One-Year Practical Filmmaking (Cert HE)

Daniel Demissie

  • “Studying at Met Film School has been one of the most seminal experiences in my life so far.”
    Daniel Demissie- Co-creator of Award-Winning Documentary: Town of Runners One-Year Practical Filmmaking, 2008

The One-Year Practical Filmmaking (Cert HE) programme, provides students with an intensive and highly practical training in the core skills required to pursue a career in filmmaking. Taught across 45-weeks, it provides an immersive filmmaking experience and, for those students who pass all modules, it culminates in the award of a Certificate of Higher Education.

During this programme students develop an understanding of the production and technical processes relevant to the film industry.

Delivered by industry professionals, students are taught ways of conceptualising and evaluating their work through the creation of filmed artefacts. Students also gain knowledge of the ethical and regulatory frameworks that affect film production. Across the programme students will also make a series of short films in order to develop a professional showreel.

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Modules

Modules
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Foundations in Filmmaking

This module provides students with a grounding in all aspects of practical filmmaking from original concept to delivery - covering the creative, technical and logistical aspects of filmmaking.

The focus is on giving students a working knowledge of film grammar as well as an understanding of industry conventions and the importance of professional on set behaviour.

Great emphasis is placed on narrative storytelling and script development, techniques in pre-production planning; how to direct actors; screen history and meaning; how to use a digital camera; lighting; sound; editing and post-production.

The module culminates in each student directing their own 3 minute short film exercise. In this exercise students demonstrate their writing, directing and editing skills. This module also provides students with the tools for self-development and self-reflection.

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Making Short Films

This module brings together the craft and creative skills taught in the previous module by requiring students to engage with the process of professional film production through the making of a short film on location with professional actors. This module will take students through the entire process from the writing of a screenplay to the editing of a film.

Through workshops, seminars and tutorials this module provides students with the opportunity to focus on the key areas of film production with the aim of presenting a production portfolio for a short film.

In order to develop their creative sensibilities and professional understanding of writing and directing, students will be asked to shoot, direct and edit a short film. They will also be asked to act as crew in a variety of production roles to demonstrate that they can combine creativity and applied craft skills while working as a committed member of a production team. Students will be required to write a formatted screenplay as well as presenting a production portfolio before their shoot.

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Professional Practice

Students will make their own documentary film exploring interview and observational techniques under the guidance of an experienced documentary filmmaker. Students will develop a critical awareness of documentary texts and the documentary tradition, which will inform their work as documentary filmmakers. Students will also pitch a proposal for their documentary film to an industry panel before embarking on shooting their documentary film.

The module culminates in students writing, directing and editing their own short fiction film to be showcased at a celebratory screening at the end of the one-year.

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Met Alumni
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Met Alumni

Our One-Year Practical Filmmaking (Cert HE) students have gone on to work in roles including Director, Production assistant, 1st AD, Screenwriter, Producer and Camera and Sound Operators within feature film and television.

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Learning Goals

  1. Have written, produced, directed and edited three short films and numerous exercises

  2. Worked as crew on numerous other films and have completed several filmed exercises, which can form part of students’ showreel

  3. To be technically assured in all aspects of production and postproduction for film and related media

  4. To define and demonstrate core practical skills within a specialist area of filmmaking

Start Dates & Prices

  • 5 October 2015 —
  • 8 February 2016 —
  • 3 October 2016 —
  • Price

    £22,000

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements: Students will need 50 tariff points to apply for our One-Year Practical Filmmaking course. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Duration: One Year Full-Time

     

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  • Price

    £22,000

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements: Students will need 50 tariff points to apply for our One-Year Practical Filmmaking course. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Duration: One Year Full-Time

     

    Apply Now
  • Price

    £22,000

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements: Students will need 50 tariff points to apply for our One-Year Practical Filmmaking course. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Duration: One Year Full-Time

    Apply Now