Certificate of Higher Education Screen and Film

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Enhance your Filmmaking skills, knowledge, and understanding with BIMM University’s practical CertHE course. This one-year course offers an exciting opportunity for filmmakers to delve into their craft through engaging lectures, workshops, and the creation of a comprehensive creative portfolio.

The course presents the perfect avenue for creative practitioners to benefit from the BIMM University experience and networking opportunities while studying in the creative capital of Berlin.

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BIMM University’s CertHE in Screen & Film is perfect for passionate filmmakers who are looking to make their mark on an industry that is beyond booming, in the beating heart of Germany, a country with a rich heritage of cinematic flair.

Picture yourself in Berlin: every street corner is a potential movie set. Let the city be your muse as you hone your filmmaking skills throughout a whirlwind year of creativity. The German capital, along with the course itself, will take you on this year-long cultural odyssey.

You will join forces with uber talented students from a whole host of backgrounds and with a whole host of interests. It won’t just be about filmmaking; it will be about co-creating art that transcends borders. Think musicians, think actors, think video game developers.

Over the course of a year, you’ll refine your filmmaking craft by tapping into dynamic lectures, hands-on workshops, and the creation of a dazzling portfolio.

Your magnum opus will be the ‘Studio Project’ module, which immerses you in real-world filmmaking practices and encourages industry-like teamwork.

After this jam-packed year, your path to the Big Screen will be firmly in place and if you’re dreaming of a bachelor’s degree this programme opens doors for progression, making your cinematic aspirations bigger and brighter.

All are welcome at BIMM University, and everyone can thrive. Don’t worry if you don’t have formal qualifications as we welcome mature students with a passion for film and valuable experiences they wish to share.

If you’re ready to commit your ideas to celluloid, to make friends, and memories, then join us in Berlin and let your creativity soar. Make the films you want to see and connect with fellow filmmakers from around the globe.

Your cinematic journey starts here.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Length of course: 1 year

Awarding institution: BIMM University (UK)

Campus delivery: Berlin

Language of study: English

Final award: Cert HE Screen and Film (Filmmaking)

Minimum Requirements

All applicants must successfully complete an entrance interview with BIMM University Berlin (details provided on application).

Academic entry criteria meeting a minimum of 64 UCAS points, equivalent to:

  • General Higher Education entrance certificate (Award of Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife/ Abitur, or a Fachgebundene Hochschulreife/ Fachhochschulreife) with an overall average grade of 3.0, including a minimum grade of 10 on the English component (Leistungsfach) on the Abiturprüfung.
  • 2 A-levels at Grade C or above, or BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and at least three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language.
  • Please reference the Entry Requirements webpage for additional international qualification equivalencies. For applicants with significant prior professional experience and aged 19-years or older, offers may be made under the BIMM University Recognition of Prior Practice Policy.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency is required if English is not your first language. BIMM University Berlin requires equivalent to Level B2 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).​

Course Fees

We’re dedicated to giving our students the best education possible – which means accessing our globally successful first-rate lecturers in premium locations at the heart of Germany’s creative scene.

Such cutting-edge facilities can be expensive, but we make sure all BIMM University Berlin courses are great value for money – representing a practical and affordable investment for your future career in the industry.

Year 1

All students take the following core modules.

The module aims to introduce you to the fundamental roles that camera, lighting and sound play in the film production process. The relationship between these different filmmaking departments are the basis for all film production and this module aims to embed these practical, logistical and creative skills at an introductory level in order for you to gain a good understanding and grounding in these skills.

This module also aims to introduce the importance that collaboration and communication skills play on set within the process of filmmaking, and how these technical and production roles work together in order to realise professional standard film content.

For those who wish to specialise in the camera, lighting or sound departments at Level 5, this module will provide a foundation of core skills on which to build future practice. For students who do not specialise at Level 5, this module will impart knowledge and skills (both specialist and transferrable) which will enhance their chosen specialism/s. The aim is to make all students better visual storytellers, communicators, and improve the standard of film processes and output.

The module aims to introduce the student to this exciting specialism and in doing so, broaden understanding of production design and the relationship between different filmmaking departments. This module aims to develop storytelling ability, visual literacy and enhance the research, planning and execution of filmmaking. Through the teaching of art department skills and processes, the module aims to enhance collaboration and raise the standard of film output. The module also aims to develop creative thinking and problem-solving ability, encourage critical reflection and raise presentation standards.

For students who wish to specialise at Level 5, this module will provide a foundation of core skills on which to build future practice. For students who do not specialise at Level 5, this module will impart knowledge and skills (both specialist and transferrable) which will enhance their chosen specialism/s. The aim is to make all students better visual storytellers, communicators, and improve the standard of film processes and output.

This module aims to introduce the student to script to screen process of the film industry and build their knowledge of industry protagonists, companies and organisations and to understand films in terms of their financial and commercial context.

For those who wish to specialise in the producer roles at Level 5, this module will provide a foundation of core skills on which to build future practice. For students who do not specialise at Level 5, this module will impart knowledge and skills (both specialist and transferrable) which will enhance their chosen specialism/s. The aim is to help all students understand the bigger picture of filmmaking beyond ‘the shoot’ and to develop an awareness of the different contexts of film production that are available to them as future employees or freelancers.

This module aims to de-mystify the industry and to empower all students with an understanding of how the money flows, how profits are made and how they can play a part in this. This module also aims to introduce to the importance of research, analysis of information and presentation of data that will support future assessments throughout their three years on the course.

The module aims to introduce you to the post-production process and the vital role that editing plays within the filmmaking process. Understanding and developing your editing skills is vital to comprehend the building blocks of film narrative structure and visual storytelling. Developing your structuring and editing skills will be an ongoing process and will be refined throughout your time at the Screen and Film School and will be an area of the filmmaking process that you continually develop throughout your time on the course.

For those who wish to specialise in Post-Production at Level 5, this module will provide a foundation of core skills on which to build future practice. For those who do not choose this specialisation at Level 5, this module will impart knowledge and skills (both specialist and transferrable) which will enhance your chosen specialism/s. The aim is to make all students better visual storytellers, communicators, and improve the standard of film processes and output.

This module will provide you with a chance to apply skills developed in Semester 1 realised in the production of a collaborative short film and will develop your critical understanding and advance your filmmaking practice in the craft and production of a short-form film. You will have a chance to utilise and develop your production and technical skills within the collaborative production process and gain understanding of the production cycle in greater depth, from idea development through to the completed edit. This module will also develop your understanding of key production processes in these genres in relation to their production specialism, including idea development, pre-production, production and post-production, collaborative working and the visual realisation of ideas. The outcome can be realised in the following genres; factual & documentary, fictional narrative, short form branded content or advertising, music video or innovative or experimental moving image.

The module aims to utilise the creative, technical and logistical production skills that you have learnt in Camera, Lighting and Sound, Production Design and Post-Production modules and utilise these skills within the collaborative production of a short-filmed outcome. The filmed outcome can be realised in the following genres; factual & documentary, fictional narrative, short form branded content or advertising, music video or innovative or experimental moving image. This module aims to develop your storytelling ability and visual literacy and enhance idea development, pre-production, planning and execution of filmmaking. Through your taking on of a specialist role (director, camera, lighting, production designer and editor) you will realise within your small groups a collaboratively produced short-filmed outcome that will have been devised and realised by your production team.

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Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM University Berlin, please contact our Admissions Team on +49 (0)30 311 99 186 or email admissions@bimm-institute.de.

 

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