Covid-19: MetFilm School’s Response

We are, of course, deeply aware of the uncertainty, confusion and fear that the pandemic is creating for us all, and particularly conscious of the questions that it must raise in your and your family’s minds about how your experience as a student will be affected. We hope that you will find the information on this page reassuring and informative.

From this Autumn, we will re-open both campuses fully, and we are committed to offering all current and new students the full learning experience that you signed up to, physically on site.

During the pandemic we have learnt some valuable lessons about how to connect with our student community digitally, and as committed as we are to returning to a full campus experience, we are also committed to maintaining and building the enhancements around this experience that our digital environment can facilitate. This includes the Virtual Grindhouse, our new online community, home to a plethora of impressive guest speakers and curated opportunities from across industry.

In addition, if you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of pandemic related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We guarantee that you will not miss out.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below will answer many of your questions. However, if you have further questions, current students can email help@metfilmschool.ac.uk and new students and potential applicants can email info@metfilmschool.co.uk, call +44 20 8290 9119 or speak to your admissions manager.


Learning, Teaching and Assessment

All taught sessions will take place on our campus or in shooting locations in scheduled sessions which will usually take place between 9am and 7pm on weekdays, as planned. You will be expected to carry out your own individual and group practice outside taught sessions. You may also be required to be involved in projects outside of these times during production periods.

When you are on campus, we will follow current UK government guidance and best practice in both the Higher Education and film production worlds to ensure that you are as safe as possible. In the event of any further public health lockdowns, we will ensure that your learning experience continues remotely, and all practical production activities and film productions will be rescheduled. We will ensure that your learning goals, filmmaking experience, and qualifications are not harmed.

We have made the decision to start some programmes a few weeks later than originally planned in order to minimise risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic, and the end of the programme is also a few weeks later as a result. Enrolment starts on 21st September, and your course proper starts on 5th October 2020.

If you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of pandemic related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We guarantee that you will not miss out.


Student Health and Wellbeing

If you are feeling unwell, you should stay at home for 10 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
  • You should also stay at home for 14 days if you live with someone who has the above symptoms and you should do this from the first day they have symptoms.

If this affects you, you should read the government’s advice on staying at home.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home, you can though use the 111 online coronavirus service to get more advice.

The government advises that you self-isolate if you are:

  • pregnant
  • elderly
  • have a pre-existing medical condition which affects or immune system or respiratory system.

Please read the government’s advice on vulnerable groups.

Please contact your Course Leader and the Welfare Team on 020 8280 9119 or admin@metfilmschool.ac.uk and, if able to do so, keep up with your studies using our online learning support and resources.

It is important that you follow the latest official advice on self-isolation, social distancing and other measures. If you are self-isolating do not come to the campus.

For the latest guidance about whether you need to self-isolate and for how long, please see this page on the NHS website.

From the end of June we re-opened both the London and Berlin campuses to a carefully controlled and monitored schedule of practical activity and production. We introduced precautions to ensure that everyone remains safe including smaller groups in large spaces, enhanced cleaning and sanitization, training for all students and staff prior to arrival on site, and risk assesssments designed for each type of activity.

From the Autumn, we will re-open both campuses fully, and we are committed to offering all current and new students the full learning experience that you signed up to, physically on site.

If you have any concerns about the coronavirus, please contact Student Services on 020 8280 9119 or admin@metfilmschool.ac.uk.

Our Student Welfare team will be available to support you and will respond between 9-5, Monday to Friday. You can contact us on 020 8280 9119 or admin@metfilmschool.ac.uk.

For urgent support outside these hours please contact:

  • The Samaritans – 116 123
  • NHS Direct – 111
  • Emergency services – Fire, Police or Ambulance – 999
  • Nightline – 020 7631 0101

Studying at ScreenSpace from Autumn 2020

Yes, if you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of travel restrictions, visa issues, or other pandemic related reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We guarantee that you will not miss out.

All taught sessions will take place on our campus or in shooting locations in scheduled sessions which will usually take place between 9am and 7pm on weekdays. You will be expected to carry out your own individual and group practice outside taught sessions. You may also be required to be involved in projects outside of these times during production periods.

When you are on campus, we will follow current UK government guidance and best practice in both the Higher Education and film production worlds to ensure that you are as safe as possible. In the event of any further public health lockdowns, we will ensure that your learning experience continues remotely, and all practical production activities and film productions will be rescheduled. We will ensure that your learning goals, filmmaking experience, and qualifications are not harmed.

Met Film School and University of West London have various digital platforms which we use to deliver online learning and support to students when not on the campus. You will also be supported by your programme team, and the School’s Student Services and Academic Support team – which you will also be able to access online if you should have any problems.

See here for minimum specs of a computer and phone or camera you will need during your ScreenSpace course.

For more information on how to get support from the University of West London, see our information for current students. The University Students’ Union also have their own regularly updated information page which you can access here. The advice service will continue to run via phone call and email, and you can email uwl.su@uwl.ac.uk with any enquiries.