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The Junior Conservatoire of Film is a two-year programme which offers bespoke training for talented young filmmakers at Scotland’s national Conservatoire. The Junior Conservatoire of Film aims to train and develop the next generation of young filmmakers in a city that is bursting with screen professionals, industry opportunities and career possibilities.

Junior Conservatoire film students are taught by lecturers with years of industry experience in the sector and award-winning industry practitioners. Students will gain a comprehensive insight into the world of Film with ‘Industry Facing’ classes designed to maximise the students’ learning and develop industry techniques.

You will be given opportunities to be immersed in a comprehensive study of film and the film industry. The Junior Conservatoire of Film is unique as it has highly practical learning opportunities for students with plenty of opportunities to get ‘hands-on’ with camera, lighting, and sound equipment. The opportunity to work as part of a film crew in various roles and complete multiple films across the year. While we offer high levels of practical training, we also offer the students masterclasses in film theory, film language and critical analysis. Including scriptwriting, film analysis, editing practices and production paperwork. We aim to encompass every stage of the creative screen journey. For students looking for accreditation each year of film study offers 3 modules equating to 30 credit points possible to be attained across the year.

This is a two-year programme where we hope all students will begin their journey with Film Level 1 move onto Film Level 2. You could, of course, choose to study only Film Level 1 or if you have the requirements study Film Level 2.

Our aim for you as a student is to gain the skills, abilities and confidence to take what you have learnt and apply here for our BA Filmmaking course or other institutions and, ultimately, to work in this competitive industry.

The programme runs across the Scottish academic year from August to June, and there are two comprehensive levels of study available depending on your ability and experience. Many students who graduate from our programme go on to study as undergraduate students on the RCS BA Filmmaking degree programme.

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Applications for 2024/25 will open mid-November 2023, the closing date is 31st  May 2024.

Join us for our Open Day on Sunday 19 May. To register for attendance at this event click here.

The important details

For Ages:

Application Deadline:
31 May 2024

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

25 August 2024 - 8 June 2025

Interview Fee:

Sundays, 10.30—16.30

£3100 for session 2023/24, Fees for 2024/25 TBC

Why Study Filmmaking at the Junior Conservatoire?

Benefits of studying at the Junior Conservatoire include:

  • Meet and learn with like-minded people from across Scotland.
  • Learn ‘Industry Facing’ filmmaking techniques with industry professionals.
  • Delve into masterclasses delivered by award winning professionals.
  • Work with our high-quality digital film cameras, lighting, and sound equipment.
  • Work to professional standards throughout the programme as part of a film crew on every shoot.
  • Learn all aspects of the filmmaking process, from writing the first draft of a script to pitching and filming selected productions.
  • Engage in editing techniques on a variety of projects in our Digital Training Unit.
  • Collaborate with the Junior Conservatoire of Drama students and cast them in your films.
  • Work with the Junior Conservatoire Production students on set.
  • Learn more about the professional casting process.
  • Get involved in our Winter Show and produce visuals for the theatre performances.
  • Receive regular feedback reports to ensure you are meeting the learning outcomes of the programme.
Three students are looking at a film reference monitor.

Programme Structure

One of the only courses that offers a practical journey from script to screen as a Junior Conservatoire Film student you will expected to attend weekly Sunday classes across the academic year and work with your lecturers in developing your filmmaking abilities. You will lead the way in developing and ultimately realising content created for the screen. On your journey you will develop your theoretical knowledge and hone your practical skills which you can use in your own practice and future training.

In your first year, you can expect to:

  • Learn the basics of filmmaking, from the anatomy of a frame to in-depth technical camera settings though to learning how to track a shot and steady cam work. to technical.
  • Work in an industry facing crew setup with all major roles included in a film shoot. Including Director, 1st AD, Camera operator, 1st AC, Sound Operator, Boom Operator, Props and Costume.
  • Work with our 2nd year acting department and take a lead role in casting actors for all the film shoots across the year.
  • Learn the technical and creative aspects of script writing and formatting and will write a treatment, synopsis and minimum one draft of a short film script.
  • Learn how to create a pitch and present your pitch deck ideas to a commissioning panel with the possibility of it being taken into production for the end of year project.
  • Spend time learning the editing process and work in a post-production environment editing the films you have created for our end of year screening at the GFT.
  • Develop deeper critical and analytical skills through a series of film lectures and your own critical essay portfolio.

Level 2 film is designed to be a continuation from level 1 and will advance your practical and theoretical understanding of film and the film process. During this course, you’ll refine the skills learned in Level 1 using advanced film cameras, practical classes in lighting techniques and advanced sound techniques. There is a series of masterclasses and lectures designed to deepen your theoretical understanding and improve your film language. Level 2 can be tailored to allow an individual student to focus on their preferred role helping to enhance their own career aspirations for their preferred role in the film industry.

In your second year, you can expect to:

  • Attend classes dedicated to the exploration of in-depth film analysis, focusing on recognised classic cinema and explore foreign cinema.
  • Explore the history of film and filmmakers, how these pioneers have shaped the modern film landscape and its resonance in modern filmmaking.
  • Undertake an in-depth analysis of classic films and study their use of storytelling, directing, lighting a scene and editing practices.
  • Further develop your practical filmmaking techniques with advanced camera use, separate audio recording techniques and lighting a scene.
  • Further development of your creative filmmaking skills employed on set to become a more complete filmmaker.
  • Work with our 2nd year acting department and take a lead role in casting actors for all the film shoots across the year.
  • Development of a longer more in-depth short film script, treatment and synopsis. Which you will pitch to a commissioning panel to be considered for production for the final films made in the year

Teaching Staff

Learn from staff including industry professionals currently working as freelancers, directors, scriptwriters, editors and producers.

Teachers on the programme include:

  • Duncan Sanders (Lecturer – Level 2)
  • Chris Nelms (Lecturer – Level 1)
  • Raisah Ahmed (Guest lecturer — Writing / Directing)
  • Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Guest lecturer — Writing)
  • Daniel Serridge (Guest Lecturer – Storyteller)
  • Alexander Waddell (Guest Lecturer – Filmmaker / Camera Operator)
  • Michael Lee Richardson (Guest Lecturer – Writer / Director)
  • Caroline Bridges (Guest  Lecturer – Cinematographer)
  • Lisa Hart (Guest Lecturer – Producer)

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Junior Conservatoire of Film is by interview only, and progression through the levels is not automatic — students will be assessed each year if they would like to continue with their studies.

Whilst we do not ask for formal entry requirement to this programme, we encourage applications from those who show great potential for filmmaking and a passion and love of storytelling for screen.



There are three levels of study available and we expect the majority of students to begin on level one, unless they have extensive experience. We can discuss this with you at your interview.

Our aim is that after you have completed the three years of study with us, you will be well prepared to apply for further or higher education in film courses.

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

The Junior Conservatoire Film course fees for 2023/24 are £3100.

Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are TBC.


Funding & Scholarships

We want to make the performing arts as accessible as possible.

Anyone who faces financial barriers to participate in the Junior Conservatoire can apply at any time, whether at acceptance to a course or during the course, for a bursary or scholarship.

Please take the time to refer to this bursary and scholarship criteria.

For anyone who requires a bursary or scholarship please email and you will be sent an application form.

We will try to support as many students as possible to attend the Junior Conservatoire training and therefore may not be able to cover full student fees.

These funds are currently supported by the generosity of individuals and charitable trusts including:

  • James McAvoy Drama Scholarship
  • Agnes Allan Bursary
  • Bill and Margaret Nicol

How to Apply

We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to apply for the Junior Conservatoire Film programme and everyone who applies on time will receive an interview.


When to apply

All applications should be completed online and there is an interview fee of £45. If you need financial support to pay for the interview fee please contact us at 


Interview dates

All interviews for the Junior Conservatoire Film programme will be scheduled  for 14th June 2024



If you have any questions about the Junior Conservatoire or the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at


Audition Information

The audition process

We want your interview to be an enjoyable experience and encourage you to take this opportunity to find out more about the Junior Conservatoire.

Your interview will be with a panel of teachers from the Junior Conservatoire and we want to hear your motivations for applying to this programme.

You will be expected to informally discuss a film you have recently seen and your thoughts and feelings about it. This can be a film you loved, or disliked. We want to hear:

  • Why you chose to watch the film,
  • What you thought of the story and how it was told,
  • What you thought of the style
  • Would you recommend it to a friend and why/why not?

Please feel free to bring any notes and refer to them throughout the interview.

Above all, remember the panel wants to see you do well and we look forward to meeting you.

Term Dates

Sunday 20 August 2023

Saturday 26 August 2023 — Friday 15 December 2023

14—27 October 2023

Saturday 6 January 2024 — Friday 29 March 2024

10—16 February 2024

Saturday 13 April 2024 — Friday 14th June 2024

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the Junior Conservatoire or the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Three film students are standing on a coastline. They are filming with a camera and one is holding a boom mic.