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Film Academy

An intensive filmmaking summer course for students aged 16-18, designed
and delivered by industry professionals and residential in Balliol College, Oxford.   Apply Now

Course Dates

2-week courses
  • 6th July – 19th July
  • 20th July – 2nd August

At a Glance

  •  University of Oxford campus
  • 130715_ORAicons_7_short_film Produce, direct and edit a short film
  • 130715_ORAicons_8_shoot_on_location Shoot on location in Oxford
  • 130715_ORAicons_9_use_applemacs Use Apple Macs and Final Cut Pro
  • 130715_ORAicons_3_coach_excursions 3 coach excursions included
  • 130715_ORAicons_4_formal_graduation Formal Graduation ceremony
  • 130715_ORAicons_5_recieve_report_cards_and_certificates Report cards and a certificate
  • 130715_ORAicons_6_make_friends Make new international friends

Overview

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

Academic Content

The shoot takes place on location in Oxford, giving students the opportunity to see numerous beautiful and interesting locations around the city. Students use industry-standard HD video equipment, lighting, microphones and monitor.

Students have the opportunity to try all the roles on the shoot in order to help them understand the different aspects of the filmmaking process. Students then edit their productions on Apple Macs with professional Final Cut Pro editing software.

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

The programme includes:

  • 21 hours per week of Film Academy lessons and workshops.

  • Access to the latest HD video camcorders, equipment and Apple Mac edit suites with Final Cut Pro.

  • Industry professional guest speakers.

  • Graduation event including film premieres.

  • Full social and cultural programme with Oxford Royale students from other courses.

  • Coach trips to London, Blenheim Palace and beyond.

  • Live-in staff members.

Learning Objectives

The programme is an intense ‘hands on’ experience delivered by industry professionals. Throughout the course students produce, direct and edit a short narrative film. The course teaches specific skills needed to be a director, producer, director of photography, or editor. With this knowledge students can create their film, discover their strengths and work with their fellow students to shape their piece of work.

Students also have the opportunity to work with actors and industry professionals allowing them to experience the world of film-making first hand. The shoot takes place on location in Oxford, giving students the opportunity to see numerous beautiful and interesting locations around the city. Students use industry standard HD video equipment, lighting, microphones and monitor. Students have the opportunity to try all the roles on the shoot in order to help them understand the different aspects of the film-making process.

Students then edit their productions on Apple Macs with professional Final Cut Pro editing software. This course is suitable for beginners, students with limited video experience, or as a progression from the Film Academy for students aged 13-15.

Transferable Life Skills

Attendees on the Film Academy are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a college of the University of Oxford, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include:
  • developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
  • confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
  • responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
  • communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.

Our Students

Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford courses. In 2013, attendees came from 99 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends.

Timetable 16-18s

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Roll over the items in the timetable for more details!
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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Breakfast

Breakfast

07:30 - 08:30
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  • Get ready for the day ahead with breakfast in College
  • Breakfast is included for all ORA students
Walk to lessons

Walk to lessons

08:30 - 09:00
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  • Some teaching rooms are located on campus, others are elsewhere in Oxford
Cultural excursion

Cultural excursion

09:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit places of cultural and historical interest in the UK
  • Possible excursions: Hampton Court Palace, The Tower of London, Warwick Castleand more!
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Morning Break

Morning Break

10:30 - 11:00
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  • Time for students to have refreshments
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

11:00 - 12:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes after the morning break
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Arrival at your college

Arrival at your college

12:00 - 16:30
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  • Registration
  • Collection of Arrival Pack and timetable
  • Time for students to move into their room and unpack
  • Refreshments for students and parents
Lunch Hour

Lunch Hour

12:30 - 13:30
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  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes in Oxford
  • Just like an undergraduate in the city would!
Afternoon lessons

Afternoon lessons

13:30 - 15:30
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  • Students follow their chosen afternoon study option for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Interactive workshops for students on our Academic, Film and English Language programmes; excursions and application practise for our University Prep students
Afternoon activities

Afternoon activities

13:30 - 18:00
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  • Possible options:
  • College tours in Oxford
  • Punting
  • Visit to the famous Ashmolean Museum
  • Visit to the Botanic Gardens in Oxford
  • Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum
Afternoon lessons

Afternoon lessons

13:30 - 15:30
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  • Students follow their chosen afternoon study option for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Interactive workshops for students on our Academic, Film and English Language programmes; excursions and application practise for our University Prep students
Cultural excursion

Cultural excursion

13:30 - 18:00
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  • Visit places of cultural and historical interest in the UK
  • Possible excursions: Hampton Court Palace, The Tower of London, Warwick Castle and more!
Afternoon lessons

Afternoon lessons

13:30 - 15:30
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  • Students follow their chosen afternoon study option for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Interactive workshops for students on our Academic, Film and English Language programmes; excursions and application practise for our University Prep students
Welcome reception

Welcome reception

17:00 - 18:00
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  • Welcome presentation by the Programme Director
  • Parents can meet the Campus Staff and other ORA parents
  • Chance for students to meet their new friends from around the world
Tours of Oxford

Tours of Oxford

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit many of Oxford's famous landmarks
  • Including the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera and the Sheldonian Theatre
  • Let Oxford's 'Dreaming Spires' inspire you!
Afternoon activities

Afternoon activities

16:00 - 18:00
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  • A traditional Oxford pastime!
  • Make your way down the river in a flat-bottomed boat, with help from our Counsellors
Guest lecture

Guest lecture

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Listen to an expert give a lecture on their specialist subject
  • Previous guest lecture topics have included "Green Economics", "Social Networking and the Mind", "Are we living in a computer simulation?" and many more
Dinner in College

Dinner in College

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your College's dining hall on every night of the programme
  • Dinner is included for ORA students aged 16-18
Dinner in College

Dinner in College

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your College's dining hall on every night of the programme
  • Dinner is included for ORA students aged 16-18
Induction talk and “Ice Breaker” activities

Induction talk and “Ice Breaker” activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Presentation by Programme Director to students
  • Icebreaker activities: have fun with your Course Counsellors and your new friends!
Evening activities

Evening activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Quiz nights
  • Fencing workshops
  • Karaoke
  • Film nights
  • Talent shows
  • Dance workshops
  • And many more!
Evening activities

Evening activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Quiz nights
  • Fencing workshops
  • Karaoke
  • Film nights
  • Talent shows
  • Dance workshops
  • And many more!
Evening activities

Evening activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Quiz nights
  • Fencing workshops
  • Karaoke
  • Film nights
  • Talent shows
  • Dance workshops
  • And many more!
Party

Party

19:30 - 22:00
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  • Party at a local Country House or Hotel
  • Party with your new friends!
  • Every event has an exciting theme - Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade, Fairground, Beach Party and many more have taken place in recent years!
Evening activities

Evening activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Quiz nights
  • Fencing workshops
  • Karaoke
  • Film nights
  • Talent shows
  • Dance workshops
  • And many more!
Curfew

Curfew

22:30 - 23:00
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  • Evening briefing from Campus Staff
  • Lights out
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Free time

Free time

08:30 - 18:00
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  • Work on your homework assignments
  • Explore Oxford in groups
  • Informal sports sessions with Campus Staff
Breakfast

Breakfast

07:30 - 08:30
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  • Get ready for the day ahead with breakfast in College
  • Breakfast is included for all ORA students
Walk to lessons

Walk to lessons

08:30 - 09:00
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  • Some teaching rooms are located on campus, others are elsewhere in Oxford
Departures

Departures

09:00 - 17:00
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  • Say goodbye to Oxford and to your College
  • Collect your reports and your certificates
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Morning Break

Morning Break

10:30 - 11:00
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  • Time for students to have refreshments
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

11:00 - 12:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes after the morning break
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Lunch Hour

Lunch Hour

12:30 - 13:30
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  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes in Oxford
  • Just like an undergraduate in the city would!
Afternoon lessons

Afternoon lessons

13:30 - 15:30
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  • Students follow their chosen afternoon study option for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Interactive workshops for students on our Academic, Film and English Language programmes; excursions and application practise for our University Prep students
Cultural excursion

Cultural excursion

13:30 - 22:30
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  • Visit places of cultural and historical interest in the UK
  • Possible excursions: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath, Blenheim Palace and many more!
  • Includes dinner at a restaurant
Afternoon lessons

Afternoon lessons

13:30 - 15:30
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  • Students follow their chosen afternoon study option for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Interactive workshops for students on our Academic, Film and English Language programmes; excursions and application practise for our University Prep students
Afternoon activities

Afternoon activities

13:30 - 18:00
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  • Possible options:
  • College tours in Oxford
  • Punting
  • Visit to the famous Ashmolean Museum
  • Visit to the Botanic Gardens in Oxford
  • Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum
Afternoon lessons

Afternoon lessons

13:30 - 15:30
image description
  • Students follow their chosen afternoon study option for two hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Interactive workshops for students on our Academic, Film and English Language programmes; excursions and application practise for our University Prep students
Guest lecture

Guest lecture

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Listen to an expert give a lecture on their specialist subject
  • Previous guest lecture topics have included "Green Economics", "Social Networking and the Mind", "Are we living in a computer simulation?" and many more
Afternoon activities

Afternoon activities

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Possible options:
  • College tours in Oxford
  • Punting
  • Visit to the famous Ashmolean Museum
  • Visit to the Botanic Gardens in Oxford
  • Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum
Punting

Punting

16:00 - 18:00
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  • A traditional Oxford pastime!
  • Make your way down the river in a flat-bottomed boat, with help from our Counsellors
Dinner in College

Dinner in College

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your College's dining hall on every night of the programme
  • Dinner is included for ORA students aged 16-18
Dinner in College

Dinner in College

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your College's dining hall on every night of the programme
  • Dinner is included for ORA students aged 16-18
Party

Party

19:30 - 22:00
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  • Party at a local Country House or Hotel
  • Party with your new friends!
  • Every event has an exciting theme - Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade, Fairground, Beach Party and many more have taken place in recent years!
Graduation dinner

Graduation dinner

18:00 - 19:00
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  • Start your graduation night in style!
  • Three-course dinner provided at your College
Free time

Free time

19:30 - 22:00
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  • Work on your homework assignments
  • Explore Oxford in groups
  • Informal sports sessions with Campus Staff
Evening activities

Evening activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Watch a Shakespeare production in Oxford
  • Quiz nights
  • University and Careers discussion with Counsellors
  • Trip to G&Ds Ice Cream Parlour
  • Summer sports on campus
  • Film nights
  • And many more!
Evening activities

Evening activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Watch a Shakespeare production in Oxford
  • Quiz nights
  • University and Careers discussion with Counsellors
  • Trip to G&Ds Ice Cream Parlour
  • Summer sports on campus
  • Film nights
  • And many more!
Graduation ceremony and party

Graduation ceremony and party

19:00 - 22:00
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  • Graduate from Oxford Royale Academy in a ceremony at your College
  • Listen to speeches from the Programme Director, other campus staff and fellow students
  • Parents are welcome to attend
  • Followed by a themed graduation party for students to enjoy one last night together!
Curfew

Curfew

22:30 - 23:00
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  • Evening briefing from Campus Staff
  • Lights out

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. In 2013, over 70 per cent of our faculty was educated or had worked at either Oxford or Cambridge Universities. 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 and 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. In 2013, these took place in the Examination Schools of the University of Oxford, allowing ORA students to experience a lecture in the same environment as a University undergraduate. 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 coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the Film Academy, attendees will board the ORA coach to three such destinations. Last summer, coach excursions for students aged 16-18 included visits to Blenheim Palace, Hampton Court and Stonehenge.

Extra-Curricular 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 being in Oxford.

Some past afternoon activities enjoyed by our students include the following:

  • Punting: travel the waterways of the River Cherwell in a flat-bottomed boat, using a five-metre-long pole to propel your vessel! This mode of transport is unique to Oxford and Cambridge. Our team of Counsellors will be on hand to advise you (or to do it for you!).
  • Summer sports: have you ever played the traditional English game of croquet? There will be the chance to do so on the lawns of your College! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
  • College and museum tours: if you are thinking of applying to study at the University of Oxford, an ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the institution’s most famous Colleges (including New College, Magdalen College and Christ Church). You will also have the chance to visit Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum – famous for being the world’s first university museum.
  • Dance and music workshops: have you ever wanted to try Indian dance? How about Salsa dancing? Or Drumming? Experts in these art forms will be dropping in to our campuses to run workshops, allowing our students to unleash their creative sides.

The events and entertainment on offer don’t stop when the sun starts to go down at our campuses! The following will be available to every student on our Film Academy:

  • Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends, without having to leave your College!
  • Karaoke in Oxford: head to a venue in Oxford and sing along to the latest hits!
  • Themed parties at local hotels and country houses: head to a local venue and enjoy dinner and dancing with your friends from around the world; past venues include Ardington House in Oxfordshire and The Randolph Hotel in the city of Oxford. Every party has a theme: Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade and The Olympics are examples of past themes!
  • Graduation: a formal graduation ceremony will be held on the last night of your course. This is followed by your Graduation dinner and party — a glamorous conclusion to your stay in Oxford!
Our programmes are designed to give students a sense of the independence that studying at university brings. Students on the Film Academy can explore Oxford with friends in the free time that they are given in the afternoons and evenings. Students can also use this time to research assignments and complete homework.

College Life

All ORA courses are residential in Colleges of the University of Oxford. This means our students have the fantastic opportunity to spend part of their summer living and studying in the environment of one of the best universities in the world. Oxford is quite unlike anywhere else. With a unique ensemble cast of architectural marvels famed the world over, the city feels incredibly ancient, yet continues to be home to some of the most progressive and innovative thinkers of the twenty-first century. Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. The experience of living and studying in an Oxford College is particularly valuable for our students aged 16-18, as they begin to consider their academic lives beyond high school. Many attendees on our courses are so impressed by the architecture and atmosphere of Oxford and of their College, they are inspired to apply to study as undergraduates at the University of Oxford. The Film Academy for 2014 is residential in Balliol College, University of Oxford. Please click on the link for more information about these Colleges.

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What’s Included?

Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA course:

  • Study

    • 21 taught hours per week
    • Study files and materials
    • Guest lectures from academic speakers
    • Personalised academic reports
    • Course certificate after graduation
  • Explore

    • Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
    • 3 coach excursions per course
    • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
    • Discounts at shops around Oxford
  • Live

    • Accommodation in the University of Oxford
    • Breakfast and Dinner in the Hall
    • Free WiFi (subject to availability in College)
    • Daily updates on the ORA blog (great for parents!)
    • Private Medical / Travel insurance
  • Extras

    • ORA T-shirt,
    • ID badge and lanyard
    • Welcome and arrival packs
    • Year group photo
    • Course memento video
    • ORA notebook

Student Welfare

The safety and security of our students is ORA’s top priority. All of the Colleges at which our courses run are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each College is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of Porters. In addition, Oxford Royale Academy’s comprehensively trained team of campus staff are always on hand. If you join us this summer, you will see the following members of staff on your campus:

Each ORA campus has a Programme Director (PD), who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the summer school at their College. PDs are residential in the College for the duration of the programme, so they are always close by should they be needed. Programme Directors typically have years of experience in education and the management of schools, colleges and student welfare.
The Junior Deans (JDs) assist the Programme Director with the management of the summer school at their campus. They will also be responsible for leading excursions and activities. JDs are typically returning for their third summer with Oxford Royale, or have extensive experience in summer schools or camps elsewhere. JDs are usually residential in their College.
Each ORA campus has a team of Counsellors who will be a student’s first point of contact in most cases. All Counsellors are friendly and approachable, and are thoroughly trained by Oxford Royale in the management of events for young people. Many of our Counsellors are current or former members of the University of Oxford and other top universities in the UK; they are always happy to discuss careers or admissions with our students.
ORA has a team of private nurses, who host drop-in sessions at all of our campuses on a rota basis. If a student feels unwell, they can either see one of the Nurses, or go straight to our recommended private GP Surgery (Doctor). ORA courses include Private Medical cover should the need arise.

Some lessons on the Film Academy take place in the Colleges; others are held at nearby venues in the city. Students who are required to travel to alternative venues are escorted by Counsellors on the first day, so they know how to get there safely and on time.

Practical Information

  • Flights

    Most students who come to ORA will have to book a flight to the UK. ORA courses do not include flights. Information on the best time to arrive will be on your course confirmation email and in your Welcome Pack.

  • Arrival / Departure Transfers

    ORA offers coach transfers between all of our Oxford campuses and London Heathrow airport, for a small extra charge. We are also able to arrange taxi transfers from all other airports and destinations, again at an extra charge. For more information, please click here.

  • Scholarships

    Every year, ORA offers a number of scholarships to talented students aged 16-18 from around the world. If you would like to read more about the financial aid we can offer, please click here.

  • Welcome Reception and Graduation

    Parents / family are welcome to attend these events at the start and end of their student’s course. For more information, please contact our Registrations Department on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk.

  • Medical and Dietary Information

    All students who enrol are required to complete our Medical and Dietary Information form. A link will be emailed to all students once their enrolment is confirmed.

Eligibility and Pre-requisites

Students on the Film Academy:

  • Must be aged 16-18 before 1st September 2014. (Read more about 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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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.
  • Should check the pre-requisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes.

Dates, Fees and Locations

Course Length Course Dates Course Fees Location
2 weeks
  • 6 – 19 Jul - sorry, course full
  • 20 Jul – 2 Aug
  • 4,195 GBP
  • 4,195 GBP

How to Apply

If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the Film Academy for 2014 is online. You will need to know which subjects you would like to study (a first choice and a reserve choice is required for each list), as well as a valid credit or debit card to submit the deposit payment of GBP 495.00 (we regret that we are not able to accept American Express as a form of payment).

If you prefer, you can complete our paper application form, which is available for download by clicking here. You can then return this to our offices by one of the following methods:

  • Scan and e-mail to admin@oxford-royale.co.uk
  • Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
  • Post to the address below

For enrolments via the paper application form, we are able to accept the GBP 495.00 course deposit by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please see the form for full details.

Further Information and Documents

If you would like to consult with one of our Registrations Team members before making a booking, we would be delighted to hear from you.
admin@oxford-royale.co.uk +44 (0) 845 130 60 21