HND in Filmmaking

This internationally recognised University level courses for those who wish to pursue a career in the film industry such as screenwriting, directing, producing or cinematography. Students will build a foundation in all pathways related to creating visual content.


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Raindance Accelerated BTEC Level 5 HND in Film (leading towards entry to a Raindance Masters Degree in Film)

This is a full-time University level course for those who wish to pursue a career in the film industry such as screenwriting, directing, producing or cinematography. Students will build a foundation in all pathways and upon successful completion and approval, will have the opportunity to progress onto a one-year Masters programme with Raindance in their third year. Through Raindance, students will have the opportunity to attend renowned courses delivered by industry professionals and attend our networking events to develop further opportunities.

We offer so much more than just an education…

Don’t mistake our HND course with others on offer. Let’s summarise just some of the benefits you will receive when studying with us:

  • Flexible tuition that allows you to adjust your lessons between cohorts, to plan around your work/life commitments. 
  • Access to Raindance’s renowned, industry-led signature courses
  • Small class sizes with specialist tutors
  • Free underground car park access at the vicinity
  • Located in a prime beach front location with filming access (with prior permission) at any of the Meraas developments, including Box Park, City Walk and Dubai Harbour.
  • Raindance membership with access to exclusive events, online forums, and networking events throughout the course.
  • Complimentary pass to Raindance Film festival worth over £100 per year.
  • Access to our networking events giving you the opportunity to get out there as soon as you start.
  • Membership with Backstage offering workshops and free use of their casting services.  Backstage is the most trusted international name in casting, with over 30,000 projects being cast through the site each year.

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Edited by Adam Maidment (HND Student, Year 2) 

What is a HND?
The Higher National Diploma (HND) is an internationally recognised UK qualification that provides specialist vocational learning at levels 4 and 5.  HNDs are delivered at universities and colleges and are considered the equivalent of the first two years of a three-year university degree course.  Students can often progress onto the final year of a degree programme to obtain a full B.Sc./B.A. (Hons). The HND in Moving Image allows you to progress onto our Master’s Postgraduate programme in Film, saving you a year over conventional routes.
What days do I need to go in?

Although the HND programme is full-time, we have structured it to allow you to work around your work/life commitments. The course runs two days per week, from 10:30 to 17:30.

Raindance Professional courses run at various times during evenings and weekends.

What is the typical class size?
We aim to restrict class sizes to 15 per group. This allows us to run practical workshops and give all our students on-going hands-on support throughout their learning.
Do you offer accomodation?
We can provide assistance in finding student accommodation to suit a range of budgets.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
What are the entry requirements?
Students under 21 years should ideally have GCSE English at grade A*-C (grade 9 – 4) and a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to HE Course. If you have industry experience, we can consider your application on a case-by-case basis.

Students over 21 can apply as mature students providing they can demonstrate the ability (and experience) to study at the appropriate level. Employment history will be advantageous and qualifications taken several years ago will also be taken into account.

What will I study on the course?
Year 1

All students study common modules in their first year. This builds the foundation of the study programme:

HND – Year 1 Modules:

  • Individual Project (Pearson-set)
  • Creative Media Industry
  • Professional Practice
  • Film & Television Practices
  • Film Studies
  • Light & Sound
  • Film & Video Editing
  • Script Writing for Film & Television

Raindance Year 1 Courses:

  • Saturday film school
  • Filmmakers foundation certificate
  • Directors foundation certificate
  • Writers foundation certificate
  • Technical foundation certificate
  • Basic cinematography
  • Hands on directing 1
  • Hands on directing 2
  • Directing actors
  • Movie Genre Foundation Certificate.

Year 2

In the second year, students start to specialise in specific areas of filmmaking, developing their skills further and working in teams on industry-style projects.

HND – Year 2 Modules:

  • Collaborative Project (Pearson-set)
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Advanced Film & Television Studies
  • Drama
  • Documentary
  • Directing
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Audio Techiniques

Raindance – Year 2 Courses:

  • Producers foundation certificate
  • Documentary foundation certificate
  • Comedy intensive with Steve Kaplan
  • Lo-To-No budget filmmaking with Elliot Grove
  • Saturday VR film school
  • Create and market your web series
  • Script analysis for directors
  • The short film project
  • Write and sell the Hot script
  • Pitching Skills Workshop.

* Units can be subject to change.

How is the course assessed?
Assessment is through a series of assignments including research modules, hands-on practical exercises and group projects.

Units are interlinked to replicate “real world” scenarios and offer the opportunity for students to build a range of skills to maximise employment opportunities.

Where next - further studies
Upon successful completion and approval, students can progress onto the Raindance BA (Hon’s) one-year programme in Film, allowing them to obtain a full UK validated Degree.
Where next - job opportunites
Students can enter employment in a wide range of roles within the film industry. Careers include screenwriting, directing, producing, documentary filmmaking or cinematography.
Do I need anything else before I start?

We recommend you have a laptop computer that meets the requirements to run the Adobe Creative Suite although we do have fully equipped computer labs. If you are unsure of the specification of computer you require, come and talk to us before making your purchase.  

How do I apply?
Complete the online application form

When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.

Register Your Interest

Sign up here if you are interested in the HND and we’ll get in touch.


Key Facts

Location: Dubai
Length2 years

Home/GCC students: 36,000 AED per year
International Students: + one off 10,000 AED
Start Date: 30 September 2020

Contact Us

Email: dubai@raindance.org

Telephone: +44 (0)207 930 3412