Course Duration

The course will course will run for 2 academic years (4 semesters)

  • 24 contact hours per unit and an average of 7 units per semester
  • Class hours 8.30am – 10.30am; 11.00am – 1.00pm; 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    • Mode of study:       Full time – 3 semesters
    • Intakes:                    January, May, September
    • Campus:                   Aqua Office Suites, Ngara Nairobi
    • Fees:                          Ksh 30,000 per Term

BIMS’s Film & Television Production course prepares you to write original stories and capture global audiences using cinematic tools.

We will teach you the magical art of storytelling, equipping you with the skills to inspire and move audiences through diverse cinematic tools. From the outset, you will be immersed in all aspects of the creative journey, from ideation and creative writing through to scriptwriting, production, directing, cinematography, sound and post-production editing.

While providing a sound basis, in theory, BIMS balances practical experience with a comprehensive acquisition of core skills. As a Film & Television Production graduate, you will be technically and aesthetically proficient in all areas of film and television production and, through project-based collaborations, you will develop a diverse portfolio, ranging from comedies to music videos, documentaries and commercials.

Semester 1

  1. Scriptwriting for Television
  2. Producing for Television
  3. Camera Operations
  4. Sound for Television
  5. Directing for Television
  6. Editing for Television
  7. Career launchpad

Semester 2

  1. Producing for Film
  2. Editing for Film
  3. Cinematography
  4. Directing for Film
  5. Sound recording & Design
  6. Film Appreciation
  7. Scriptwriting for Film
  8. Production Design

Semester 3

  1. Producing for TV
  2. Directing for TV
  3. Scriptwriting for TV
  4. Camera for Television
  5. Sound for Television
  6. Editing for Television
  7. Production Design
  8. Career Launchpad

Semester 4

  1. Producing for Film
  2. Directing for Film
  3. Cinematography
  4. Scriptwriting for Film
  5. Film Appreciation
  6. Film Sound Design
  7. Production Design
  8. Editing for Film

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Write scripts for commercials, films and documentaries
  • Produce and direct films, documentaries and dramas
  • Edit videos and films with artistic awareness and technical expertise
  • Design film and Television sets for production use
  • Instruct and communicate with other professionals using industry standard lingo
  • Handle Film and Television equipment correctly and with care
  • Able to join any Film or Television set as a junior crew member and work effectively
  • Earn A Credential Recognized By Employers Worldwide

As a Film & Television Production student, you will gain a competitive edge over your peers by earning an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification in:

  • Video Communications using Adobe Premiere®Pro.

BIMS instructors will prepare you 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:


From the outset, you will have hands-on access to the latest equipment, including sound studios and computer labs, you will be taught by practitioners, enjoy early industry exposure and are encouraged to create global content with monetary value from their first day in school.

Some of the equipment used in the film production classes include:

  • Broadcast cameras
  • Mobile TV studio
  • Various types of microphones
  • A virtual TV set
  • Photography cameras
  • Three computer labs with Macs and PC’s.
  • Industry standard software
  • We have very close ties with other facility providers that we can extend our practicals to.

BIMS has invested in the following industry standard software to enable you to create brilliant films:

  • Adobe creative suite
  • Final cut
  • Various types of microphones
  • Avid
  • Davinci

Our Film & Television Production training is highly regarded in the industry and you can be confident that this qualification will give them the expertise needed to excel in a variety of industry roles. As a graduate, you will get equipped with the essential film production skills needed in both production and post-production.

There are hundreds of entertainment careers to choose from in the film and TV industry, many of which can be quite lucrative and fulfilling. The global film industry shows healthy projections for the coming years, as the global box office revenue is forecast to increase from $US 38 billion in 2016 to nearly US$ 50 billion in 2020. – Statista (2017).

Some career options in the film industry include:

  • Executive producer
  • Editor
  • Casting Director
  • Agent
  • Director
  • Camera operator

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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.

Computer Knowledge

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.

Application Process

Necessary Documents

  1. Photocopy of your ID or Passport
  2. Application bank slip

Application Fees

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

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

Step 4: BIMS Head of Academics or Principal signs/stamps completed form

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

Email; dis@immigration.go.ke

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/.
David Mwanzia
Cinematographer and Photographer

David Mwanzia is a cinematographer interested and passionate about film. He is a graduate of Kenyatta University studying Television and Film. He has been involved in award-winning shows. In these shows, he has played the role of Director of Photography. His short films has also won various awards here in Kenya and East Africa (Riverwood awards, Kalasha awards Machakos awards and ZIFF). He has produced all film & photography related material, working with corporate clients, NGO’s and runs mentorship programs for upcoming filmmakers. David believes Africa has great potential with rich stories deep in our cultures and through the art and craft of filmmaking we are able to archive these stories and share them with the world.

Catherine Muli
Filmmaker and T.V Director

Catherine Muli is an established filmmaker and TV Director. She teaches producing, script writing and directing for film. She has been involved in numerous TV productions. Catherine is passionate about working with young people, especially those from a disadvantaged background. She has trained young people. She also have served as the director in many feature films in Kenya.


  1. Students study the history of television with a focus on major developments in the industry. Through this study, students also learn the proper industry terminologies for people and items on a television production set, different file formats, and the current industry standards

  2. This course will prepare students for the challenges of life as a television producer. Through lectures, practical assignments, presentations, visits to television production studios and the outside broadcasting (OB) van, students will learn how to take control of a TV programme production

  3. Directing for Television

    Students will develop the ability to direct material for television broadcasting including both pre-production and post-production activities. This course will teach students how to determine suitable choices for acquisition formats, how to log tapes effectively, how to design scenes and takes, and all the technicalities of making shoot day work smoothly

  4. Basics of Video Editing

    This course teaches students both the different types of editing and the historical development of editing as an art and a science. Students learn how to select suitable editing choices and edit video for television broadcast by employing different styles to create different effects

  5. Producing Magazine Features & Documentaries In this project class, students utilize everything they have learnt and practiced to create a magazine feature for television – from brief to final cut. Students will also complete a documentary feature and present it at a film festival Magazine Features & Documentaries In this project class, students utilize everything they have learnt and practiced to create a magazine feature for television – from brief to final cut. Students will also complete a documentary feature and present it at a film festival Magazine Features & Documentaries In this project class, students utilize everything they have learnt and practiced to create a magazine feature for television – from brief to final cut. Students will also complete a documentary feature and present it at a film festival

  6. Using a project based approach, students create, direct, and generate content for a news broadcast utilizing both current and archived content. Students will demonstrate their competence in providing technical support to journalists doing live news production

  7. Through practical assignments, students collaborate with their colleagues to produce television footage that is aesthetically pleasing and ready for prime time. Students use this class to hone their skills in producing a multi-camera production and marketing it to local television stations or the general public

  8. justify;">Students use a project based approach to take charge of all departments in any television production. Students demonstrate the ability to direct, or function as part of the directing team for, a wide variety of multi-camera setups including: news, sports, musicals, soap operas, and talk shows

  9. Advanced Film Directing

    Students demonstrate advanced directing skills by bringing a script to life, working with actors and crew to produce a visually engaging film and collaborating with the producer, cinematographer and editor to successfully deliver the film to the public

  10. Students develop competency in the camera department of a television studio by studying and practicing the roles and responsibilities of a camera operator. This course gives students the ability to assemble and independently operate a camera station

  11. This course introduces students to scripting for broadcast. Through lectures and creative writing exercises, students learn how to write a script for television and radio, plus how to cast and critique it. Students practice script writing for soaps, talk shows, and musicals

  12. By studying the functions and powers of sound in a production, students learn to recognize good sound vs. bad sound, to identify the problems and fix them. Students also learn how to record indoors and outdoors, how to create sound effects, and how to mix tracks for a production. Students will demonstrate attainment of these skills by recording audio and video of scenes from scripts they have written

  13. Students will be exposed to the English language as it is used for business communication, with a particular focus on writing business proposals, telephone conversations, the use of language conventions appropriate to different business encounters, and public speaking

  14. Producing for Film

    Students study and demonstrate an understanding of how to produce a single camera film production. Through practical exercises, students will learn how to break down a script and produce footage to match a client’s brief as a skilled independent producer

  15. Directing for Film

    Students develop the skills required to be effective film directors through practical exercises in: preparing shooting schedules, eliciting the desired performance out of the cast, making cinematic choices, generating excellent communication, and leading the team to bring the chosen look into being.

  16. Editing For Film

    Students develop superior editing skills to improve the film; intensify the drama, comedy, or other emotional requirements; and understand how to create the right shots for effective editing to take place. By practicing on different software editing platforms, students learn how to edit a film for different desired effects

  17. Students learn how to handle the film camera, acquiring the technical skills to use the camera as an instrument of storytelling. Students also acquire the basic principles of lighting a scene for the camera, creating scene breakdowns and deploying cinematique techniques that support and develop the story

  18. In this class, students will build on previous lessons and learn how to operate effectively as either a lone camera operator on a 2 person reporting crew or as a member of larger news team. Students are assigned a class project to shoot a script to a client brief, edit it and deliver it ready for broadcasting

  19. By developing an understanding of the challenges of making digital content, students learn the skills necessary to create successful productions. Students will learn how to develop and shoot simple special effects, use green screen shooting, make 2D and 3D animations, and work with graphics software.

  20. Advanced Film Editing

    Students will develop into skilled, creative, specialized narrative editors who are capable of making independent decisions towards the creative enhancement of a film. Students will demonstrate ability to edit effectively on different editing software platforms, conduct both offline and online editing and work with a director to implement the creative vision

  21. Advanced Cinematography

    In this course, students study advanced concepts of cinematic direction that determine the look and feel of the film. Students also study the science and psychology of color and the impact it has on storytelling. Through hands-on experience, they learn advanced lighting techniques necessary to create the visual look intended for the film and to influence the mood of the story

  22. Through a study of the achievements of film designers of the last century, students acquire an appreciation of the value of a production designer’s skills and understand the impact it has on a film. Students demonstrate the ability to sketch and produce pre-visualizations for a film’s design, including sets and costumes as well as the ability to design for optimal costs using green screening and special effects versus set building

  23. Advanced Film Production

    Using a project based approach, students will produce a complete film, turning an idea into a visual artistic work. Students demonstrate the ability to supervise pre-production, production and post-production activities; create and maintain budgets; and handle marketing and distribution after completion of the film