Filmmaking Diploma: Approved by The International Moving Image Society.

Looking for career focused practical filmmaking? Do you want to learn more about the work of different departments in film and get hands-on filmmaking experience before deciding on your career path? The Filmmaking Diploma offers the special opportunity to develop your practical and theoretical skills as a filmmaker, working with established industry professionals. It covers the filmmaking process in depth, so you are introduced to the full range of industry roles and departments including cinematography and directing.

Much of the course mixes the practical elements of filmmaking, theoretical study and working with guest lecturers and industry professionals. Using our range of Digital and Film cameras you will work on various projects such as developing a short 5 minute narrative filmed to digital or film, working in groups on creating five short productions (replicating a real film shoot with appropriate positions – DoP, Director etc), documentary making before finally creating a 10 minute film that will be shot on location. By now your skills will have been rounded by a year of industry standard training and you will have developed ideas, pitching skills, planning and production.

During term 1, you will be introduced to the Canon DSLR, zoom recorder, boom and directional mic and how to work as part of a film crew. you will develop a short 5-minute narrative piece through idea development sessions, followed by pitching, scriptwriting, pre-production, shoot and edit using FCPX. Additional workshops will cover building and operating the Arri SR3 Super 16.

Term 2 will deepen your understanding of the principles of cinematography and directing and you will learn more about scheduling a shoot and arranging a crew. You will focus on a specialist area of your interest and develop your idea in preparation for the final term.

The last term focuses on your progression plans – making links for possible employment or even further study. We will develop your work for submission to festivals and the continuation of developing ideas for future projects.

Based in the heart of Brighton, the film school is an industry respected institution, offering courses taught across two specialist sites by practicing filmmakers, artists and technicians.

Course nameFilmmaking Diploma
Start dateSeptember 2018
Duration9 months, 1 day a week
Course fees£3,750 (subject to review)
Entry requirementsA degree in a related discipline and/or evidence of industry experience or evidence of filmmaking is required.
Career Development Loan codeCDL21034

What you will study

Cinematography and Directing
Lighting and Sound
Image Acquisition – the camera
Shot Composition
Lenses and Advanced Exposure Control
Working as a Freelance Camera Operator
Advanced Workshops
Marketing and Distribution
Festival Entries
Pre-Production
Ideas Development
Film History
Producing Factual Content
Recce, Casting and Rehearsal
Post Production

Do not worry about being under qualified as the basics of filmmaking are covered. As long as you have the right attitude and are self-motivated, you will flourish at Brighton Film School. Prior to attending Brighton Film School, I had minimal filmmaking experience but as a result of the Diploma course, I gained the necessary knowledge, skills and contacts to make my own independent short film.

Will Pentecost-Daley

Filmmaking Diploma