Introduction to working in the screen industries

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Man with clapper board stands in front of a woman wearing a headset with a 360 camera rig in the foreground
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 what it’s like to work in the screen industries in the UK, and where different roles fit into the production process. 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:

  • The processes involved in producing films, TV, VFX, animation and games
  • The wide variety of roles in the screen industries
  • Where the different roles fit into the production process
  • What it’s like to work in the UK screen industries
  • Where to look for work around the UK
  • The different routes into the screen industries
  • The level of pay you can expect
  • The range of contracts for work

This is the first 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.

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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.



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