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Blog: What's it like to be a 1st year student at Brighton Film School?

It's a really exciting time of year, the first few weeks of term, when we welcome back 190 full-time students to Brighton Film School. None more so than those who are arriving here for the first time, to start on the Filmmaking HNC, Set Design for Film and TV HNC, Film Production BA (Hons) Top-up or Cinematography and Directing Diploma.

We caught up with 1st year Filmmaking HNC student Chloe Kelly and asked her about how it has been arriving at Brighton Film School.

I'm absolutely loving it! It's everything I hoped it would be so far. All the staff are really friendly, and have a passion for what they are teaching that shines through, making the lectures engaging. In just a week I've already learnt so much, and I can't wait to gain even more knowledge. In addition I've met some lovely people, and every single one of us in our group get along with each other, which is so nice! It feels like we've known each other longer than just the week!

The best thing has been finding a team of people who are equally as passionate for film as I am, who each have particular strengths. It makes the future exciting, and I can't wait to get started on the projects! I also loved the practical camera workshop this Thursday, I found that both very interesting and enjoyable.

I would say if you have a passion for film, want to expand your knowledge in every aspect of filmmaking and eventually hope to get into the film industry, I feel Brighton Film School is the place to go!

In the first week our tutors arranged an open mic performance night. We had a brilliant time, it was so much fun! It was so great to get the chance to perform, and meet some of the people from the other groups. It worked as a bit of an ice breaker in having something to start a conversation about with the students we hadn't met before. It's also encouraged us to run a musical side project, and hopefully do some more performances together in the near future where we enjoyed it so much, and if it wasn't for the open mic night we may never have organised to try playing together.

It's always great to hear about students settling in quickly and with advice like this from Chloe, if you are thinking about attending film school, to receive professional training, access to industry, award winning filmmakers as lecturers and degree qualifications, then apply today.


Brighton Film School is a specialist, independent training facility located in central Brighton. The school offers two 2-year HNC/HND (equivalent to the first two years of a degree) programmes in Filmmaking and Set Design for Film and TV, a third-year BA (Hons) Film Production Top-up Degree, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma and Set Design for Film and TV Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes inFilmmakingScreenwriting and Set Design, as well as courses for young filmmakers and Summer Schools.

For more information or to apply please visit www.brightonfilmschool.co.uk