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Summer Study Abroad - Filmmaking

You will learn how to produce your own short film, shot here in London. You will go from the basics of filmmaking to producing and editing on an intensive, hands-on course. It is suitable for those who want to learn either dramatic or documentary filmmaking.

You will study in intensive workshops, with your own tutor and you will work in teams to make your films. You will assume a variety of roles: writer, producer, director, editor and performer In each area you will be supported and taught by experts. This is an intensive course and you will be expected to work with your team in the evenings and at the weekends.

You will have access to a kit-room stocked with Canon XA10 camcorders, booms and lighting rigs. Once you have finished filming, you can edit your films in our edit suites installed with industry-standard editing software: Avid, Apple Final Cut Pro and Logic, Adobe Creative Cloud Premiere and After Effects.

Most of all the film will be fun. You will come together with like-minded people, sharing the adventure of filmmaking with all its challenges and thrills and you will leave us with a fully-produced short film. See further course information below.

Course Aims

  • Give you a specialised study experience in the creative and technical aspects of digital film production.
  • Promote collaboration and team-working to enable the production of original works of fiction and documentary film
  • Enable you to understand the role of the moving image as a force for communication

Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to research ideas that can be developed into fiction or documentary films
  • Apply skills in communication, problem solving, critical evaluation and teamwork by creating films as member of a team
  • Apply a range of specialist creative technical and key skills, producing informed and considered solutions to specific problems in film production & criticism.


"The course was really good and the tutors were amazing. Made the class very engaging while allowing the knowledge of filmmaking to be presented and being very hands on. Overall it was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning the basics of filmmaking while creating a film in the process."

"I really enjoyed the course. The tutors were very patient with all of us and taught us a lot of things from the entire process of filmmaking. The team I worked with was very interested in the project and we work efficiently as a team."

"The course was so worth it. It was very intensive and I can't believe I can learn so much in 3 weeks. It was so helpful and very practical which I really appreciated. The tutors were very easy to approach. I definitely felt guided by them."

Archie Sinclair

Archie Sinclair is a cinematographer and filmmaker. For the past four years he has run Grey Moth Ltd, a production company that shooting commercials, music videos, short narrative film, art film and documentary.

As well as conventional shooting, the company specialises in long-term time-lapse and aerial work with drones. He has worked in the film industry for over 10 years.

Chuckie McEwan

Chuckie is a filmmaker and producer with experience in documentary, commercials, multi-platform, feature film and animation. Notably, Chuckie worked on Superbob, a British feature film, and The Pixelarity, an animated kids series for Maker studios, Disney. Chuckie lectures production on MA Film, and BA Film & Television.

Course Handbook: Download an example Handbook - Filmmaking PDF (360KB).

Each year the content, dates and tutors vary slightly.

Summer Study Abroad Entry Requirements:

Academic - You should have some previous undergraduate study, but, you do not need any prior experience of filmmaking. If you are coming from North America you should have a GPA of around 3.0 or higher. If you have questions about your academic background, please make an enquiry to the UAL Study Abroad team.

English - You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an IELTS score of 6.0. The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students.

On completion of this course you will receive a short course certificate of attendance.

If you need any additional supporting documentation to convert this into credit for your home university we can provide that for you. This summer school is based on classes from BA Filmmaking courses at London College of Communication.