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Filmmaking HNC/HND

Filmmaking course equivalent to the first 2 years of a degree

Is your future in film? This degree-level filmmaking course will teach you the practical elements of digital and film, editing and cinematography and will give you the skills and confidence to progress as either an independent filmmaker, freelancer or onto higher education.

In the first year, you will earn the Filmmaking HNC (Higher National Certificate) which is the equivalent to the first year of a degree. You should then progress onto the second year for more specialist, intensive and creative filmmaking and earn the Filmmaking HND (Higher National Diploma). This is a fantastic opportunity to study film and filmmaking at a respected training and education institution.

The Film School teaches with both HD and Film, to introduce you to both formats so you will be ready for the workplace. We run specialist workshops in HD to introduce you to the Canon 5D, Canon C300, Red Epic and Arri Alexa as well as using the school's Canon 600D shooting kits with Zoom recorders and radio directional mics to develop practical skills. Film formats will be covered with projects using Super-8, 16mm, Super-16 and 35mm so that you gain a complete overview of both professional film and digital equipment.

The course is based around several projects throughout the year, which incorporate theory and research based units to give a holistic understanding of both the film and television industry through the production of short films, music promos, lighting camera techniques and editing.

Please do not let finances be a barrier to your learning. Studying at the Brighton Film School is extremely valuable in terms of the training, qualifications, industry contacts and value in terms of gaining a practical showreel. You may wish to apply through UCAS to take advantage of applying for a Student Loan or apply for a Career Development loan. There are also lots of freelancing opportunities through the film school and our study hours are flexible so you can maintain work commitments throughout. Studying for a HNC/HND is usually significantly cheaper than going to University and you can progress onto a 3rd year to top your HND up to a BA (hons) should you wish.

The Filmmaking HNC /HND attracts a wide variety of filmmaker - including College leavers, mature students, practicing media professionals and European applicants.

Study mode:

This course is run as a 2 year full-time HE course.

Start dates:

This course starts in September and is taught on two days per week.

Final qualification:

Creative Media Production Higher National Certificate Level 4 (year 1)

Creative Media Production Higher National Diploma Level 5 (year 2)


Progression routes are usually into the film industry straight away whilst others may explore continuing their studies at another University. A third year of study would top your qualification up to a BA (Hons).

Entry requirements:

We are looking for at least two C grades in A levels or a Merit if you are studying a vocational qualification. We would also be very happy to look at applications where work experience or a portfolio of work may substitute for these qualifications.

Course fees:

Please visit our fees page. 

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How to apply:

You can either apply to us directly or through UCAS.

If you would like to also apply for a Student Loan then you must apply through UCAS. The required details are:

Institution code name: CHCOL
Institution code: C57
Course code 36Pw
Campus code: F