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Filmmaking Diploma

Film and filmmaking course in Brighton

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Love film? Want to learn more about the work of different departments and get hands-on filmmaking experience before deciding on your career path? This course 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. Filmmaking Diploma student Ed Hamilton wrote and directed 'Greenfingers' during his time on the course. Watch this enthralling short film here:

Greenfingers from Brighton Film School on Vimeo.

Why should I study the Filmmaking Diploma with Brighton Film School?

  • You will work on various projects using our range of digital and film cameras. These include working in groups to create a short film, a Super-16 studio shoot and a documentary, before finally creating a 10-minute film, shot on location.
  • Recent guest lecturers have included Cinematographer Nick Gordon-Smith (Gallivant, This Filthy Earth and Seamonsters), 1st AD Lydia Currie (24, Rev, Ashes to Ashes), Gaffer Ewan Cassidy (Paddington, 20,000 Days on Earth and Moon) and Producer Michele D'Acosta.
  • 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.
  • The school is equipped with great facilities, including Apple Mac, editing suites, a large studio, art department and a range of professional film and HD digital equipment.

Do not worry about being under qualified as the basics of filmmaking are covered. As long as a student has the right attitude and is self motivated, they can 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, Diploma in Filmmaking 2015

Accredited by the BKSTS

The course is BKSTS (The International Moving Image Society) approved. The UK Higher Education Statistics Agency recognises & approves the BKSTS as an accrediting body. Based at the world famous Pinewood Film Studios, The BKSTS, The International Moving Society, is a professional body uniquely placed to assure, encourage and support industry relevance in moving image and media production courses. With a professional membership working in the world’s film and media industries, the BKSTS has strong associations with many of the leading companies and organisations in the field. It provides an independent worthwhile and recognised kite mark for courses giving an assurance as to a course’s industrial relevance and professionalism.

Course content

Fee information

Study mode:

This course runs for 9 months and is usually 1 full day with extra days scheduled around guest speakers and filming days. A total of 35 weeks.


This course starts in September 2017 and will finish on 30th June 2018.

Entry requirements:

Selection is by application and interview. A degree in a related discipline and/or evidence of industry experience or evidence of filmmaking is required. We accept students from a variety of backgrounds and there is no one entry route to this diploma.

Course fees:

Please visit our fees page. 

Please note that due to visa restrictions, we are only able to process applications from those who hold a passport (or dual nationality) from within the European Union.