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Film Academy for 16-18 years

Film Academy for 16-18 years

An intensive film-making summer course, residential in Oxford, designed and delivered by industry professionals.

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Course Summary

The Film Academy course for ages 16-18 is a two-week extensive film-making course where students learn the whole process of video production, from the initial idea through to a final film. The course shows students how to plan, storyboard, script and then shoot and edit a short drama or a documentary. Students gain a sense of independence in producing their own film, and benefit from the guidance of expert tutors in order to do this.

Shoots take place on location, giving students the opportunity to see numerous beautiful and interesting locations around the city they stay in. Students will use industry-standard HD video equipment, lighting, microphones and monitor.

This course is suitable for beginners, students with limited video experience, or as a progression from the Film Academy for students aged 13-15.

What to expect from Film Academy for 16-18 years

This course teaches specific skills needed to be a director, producer, director of photography or editor. With this knowledge, students let their imagination run wild as they create their own films, identify their strengths, and cooperate with their peers to shape their work. Students also have the opportunity to work with actors and industry professionals, allowing them to experience the world of film-making first-hand.

From day one, students get to use HD Digital Camcorders. Top-class equipment and practical workshops ensure that students can learn as they work, experimenting with different shots and refining their own videographic style.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:


Topics covered

Students will learn the basics of production, including planning, script-writing, development, location finding and storyboarding. Students have the opportunity to use industry-standard HD video equipment, professional microphones and lighting equipment to shoot their production on location. Alongside providing the best environment in which to refine their production skills, this also means that students can explore the beautiful cities they reside in. Once the film is shot, students use the latest Apple Macs and Final Cut Pro to edit their masterpiece. Credits and titles complete the production, before the films are remastered for web release and their own portfolios. Many films are even shown at the Graduation ceremony, proving the strength of the material produced during the course. The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 Week 2
Monday Directing theory, technical training, camera races Shoot day 3
Tuesday Practice shoot Pick-ups, edit day 1
Wednesday Practice shoot Edit day 2
Thursday Shoot day 1 Edit day 3
Friday Shoot day 2 Final edit day, screening



The course is taught by established industry professionals with a passion for crafting moving image.


Take this course if…

Take this course if you love films and have always wanted to create your own production, and if you like to get out of the classroom and make things happen.


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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