Short Film Courses at Film Oxford – Learn the technical & creative skills you need to go on to write, create, direct, produce and distribute your own films.
Film Oxford is a regional Hub for Film and Digital Media, supporting a community of filmmakers and digital creators through our programme of TRAIN, NETWORK, CREATE, EXHIBIT. Our adult short film courses, are run by award winning filmmakers at subsidised prices. They teach you the technical side of Film and Digital Media, as well as the creative tools you need to go on to write, make and distribute your own films. We have more than 40 years experience in delivering training to complete beginners, emerging talent, artists, and Film & TV professionals, as well as the education, corporate and charity sectors. (All our courses are listed Below, click on each course for full details.) For more information on choosing a course see Choosing a Course Guide.
These Taster courses courses are 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.
(All Level 2 courses are also suitable for beginners but often have additional entry requirements – see course details).
Stop Motion Animation
Next course: Weekend 7th & 8th April 2018, 10am-4pm - Places available
£125; £113 (early booking discount til 25th March); £94 concessions
Learn how to make your own stop motion animation films.
Introduction to Digital Video
Next course: Weekend 17th & 18th March, 10am-4.30pm - Places available
£135, £122 (early booking discount til 4th March) , £105 concessions
A hands-on introduction to digital video cameras and editing for beginners.
3 Day Video Production Course
Next course: Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th April - Places available
£160; £144 (early booking discount til 8th April); £125 concessions
Learn how to make a film from start to finish.
Reel Women – Video Production Course for Women
Next course: Monday 5th - Wednesday 7th March, 9.30am-2.45pm - Full - email firstname.lastname@example.org for reserve list
£160; £144 (early booking discount til 22nd February); £125 concessions
A women only version of our 3 Day Video Production Course beginners course (part of the International Women’s Festival).
Video Activists Course for community action & change
Next course: TBC - Please contact us to be kept informed email@example.com
Learn how video can support your campaigns.
Suitable as follow on courses from Level 1 tasters or can be taken as first courses. They tend to be longer and are aimed at those with no previous experience of filmmaking. Basic computer skills are required. The pace is more demanding than the Level 1 courses, and students may be required to do preparation work outside of classes. The tutor will be very supportive throughout.
Shooting Video – Our main beginners production course
Next course: Starts 6th February - 7 Tuesday evenings 7-10pm + 2 weekend days (33 hours) - 2 places left
£236, £196 concessions (see below for details)
Professionals will teach you the essentials of filmmaking, whilst you Shoot and Edit a short film over 8 weeks.
Introduction to Screenwriting
Next course: Weekend 17th and 18th February, 10am-4pm - places available
£125; £112 (10% early booking discount til 11th February); £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 21st & 22nd April, 10am-4.30pm - Places available
£162, £146 (early booking discount til 8th April), £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: Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May, 11am-6pm - places available
£155; £139 (early booking discount til 6th May); £116 concessions
Develop your VJ skills combining DJing, live cinema and the visual arts.
Final Cut Pro X
Next course: Weekend 3rd & 4th March, 10am-4.30pm - places available
£165, £148 (10% early booking discount til 18th February), £129 concessions
Learn to use apple video editing software FCPX – import footage and edit, explore transitions, titling, sound editing and effects.
Introduction to Photoshop
Next course: Weekend 28th & 29th April - places available
£125, £112 (10% early booking discount til 15th April), £97 concessions.
Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop to take your photography to the next level.
Intermediate level courses designed as follow on courses from Level 2 or aimed at students who have completed similar courses elsewhere. The pace on these courses is generally more intense and demanding. Depending on the course, students may have to do more preparation and development work outside of class. Students will be expected to be motivated, self-driven and able to collaborate with each other.
Video Camera Course (4K & HD)
Next course: Saturday 10th March, 10am-5pm - places available
£100; £90 (10% early booking discount til 25th February); £75 concessions (can also be booked together with Lighting course the following day at a significant discount)
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.
Next course: Sunday 11th March, 10am-5pm - places available
£100; £90 (early booking discount til 25th February); £75 concessions (can also be booked with the Video Camera course the preceding day at a significant discount)
This Lighting Workshop introduces the principles of using different professional lights, giving you the confidence to deal with diverse lighting situations.
Directing Drama for Film & TV
Next course: Weekend 24th & 25th February, 10am-6pm - only 1 place available
£166; £149 (10% early booking discount til 18th February); £132 concessions.
Learn how to be an effective Screen Drama Director with an award-winning director.
Adobe After Effects – Post-Production Video Effects
Next course: Weekend 24th & 25th February, 10am-5pm - places available
£159; £143 (10% early booking discount til 18th February); £120 concessions
This course is for low-budget filmmakers and those wanting to learn affordable tools for transforming their own footage.
Location Sound Workshop (for Film & TV)
Next course: Weekend 12th & 13th May 10am-5pm - places available
£166; £149 (early booking discount til 29th April); £132 concessions.
Improve your location sound mixing and recording techniques.
DSLR Cinematography (incl. Mirrorless cameras)
Next course: Sunday 25th March 2018, 10am-5pm
£100; £90 (early booking discount til 11th March); £75 concession
Shoot the best footage with DSLR or Mirrorless cameras. One day course with a professional.
Developing Documentaries weekend course
Next course: Weekend 17th & 18th February, 10am-4pm - Full email firstname.lastname@example.org for reserve list
£135; £121 (early booking discount til 4th February); £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.
New Screenwriters Workshop
Next course: Sunday evenings, 8 sessions. Starts 25th February 2018. Details below. 2 places available.
£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.