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.

Why choose a ScreenSkills Select course?
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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

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

Duncan Howell, production designer/senior lecturer BA (Hons) Design for Film and Television, Nottingham Trent University

Exclusive benefits

Industry insight sessions

We provide both live and recorded industry insight interviews 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.

Library of Select sessions

We have a library of pre-recorded online Select Sessions delivered by industry experts. These are exclusive employability webinars to help students build their confidence and knowledge of entry level roles; how to approach job applications and interviews; the world of freelance working and find out about the entry level training schemes available.

ScreenSkills e-learning modules

ScreenSkills offers over 30 free e-learning modules that are relevant for students as well as industry professionals, including two key series to help students better understand and progress into the screen industries. We encourage students on all Select endorsed courses to take our modules and help course leaders track completion so they can support you better in your learning.

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.

ScreenSkills Select newsletter

We will let your course know about further ScreenSkills initiatives, events and training opportunities that could help you prepare to work in the Screen industries via our Select newsletter. Opportunities such as ScreenSkills Trainee Finder scheme where alumni from ScreenSkills Select university and college courses are encouraged to apply for Trainee Finder, the year-long industry-funded scheme that places trainees into paid placements on productions that contribute to the ScreenSkills skills funds.

Testimonials from endorsed course students

Junior character artist Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith went for a tour around Warwickshire College University Centre (WCUC) in Leamington Spa and once she saw  the equipment available and had all her questions answered: “I knew straight away that this was the right course for me as it encompassed everything I wanted to learn.”

Since graduating with first class honours in Games Art, she is now a junior character artist for Digi Monsters, a small outsourcing studio who design, create and deliver work for games studios, visual effects, film and more. The first game she worked on was Crayta, creating characters and various outfits, concept work, sculpting, skinning, rigging and texturing.

Environment artist Litha Bacchi

Litha is an environment artist at Playground games and recently graduated with a games art degree from De Montfort University.

Litha fully recognises the great opportunities that Playground Games have given her and who can blame her, as after all, she is working for the winners of the 2022 BAFTA Games Awards (British Games category) for Forza Horizon 5 - a title that Litha proudly helped to create!

Researcher, Camera Assistant & Shooting Researcher, Nella Gocal-McConkey

Nella is a researcher, camera assistant and shooting researcher working in factual TV for the BBC, Paramount+, ITV and PBS. He is a recent film degree graduate from Falmouth University.  “I loved the location. It was very different to studying in a city and as I initially grew up in South East London and then moved to a Sussex village, I was looking for the latter environment. It was also very inclusive, diverse and LGBTQ+ friendly which was really important to me too.”

Lighting technician / lighting console technician Niah Davies

Niah who recently graduated from Falmouth University with a degree in film and is currently a lighting technician / lighting console technician on BBC's Casualty.

"Work with the sound and lighting technicians. They will show you in detail how the kit works, how to get the best shots and will critique your work in a constructive way. They will go through what you have done and then how to make it better. The camera technicians at Falmouth are brilliant. It means your work will be really good before it gets to the lecturers."

Foley assistant Tom Holmes

Tom recently graduated from West Herts College with a Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production: Film and TV and is currently a foley assistant at post-production house Molinare. 

Tim told us: “The fact that the course had been independently assessed and endorsed by ScreenSkills Select really helped me to make my final decision to apply.”


Junior production coordinator Crystal Leaity

Crystal is from an acting background and studied directing at Screen and Film School, Brighton and currently is a junior production coordinator including on BBC Three’s Meet the Khans, Charlotte in Sunderland and BBC One’s Extraordinary Portraits.

Crystal said: “ScreenSkills are a wonderful organisation with a great reputation. Knowing that they endorsed the Screen and Film School course definitely gave me confidence when applying.”

Edit assistant Jack Matthews

Jack studied filmmaking at Screen and Film School, Brighton and is now an edit assistant for post production house The Edit.

Jack has clearly benefited from studying on a high quality course with great teaching, access to equipment and links to industry. 

Factual entertainment researcher Tominiyi Onagoruwa

Tominiyi is a recent graduate from the University of Gloucestershire and has been working on a range of productions including with Fox International, Discovery and Netflix.

“I’m still learning and growing on every job – and it was through the help of the people that I met at university, and the opportunities I was given there, that put me in a position where I was ready to go out and start working from the second my course had ended.”

Production sound assistant Ben Christopher

Ben has been working on a range of ITV, Netflix and BBC productions since graduating from the University of Gloucestershire with a television production degree.

“When I came on the course, I knew I wanted to work in the TV industry, but I didn’t know in what capacity. But then doing bits of post-production sound led me on to production sound recording, and that was the thing that I enjoyed most.

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. “I instantly fell in love with what I was doing and with the learning environment” she says.

FX artist Barbara Tucci

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

She explains: “The fact it was a ScreenSkills Select course gave it even more credibility.”

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. 

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. 

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.

He enrolled in the ScreenSkills-endorsed TV production degree at Solent University in Southampton. “It was a great place to start.”

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.

“I wanted to make sure that the course I picked was approved by an organisation that understands the current requirements of the industry".

Documentary director Inma de Reyes

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

The degree - which focuses on documentary making - was intense and had a very practical focus. “

3D games artist Shay Palmer

Shay is combining her final year Games Art degree studies at De Montfort University with her placement as a game artist with Criterion Games.

Shay from Croydon points to her mother’s wise career advice on why she studied on De Montfort University’s (DMU) Game Art degree course before successfully finding a game artist placement at Criterion Games in Guildford. She is combining this with her final year studies.

Junior technical and production engineer Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones knew nothing about broadcast engineering before attending an open day at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Rachel initially interviewed for a journalism course at the university, but after meeting with the programme leader for the MSc Sport Broadcast course and viewing the equipment available, atmosphere, industry contacts and guest speakers Rachel knew the MSc in Sport Broadcast was the right choice.