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Entry Requirements

GCSE English at grade A*-C (grade 9 - 4) and a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access Course.

Some knowledge of filmmaking or photography with an interest in the video production process is advantageous.

Who is the course for

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in the film industry such as screenwriting, directing, producing or cinematography. Students will build a foundation in all pathways and upon successful completion and approval, will have the opportunity to progress onto a one-year Masters programme with Raindance in their third year. Through Raindance, students will have the opportunity to attend renowned courses delivered by industry professionals and attend networking events to develop further opportunities.

Students enrolled on the Raindance Accelerated HND Diploma will be given a complimentary pass to the Raindance Film Festival as well as Raindance membership, giving access to exclusive events, online forums and much more.

Raindance is an independent film festival and film school that operates throughout major cities, including London, Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Budapest, Berlin and Brussels. The London based film school offers a rich catalogue of commercial courses in filmmaking, from screenwriting to cinematography. It also offers a unique Postgraduate Degree in Film through negotiated learning.

Course Content

Year 1

All students study common modules in their first year. This builds the foundation of the study programme:

HND - Year 1 Modules:

  • Contextual studies for creative media production
  • Research techniques for creative media production
  • Practical skills for moving image production
  • Film studies
  • Camera and lighting techniques for moving image production
  • Development and techniques for film and video editing
  • Promotional video production
  • Script writing for moving image fiction.

Raindance Year 1 Modules:

  • Saturday film school
  • Filmmakers foundation certificate
  • Directors foundation certificate
  • Writers foundation certificate
  • Technical foundation certificate
  • Basic cinematography
  • Hands on directing 1
  • Hands on directing 2
  • Directing actors
  • The script coach series.

Year 2

In the second year, students start to specialise in specific areas of filmmaking, developing their skills further and working in teams on industry-style projects.

HND - Year 2 Modules:

  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Special subject investigation for creative media production
  • Career development for the moving image industries
  • Fiction production for the moving image
  • Sound design for moving image production
  • Producer for moving image production
  • Director for moving image production
  • Moving image documentary production.

Raindance - Year 2 Modules:

  • Producers foundation certificate
  • Documentary foundation certificate
  • Comedy intensive with Steve Kaplan
  • Lo-To-No budget filmmaking with Elliot Grove
  • Saturday VR film school
  • Create and market your web series
  • Script analysis for directors
  • The short film project
  • Write and sell the HOT script.

* Units can be subject to change.

Study Methods

This course will be delivered at Uxbridge College (2 days) and at Raindance - London, at various times during evenings and weekends throughout the year. Students will attend specialist commercial courses at Raindance that will supplement the core elements of the course, to ensure content follows the latest industry practices.

Units are interlinked to replicate "real world" scenarios and offer the opportunity for students to build a range of skills to maximise employment opportunities.

How is the course assessed

Assessment is through a series of assignments including research modules, hands-on practical exercises and group projects.

Where next - Further Studies

Upon successful completion and approval, students can progress onto the Raindance Masters one-year programme in Film, allowing you to obtain a Masters Degree within 3 years of starting this course.

Students can enter employment in a wide range of roles within the film industry.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Careers include screenwriting, directing, producing, documentary filmmaking or cinematography.

More Information

Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

  • Assessment and grading
  • College rules and resources
  • Student support and representation.

Students will attend college for 12 hours per week over two days per week. In addition to this, they will be required to attend various professional courses at Raindance throughout the year. These run during evenings and weekends, and provide students with the skills they need to complete projects, and continue onto a Masters programme.

Students will have the opportunity to attend the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas and visit the Hollywood Studios including Universal and Warner Bros. NAB the largest annual conference and expo for media and entertainment professionals.

* This is an optional trip and is subject to additional fees that are not included by the student loan.

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.

UCAS code: I710

Last updated: 6 March 2017.


  • Home student: £5,995
  • Overseas student: £6,735

An optional visit / trip is available on the course, you do not have to participate in order to complete the qualification. The cost of the trip is £2,000 (this must be paid at enrolment), this is in addition to the fee stated above for this course.

The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam and materials fees. The tuition fee for the second year of two year programmes will be the same as the first year. First year students must also pay £5 for an ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and £35 for college registration.

Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.

Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary.

If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Information, Advice & Guidance team at Uxbridge College or complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.

How to Apply

All applications for HND courses are through Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit

For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Information, Advice and Guidance team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Mon 25 September 2017

Starts: 25/09/2017

Duration: 64 Week(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00