Certificate in Practical Filmmaking (CertHE)

Certificate in Practical Filmmaking (CertHE)

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? Met Film School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience.

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Certificate in Practical Filmmaking

  • Eight-month intensive practical filmmaking course
  • Ideal for students looking to jump-start their careers in the screen industries
  • Produce your first short form content that demonstrates your storytelling skills
  • Our students have worked on productions including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Skyfall, X-Men: First Class, Robin Hood, Hercules and others
  • CertHE provides the option to continue onto the DipHe or BA (Hons) courses


This practical and intensive course is for students interested in exploring a career in film, television or online media before committing to a longer course. In just eight months you will build a strong understanding of the screen industries.  

  • Practical. Learn by doing and develop creative and technical skills through practical exercises and  creative workshops
  • Intensive. Understand the fundamentals of storytelling, character and performance, image and sound, postproduction and screen business in just eight months to take an informed decision about the next steps in your studies or career
  • Career-focused. Develop professional and personal skills to succeed in your career, including networking, showreel development, pitching and social media profile building
  • High-calibre guest speakers and tutors. Learn from award-winning industry professionals. Sarah Gavron (director of Suffragette and Brick Lane) and Iain Smith (producer of the Fifth Element, Mad Max:Fury Road) are just a few of the guest speakers who’ve visited us recently
  • Teamwork. Collaborate with your peers and work in different roles as part of a creative crew. Experience what it  takes to deliver the project from start to finish and develop communication, negotiation and project management skills







You will learn about Visual Storytelling and Short Form content production and will study core subject areas of Ideas and Story, Character and Performance, Image and Sound, Postproduction and Screen Business. Through practical exercises you will learn everything from idea development through to editing that will provide a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the key skills needed to produce dynamic screen content.


  • Ideas and story. Learn how to develop creative story ideas across a range of formats, including short form, documentaries, factual television, web series and fiction film. You will gain the tools to identify your target audience and adapt your ideas to the appropriate screen platform.
  • Character and performance. Explore the various techniques for shaping character and performance across a variety of platforms, including fiction, documentary and episodic television. Working with professional actors  you will learn how to transpose an idea from the page to the screen through key visual storytelling approaches.
  • Image and sound. Learn how to use camera, lighting, and sound techniques to create visually and sonically compelling stories for fiction, documentary and episodic productions. You will develop strong technical skills and explore the impact of image and sound on creative screen content.
  • Postproduction. Discover creative and technical skills across the full range of postproduction workflows, including offline editing, sound design, VFX, and colour grading. You will learn how postproduction skills are central to the storytelling process across film, television and new media.
  • Screen Business. Find out how to market and distribute screen content across a range of media platforms, including film, television and new media. Alongside the practical skills you will gain on this course, you will also learn how creative industries work and how you can become a smart screen creative that will be attractive to industry employers. In addition, you will explore how to manage productions, create successful project pitches and work collaboratively within creative teams.


Dates & Prices

  • 02 Oct 2017 — 11 May 2018
  • Price


    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 64 UCAS Tariff points (please note this is using the new tariff points system) and possess two ‘A’ levels 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 P313. If you hold an international qualification, please make sure that it’s recognised in the United Kingdom.
    • Learn about Application Deadlines

    Please be aware that there are certain costs you will need to budget for in addition to the course fees. You can find out more about these costs here



From the very first day at Met Film School, we teach our students to network and pitch to the industry. The Met GO team (Met Student and Graduate Opportunities) helps our talented and bright students secure creative jobs in leading companies across the globe.

Our graduates work in the industry as VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and much more besides.  Below are just some of the companies they’ve gone on to work for.




Student Stories

Our graduates work in a broad range of freelance and permanent roles, in entrepreneurial and professional capacities, from television to online, from Hollywood to independent cinema. Click on the profiles below to find out about some impressive projects that our CertHe students have done.



  • Famous facilities in Ealing Studios. Our students in London receive access to our modern premises and facilities within the famous Ealing Studios. High-profile productions made on-site include Downton Abbey, Nowhere Boy, My Week with Marilyn, Prince of Persia, The Iron Lady, Star Wars: Episode Two, and Victor Frankenstein. Learn more
  • Award-winning tutors and guest speakers. All our tutors and guest speakers are working screen professionals with numerous industry awards and nominations, including BAFTAs, Emmys and Oscars. Learn more about our tutors and guest speakers
  • Part of the industry. Through working closely with our sister companies Met Film Production and Met Post, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. Met Film businesses provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. Find out more
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Creative SkillSet. Find out more
  • Leading the industry. As the fastest growing film school in the UK we are proud of our innovative approach with a strong focus on new media and platforms, which is delivered throughout all our courses