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Raindance 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 you have the option of progressing to the Top-up BA, 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. 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:

  • 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:

  • Free mastercalsses hosted by industry professionals

 

 

 

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:

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

 

* 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 the BA Top Up degree programme to obtain a full B.A. (Hons).

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?

For more information about your stay in London during the course, please see our London Accomodation section 

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:

  • Free mastercalsses hosted by industry professionals

    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

      * 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 Bachelor of Art’s one-year top-up programme in Film and Performing Arts Practices, allowing them to obtain a Bachelor’s 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.

      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.
      • Small class sizes with specialist tutors
      • Access to free masterclasses led by top leaders in the industry
      • Free accredidation to Cannes Film Festival
      • West end screening of student films at the end of the school year