Teaching film, TV and media studies

We run courses and conferences for teachers of moving image media, and produce a range teaching resources.

We encourage new audiences into the world of specialist, independent and archive film by sharing knowledge, techniques and critical approaches.

MA modules

Teaching resources

Research and Advocacy

We recognise the importance of evidence-based practice, and prioritise research in areas where we are recognised as leading advocates:

  • Formal education
  • Programming for young and diverse audiences
  • Tracking outcomes from film education.

We always aim to advocate film education from a position of practical knowledge, formalised as research with recognised HE partners.

Innovation in venue education and online learning

The 5-19 Education offer, running from April 2013, is the BFI’s UK-wide education programme. The role of our education programme at BFI Southbank is to innovate in the areas of film learning and audience programming – for all audiences, not just uner-19s – and to lead practice to inspire others.

We are excited about the possibilities presented by the Audience Network to build a community of cinema-based education providers in which BFI Southbank will be expected to play an important role. We also lead in innovation in pedagogy around films held in the BFI National Archive.

Collaboration and community building

Film is the ideal vehicle for building communities of interest, physically and virtually. Our programmes and resources enable us, with partners, to create and support networks of film enthusiasts, from a local after-school film club, to diverse communities of film-lovers across London, to groups of young documentary makers dispersed across Europe.

Useful links

  • Education events

    Education events

    We help learners of all ages develop their understanding of film.

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  • Education FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about our education activities and resources.

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  • Film education strategy

    Film education strategy

    Find out about the BFI’s review of its strategy for film education, and how help us shape our plans.

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Further reading

  • Quantum leap for film education in the UK - image

    Quantum leap for film education in the UK

    New organisation Film Nation UK will deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme that will be available to every 5-19 year old and the 26,700 schools in the UK.

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