Short Film Courses

Short Film Courses at Film Oxford – The Alternative, Affordable Film School

Film Oxford short film courses for adults (16+) are run by award-winning filmmakers, artists and digital creatives at subsidised prices. Learn the technical & creative skills you need to go on to write, create, direct, produce and distribute your own films and to develop creative skills. (Click on each course below for full details. Need help choosing? See Choosing a Course Guide.)


Taster Courses. Suitable for complete beginners in digital video, and animation. They are run at an easy pace and require no prior skills, other than basic computer skills.

Stop Motion Animation

Next course: Weekend 15th & 16th December 2018 10am-4pm - Places available

£125; £113 (early booking discount til 2nd December); £94 concessions

Learn how to make your own stop motion animation films.

3 Day Video Production Course

Next course: Wednesday 5th - Friday 7th December 2018, 9.30am-2.45pm - Places available

£160; £144 (early booking discount til 21st November); £125 concessions

Learn how to make a film from start to finish.

Introduction to Digital Video

Next course: Weekend 24th & 25th November 2018, 10am-5pm - Places available

£122 (Early booking price if booked by 11th Nov.), £132 Full Price, £105 concessions

A hands-on introduction to digital video cameras and editing for beginners.


Beginners Courses. Suitable as follow-on courses from Level 1 tasters, or can be taken as first courses by confident learners.

Shooting Video – Our main beginners production course

Next course: Starts Tuesday 30th October 2018, 7 x Tuesday evenings 7-10pm + 2 weekend days - FULLY BOOKED email for reserve list -

£262, £236 (early booking discount 16th October), £196 concessions

Professionals will teach you the essentials of filmmaking, whilst you Shoot and Edit a short film over 8 weeks.

Introduction to Photoshop

Next course: Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th November 2018, 10am-4pm - only TWO places left

£125; £112 (10% early booking discount until 21st October); £97 concessions

Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop to take your photography to the next level.

Introduction to Screenwriting

Next course: Weekend 27th & 28th October 2018, 10am-4pm - only ONE place left

£125; £112 (10% early booking discount til 14th October); £97 concessions.

The Screenwriting Weekend is an introductory course for people planning their first screenplay or wanting to improve their screenwriting skills.

Adobe Premiere Editing

Next course: Weekend 10am-4.30pm - New dates To be confirmed

£162, £146 (early booking discount til 30th September), £122 concessions

Learn how to import footage and edit, explore transitions, titling, sound editing and effects on Adobe Premiere.

Creative VJ – Make music for your eyes!

Next course: Weekend 1st & 2nd December 2018 11am-6pm

£155; £139 (early booking discount until 18th November); £116 concessions

Develop your VJ skills combining DJing, live cinema and the visual arts.

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pr weekend Film Oxford

Next course: Weekend 10am-4.30pm - New dates To be confirmed

£165, £148 (10% early booking discount until 23rd September 2018), £129 concessions

Learn to use apple video editing software FCPX – import footage and edit, explore transitions, titling, sound editing and effects.


Intermediate Courses. Follow-on courses from Level 2 or aimed at learners with some experience. The pace of these courses is generally more intense and demanding.

Directing Drama for Film & TV

Directing Drama for Film & TV weekend course with Simon Hook

Next course: New dates to be confirmed

£166; £149 (10% early booking discount until 30th September); £132 concessions.

Learn how to be an effective Screen Drama Director with an award-winning director.

Developing Documentaries weekend course

Next course: 9th & 10th February 2019, 10am-4pm - places available

£135; £121 (early booking discount until 14th October 2018); £100 concessions

Developing Documentaries will give you the tools, techniques and knowledge required to go on to research, develop, schedule and plan your own documentaries.

DSLR Cinematography (incl. Mirrorless cameras)

Next course: Sunday 4th November 2018, 10am-5pm

£100; £90 (early booking discount til 21st October 2018); £75 concessions - only FOUR Places left

Shoot the best footage with DSLR or Mirrorless cameras. One day course with a professional.

Lighting Workshop

Film Oxford lighting course

Next course: Sunday 21st October 2018, 10am-5pm - Only TWO places left

£100, £90 (early booking discount if booked by 14th Oct.), £75 concessions

This Lighting Workshop introduces the principles of using different professional lights, giving you the confidence to deal with diverse lighting situations.

Location Sound Workshop (for Film & TV)

Film Oxford Location Sound Recording weekend course

Next course: Weekend, 10am-5pm - New dates To be confirmed

£165; £149 (10% early booking discount til 7th October); £132 concessions

Improve your location sound mixing and recording techniques.

Adobe After Effects – Post-Production Video Effects

Next course: Weekend 24th & 25th November 2018, 10am-5pm - Places available

£159; £143 (10% early booking discount 11th November); £120 concessions

This course is for low-budget filmmakers and those wanting to learn affordable tools for transforming their own footage.

Video Camera Course (4K & HD)

Next course: new dates TBC

£90 (Early booking price), £100 Full Price, £75 concessions

Video Camera Course (4k & HD) at Film Oxford is a one day pro-camera course with professional TV/Film cameraman and lighting director Graham Reed.

New Screenwriters Workshop

Next course: TBC - Sunday evenings, 8 sessions - email to express an interest

£252 Full Price; £189 Concessions.

The New Screenwriters Workshop is a bespoke discussion-based workshop giving individual attention to each participant’s project from concept to finished script.

Film Producing on a Microbudget

Next course: Weekend - Run On Demand (email us to express an interest)

£125; £113 (early booking discount); £94 concessions.

Find out how to get your film made on a microbudget.

Tailor-made and advanced Courses

Film Oxford runs bespoke courses for organisations, businesses or individuals. If you want us to run a course for you that fits in with your schedule, whether at Film Oxford or your own premises, please get in touch. We can also run Advanced and Specialised courses upon request and also work with other organisations to deliver training.

Bespoke training for organisations or groups.

Contact Richard Duriez to discuss your needs

Bespoke training for organisations, businesses and individuals.

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