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Raindance BA in Filmmaking
Raindance gives you the opportunity to attend world-class courses delivered by industry professionals. With an internationally recognised 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 three years University level course. Students will build a foundation in all pathways during the first two years, and upon successful completion you will progress onto the third year Masters programme with Raindance. 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
Raindance Year 1 Courses:
Saturday film school
Your third year could be taken in Mexico city or in the UK
1In the second year, students start to specialise in specific areas of filmmaking, developing their skills further and working in teams on industry-style projects.
Raindance Year 2 Courses:
Producers foundation certificate
* Units are subject to change
Year three: Film and Performing Arts Practices
This is a practical course that has been designed to provide aspiring, and existing, Film and Performing Arts practitioners the opportunity to develop their existing academic or professional (producing, directing, screenwriting or acting).
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?
Do you offer accomodation?
What are the entry requirements?
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?
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.
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
- 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.
Module 1 – Critical Research (15 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to carry out of a piece of critical research into your chosen specialisation within film & TV production, to provide a practical, as well as academic, exploration of an area of professional interest to you. The module will also help you to develop your skills of enquiry, reflection, problem solving and academic writing, which will be valuable preparation for your reflection in future modules.
Module 2 – Specialist Negotiated Practical Project (45 credits)
This module provides you with an opportunity to create a unique project that explores a chosen area of specialisation, with a mind to developing your practical skills. Possible projects that can be undertaken may include: a short test film, a music video or test advert, showreel scenes, rehearsal workshops, script development/ writers rooms/ treatments, pitch decks or directing workshops.
Module 3 – Film & TV Business Practices (15 credits)
This module examines the film marketplace, the industry and the job roles available to you in your future career. It is designed to help you navigate the current industry landscape, the opportunities, and the legal and financial considerations you will need to consider as you embark on a career in the film and TV industry. Assessment is via an essay, or short video, that takes the form of a critical case study, or a practitioner profile, from within your chosen specialisation.
Module 4 – Film Practices Final Project (45 credits)
This module provides you with an opportunity to creatively explore an individually chosen area of specialisation and to produce a large scale, professional standard creative artefact. You are able to choose one of four options: (a) a producing project; or (b) a screenwriting project; or (c) a directing project; or (d) an acting project.
The aim of the finished project should be to produce an effective ‘calling card’ to aid entry into the industry. Whether, as a director, actor, screenwriter or producer, the expectation is that all final projects will be produced to a highly professional standard suitable for public/ festival screening and/or future professional production.
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 are my job opportunities after Raindance?
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 as you may be intitled to student discounts.
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.