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“If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed.” - Stanley Kubrick

Everyone has a favourite film, TV series or documentary and all have the ability to make us laugh out loud, cry like a baby, or even boil over with anger – think Blue Planet 2’s plastic waste revelation. This makes film production a particularly compelling, incredibly exciting and inspiring career choice.

Those career choices can range from film editing, cinematography and directing to sound recording or even becoming a freelance press and photojournalist; there are more opportunities than might initially be expected. Many of our students also progress on to university, other degree-level studies or traineeships.

Film production & photography is a vital part of Kendal College’s Arts & Media campus. Our passionate tutors have a wealth of experience, strong industry links and teach all the latest skills and techniques in vibrant, exciting spaces. Facilities include modern software and equipment in a range of workshops and studios including the new Wildman Street Studios, which house a state of the art performance space with top of the range technical support and equipment designed to host theatre and events.

Our filmmaking students have long-standing success in skills shows and competitions such as the WorldSkills UK Finals where our budding filmmakers have won two gold awards in the last five years. Students are actively encouraged and supported in entering competitions, which raise their game and increase their future aspirations. Kendal College students also work closely with external organisations and events such as the annual Kendal Mountain Festival and Comic Arts Festivals in the town, which give them the chance to rub shoulders with some established filmmakers and photographers.

There is a range of full-time, part-time and degree-level study options available in film production and photography at Kendal College.

It’s really enjoyable, I actually look forward to coming into class every day because I am surrounded by people who really want to be there. I have made plenty of friends and my class is like my family.

AbbieJo Lester, Film Production Level 3

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Meet your tutor

Simon Sylvester

I worked in TV as a camera assistant, boom swinger, art department runner and assistant director on productions for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and MTV throughout the UK, in Europe, Mauritius and Australia. I also worked as a journalist and magazine editor and continues to write creative fiction in his spare time. Since moving to the Lakes, I have continued to make films for companies like Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Kendal Mountain Festival, Born Survivor, Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Lyon Work & Rescue. Like a lot of people, I make films because I love watching films. Film is the art form that’s had the most significant impact on my life, and as soon as I was able to, I started working in TV. I enjoy the collaboration in film, and the creativity, working with other people to make something really special.

View our courses

Photography & Film
Full-time 2 Sept 2021 1 Year

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

The Level 2 UAL Diploma in Film & Photography has been designed as an introductory programme that will help you to develop practical skills in film-making and photography. You will develop your research skills, your personal confidence, and learn about progression opportunities in the photographic and film industries.

You will have the opportunity to try a wide range of traditional film and digital photography skills and you will work with video to learn about documentary film-making. You will have access to a photography studio and darkrooms to try out a range of experiments with photography and printing.

Art & Design Foundation (Photography)
Full-time 3 Sept 2021 1 Year

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This pre-degree course prepares you to apply with confidence for a place on any Photography or Lens based BA (Hons) degree course. This is an intensive, creative course that promotes and stimulates inventive and experimental analysis of the arts. Our goal is to provide the creative groundwork on which you can base the rest of your professional life. Your experience will be rich, diverse and challenging.

Film Production
Full-time 3 Sept 2021 2 Years

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

You will be treated as a filmmaker from day one, and will make a variety of films that will challenge you to discover a voice of your own. This course is intense, fun and practical, teaching you the fundamental processes used in all film production. In combination with a basic understanding of film analysis, you will work on a variety of group productions to develop skills in generating and planning ideas, recording audio and video, completing editing and post-production, and engaging in critical self-analysis. By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge you need to push your filmmaking forward.

Part-time 2 1st Feb 2022 14 Weeks

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This course introduces you to photography techniques and their creative application, through the use of digital SLR (DSLR) or mirrorless cameras with full manual controls. On completion, you acheive a Level 2 Award in Photography.

Part-time 2 28th Sep 2021 14 Weeks

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This course introduces you to photography techniques and their creative application, through the use of digital SLR (DSLR) or mirrorless cameras with full manual controls. On completion, you acheive a Level 2 Award in Photography.

Film Making
Part-time 2 28th Sep 2021 14 Weeks

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

The film production course is ideal for those who wish to gain experience of visual media, create content for businesses or organisations, or those who would like to explore their creative ideas more effectively by better understanding the creative cycle.

Product Photography
Part-time N/A 22nd Nov 2021 1 Day

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

Product photography; the skill to take even the most humble object and make it look stunning in the studio, is part of the art of photography. Professional photographer and teacher Dave Willis, will introduce you to the lighting and set design secrets behind successful product shots.

Part-time 3 3rd Mar 2022 14 Weeks

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

Challenge your understanding and creative direction as a photographer, on this advanced course that caters for a wide range of professional pathways.