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Certificate in Practical Filmmaking (20-Week)

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This full-time course equips students with technical, creative, and business skills in disciplines including screenwriting, directing, camera operating, cinematography, producing and postproduction. This course is suitable for beginners, no previous experience is required.


Why Take the Course?

Why Take the Course?

Gain experience across all filmmaking and screen content disciplines such as screenwriting, producing, directing, camera, lighting and editing. This course builds creative and technical skills essential to succeed in today’s film, television and new media industries.

This course is designed to improve your understanding, knowledge, and practice in the following areas:

  • Storytelling for the screen
  • The importance of a synopsis and script structure, and writing a short film script
  • Script interpretation and preparing for a shoot
  • Casting and directing actors
  • Camera, lights and sound
  • Shooting for the edit
  • Managing a production
  • Creative editing
  • Postproduction
  • Professional industry practices
  • Film, TV and cross-platform, cross-disciplines skills

What you will study

What you will study

The following list is an overview of the topics and themes covered in the Certificate in Practical Filmmaking. For more information, please download the course outline below.

Visual Storytelling

Students will learn how to tell stories through the use of visual mediums. Looking at composition, framing, blocking and camera positions and how to engage an audience.


Students will learn how to find, pitch and develop ideas.


Students will learn about the role of the Director, how to communicate with actors and they key collaborative relationships which are at the core of filmmaking.

Professional Practice

Through filmmaking workshops, students will learn the importance of teamwork and professional practice. Understanding crew roles and responsibilities, students will learn how to effectively collaborate.


Students will learn how to break down a script, schedule and budget a small production. Students will be introduced to the varying roles of the producer to improve understanding of development, finance, sales and distribution.

Post Production

The role of the editor will be taught with students actively involved in editing their own and their fellow students work.

Camera, Lighting & Sound

Students will be provided with an overview of the contemporary screen industries from the perspective of the sound, camera and lighting departments, exploring the impact of creative decisions of image and sound on storytelling.

Final Productions

Students will collaborate across their cohort, and have the opportunity to network across pathways, to prep, shoot and edit their final short films. Students are expected to support productions in a variety of crew roles.


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for London

Minimum Age: 18 at the start of the course.

This course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements.

In order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.

Please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Duration and Location

  • Duration: 20 weeks of study over a 22-week period, Full-Time.
  • Location: MetFilm School Campus at Ealing Studios.

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