. Short Form

 

 

And there are five inter-related subject areas running through the course:

  • Ideas and Story
  • Character and Performance
  • Image and Sound
  • Post-Production
  • Screen Business

 

STUDENT KIT PROVIDED:

As well as access to our industry leading facilities, students starting in October 2016 onwards will be provided with a state-of-the-art MacBook Pro laptop and access to educational versions of Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office, in order to allow them to deliver professional filmed content. Adobe Creative Cloud is used widely across the creative industries and has been utilised on productions ranging from Gone Girl to Avatar.

However, please be aware that there are certain costs you will incur in addition to the course fees.  You can find out more about these costs here:

The following five subjects are the core areas that smart creatives need to master in order to deliver compelling screen content. They are woven through the course as the thread that binds together what we teach and what you learn and are put into practice through the regular integrated productions. At the heart of all you do is storytelling.

Subject Areas

Ideas and Story

Ideas and Story

Ideas and Story

Ideas and Story explores the importance of stories and how they connect to the human experience. You will develop techniques to generate, communicate and evaluate ideas and stories across a range of different forms and formats and utilise the dramatic principles of conflict, character and structure in order to create your own oral, written and visual stories.

Ideas & Story

Ideas & Story

Whilst writing your first short film, explore the fundamentals of storytelling and how they apply to screen stories, including the core dramatic principles and their relationship to character, structure, genre and visual storytelling.

During these modules you will:

During these modules you will:

o Develop and refine your pitching skills

o Write and collaborate on scripts for film, television and web content

Character and Performance

Character and Performance

Character and Performance

Character and Performance explores the concepts and skills involved in engaging audiences in a story through the use of narrative techniques, character and performance in a visual medium. Students will learn how to construct compelling screen drama through the communication of ideas for performance and action to an actor and in building dramatic visual sequences.

Character and Performance

Character and Performance

Develop techniques for communicating with actors and collaborating on screen performances and create a short performance that utilises creative performance tools. Explore the history of acting and the relationship between characters, performance and audiences.

During this module you will:

During this module you will:

o Analyse and interpret scripts and translate them to the screen

o Collaborate with professional and non-professional actors to create performances that create conflict and find emotional truth

Image and Sound

Image and Sound

Image and Sound

Image and Sound explores the craft skills of camera, lighting, sound and production design in the pursuit of storytelling. You will learn to express a narrative both visually and sonically, from the mise-en-scene to creating soundscapes and shaping mood with light.

Image & Sound

Image & Sound

Explore the fundamentals of camera and sound, combined with lighting and considered use of space to create pieces of work that harness the power of the filmmaking medium.

During this module you will:

During this module you will:

o Create a narrative voice as expressed visually and sonically

o Develop craft skills in camera, lighting, sound and production design

Post-Production

Post-Production

Post-Production

Post-Production explores the power of creating and manipulating the elements of image and sound once they have rolled out of the camera. You will discover creative and technical skills across the full range of postproduction sectors, from offline editing to sound design, FX and grading. You will equip yourselves with skills that will enable you to greatly enhance your telling of screen stories as well as providing invaluable skills to ready yourself for careers in the screen arts industry.

Post-Production

Post-Production

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of editing, sound design and picture finishing. You will create the framework and discover the possibilities that are open to you as a film maker through the power of modern post-production techniques, focusing on short form content to hone your skills.

During this module you will:

During this module you will:

o Edit a range of screen productions, juxtaposing and manipulating images to tell engaging screen stories

o Design sound that enhances screen stories.

Screen Business

Screen Business

Screen Business

Screen Business explores the changing size, shape, economics and practices of traditional and new screen industries. You will discover how to market yourself and your projects to employers and audiences and how to manage teams and resources to maximum effect. You learn what audiences, broadcasters and financiers want, in order to create projects that will sell, demonstrating a deep understanding of professional practice and enhancing your career prospects in the process.

Screen Business Fiction and Short Form

Screen Business Fiction and Short Form

An overview of the fiction industry – cinema, television and online – and the production teams and practices that underpin it. A specific focus on short form including financing and marketing, production management and the value of showreels as part of a career plan.

During these modules you will:

During these modules you will:

o Pitch, network and learn how to build lasting contacts

o Develop marketing and distribution plans

o Schedule, budget and manage productions

Productions

Productions

Productions

The Certificate in Practical Filmmaking programme offers a wide range of production opportunities, each based on a typical industry brief. You will be working with potential industry partners such as YouTube and Spotify to create content based on real world practices and processes that closely mirror the creative screen industries. You will have opportunity to direct your own work and to play key roles on other students’ productions.

Across the following production slots, we would expect you to play a key role on at least four productions during the course of the Certificate in Practical Filmmaking, and you can choose to undertake a lot more – the only limitation being your own time.

1. Fiction:

1.	Fiction:

You will direct a scene with two actors, and edit that piece of work. You will also perform key roles in 7 other productions.

2. Short Film:

2.	Short Film:

You will use everything you have learnt in your first two blocks to make a short film. You will be pushed to use all your storytelling skills to engage an audience. You will then distribute your film according to a plan that helps you reach a relevant audience either online or through more traditional routes. Short Films still act as an important calling card, and this is a chance for you to explore early on the type of films you want to make and the roles you might prefer to focus on later in the course.

Start Dates & Prices

  • 19 September 2016 — 28 April 2017
  • 20 February 2017 — 29 September 2017
  • 18 September 2017 — April 2018
  • Price

    £15,750

    To apply for the Certificate in Practical Filmmaking (Cert HE) course at the Met Film School, you must be 18 years of age, or older, at the start of the course. If you’re under the age of 21, you must provide evidence of at least 50 UCAS Tariff points or an equivalent qualification, such as a National Diploma or Baccalaureate. If you’re over 21, you’re considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.

    If you’re a British student applying via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), you’ll need our Institution Code, which is M73, and the Course Code, which is G1TH. If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.

    Please refer to our application process http://www.metfilmschool.ac.uk/home/admissions/apply-ug-programmes/ for further information. In addition, please note that places on this course are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

    Application Criteria
  • Price

    £15,750

    To apply for the Certificate in Practical Filmmaking (Cert HE) course at the Met Film School, you must be 18 years of age, or older, at the start of the course. If you’re under the age of 21, you must provide evidence of at least 50 UCAS Tariff points or an equivalent qualification, such as a National Diploma or Baccalaureate. If you’re over 21, you’re considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.

    If you’re a British student applying via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), you’ll need our Institution Code, which is M73, and the Course Code, which is G1TH. If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.

    Please refer to our application process http://www.metfilmschool.ac.uk/home/admissions/apply-ug-programmes/ for further information. In addition, please note that places on this course are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

    Application Criteria
  • Price

    £15,750

    To apply for the Certificate in Practical Filmmaking (Cert HE) course at the Met Film School, you must be 18 years of age, or older, at the start of the course. If you’re under the age of 21, you must provide evidence of at least 50 UCAS Tariff points or an equivalent qualification, such as a National Diploma or Baccalaureate. If you’re over 21, you’re considered a mature student, so your application relies on relevant skills and experience rather than academic qualifications.

    If you’re a British student applying via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), you’ll need our Institution Code, which is M73, and the Course Code, which is G1TH. If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.

    Please refer to our application process http://www.metfilmschool.ac.uk/home/admissions/apply-ug-programmes/ for further information. In addition, please note that places on this course are limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

    Application Criteria

Meet The Tutors

Joe Hepworth is Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes. He has written for film and television as well as run his own production company, Shot in the Dark Productions, directing and producing social change and advocacy films. He has spent over 10 years working in film education, developing and delivering projects and programmes. (Click here for full profile)

Chris Bould is Showrunner. He has widespread experience as a director and producer of prime time television and film productions in the UK, Canada and America with over 200 directing credits and numerous prizes and awards to his name. As Showrunner, Chris’ role is to run the shows, acting as creative executive producer, leading and mentoring students. (Click here for full profile)

Faye is Head of Cinematography. She has many years experience working freelance in the film industry, starting as a Clapper Loader on commercials and music videos, then working as a Camera Assistant on documentaries, soon progressing into Focus Pulling in some of the more unusual areas of Feature Films, from fake sharks and submarines underwater, to explosions and helicopters in the sky. Faye continues to work as a freelance Cinematographer. (Cick here for a full profile)

Bren Simson is Head of Directing. She has spent a lifetime working as a director on high profile, long-running drama serials for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She specialises in teaching directing from the character and performance perspective. (Click here for full profile)

Steve Pinhay is Head of Producing and also of Met GO. He is the founder of “Britain’s first media centre” and winner of the BFI Independent Spirit Award. He has over twenty years’ experience working for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Disney and major broadcasters and independents in the UK and around the world. He was Series and Executive Producer of award-winning shows like SM:TV Live , music entertainment series CD:UK and Comic Relief Does Fame Academy as well as creating international formats and comedies, documentaries and reality TV. (Click here for full profile)

Mat Troughton is Head of Post-Production. He leads the commercial post operations at Met Film Group as well as guiding post production education. He has over ten years of experience in colour grading and post production, working on a wide range of award winning feature, TV drama and documentary projects including the BBC’s period drama “The Go Between” starring Vanessa Redgrave and Jim Broadbent. Mat has also worked with many top tier recording artists, Grading music promos for the likes of Gabrielle Aplin, You Me At Six and Razorlight. (Click here for a full profile)

Rachel Wood is Head of Screenwriting. Prior to joining the Met Film team she was Head of Production in London for LA based Catch23 and Head of Development at Scala Productions. Previous member of the BAFTA short film Jury and served on the board of the Script Factory and the NFTS Script Advisory Board. (Click here for full profile)

 

Careers

Our courses open doors and we’re very proud of the success of our graduates. Over 80% of our students go on to work in the creative industries, across a wide array of media. You could be working in roles ranging from the entrepreneurial to the creative, big screen and small screen, Hollywood and independent film, Broadcaster and independent TV production, commercials and corporate or cutting edge web-based content and social media. The opportunities have never been more diversely exciting.

Click here to learn about the career paths of our students.