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British Film Institute (BFI) and Ravensbourne University London Summer film course

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Learn and participate in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from script to screen, over two weeks in London; one of the world's leading film destinations.

As part of this unique 10-day course, you’ll gain new skills, insights and hands-on experience, learning from industry experts and leading tutors from the world-renowned British Film Institute (BFI) and Ravensbourne University London.

As part of a small group of like-minded film students, you’ll produce a short film, shot on location in North Greenwich and screened at the BFI. Through practical workshops, you’ll develop new skills which you’ll be able to immediately apply when you return home. You’ll also attend professional masterclasses delivered by top British film industry experts.

Key information

  • Duration: 2 weeks (10 days)
  • When: 15-26 July 2019
  • Where: Ravensbourne University London, North Greenwich
  • Closing date for applications: Sunday 12 May 2019
  • Age: 18+
  • Group size: eight students per team (max.)
  • Fees: £2,800

We are no longer taking applications for the 2019 summer course. But, the course will be running again in 2020, and we look forward to seeing you there.


Who should apply to this course?

The course is ideally suited to graduates (18+) looking for an in-depth insight into professional filmmaking in the real world; especially those undertaking postgraduate studies in film and media or actively pursuing a career in the industry.

What and how will I learn?

Working in very small groups, our two-week film school will begin with the script review and commissioning process before taking you through storyboarding, shooting, working with and directing actors, editing and finally pitching your film.


Based at Ravensbourne’s award-winning campus in North Greenwich, you’ll get to take advantage of their first-class facilities and state of the art equipment. You’ll also gain a real overview of the UK film and TV sector through optional trips, visits and other experiences.


The course will culminate in a final day screening of your completed film at the BFI.

When and where will I study?

The course is based at Ravensbourne University London in North Greenwich.


Classes are typically held 10am-4pm every weekday, Monday 15 - Friday 26 July 2019. Tutors will also recommend optional evening activities.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

Students need to be at least 18 years old, have had some filmmaking experience and be able to clearly show a passion for the art.

As all elements of the course will be delivered in English, participants also need to demonstrate a good understanding of spoken and written English.

How much does the course cost and when do I need to pay?

The cost of this course is £2,800.


We will notify you at the start of May if you have been successful in gaining a place on the course. You will then have 10 days to pay the full course fees or a 50% deposit, with the balance due six weeks before the course begins (i.e. 3 June 2019).

When should I arrange my travel and VISA?

We recommend that you wait until we confirm your place on the course before making any travel arrangements or booking any accommodation. If you need a short study visa, we recommend you do not book flights or accommodation until this has been granted.


Once accepted onto the course, we recommend you take out personal travel insurance.

What does the course include (or not)?

We provide students on this course with all necessary filming equipment, as well as lunch on study days. Students will need to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodation and food (outside of course times).

Will I receive any kind of certificate at the end of the course?

Students on this course will receive a certificate of attendance and participation from BFI and Ravensbourne University London.

Cancellation and refunds

Details to follow.

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