Raindance Accelerated BTEC Level 5 HND in Filmmaking (leading towards entry to a Raindance Top-Up BA (Hons) in Film and Performing Arts Practices)

Raindance gives you the opportunity to attend world-class courses delivered by industry professionals. With an internationally-recognised HND or Top-up BA, you have the option of progressing to the MA in Filmmaking or Screenwriting, or you can take the plunge and go straight into exciting job prospects in the film industry.

This is a full-time University level course. Students will build a foundation in all pathways and upon successful completion and approval, will have the opportunity to progress onto a one-year Masters programme with Raindance in their third year. Through Raindance, students will have the opportunity to attend renowned courses delivered by industry professionals and attend our networking events to develop further opportunities.

 

What you will learn

Students will focus on practical, technique-centred learning, which includes directing, producing, lighting techniques, cinematography, and screenwriting.

 

Year 1: Foundation

Year 2: Specialisation

All students study common modules in their first year to build the foundation of the study programme

Modules:

The Performing Arts Industry (Pearson-set)
Professional Development
Acting 1
Voice and Speech for Actors
Acting for Camera
Devising
Film Studies
Script writing for FIlm & Television

Raindance Year 1 Courses:

Saturday film school
Filmmakers foundation certificate
Directors foundation certificate
Writers foundation certificate
Technical foundation certificate
Basic cinematography
Hands on directing 1
Hands on directing 2
Directing actors
Movie Genre Foundation Certificate.

 

 

 

In the second year, students start to specialise in specific areas of filmmaking, developing their skills further and working in teams on industry-style projects.

Modules:

Creative Research Project (Pearson-set)
Working in the Performing Arts Industry
Acting 2
Drama
Directing
Performance Project
Auditioning
Movement for Actors

Raindance Year 2 Courses:

Producers foundation certificate
Documentary foundation certificate
Comedy intensive with Steve Kaplan
Lo-To-No budget filmmaking with Elliot Grove
Saturday VR film school
Create and market your web series
Script analysis for directors
The short film project
Write and sell the Hot script
Pitching Skills Workshop.

* Units are subject to change

 Want to spend more time on both sides of the camera?

HND Frequently Asked Questions

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is an internationally recognised UK qualification that provides specialist vocational learning at levels 4 and 5. HNDs are delivered by universities and colleges, and are considered the equivalent of the first two years of a three-year university degree course. Students can often progress onto the final year of a degree programme to obtain a full B.Sc./B.A. (Hons). The HND in Moving Image allows you to progress onto our Master’s Postgraduate programme in Film, saving you a year over conventional routes.

What days do I need to go in?

Although the HND programme is full-time, we have structured it to allow you to work around your work/life commitments. The course runs two days per week, from 10:30 to 17:30.

Raindance Professional courses run at various times during evenings and weekends.

What is the typical class size?
We aim to restrict class sizes to 15 per group. This allows us to run practical workshops and give all our students on-going hands-on support throughout their learning.
Do you offer accomodation?
Student housing in central London is very expensive, which is another reason why our model is perfect for students who cannot commute from home. Hotels can be booked for as little as £75 per night in the area if booked in advance. As you only need one night, you can travel from Paris and back with a night’s stay for less than a week’s rent.
What are the entry requirements?
Students under 21 years should ideally have GCSE English at grade A*-C (grade 9 – 4) and a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to HE Course. If you have industry experience, we can consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

Students over 21 can apply as mature students providing they can demonstrate the ability (and experience) to study at the appropriate level. Employment history will be advantageous and qualifications taken several years ago will also be taken into account.

What will I study on the course?
Year 1

All students study common modules in their first year. This builds the foundation of the study programme:

HND – Year 1 Modules:

  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Film & Television Practices
  • Film Studies
  • Light & Sound
  • Film & Video Editing
  • Script Writing for Film & Television

Raindance Year 1 Courses:

  • Saturday film school
  • Filmmakers foundation certificate
  • Directors foundation certificate
  • Writers foundation certificate
  • Technical foundation certificate
  • Basic cinematography
  • Hands on directing 1
  • Hands on directing 2
  • Directing actors
  • Movie Genre Foundation Certificate.

Year 2

In the second year, students start to specialise in specific areas of filmmaking, developing their skills further and working in teams on industry-style projects.

HND – Year 2 Modules:

  • Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Film & Television Studies
  • Drama
  • Documentary
  • Directing
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Audio Techiniques

Raindance – Year 2 Courses:

  • Producers foundation certificate
  • Documentary foundation certificate
  • Comedy intensive with Steve Kaplan
  • Lo-To-No budget filmmaking with Elliot Grove
  • Saturday VR film school
  • Create and market your web series
  • Script analysis for directors
  • The short film project
  • Write and sell the Hot script
  • Pitching Skills Workshop.

* Units can be subject to change.

How is the course assessed?
Assessment is through a series of assignments including research modules, hands-on practical exercises and group projects.

Units are interlinked to replicate “real world” scenarios and offer the opportunity for students to build a range of skills to maximise employment opportunities.

Where next - what happens after I complete my HND?
Upon successful completion and approval, students can progress onto the Raindance Master’s one-year programme in Film, allowing them to obtain a Masters Degree within 3 years of starting this course.
Where next - what are my job opportunities after Raindance?
Students can enter employment in a wide range of roles within the film industry. Careers include screenwriting, directing, producing, documentary filmmaking or cinematography.
Will I need any special equipment or materials?

You will just need a laptop computer that meets the requirements to run the Adobe Creative Suite. If you don’t have a laptop computer, talk to us before making your purchase — Raindance can supply you with one at a discounted price!

How do I apply?

Go to the Raindance Undergraduate Application.

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

BENEFITS OF A RAINDANCE HND

  • Flexible tuition that allows you to adjust your lessons between cohorts, to plan around your work/life commitments.
  • Interest-free payment plans so you can pay as you earn.
  • Free access to over £4,000 worth of Raindance’s renowned, industry-led signature courses
  • Small class sizes with specialist tutors
  • Raindance Membership, which gives you access to exclusive events, online forums, and networking events throughout the course. You also get access to Backstage, the most trusted international name in casting, with over 30,000 projects being cast through the site each year.
  • Complimentary pass to Raindance Film festival worth over £100 per year.
  • Student film screening at the Raindance Film Festival.