Youth Film Academy - Sparks Film School for Kids and Teenagers
Inspiring Young Filmmakers Since 2010
Youth Film Academy
Youth Film School for Ages 5-18
Inspiring Young Filmmakers Since 2010
Film and Media Classes for Ages 5-18
Igniting Ideas & Inspiring Imaginations
Youth Film Academy for Young Filmmakers
Sparks Film and Media Art is the UK’s leading youth film academy for young kids and teenagers.
We strive to unlock creative talent and to build confidence in young filmmakers.
Through filmmaking and media, we inspire and empower the creators of tomorrow to take bold steps towards their futures.
We pride ourselves on our unique, engaging approach that prioritises building valuable, real-life skills and celebrates individuality.
Our students have gone on to win film festivals and screen their work around the world. Some have gone on to professional acting work for film, TV and stage, as well as entry to top universities and film schools to further their filmmaking training.
Inspiring Young Filmmakers
At our youth film academy, young filmmakers learn about every aspect of making a film and experience the magic of making their own productions.
They develop skills as screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, production crew, screen actors, video editors and even more.
Our youth film academy courses provide inspiration and guidance, supporting young aspiring filmmakers to develop their skills, their knowledge and their creativity.
Youth film academy students discover their passion and unlock their talents. They discover life behind the lens as they step into all the professional crew roles you find within the film industry.
All our filmmaking courses and activities are practical and ‘hands on’, helping Sparks youth film academy students to develop valuable real-life skills.
Real-Life Filmmaking Projects
All filmmaking courses at our youth film academy include the chance to work on real-life filmmaking projects.
Young filmmakers boost their skills and confidence as they work on real projects, all based on their ideas. Our Sparks filmmaking instructors guide young filmmakers through the process of making their own productions from start to finish. Along the way, the develop all their filmmaking skills, from directing, cinematography, acting for camera, screenwriting, video editing and more.
Our approach is also ideal for building transferable skills, such as communication, working as part of a team, taking responsibility and leadership.
Filmmaking Half Term Camps
Alongside filmmaking classes, our youth film academy also offers half term courses and summer camps.
Each Sparks holiday camp is action-packed. Every workshop offers unforgettable fun, the chance to be creative, to learn new skills and to make movies to feel proud of.
Our team of film making instructors guide and support the crew members to produce their own unique film production.
Crew members express their ideas and devise their own stories and scripts. They also step into all the professional crew roles you find on a real life film set. They direct, shoot and crew their productions, and for everyone who enjoys acting, they can star in front of the camera too.
Fantastic experience. Supportive environment which boosts confidence and gives space for individual creativity. Wonderful concept – captures children’s imaginations and delivers impressive results in just one week.
What skills will my child learn?
Specific skills vary depending on the programme you’re enrolled in, but typically participants develop skills in the different areas of filmmaking:
- Directing Skills
- Photography & Moving Image Skills
- Editing Skills
- Acting for Camera
They also develop skills in storytelling, visual literacy and a host of different creative skills.
We also expect students to develop soft and transferable skills over time, for instance:
- Improved communication skills
- Collaborative working
- Taking responsibility
- Decision-making and problem-solving
- Time management
- Reflection and Evaluation.
Taking part is also great for confidence building too.
Our filmmaking classes follow a progression system from Studio 1 (ages 5-7) through to Studio 5 (ages 14-18). Each studio introduces advancing skills and knowledge, with filmmakers progressing in technical and creative learning at each stage.
Within each studio, there are also three levels of learning, from beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Will my child enjoy filmmaking?
We certainly hope so! Our filmmaking classes are definitely creative and engaging, as well as having the technological dimension too.
Sparks filmmaking classes appeal to creative children who are looking. toexpand their skillset and enjoy working on projects and challenges. If your child shows signs of being creative or visual, then we’re confident that they’ll enjoy our classes.
Where we have availability, we offer trial classes, as well as money-back guarantees on trial periods, so you’re able to give it a try before fully committing.
What's special about Sparks youth film academy classes?
At Sparks, we firmly believe that everyone learns best whilst getting stuck in and whilst having fun. All our activities are practical, engaging and all about being hands on with real-life projects. We celebrate imagination, creativity and encourage all our members to explore their own unique point of view.
We create exceptional learning environments designed to promote confidence and self-esteem. We operate small class sizes, with plenty of personalised attention for every filmmaker taking part. Sparks instructors are highly skilled, carefully trained and passionate about sharing their knowledge, skills and a love of film. We apply high staff ratios and make sure there is plenty of equipment to work with. This way, we can ensure all our filmmaking activities are engaging and bringing out the best in our youth film academy students.
Whereabouts can I attend Sparks youth film academy classes?
Sparks has more than 20 youth film schools in the UK, including several in London and the South East, Manchester, Sheffield, Bournemouth and Oxford.
We plan to open up more youth film academies in 2022.
For more details on where you can find film classes local to you, please see all Sparks film schools locations here >>>
What does Sparks Youth Film Academy do?
Sparks is a digital film academy for kids and teenagers. We help to inspire young filmmakers.
We offer engaging filmmaking classes and half term camps, for ages 5-18. We teach film and media production skills, we provide practical and transferable skills to use within the filmmaking industry.
Take Part in a Free Filmmaking Class
We welcome filmmakers to take part in a free filmmaking class prior to signing up. This is a great way to check if Sparks youth film academy is for you, before committing to a whole term or course.