Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire

Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire

Film & TV Craft Courses - Applications are closed

Our craft courses offer specialist craft and technical film and TV training to individuals in areas where there are specific crew skills shortages.

The courses are part of Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire (CoSE:Y), a Screen Yorkshire initiative in partnership with ScreenSkills, providing trainees with industry-recognised UK craft certificates in their chosen area of training.

We are looking for trainees who bring a diverse range of experiences to the group and we actively encourage applicants from groups who are currently underrepresented in the film and television industries. We offer bursaries for applicants who need financial assistance with covering the fee for their chosen course.

Our six craft courses in Lighting, Hair & Make-Up, Costume, Art Direction & Props, My First Factual TV Job and Production Assistant (scripted) will be delivered in partnership with University Centre Leeds and Keighley College. They are taught by craft specific tutors alongside film & TV professionals, through a combination of practical training in person, 1-2-1 tutorials, masterclasses and mentoring support.

 

Hair and make-up artists Sophia Mascarenhas and Claire Anne Williams , former ScreenSkills Trainee Finder trainees, at work © ScreenSkills, photo by Erroll Jones

You too can work in the film & TV industry

The drama you love is made by people like you!

Whilst no experience in film & TV is necessary, training is an investment both for the candidate and the provider, so candidates must demonstrate a clear commitment to achieving a high level of proficiency and dedication to the craft. The courses are specifically targeted towards trainees who want to break into film and television. We want to address under representation within the screen industries by encouraging people to apply whatever their background.

 

The courses have been designed in response to increased demand for these craft skills, with each role identified by ScreenSkills as ‘in demand’ across the UK’s booming film and television industries taking into regional demand specific to Yorkshire. They provide trainees from any background with a clear pathway into the industry, developing their craft skills for the specific considerations of working within these industries.

Amazing teaching and support, and contacts that I have no doubt I'll continue to use throughout my career.

Bethan Tanner (Production Assistant trainee, year one)

We were lucky to have been taught by industry specialists from various productions such as; Peaky Blinders, Marcella, Emmerdale.

Laura Carden-Raffells (Hair & Make-up trainee, year one)

From networking skills to mentorship schemes, this course has massively improved my prospects of finally breaking into the film industry.

Jacob Farr (Production Assistant trainee, year one)

No previous screen experience is necessary!

Trainees will also take part in two ‘boot camps’ further exploring the world of film and TV, such as their role within a department, set etiquette and the challenges of freelance life (including tax, invoicing and networking).

Networking with some of the biggest names in the world of film and TV, neither of which we’d have had access too elsewhere.

Izzy Donson (Hair & Make-up trainee, year one)

Got some questions? Read our FAQs

Who can act as my referees?

You should provide either an academic or employer reference and indicate on your application form the capacity in which you know this person.

Am I able to amend my application once it’s been submitted?

We ask that you check your application through thoroughly to make sure there are no mistakes before you submit. You cannot amend your application once it has been submitted. If you need to make changes to your telephone number, email address or living address, you can email training@screenyorkshire.co.uk and ask for these changes to be made.

Do I have to be based in Yorkshire to apply?

As long as you are UK resident and have the right to work in the UK you are eligible to apply for these courses, however please note each of the course locations and the fact that we are unable to contribute to accommodation, travel or subsistence costs. We particularly encourage applications from those who already live, work and/or study in Yorkshire.

I’m not yet 18, can I apply for one of the courses?

For our costume and hair and make-up courses, you can only apply if your 18th birthday falls on or before the 31st August 2021. For all of the other courses, you can only apply if your 18th birthday falls on or before the 28th February 2022.

I’m over 18 but can’t afford the course fees, what can I do?

If you are aged 18 on the date that your chosen course commences, then the course is free. If you are aged 19 or over, then you may be eligible for scholarship support for part of your course fees. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please fill out the bursary application form linked to in the main application form. We will not ask you to accept any offer of a place until we have confirmed the amount of scholarship support you will receive. Scholarships are not available for the Hair and Make-Up course, there is no course fee for this course, apart from up £250 material costs for the entire course.

I am already studying/have a degree. Does that make me ineligible?

No, so long as your current course of study will be completed before the start of the course you are applying for. Please make sure you are aware of any course specific minimum qualifications, you can find this information in the course outlines For example, to be eligible to apply for the Hair and Make-Up course you will need a related degree or other relevant qualification.

How long is the commitment to the course?

All courses take place between mid March and the end of August 2022. Trainees should note that learning commitments throughout this period are full-time (approximately 20hrs per week), and there are limited term breaks and holidays depending on placement activity.

I’m receiving benefits. If I’m on one of the courses will this put my benefits at risk?

There are various benefits that can be claimed with specific regulations and rules on what might affect your benefit claim. The best way to assess your query, would be to visit your local Department of Work and Pensions or alternatively, contact them. Details for contacting your relevant claim department by telephone, can be found here: https://customerservicecontactnumber.uk/dwp/

English isn’t my first language, can I still apply/take part?

We would suggest that you apply in English to the best of your ability. However, please note that all of the courses will be taught in English and require lots of interaction. Before applying we advise applicants to consider whether their language skills will enable them to engage with confidence and fully benefit from the learning.

Meet the team

  • Hannah Kenworthy

    Hannah Kenworthy, Senior Coordinator - Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire

    Hannah works with Beatrice to deliver Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire (CoSEY) initiative, a partnership with ScreenSkills. Launched in 2020 as the UK’s first Centre of Screen Excellence, the initiative provides specialist craft and technical training to individuals in areas where there are specific crew skills shortages, delivered with a number of West Yorkshire colleges and specialist tutors.
  • Beatrice Neumann

    Beatrice Neumann, Manager - Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire

    Beatrice leads our Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire (CoSEY) initiative, a partnership with ScreenSkills. Launched in 2020 as the UK’s first Centre of Screen Excellence, the initiative provides specialist craft and technical training to individuals in areas where there are specific crew skills shortages, delivered with a number of West Yorkshire colleges and specialist tutors.

The UK film & TV craft courses are part of Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, a ground-breaking pilot delivered by Screen Yorkshire, supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.