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Film Academy Ages 16-18

Imperial College London Summer School 2019
Also available in Oxford

An intensive filmmaking summer course for students aged 16-18, designed and delivered by industry professionals.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2019

  • Live, dine and study in Imperial College London
  • 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 - make new international friends
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

The Film Academy course for ages 16-18 is a two-week extensive HD Digital Video Production 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 will 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 the Film Academy Course

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 filmmaking 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:

  • Learned 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


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

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 (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, or have always wanted to create your own production, if you like to get out of the classroom and make things happen, and if you like to explore different locations and problem-solve

Welcome to London - your home this summer

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The most bustling of all our centres, London is a cosmopolitan hotspot where students can really experience the melting pot of the United Kingdom. Our London summer school takes place in Imperial College London, situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Students will live and study in Imperial College London, experiencing student life in one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Students in London will experience life in the buzzing heart of the UK's capital, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our London Summer School has to offer.

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Useful information for students & parents


Students at Imperial College London will be accommodated in comfortable en-suite single rooms. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at Imperial College London, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like.

Learn more about our Imperial College London centre.

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 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 university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college 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 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.

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