In film, we have to battle against generalities: generalities of thought, of seeing, of making. In order to bring a fresh vision to our work, we have to re-locate the specifics of experience, observation and thought which allows us to make work which is genuinely original and based on one’s own way of looking at the world.
Our programme is based on constantly interrogating and learning how to evolve a personal filmmaking language and approach to visual storytelling in its broadest sense. You can choose to specialise in documentary, drama or experimental film, but we encourage everyone to take part in workshops to learn other skills and extend their knowledge of filmmaking and its contexts. Most students graduate as directors, some as cinematographers or producers, but all are expected to develop secondary skills. We run practical workshops in camera (including lens training and 16 mm), sound recording and sound design and editing, as well as directing, writing and documentary making.
We work very much as a community and all undergraduates, as well as directing their own work, collaborate on camera, production or sound on Senior productions, which is an excellent way of learning. All our lecturers work within the industry on an international level.
Along with Edinburgh Napier University, we have been accredited as a Skillset Screen & Media Academy: one of a select group of institutions recognised by Creative Skillset as providing the highest standard of vocational education, training and skills development for film and television. This testifies to our proven track record in working in conjunction with the film and TV industry to develop professional skills for the wider film and TV world. We have many speakers and workshops led by industry professionals and also collaborate with broadcasters and institutions on commissions and placements.