Why choose a ScreenSkills Select course?

With so many college and university courses in screen to choose from, it can be hard to find the best course for you and your future career.

If you’re determined to start a career in film, TV, VFX, animation or games, then choosing a ScreenSkills Select-endorsed course gives you the confidence you are making an informed choice and making it easier for you to get the job you want after finishing your studies.

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Preparing you for industry

Embarking on a ScreenSkills Select-endorsed college or university course gives you confidence that you will receive excellent preparation for entering the screen industries.

All ScreenSkills Select courses are independently assessed by our team of highly-regarded industry evaluators, who use rigorous criteria and provide annual feedback to help further strengthen links and relevance to the industry. We make sure that courses are addressing the main priorities for screen employers, making it easier for you to get the job you want after finishing your studies.

Studying on a ScreenSkills Select-endorsed course means it has:

  • great industry relevant course content
  • firm links to local and national employers in the screen industries
  • proven to best prepare you for a career in screen

You also get access to a range of exclusive benefits, connecting you more closely to the industry and helping you kick-start a career at the end of your course.

Having ScreenSkills Select endorsement is extremely important in recognising the quality of our teaching and our commitment to our students and alumni.

Duncan Howell, Course Leader BA (Hons) Design for Film & Television, Nottingham Trent University

Exclusive benefits

Employability training events

We run a series of online employability training events and panels that are open to all, but particularly invaluable for ScreenSkills Select students in their final year of study.

These sessions provide professional advice on a range of topics, all focussed on supporting students to start a successful career in the screen industries. The topics include how to build a professional profile, tailoring CV/covering letter to different job roles and freelance working.

Further details can be found on our ScreenSkills Select events page.

Industry insight sessions

We deliver online industry insight sessions for ScreenSkills Select students and course leaders to engage and network with industry professionals. These popular sessions present a deeper insight into a variety of in-demand screen industry job roles, such as in film and TV production/post-production, VFX, animation, games, location management, and set design/production.

The industry-leading speakers are from organisations involved in productions such as Matrix 4, The Suicide Squad  and Halo: MCC. They give practical advice on pathways into the range of screen industries' fields.

Further details can be found on our ScreenSkills Select events page.

UK BAFTA Scholarships

Students on ScreenSkills Select university postgraduate courses (and undergraduate courses in games) are eligible to apply for a UK BAFTA scholarship for up to £12,000 towards course fees. Find out more on the BAFTA website.

Further ScreenSkills benefits

We will regularly let your course know about wider ScreenSkills initiatives and events that could help you prepare to work in the screen industries. Click the dropdowns below to find out more about some of these opportunities.

ScreenSkills Open Doors

Students on ScreenSkills Select courses have access to ScreenSkills entry-level events including Open Doors.

Our Open Doors are where students can meet local professionals from film, TV and media production companies and have the opportunity to network with industry and peers. There is an allocation of tickets specifically for students on Select courses for these events.

See if a ScreenSkills Open Doors event is coming to your area soon.

Trainee Finder

Graduates from ScreenSkills Select university and college courses are encouraged to apply to Trainee Finder, a year-long industry-funded scheme that places trainees into paid placements on productions that contribute to the ScreenSkills skills funds.

Placements run across the UK’s filmhigh-end TV and children's television industries. Trainee Finder assists trainees both in paid placements and through a year-long programme of engagement including industry events, short courses and ongoing one-to-one support.

Testimonials from endorsed course students

Make-up artist Maia Pavord

Maia gained a ScreenSkills Select endorsed advanced certificate in make-up and hair artistry which has set her on the path of successful career in this in-demand field. Read more.

FX artist Barbara Tucci

A ScreenSkills Select endorsed VFX degree from Bournemouth University gave Barbara the perfect stepping-stone into the industry. Read more.

Camera trainee Caleb Johnston

Camera trainee Caleb Johnston believes his ScreenSkills Select endorsed degree will help him reach his goal of working as a cinematographer on short films and commercials. Read more.

3D motion designer Dominic Spall

Dominic gained a ScreenSkills Select endorsed degree in animation at Edge Hill University and now combines a freelance career as a 3D motion designer with a job as creative designer. Read more.

Series researcher Greg Wycislok

A ScreenSkills endorsed degree in TV production gave Greg the valuable skills he needed to work in TV as a series researcher. Read more.

Digital imaging technician Christy Kail

Christy found his direction within the industry and became a DIT only 18 months after taking a ScreenSkills endorsed course. Read more. 

Documentary director Inma de Reyes

Inma developed her transferable theatrical skills using a ScreenSkills endorsed MA in film directing to become a documentary director. Read more.