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Film Academy Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2020
We also offer a Film Academy course for ages 16-18

A two-week extensive HD Digital Video Production course in which students learn the whole process of video production from the initial idea through to a final film. Learn to plan, storyboard, script and then shoot and edit a short drama or documentary.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's media and film faculty
  • Learn how to use cutting-edge equipment and software, including Macs and Final Cut Pro
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural and enrichment programme

Course Summary

Oxford Royale Academy's Film Academy summer course for ages 13-15 is an intensive filmmaking programme, designed and delivered by industry professionals.

The first part of the process is to learn the basics of production – planning, script writing and development, location scouting, and storyboarding. Once students are ready to start filming they work in small groups using the latest HD video cameras, professional microphones and lighting equipment to shoot their production on location. Once the film is ‘in the can’ students use the latest Apple Macs and Final Cut Pro to edit their masterpiece. Credits and titles complete the production, followed by mastering for the students’ own portfolio, for the web and for release at the graduation ceremony.

What to expect from Film Academy for 13-15 years

This course teaches specific skills needed to be a director, producer, director of photography or editor. With this knowledge, students will then be able to create their own film, identify their strengths and work with their fellow peers to shape their work. Students also have the opportunity to work with actors and industry professionals, allowing them to experience the world of filmmaking first-hand.

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


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

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • Learnt the basics of production, including planning, script-writing, development,location finding and storyboarding
  • Experienced working with HD Video equipment
  • Shot their own short film
  • Met industry professionals
  • Improved their video production and problem-solving skills
  • Increased their creativity and independence

In the afternoons, they will venture out into the streets of their chosen city, with full faculty guidance, to shoot a film of their own using professional quality HD video cameras. Students will get the chance to try different roles throughout the film production process, including script-writing and editing, location scouting, camera operating, sound, lighting, and directing. They will cut and edit their film using industry-standard software, and showcase their work to their peers at the end of 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 (Scroll right for week 2) 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

Take this course if...

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

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an undergraduate student might be like at Oxford or Cambridge. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extracurricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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Film Academy for Ages 13-15 is residential in the following venues:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our admissions team)

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