Directing Certificate course london

Directing Certificate

Our Directing Certificate will illuminate the director’s role and enable you to build the necessary skills to direct a film. Guided by experienced filmmaking professionals, this intense 4-day course, spread across 5 days*, will introduce the concepts of visual storytelling, analyse your approach with actors and enhance your communication skills, allowing you to express your creativity in the most effective way. The workshops culminate in the opportunity to direct a short film project in an industry-standard setting, with professional actors. This in-depth intensive training provides an informative, hands-on, introduction to the world of directing films.

*The course will include two shooting days and you will only be required for one of them.


Guided by experienced filmmaking professionals, this practical in-depth course provides training in various aspects of directing including visual storytelling, storyboarding, communicating ideas and scripts to actors and crew, working with actors and enhancing their performance, and preparing for a shoot. You will direct a short film in a studio environment using a high-end HD camera (Arri Alexa), with a full camera crew and professional actors. Learn how directors can work with editors and have the opportunity to have your film screened at the end of the course in our cinema.

Targeted exercises ensure you

  • Establish an understanding of shot choices, visual storytelling and effectively interpreting a script
  • Enhance your communication skills, allowing you to draw the best from your professional actors and encourage your crew
  • Direct a short film, working with a full crew and professional actors in an industry-standard environment

Course Goals

  • Learn professional techniques to improve your performance as a director in preparation, on set and in the post-production of your film
  • Improve your collaborative skills, allowing you to communicate more effectively with cast and crew
  • Develop a better understanding of storytelling and how to convey your story visually


This course takes place in person at LFA, 52a Walham Grove, London SW6


Minimum age 18.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS (For international Students)

To access the course content and understand the technical filmmaking terminology used when delivering our courses, all applicants must be able to read, write, speak and understand English to a B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. The best way to find out your CEFR level is to take a well-designed standardised test. Most common English assessment tests now provide the CEFR equivalency. If you have questions about our English language requirement, please feel free to email the Short Courses team.


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To apply online please click on the course date below.

  • 09 September 2024 - 13 September 2024
    Course Fee: £ 795


  • 16 December 2024 - 20 December 2024
    Course Fee: £ 795

    Only 3 spaces available