Short Course

Film and Screen Education in Practice

This Film and Screen Education in Practice course builds upon the technical skills you developed in Filmmaking in the Classroom.

This course will support you to design, deliver, and evaluate a filmmaking project in your educational setting with young learners. You will lead in the learning on a short filmmaking project, rolling out technical and creative skills to your learners. This course will develop you in creative, educational, and evaluative skills in order for you to manage the project, assess the needs of your learners, work with them to create a short film, monitor the project, track early impacts, and reflect on professional standards and practice.

This short course is the third course of three which, on successful completion of all three, will enable you to attain a PgCert Film and Screen Education. The course must be completed in the following order: 

1. Introduction to Film Education

2. Filmmaking in the Classroom

3. Film and Screen Education in Practice3.

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Why QMU?

  • QMU have been supported by Screen Scotland to develop this course, so it is informed by industry standards.
  • Screen Education Edinburgh (SEE) is a film education charity based in North Edinburgh with a wealth of experience in delivering qualifications, CLPL, and developing learners of all ages in filmmaking.
  • QMU has a wealth of experience in both educational theory and filmmaking.
  • This course is part of the UK’s first Masters' level qualification in film education.

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Who is this course for?

This course is primarily for primary, secondary, and special school teachers in Scotland, though anyone who works regularly in educational settings may apply. This course builds on the technical skills learned in Filmmaking in the Classroom, so a level of technical competency in filmmaking is required to enable you to successfully manage a short filmmaking project in an educational setting with your learners. You will also need to be working in an educational setting with access to a group of learners, working with them to make a short film.

Film and Screen Education in Practice: The course in brief

What will I learn on the course?

On this course you will learn how to design a short filmmaking project in collaboration with your learners and relevant to your professional values. You will be further developed in both technical and creative skills in short filmmaking as well as film project management in terms of production processes and educational and creative methodologies in film and screen education. You will learn a range of creative methodologies used to evaluate filmmaking projects. You will also learn further reflective strategies and practices to aid in you in reflecting and developing your own professional practice.

By the end of the course what will I be able to do?

On completion of the course, you’ll be able to understand:

  • effective creative and technical project management skills in relation to a short filmmaking project;
  • experiential learning practices and the use of creative spaces in the context of film and screen education; 
  • how to evaluate the learning of the young people on the project;
  • a range of creative learning methods and their relevance to the curriculum in Scotland; and 
  • film language and film’s place in Scotland’s curriculum.

How will I be taught?

How is the course delivered?

The course is primarily taught online but there will be a full day technical refresher session to refresh the skills you acquired on the Filmmaking in the Classroom course.

The face-to-face session will take place at SEE’s premises in North Edinburgh on a Saturday (9-5pm) during week 2 of the course.

The online sessions will run for 2 hours in the evening.

How long does the course last for and how much time will I have to spend on it each week?

The course lasts for four months, between February 2024 and May 2024. It would be expected that you would spend around 5 hours a week undertaking independent study out with class time.

Does the course have an assessment and if so what sort of assessment will it be?

You will be required to do two assessments to complete this course.

1. A 2000-word self-evaluation and impact report.

2. A short film made with your learners (no longer than 5 mins) with accompanying production documents.

Who will be teaching me?

This module is delivered by Dr Laura Findlay from Screen Education Edinburgh (SEE), with support from film tutors at SEE.

What equipment will I need for this course?

You will require access to a computer or laptop, internet connectivity and a webcam.

For filmmaking purposes you will need a device such as a phone, tablet, or iPad. All other equipment will be provided.

Student support/access to facilities

For the duration of your course you will be able to make use of our on-campus learning resource centre as well as access to our full range of online resources, including e-books and academic journals.

You will also have limited, mainly online access to Student Services support. Students with particular support requirements can contact the Disability Service.

As you will be studying with us for less than a full academic year you will not be provided with a personal academic tutor (PAT). However, any queries regarding your studies should be directed to the staff member leading the delivery of your course.

Film and Screen Education in Practice: Entry requirements, fees and application information

Entry requirements

Applicants should have any undergraduate degree and relevant professional experience teaching in Scottish schools.

Applicants must have completed the Introduction to Film Education and Filmmaking in the Classroom short courses before admittance to this course. Following successful completion of them all, students will be awarded a PgCert Film and Screen Education.

English Language requirements: This course is taught and assessed in English. Applicants do not need to provide proof of their English Language skills when applying for this course, but all applicants should consider whether they have sufficient English competence to study at this level. Applicants for this level of study would usually be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component score below 6.0

Fees (and free places)

This course is supported by Screen Scotland who have funded a number of free places for teachers and other educators based in Scotland. If you meet these criteria and wish to be considered for one of the free places on the course, please detail this in your application.

Please note: Free places are limited, and subject to availability.

Fees: £865


Having already completed the Introduction to Film Education and Filmmaking in the Classroom short courses, you do not need to re-apply to study this course. Our internal process will enable you to progress onto this short course.

Start date

25 February 2024

NB This course will run depending on numbers registered. Confirmation of commencement will be 4 weeks in advance of the start date.

More information and QMU contacts

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Course Overview

Mainly online, plus one face-to-face session
4 months
Start Date
February 2024