BFI Film Academy Art Department Camp


Ever wondered who is responsible for the production design of the films and TV shows you love? 

Then the BFI Film Academy Art Department Camp could be perfect for you!

The BFI Film Academy Art Department Camp will take place between February 10th-16th 2024


A participant on the art department couse smiles as she shares her ideas
A cosy living room film set created by participants on the art department course
A participant on the art department course is making props. They are writing a letter using a fountain pen on tea stained note paper

The BFI Specialist Course will give you an insight into the role of the Art Department, and give you your first steps into a career in film.

This is a week-long residential programme based in Bristol, led by Martha Baines (Beauty and the Beast, People Just Do Nothing and The World’s End). It’s open to all 16 – 19 year olds based in the UK, who are looking to learn about and get hands-on experience of life in an Art Department for film and high-end TV (shows like Sex Education, Euphoria, The Crown.)

The BFI Art Department Camp takes place during February half term, from 10th to 16th February 2024. You’ll spend the week living in Bristol’s creative hub, where you’ll stay in the YHA – a fantastic converted warehouse on the Bristol harbourside, next to the Arnolfini gallery.

During the day, we’ll be based at Boomsatsuma‘s Skyline Park Studios – a film and television studio set up by Boom Satsuma for students to learn about the art department.

Here, you’ll work in teams to create designs for a brief based on a real HETV script. You’ll learn key skills in software like Sketch Up and Photoshop as well as creating designs, props and dressing for your own real set.  We’ll film your group’s creations with actors performing and we’ll share it with an invited audience at a celebration event at the Cube Cinema.

When we’re not in the main studio, there will be workshops and talks from leading industry professionals such as Production Designer Sarah Hauldren (Gosford Park, Elizabeth, The Spanish Princess and The Pirates) and Prop and Modelmaker Laurens Nockels from Mangostone (Star Wars, Assassins Creed, Beauty & The Beast, and The Nutcracker).

Previous participants of our industry camps have gone on to gain work experience with internationally renowned production companies such as Warner Bros and Aardman Animations. Many applicants have also gone on to further study at the Arts University Bournemouth, California Institute of the Arts, and the University of the West of England.

How do I apply?

Applications are now open and close on Monday December 4th. Applications are online via Jot Form. You’ll be asked to submit some supporting information such as a portfolio or short video. You don’t need any previous experience, but we’d like to see what you’re interested in and what excites you!

You will be able to attach files to the form, but we also encourage you to get creative! You might want add a link to social media accounts such as TikTok to share videos of your work or a link to an Instagram portfolio.


Do I need any experience? 

This course is open to 16 – 19 year olds from across the UK. We do not require previous experience in the Art Department. 

How much does it cost? 

The course costs £210 (including all food and accommodation for the week)  – But we do have a generous bursary scheme and many students will get their travel and course costs funded by us.  Check here for more details.

Two participants on the BFI course smile as they share ideas

Interested in learning more about the BFI Art Department Camp?

You’ll find information about what you’ll get up to on the course, bursaries, and lots more on our FAQ page.

Please email to request an alternative copy of the application form (e.g. word doc). 




This course is part of BFI Film Academy, a national talent programme supported by the Department for Education and the National Lottery.

There are other week-long residential courses and one two-week residential. Find out more on the BFI website.

VFX and Computer Animation – Film and Video Workshop – London (1 week)

Stop Frame Animation – Calling the Shots (1 week)

Documentary Course – CTVC – London (1 week)

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