Course DurationThe course will run for 1 semester(6months)
- Contact hours for the course units will be an average of 12 credit hours per week.
- Class hours 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Weekdays) and 11:00am to 1:00pm (Saturdays)
- Mode of study: Part Time Evening – 1 semester
- Intakes: January, May, September
- Campus: Aqua Office Suites, Ngara Nairobi
- Fees: Ksh 30,000
- Course Indepth
- How to Apply
- Student Portfolio
This short course gives students an industry relevant introduction to filmmaking. Novice filmmakers looking to hone their skills and take their film and production craftwork to the next level are encouraged to apply.
Students explore all aspects of filmmaking and professional development including camera operations, editing, producing, sound, scriptwriting and directing. All 6 units cover both film and TV production.
You will have an impressive portfolio and industry-standard experience once you are done. Start capturing global audiences with your stories.
- Producing for Television I
- Directing for Television
- Production Design
- Advanced Television Production
- Sound for Film and Television
- Advanced Sound Design for Films
- Directing for Film
- Fundamentals of Cinematography
- Advanced Film Editing
- Designing and Producing Film Sets
- Designing and Producing Film Sets
- Producing for Television II
- Basics of Video Editing
- Television News Production
- Advanced Film Directing
- Script Writing for Film and Television
- Advanced Script Writing for Film & Television
- Business Skills and English Communication Skills
- Producing for Film
- Editing for Film
- Advanced Techniques of Camera Operations
- Advanced Cinematography
- Advanced Film Production
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:
- Understand and practice the planning and management of film production Direct, capture and produce feature films, documentaries and drama
- Write scripts for commercials, films, and documentaries
- Operate broadcast equipment in a TV studio and the control room
- Edit video and films with high technical standards and artistic awareness Understand and apply sound design techniques, set design and lighting
- Earning A Credential Regonized By Employers Worldwide
BIMS students gain a competitive edge over their peers by earning an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification in:
- Video Communications using Adobe Premiere®Pro.
BIMS instructors prepare students to successfully pass these exams through a project-based curriculum that leverages Adobe Education learning resources, practice tests, and real-world applications.
To learn more about the certification exam visit:
KCSE C- or above, with a C- or above in Kiswahili, English, Mathematics and at least one science subject OR A-levels with 2 principle passes.
Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.
Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.
- Photocopy of your ID or Passport
- Application bank slip
A non refundable fee of KES 1,000 will be paid. This payment can be made via MPESA Paybill or Bank
In order to study at BIMS, students are required to ensure they have the correct legal documentation. For international students, this includes obtaining the relevant student visa. Below are the guidelines to the international student visa application process.
Guide to Applying for an International Student Pass
BIMS is proud to attract students from around the world. This guide is designed to help international students understand how to apply for an international student visa in Kenya. While we do not process or pay for international student visas, we hope the following information makes the student pass application process as smooth as possible.
Please note: BIMS is legally required to inform the Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Office when a student discontinues his/her studies at BIMS, regardless of the reason. As a result, if a student is dropped from their programme due to poor academic performance, poor attendance or indiscipline, BIMS will immediately inform the Immigration Office.
Step 1: International students apply to BIMS
- International students can apply to one of BIMS’s programmes online: https://bowensinstitute.com/apply/.
- Prior to applying to BIMS, please familiarise yourself with our international fee policies: https://bowensinstitute.com/fees/.
Step 2: BIMS sends supporting documents for visa application
- Successful applicants receive a letter of admission.
- They will also receive a letter of support or a cover letter, addressed to the Director of Immigration, indicating the name and duration of the course to be studied – both new and renewal applications.
- Both of these letters will support international students in applying for their international student visa.
Step 3: Apply online for an International Student Visa
- Register at https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/, then log in at https://fns.immigration.go.ke/ and complete the application form (titled Form 30).
- Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.
Step 4: BIMS Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form
- Print and fill out all details on Form 30 (student pass application form) from the following website: http://www.immigration.go.ke/downloads/Form-30-Application%20for%20Student%20Pass.pdf.
- Your completed form should then be scanned and emailed to BIMS at firstname.lastname@example.org, to be signed and stamped by our Principal or Head of Academics.
Step 5: Prepare all documents and attachments
Collate the form and all necessary supporting documents, including:
- Signed commitment letter from the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- National passport copy of the sponsor – both new and renewal cases
- Proof of funds for self-sponsored students – both new and renewal cases
- For minors, consent letter from the parent – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of parent’s national passport and copy of birth certificate of the minor should be attached as proof of relationship (for minors) – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of a valid national passport – both new and renewal cases (the bio-data page)
- Current immigration status for the pupil/student – both new and renewal cases (If already in the country)
- Two recent passport-size colour photos – both new and renewal cases
- Duly certified copies of basic academic certificates for those joining Tertiary Institutions and Universities – new cases only
- Documents in foreign languages should be translated into English by either the Embassy, Public Notary, or authorized /recognized institution – both new and renewal cases
- Copy of the school’s/college registration certificate from the Ministry of Education – new cases only
- Clearance letter from Department of Refugee Affairs for refugees – both new and renewal cases
- Certified copies of progress report/transcripts obtained (by the issuing institution) – renewal cases only
- Copy of student’s pass previously held – renewal cases only
Step 6: Submit application to immigration offices
- Submit the complete form to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Alien Section, Counter Number 9 (full address below).
- Please note: Immigration might take up to two months to process your student pass or international student visa. If more than two months lapse, please follow up with the immigration office.
Step 7: Processing
- Once your application has been received, you will receive a notification via email. The email will state whether your application was rejected or received. If it has been received, processing should start immediately. You will be told to wait again. This might take around three weeks.
Step 8: Payment
- Once your applications have been approved, you will receive another notification. You should now log in to your portal and make a payment via M-pesa (Pay-Bill number 206206) or bank cheque (payable to PS Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government).
Step 9: Provide proof of payment
- Print out the approval letter and attach receipt payment. Take it to:
The Director of Immigration Services
Department of Immigration Offices
Nyayo House 9th Floor,
Kenyatta Avenue/Uhuru Highway
P.O Box 30191,000100 Nairobi
Tel: +254-20-2222022, +254-20-2217544, +254-20-2218833
You will then be told to wait for the visa to be processed. This will take three weeks or so.
Step 10: Collection
- Once your Visa has been processed, you will receive a notification by email.
- Go back to immigration offices at Nyayo House, Department of Immigration offices Ground Floor Room 16 and collect your Visa. On the same day, you should register as an alien. For more information, please visit https://fns.immigration.go.ke/infopack/passes/studentpass/.
From the outset, students have hands-on access to the latest equipment such as:
- Broadcast cameras
- Mobile TV studio
- Various types of microphones
- A virtual TV set
- Photography cameras
- Three computer labs with Macs and PCs
We have invested in cutting edge industry standard software to ensure that our students learn using the latest technology in the world. We have invested in the following software:
- Adobe creative suite
- Final cut
Our Video Production programme qualification is highly regarded in the industry and you students can be confident that this qualification will give them the expertise needed to excel in a variety of industry roles. Our graduates get equipped with the essential skills needed in both production and post-production.
Successful students have used this course as their first step to becoming:
- Film & TV Director
- Film & TV Producer
- Film & Video Editor
- Camera Operator
- Lighting Technician
- Independent Filmmaker
- Production Freelancer
Scriptwriter & Content Developer
Caroline Mbuthia is a scriptwriter and content developer. She has been with BIMS since May 2016, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Film and TV at Kenyatta University. She also holds a B.A in Psychology from Daystar University and a certificate in Filmmaking and screenwriting from Slingshot seminars.Previously, Caroline teaches scriptwriting and performing arts. She has written and developed scripts for several local TV Productions.
Mark Wambui has been teaching Scriptwriting for Film at BIMS since 2016. In 2015, he was voted Filmmaker of the year in the African Youth Awards.Mark holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the United States International University and has also received certificates from the University of Nevada (United States), the Academy for African Filmmakers, DW Akademie and the Columbia Global Centre.
Stephen Karanja has 28 years’ industry experience and has worked on more than 23 feature films and 20 television commercials. He has held a variety of positions as a set dresser, set decorator, construction manager, assistant art director and location manager. Stephen has been teaching production design at BIMS since 2015 and hopes to inspire the next generation of production designers in Kenya’s film industry. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and holds a BA (with honours) in Design.