Interested in animation?

Want to make a films?

BFI Film Academy is for you!

Applications now open!



In this course participants will explore and experiment with a range of animation and film making techniques.

Participants will be given the tools needed to develop an idea from rough sketch to the big screen.

There will be opportunities to develop your own ideas and work with others to create new work.

Would you like to work in the film industry?

The course will give you the chance to work online with professional animators and film makers and learn the skills that could kick start your career.

Skills covered include script writing / model making / animation / video editing / lighting for camera / sound design.

This course is for 16 – 19 year olds, due to COVID19 this year’s course will be delivered online. We encourage all young people interested in this opportunity to apply using the online application form below.

The full course will cost only £25.00

Course Schedule /

Monday 5th – Saturday 10th October online sessions, activities and one to tutorials. Each participant will receive their own resource pack.

10.00am – 5.00pm daily

Followed by weekly tutorials until the exhibition event. These sessions will support participants to work towards their Arts Award and include the chance to speak to industry experts across a range of subjects relating to Film and Animation.

Arts Award 

All participants will develop an online support, via email and skype meetings to help them achieve an Arts Award.

Once you have completed the Network course, you will become part of the growing BFI Film Academy alumni network with access to events such as BAFTA career talks. You will also have the opportunity to complete a qualification on the course.

Any questions? please get in touch 

Bursaries are available from BFI to Students who require financial assistance to participate in the Film Academy course. It is not an incentive for participation, but targeted support for people who would struggle with the financial costs of participating in the programme (travel / accommodation / childcare). Evidence may be required, please see the bursary guidance for more information


2019 BFI Film Academy @ Oban was a huge success!

We worked with 15 fantastic young people age 16-19 yrs.

Incredible, life-changing, exciting

I used my Arts Award Portfolio in my application for Television Studies NQ at Glasgow Clyde, you’ll be pleased to hear that I’ve received an unconditional offer for the course that I will definitely be accepting.” 

The intensive week was a great opportunity for them to learn animation and film making skills, work alongside industry professionals and find out about pathways to working in the film industry.