How to apply for work in the screen industries

Apprentice painting a piece of set from Harry Potter
Apprentice painting a piece of set from Harry Potter
Part of series
Module type
Estimated time
15 minutes
Career stages
Film, Unscripted TV, High-end TV, Children's TV, VFX, Animation, Games
ScreenSkills funded

About this module

This free online module will help you understand how to write a CV and covering email that will help you secure work in the screen industries, as well as what to include in a portfolio. It is recommended for anyone who is thinking of, or is currently, working in the UK screen industries, which include film, TV, visual effects (VFX), animation and games.

This module covers:

  • How to create a strong CV
  • How to analyse a job advert to work out if it’s right for you
  • What to include in your professional online profile
  • What to include in a cover email
  • How to approach a company or individual that you would like to work for
  • Which roles require you to create a portfolio, and what to include in a portfolio

This is the fourth module in Getting into the screen industries, a series from ScreenSkills designed to provide a general introduction to getting work in film, TV, VFX, animation and games. Other modules in the series:

Additional information

We recommend completing this module in one sitting. However, if you are not able to do this, your progress will be saved, and when you come back to finish you will be taken to the last screen you completed.

This module was advised by Alison Grade, and developed with support from the BFI, awarding National Lottery funds as part of its Future Film Skills strategy. Arts Council England supported the launch of the online learning platform.

If you are a teacher, parent or guardian interested in e-learning modules for under 18s please contact

Important Information about ScreenSkills funded e-learning modules

For training providing certificates, please note that these will be issued only on course completion. To receive a certificate, please ensure you have completed all modules of the e-learning training, including a test and a survey if present.



ScreenSkills develops skills and talent to support the UK's screen industries.

More from ScreenSkills