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What happens at the introduction day? – You will try out different software and animation techniques whist getting to know each other. In the afternoon you will pitch any ideas you have for an animation or vfx sequence to the group. Everyone will choose what should be made and get into production teams. The day is held at the Cinema Museum in London. If you live a long way away, you can ask to miss this day.
What happens during the main week? – The days will vary but basically you will be working in groups on your film or vfx sequence. A variety of industry professionals will come and talk about aspects of the film industry giving you a better overview of the sector. There will be some specific skills training and you will be able to choose from a wide menu. Area include After effects advanced, sound design, drawn animation etc. You will also have a 1-2-1 career session, learn how to develop your online portfolio and will develop your next steps into the industry. Have a look at last year’s timetable as we are still finalising this years
What have past students got out of the scheme?
All past students become a BFI alumni and they get some fantastic help and exclusive opportunities, for example 30 alumni have been offered work at Lucas films for the past 2 years! See our progression page
What are the rooms like? – we have sole use of two large buildings side by side in their own grounds. There is a large common room where food is served, a kitchen, all rooms are ensuite (have their own toilets and showers) There is a collection of single, double and six people rooms. These will be single sex and you will try to offer you a choice of where to sleep and what room to be in. We will start to arrange this on the introduction day. People with particular needs will be given priority for the single rooms. Room layout.
What is the food like? – We employ our own chefs; Daisy & Daniel, who live in with us. They have lots of experience cooking for young people and have developed a good menu that we think you will enjoy. They offer a two course breakfast in the morning, a lunch that is served at the college, then when we get back, they provide a delicious dinner with cocoa and biscuits in the evening. Tea, coffee, juice etc is always available. You can ask for food at any time and if you don’t like something we can provide an alternative. We always provide a vegetarian option and can easily cater for halal, gluten free, lactose free diets etc. Just let us know and we will sort it out.
Bursary? – Once you have been allocated a place you can apply for a bursary to cover your fee, your travel expenses, child care or any part of these. There are two bursary schemes with different ways of calculating if you are eligible. It is important that no student, wherever they live, should feel excluded because they can’t afford the costs.
Bursary for fees
Bursary for travel, childcare etc
Deposit? – If you have qualified for a bursary and are not going to pay any fees you will still need to pay a £25 deposit. This needs to be paid at the time of acceptance and will be returned after the course. If you do not attend the majority of the sessions you will loose the deposit (unless you have a reasonable excuse).
Early bird advantage? – By applying early you will increase your chance of getting on the course. Good applications will still beat mediocre ones, applying early gives you a few more additional points and will make the difference between similar applicants. We will assess the students by their application form and the examples of work they show us.
How competitive is it to get in? – last year we received 107 applications for the 40 places. We want to work with people who have made some definite steps towards a career in this industry. This means experimenting on their own, taking relevant courses, researching, work experience and practicing their skills. You will need to prove this by sending us your work and detailing your development.
Long term support? – We will keep in touch for at least 6 months and provide you with a range of opportunities. This will include festival dates, training schemes, bursaries, competitions, networking events etc. This will be done through FaceBook and email.
Careers support? – Each student will have a 1-2-1 session with our career advisor who will help you clarify your education, training and career goals. They will then research your particular needs and wishes and meet with you again to present their plan for you and discuss the next steps.
What happens in the evenings? – After dinner we will be offering a range of activities for you to choose from, this includes film screenings, games sessions and a Céilidh on the last night. You are, of course, free not to join in and can spend the time as you wish. However due to the nature of the project you will need to remain on site.
What rules will there be? – As a significant proportion of students will be under 18, we will be asking you to accept a no alcohol rule, similarly students of the opposite sex will not be allowed in each other rooms after a certain time in the evening. Needless to say we have a zero tolerance to bullying, anti social behaviour, sexism, racism or drugs.
What time do people go to sleep and wake up? – As you will be sharing a room, there will need to be an agreed time to have the lights out. Usually this is around 10.30 to be in your own rooms and then 11.30 for the lights to be out and no more noise.
There is a morning meeting at 8.45 and we leave by bus for the studio at 9.00, breakfast closes at 8.15 so again we will need an agreed time for you to be awake. Usually this is about 7.00.
LGBT and trans? – We encourage applications from members of this community and have developed our course and provision to make them feel at home.
Space and time for prayer? – Usually we have a few people who like to pray and we make space and time for them to do this.
Special needs? – We encourage applications from people who have a variety of needs and have catered in the past for people in wheelchairs, hearing impaired, autism and a range of other common issues.
Smoking? – Smokers cannot smoke in the residential building or in the college however there is a smoking space outside the college and also outside the accommodation.
What is the BFI Academy? – It is an amazing opportunity for young people, have a look at this Infographic
Child protection? – All staff have been trained in child protection and hold a current dbs (A check that they have not had a serious criminal conviction). There will always be four members of staff (men and women) sleeping in the accommodation providing care and security. During the day there will always be eight members of staff. Each student will have a key worker who will be responsible for their overall wellbeing.