We love film
Passionate about film, the major art form of the 20th century? We are too!
Here at Bradford College, we love film. We love making films, we love teaching film, and we love watching and analysing films. If you do too, this dynamic, exciting and stimulating course is the place for you.
As well as practical filmmaking skills, such as how to operate a camera and edit footage, you will also develop skills which will make you attractive to employers. These include research and communication skills, critical thinking, project management and the ability to organise your time effectively and work to deadlines.
Find out more by visiting our course information page or watch the videos below to discover more.
A Level students have helped create two public service announcements that will play out before films at Bradford’s Picturehouse Cinema at the Science and Media Museum urging the audience to switch off their phones.
Recent videos created by A Level students.
What will I study?
Looking at a variety of film forms, you'll study everything from Hollywood blockbusters, film history, film criticism to art house movies, screenwriting, analysis, directing, and camera work. You will engage in discussions, debates, case studies, personal research and practical projects building on skills that can be applied to a vast array of professions, including film/TV director, editor, camera operator, researcher, journalist, teacher, historian, animator and many more.
State-of-the-art film facilities
We have a wide range of video, audio and photographic equipment for you to borrow. On-site facilities include:
The Studio is a flexible environment for interviews, chat-shows, discussions, presentations, role-play and more. it is equipped with three cameras, professional lighting, drapes, a green-screen and radio microphones.
To create studio recordings, this adjoining area controls light, sound, graphics and vision mixing.
This is a media-creation learning space, with control of light and sound to give professional results for video shoots, photography, sound recording and much more.
To create professional videos from camcorder shoots, we have a range of Mac-based edit suites.
What our students say
I have very much enjoyed my time at Bradford College, it has provided me with ... opportunities to learn and develop skills within my chosen career path ... opening many doors for me.
Eleanor’s work has already been seen on the big screen. She has taken part in a number of BFI (British Film Institute) film projects in both Bradford and London, creating films that were played on cinema screens, including the big screen at the National Media Museum in Bradford.
I have really enjoyed my courses and enjoyed my time here.
Sam recently gained valuable experience of the film industry by working on the film 'Gold', starring Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.
Without the experience I gained from my course I would never have been able to secure a place at Westminster Film School. Bradford College provided me with the opportunity to gain hands-on Film and Media experience and gave me practical knowledge and personal experience of the Media Industry.
Three students from A Level Film Studies secured places on the prestigious British Film Institute’s Film Academy short course. The students fought off stiff competition to secure themselves a place on the highly acclaimed BFI course that offers talented 16-19 year olds a chance to gain hands on experience working within the film industry.
Film and Media is growing! Career enhancement is at the heart of all we do in A Level Film Studies, particularly within the Creative Industries. Employment in the Creative Economy has grown by 138% since 2008 and 2.1 million people are now employed in the Creative Industries. Significant growth sectors such as Media, Film, Software and Publishing, Graphic Design, Advertising, Music, Culture and Arts have outstripped the general economy since 2013 by 5.8% and generate around £80 billion pounds per annum (around 5% of the UK economy.)
The film and media industry is notoriously hard to break into, but with energy and perseverance, a career in the industry can be very rewarding. Bradford College has built many strong relationships with local and regional businesses, which our students can benefit from. These include a partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- One of our students was given the great opportunity to produce some promotional videos for Bradford Theatres' Christmas pantomime and their new VIP Bar, which featured on their website.
- Two Bradford College students were commissioned to produce an 'infotainment' video for software firm Infocabs, to promote their booking and dispatch software for the private hire and taxi industry. Infocabs said "so impressed" with the professional standard of work and commissioned them to make another promotional video for Cabsnapper.
Our relationship with institutions, organisations and local businesses means that our film students can gain excellent work-based experience.