The aim of the Digital Storytelling Programme is to empower different groups within local communities to tell their stories. By creating digital stories from diverse backgrounds, this project creates cultural cohesion and dialogue, while encouraging minority communities to come forward and share their experiences and knowledge, as well as focussing on universal human issues that act as a unifying force. Through this, FYA will use its expertise as a media house, and enhance its existing platform from which stories can be shared, and digital media skills can be attained.

Why join the course?

Fearless Youth Association and other community groups are working in partnership and have combined our forces, to create this twelve-week, free classroom-based course.

It will look at filmmaking theory and practice as well as radio presenting, and how they interact to produce good and even meaningful stories, helping you develop short films for digital platforms and short content for the radio.

Whether fact or fiction, there are many principles and processes that make a story work on film, so that what viewers see is more than just a sequence of events, but is instead a compelling narrative, which holds their attention, makes them think and keeps them coming back for more.

We will cover all aspects of production – from how to research your story to adding the finishing touches in the edit. The course will address many issues along the way, including critical thinking; story structure; style; genre; ethics; legalities; practical techniques for camera, sound and lighting; and more.

What topics will you cover?

  • Critical understandings of storytelling, meaning making and all aspects of production
  • Structuring and designing effective narratives: style, genre and digital films
  • Pre-production: research, ethics, legalities and planning
  • Filmmaking Techniques: ethical practice, sound, lighting, framing, interviewing
  • Post-production: editing and online distribution

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the key ingredients involved in building compelling and meaningful stories
  • Reflect critically about the ethical practice of film and filmmaking
  • Describe and analyse a range of filmmaking concepts, practicalities and techniques from pre- to post-production
  • Reflect upon and apply these concepts, practicalities and techniques to the development of a short form digital film

Who is the course for?

This course is for those who want to start creating and distributing their own online content.

You could be a graduate or already working within the television industry, either as a new entrant or an established freelancer wanting to expand your skillset.

You may have hobbies, places, causes or a business that you wish to promote online. It’s for anyone who has a story to tell and wants to use the medium of film and radio to tell it,but doesn’t quite know where to start.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with little or of no experience of radio.

Duration - 12 weeks

Level- Beginner.

Learn - Free

Weekly study-2 hours

To register your interest please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 0115 784 6670 / 0115 784 6671