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Oxford Summer School 2018

Film Academy Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2018


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

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • 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 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme

Course Summary

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 film-making first-hand.

The shoot takes 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.

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.

Where could the Film Academy summer course lead you?

Why choose Film Academy for 16-18 years?

Film Academy 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.

How will Film Academy help me?

Students will learn the basics of production – planning, script writing and development, location finding 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, then mastering for the students’ own portfolio, for web and for release at the graduation ceremony - perfect for their portfolios.

Is this course for me?

The programme is very much ‘hands on’. From day one students get to use HD Digital Camcorders. The course teachers are established industry professionals with a passion for crafting moving image. If you like to get out of the classroom and make things happen, explore different locations, and problem-solve, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

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.

What will you get out of the Film Academy course?

Students benefit from over 20 hours per week of Film Academy lessons and workshops. They will have access to the latest HD video camcorders, equipment and Apple Mac edit suites with Final Cut Pro. Industry professional guest speakers provide valuable insight to what it is like to work in the industry, and the graduation event, including film premieres, is the highlight of the course.

Students will take part in a full social and cultural programme with Oxford Royale students from other courses, including coach trips to London, Blenheim Palace and beyond.

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

Accommodation

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. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridoor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though 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 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 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.

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(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 registrations team)

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