University of Sunderland Summer Program

Sunderland Film School


Film School

Our Film School is based in The David Puttnam Media Centre, the largest media department in the North East of England and home to Broadcast Media Production and Digital Film courses. This summer school gives you the opportunity to make your own film, to come up with a great idea and then shoot and edit your work in a relatively short time scale. Your challenge is to complete a documentary film, an experimental film or even a drama during your three weeks at Sunderland. You will be introduced to cinematography, sound recording, the theory and practice of editing and producing and managing a short film production. This learning is delivered through screenings and discussions, practical exercises and critique and tutorials. From your early ideas you are encouraged to take ownership of your work supported by expert tutors who are film makers in their own right.

Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Language of Instruction: English


ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students    


Upon successful completion of the course students will be awarded 15 University of Sunderland credits (3-4 US credits, ultimately determined by the home institution).


Students must have completed at least one year of university-level study in any discipline.


I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.


Additional options are available for semester programs. See the Membership Directory for details.


July 5th through 26th 2014


May 1st, 2014




Students will be housed in single rooms in an on-campus residence hall. They will share kitchen and bathroom facilities with fellow students. Heating, electricity, bedding, and WiFi Internet access are included. Meals are not included, but fully equipped kitchens are available for students to use.



You will receive an orientation session to introduce you to the University and the City. This includes campus and City tours and an introduction to all of the services available at the University, helping you make the most of your stay.

Social Events

Included in the programme:
• a welcome meal so you can get to know your tutors and fellow students
• day trips to places such as York, Alnwick, Edinburgh and Durham
• evening activities such as a trip to the cinema, theatre or ten-pin bowling
• a farewell meal before saying goodbye to Sunderland and your new friends


Field trips are integrated as part of the programme curriculum and they are designed to provide you with ideas for your practical project. As part of your programme you will visit: Alnwick Castle, which dates from the 11th Century and also features as Hogwarts in Harry Potter; Beamish, a living museum. There may be other trips organised as part of the individual programmes, such as visits to art galleries or television studios.


The University of Sunderland is a dynamic, modern university with a growing reputation for teaching and research. The university has recently been named “The Best New University in England” for the quality, quantity, and range of its research. It has also been voted one of the top five campuses in the United Kingdom.


Sunderland is located in the Northeast of England, an area renowned for its history, culture, and beautiful countryside. It’s home to numerous abbeys, castles, stately homes, and a picture perfect coastline. With a rich and fascinating heritage, Sunderland has a superb array of places of historical interest to visit and explore. Sunderland is the location of Washington Old Hall, which is the ancestral home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Sunderland is also known as the “City by the Sea” with a compact city center offering great shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.

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