These courses help train and inspire the next generation of UK filmmakers, supporting young people aged 16 to 19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film. No experience is necessary.

Courses are delivered across the UK . See the table below for details of areas, how and when to apply and when each course is running.

BFI Film Academy UK short courses by location
Location Organisation / application link Enquiries Application dates (opens / closes)
Aberdeen Station House Media Unit Closed
Aberystwyth Bulldozer Films Closed
Argyll and Bute Screen Argyll Closed
Barrow-in-Furness Signals Film and Media Closed
Belfast, Derry and Amargh The Nerve Centre Closed
Belfast Cinemagic Closed
Birmingham 104 Films Closed
Bournemouth White Lantern Closed
Bradford Reel Solutions Closed
Bridgewater Somerset Film and Video Closed
Bristol Watershed Closed
Cambridge 104 projects CIC Closed
Cardiff and Swansea Bulldozer Films Closed
Chester Reel Solutions Closed
Colchester Signals Essex Closed
Crook, County Durham Jack Drum Arts Closed
Derby Derby Quad Closed
Edinburgh Screen Education Edinburgh Closed
Glasgow GMAC Film Closed
Hereford Rural Media Closed
Hull CTVC Closed
Ipswich and Norwich Creative Nation Closed
Kent Screen South Closed
Leeds Leeds Young Film Closed
Lincoln Paradigm Arts Closed
Liverpool Edge Hill University ICE Closed
London British Film Institute Closed
London CTVC Closed
London, Barking Young Film Academy Closed
London, Brixton Rennaisance Studios Closed
London, Fulham London Film Academy Closed
London, Islington The Film and Video Workshop Closed
London, Shoreditch Eastside Educational Trust Closed
Manchester HOME Closed
Newcastle upon Tyne Tyneside Cinema Closed
Nottingham Broadway Closed
Oxford Film Oxford Closed
Plymouth Arts University Plymouth Closed
Sheffield Showroom Workstation Closed
Shrewsbury MediaActive Closed
Slough Resource Productions Closed
Wem, Shropshire MediaActive Closed
Suffolk Creative Nation Closed

BFI Film Academy courses are supported by the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Screen Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.

Eligibility for short courses

In order to apply you must:

  • be aged 16 to 19-years-old on the first day of the course
  • be a UK resident
  • have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry
  • be able to commit to the duration of the course
  • not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts
  • not have previously enrolled on a BFI Film Academy course

As each course is likely to have more people apply than available places, any evidence you have of your passion or talent will help your application. Every course is open to young people from anywhere in the UK and from any background. No academic education or degree is necessary.

Course accessibility

The BFI Film Academy encourages young people from all backgrounds and abilities to apply. Please email or your local provider to discuss any learning support or access requirements that you may have.


Short courses cost £25, but if you are unable to pay the fee don’t let this discourage you from applying. Contact the course provider, as costs may be waived. Bursaries for travel and childcare are also available if you require assistance with these costs.

How to apply

Each course has its own application process and you will need to apply directly to the organisation running it. Please visit the relevant organisation links in the table for further information.

The starting date for each course varies and there are different deadlines for applications. Please ensure that you can make all the dates for your chosen course before applying.

Related qualifications

If you enrol on a UK short course you will be completing one of the following qualifications:


The Preparing to Work in the Film Industry qualification is an NCFE Level 2 award, which helps to develop young people’s interest, passion and skills to help them in their potential careers across the film industry. This qualification has been driven by the needs of industry and education partners.

Arts Award

The Arts Award is a framework developed by Arts Council England to help young people learn new skills and share them. The BFI Film Academy is using Explore (specifically for participants with disabilities), Bronze and Silver. Employers, universities and colleges know that Arts Award is a qualification that shows young people’s level of commitment and progress in the arts, and in developing new skills.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please email .

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