Education and Training
There is a large number of organisations offering training in filmmaking and related areas in the UK. Apart from courses in full-time education, many organisations offer professional, vocational training for freelance technicians and production crew. There are also a large number of courses aimed at producers and scriptwriters, and some for directors. Please check the websites of the various organisations listed on this site for further details of the current training they offer.
Also check film festivals for initiatives (labs, conferences, courses etc) running during the festival period.
BFI Film Academy students at Pinewood Studios
Creative Skillset is the Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council (SSC) which comprises TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles. The Creative Skillset website includes extensive information on sectors and careers advice for those wishing to get in to the industry and those already working. The site has a database which gives information on thousands of training courses held around the UK from short courses to degrees, and courses aimed at new entrants to programmes for professionals. Creative Skillset also conducts consultation work with industry, publish research and strategic documents, runs funding schemes and project work, and provides information about the challenges that face the industry.
NFTS (National Film & Television School)
The NFTS (National Film and Television School) is one of the world's leading film and TV schools and a recognised centre of excellence. Established in 1971, the School offers post-graduate degrees, diplomas and short courses in specialist disciplines including Animation Direction, Cinematography, Fiction Direction, Documentary Direction, Film Programming and Curation, Digital Effects, Games Design and TV Entertainment.
NFTS post-graduate degrees are validated by the Royal College of Art (RCA) and accredited by Creative Skillset.
London Film Academy
London Film Academy (LFA) is an innovative film school offering professional training fuelled by current film industry experts. Established in 2001, LFA offers intensive, practical training in the key filmmaking disciplines with a programme of BA, MA, 12-month Diplomas and shorter specialist courses designed to produce versatile, collaborative filmmakers with industry-relevant skills.
The London Film School (LFS)
The London Film School is an international graduate school established in 1956. LFS offers MA programmes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting and Film Curating, as well as an expanding range of short professional development courses. It is one of three UK centres of excellence, accredited as Skillset Film Academies.
BFI Film Academy
Open to young people from anywhere in the UK and from any background, the BFI Film Academy offers training opportunities for 16-19-year-olds aiming to become part of the future film industry. Training programmes are delivered with a range of partners throughout the UK.
British Universities Film And Video Council (BUFVC)
The BUFVC Promotes the production, study and use of moving images and related media for higher and further education and research in the UK.
Guiding Lights is the UK film industry’s most prestigious mentoring scheme. The programme supports upcoming filmmakers through high-level mentoring, complemented by a range of training and networking activities. The scheme is open to writers, directors and producers who are already active in the industry and developing a career in features.
Into Film is a film education charity that puts film at the heart of the educational and personal development of children and young people aged 5-19 across the UK. It incorporates the former organisations Film Club (young people watching film) and First Light Movies (young people making film) alongside a range of other activities.
John Brabourne Awards
The John Braebourne awards are named after one of the UK’s most prolific producers. The awards aim to support emerging talent to develop their careers in the film and TV industries. There are awards supported by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund and awards sponsored by various industry companies and organisations.
MEDIA Creative Europe
As part of its aim to strengthen Europe’s audiovisual industry, Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme supports over 60 different training activities. In addition MEDIA Mundus, the European Commission's new international co-operation programme, supports initiatives including training courses, which strengthen cultural and commercial relations in the audiovisual industry between Europe and professionals of non-European countries.
Met Film School
Met Film School is part of the Met Film group consisting of the school, Met Film Production and Met Film Post. Unlike any other film school they are completely integrated within the film industry. Met Film Production develops and produces a number of feature films each year and Met Film Post is a leading post-production business, specialising in end-to-end sound and picture post.
The Production Guild
The Production Guild is the UK’s leading industry membership organisation for professionals working in production management for feature film and TV drama. They have over 900 freelance and permanently employed members working in accounts, production, assistant directing, location management, post production and VFX. The organisation runs training courses for both new entrants and professionals wishing to develop their production knowledge and skills.
Founded in 1992, Raindance combines innovative film training, a major film festival and the prestigious British Independent Film Awards in its role covering all aspects of independent filmmaking in the UK.