The only real, practical outcomes any film school can actually offer - whether they say it or not - are practice, feedback, and collaboration. Information, instruction and even knowledge can be found online for free. But the opportunity to practice your craft with like-minded peers and get feedback from industry professionals? That takes something more. Our film production courses are built from the ground up on a foundation of practice, feedback, and collaboration.
Filmmaking is a craft and honing that craft requires commitment and time. Why wait? With our hands-on workshops, project-based approach, industry-relevant assessments and our state-of-the-art facilities, everything here is designed to give you as much opportunity to make as many films as you possibly can - from day one.
Making then learning from your own mistakes and the mistakes of others is your fastest route to success. Learn to really listen. We stack our courses with critical roundtable discussions and head up our workshops with working professional tutors. They will guide, support, and challenge you at every turn, so you can go out and do even better next time.
Our courses aim to nurture a professional, supportive, and inclusive working culture, and challenge you from day one to be a responsible and effective creative collaborator. Generate, build and strengthen your professional network through your peers. They are your future industry contacts. They’ll be your actors, VFX artists, music composers, cinematographers, producers, writers and directors. At Catalyst, you aren’t a “student” any more than we are. You’re a filmmaker, and your first day on the job is with us.
Certificate, Bachelors & Masters Degree Courses
Our flagship courses focus on 'hands on' reflective practice, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking.
Learn by doing. And doing. And doing. This isn’t your grandpa’s film school; from day zero your boots hit the ground, the camera’s in your hands, and you’re writing, shooting, cutting, and discussing your work - then doing it all over again. By the end of this whirlwind one-year filmmaking workout you’ll have more real-world experience, practical skills, and finely-tuned professional and artistic habits than many “real” pros out there.
BA (Hons) Bachelor Degree
Building on the madcap energy of our certificate, our BA degree expands, deepens, strengthens, and further trains you in the craft of narrative filmmaking and visual storytelling. Assemble a bulging portfolio of work. Explore your unique creative vision and become an avid storyteller. Meet your future filmmaking partners. Reach out into the world and take your first steps as an independent creative professional.
Creative Production (Film) MA Masters Degree
Celebrate, explore, develop, innovate and magnify your capabilities as a filmmaker, director, cinematographer, editor, writer, producer, sound designer or audiovisual artist, whilst building and enhancing an artistic and creative industry profile.
Whether you love movies and want to make your own but haven’t even touched a camera before or you’ve already got professional experience but want the deep practice needed to accelerate skills in new areas, our intensive and specialised courses will fit the bill.
This 4-week filmmaking beginners course has been designed for budding writers, directors, cinematographers and editors eager to learn the fundamentals of storytelling, photography, pre-production, working with actors, and post-production. Kick start your journey as a film writer, director, cinematographer or editor.
Access to Higher Education - Primer Workshop
For those wishing to join our main programmes, but lacking either practical experience in film making or the formal education requirements to apply through standard entry, we offer an additional primer workshop to run alongside the 4-week Filmmaking course. It covers writing skills, reading, structuring arguments, debate and understanding context. The course utilises task and project based learning methodology to ensure that you’re prepared and ready for our longer HE Certificate or Bachelor degree level programmes.
Learn by doing
You won’t find any “traditional” classrooms, homework, lectures or tests here. Instead, from day one, you’ll be put in a group with other motivated creatives just like you and tasked with making a film under challenging creative, technical and logistical constraints. Tell us a story, and tell it your way. It’s harder than it sounds.
A bedrock of support
It might be harder than it sounds but don’t worry - we’re here for you. You’ll be supported by our staff of industry professional tutors running hands-on workshops on everything from cinematography to storytelling to picture editing and much more. You’ll also present, watch and critique your work and the work of others in our unique roundtable discussions.
Any of this sound familiar?
- I’ve never touched a camera before in my life and it scares me! But I know I love film and I want to figure out if it’s for me.
- I want to get out of my comfort zone and meet and work with people from all over the world.
- I don’t want to attend a program that dangles shiny toys in my face. I want to learn from people who understand what’s actually important to succeed as a visual storyteller.
- I’m itching to make movies. I can’t stop thinking about it.
- I want to study film, but I don’t want to do film studies.
- I know the best way to learn is to just go out and do it - but I don’t want to do it all by myself. Aren’t there others out there like me?
- I already know my way around a camera and editing. I want to build a portfolio of work I can be proud to present to the industry.
If any of this rings true Catalyst could be the right place for you.
Pssst...want to help change the industry?
Filmmaking is about cameras and lights and sound and stories, sure. But it’s mostly about people. And sometimes, the film industry can be a people-unfriendly place. We want to take a stand for helping to change that. Alongside our technical and creative workshops, we run workshops and projects with an aim to create a positive, inclusive, and ethical film industry that puts people over power.
At Catalyst you’re not just joining a filmmaking community. You’re joining a movement to change the culture of the film industry itself.
Building for success
However you measure it and whatever artistic realm you are working in, most creatives would like to achieve success with their creative endeavour. There are many types of success an individual may want to achieve. From successful completion of an artistic exploration all the way through to financial security and a global audience.
There are many skills required to develop these dreams into real and practical futures. Our optional course in self-development and leadership is the ‘rocket fuel’ which will provide you with the frameworks, the focus and the drive to help realise your future.
Self development to better understand how to take decisive action, to communicate powerfully with others and take an honest look at how you limit yourself. Leadership to complete your creative project, to bring your work into the external world and to attract an audience to share, appreciate and follow your work.
Our tutors are all experienced professionals with a passion for passing on their experience to others. You will be guided along your filmmaking journey by a team of permanent tutors and visiting film industry pros from around the world.
Our student showcase
On the set
Behind the scenes with our film school students