These courses on different specialisms (including animation, film programming and exhibition, documentary, screenwriting and visual effects) are aimed at young people aged 16 to 19 who wish to develop new skills and build a career in the film industry.


In order to apply you must:

  • be aged 16 to 19 years old on the first day of the course.
  • be a UK resident
  • have a passion or talent for filmmaking and an ambition to work in the film industry
  • be able to commit to the duration of the course
  • not currently be at university or enrolled at university when the course starts
  • not have previously attended a BFI Film Academy Specialist or Craft Skills course


If you are disabled and are concerned how this might affect you taking part, please contact the partner organisation delivering the course (for partner details see the individual Specialist course pages) to see what help might be available regarding accessibility.

How to apply

Each specialist course has its own application process, and you will need to apply directly to the partner organisation running the course (for partner details see the individual Specialist course pages). Please contact them for further information on how to apply.


The course fee ranges from zero to £210.

Please don’t let the cost of courses deter you from applying. If you are offered a place and can’t afford the fee or other associated costs, our bursary scheme can help – if you have the talent we’ll make sure you can attend.

Bursary scheme

Once you are offered a place on the course you will be asked to declare your total household income (proof may be requested at a later date), as the subsidy offered will be determined on this basis.

The maximum assistance available would cover the whole cost of the course (£210).

The bursary is subject to accepting your place on the course and committing to all the dates.

Email to contact us for further information or if you would like to discuss your individual circumstances.