Taster: Your Digital Stories - DIY Video

Ref: C2226154

We carry in our pockets a tool that can be incredibly powerful if used in the right way. Participate in our free workshop to learn the tips and tricks that will help you to start making your own videos look good, have a clear purpose, and get results. This is the first workshop of a series of three, that leads to a project where participants can design, plan and make a digital community magazine. If you are unemployed and interested in film, radio, podcasting, blogging, vlogging, photography, design and journalism, then this is the project for you. It is a chance to create a state-of-the-art digital community magazine that can cover issues that matter to you, with the support of experts from the BBC and the WEA. We want you to tell your stories, your way.

Additional information about this course

If you are unemployed or on an income related benefit the course fee will be waived.

Course aim

This course is for students to learn how to use their own smartphone or tablet to make a video that tells their own story. It will encourage students to work as a team.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify what the series of 3 tasters and the 7 - week Digital Stories project are about
  • Prepare a shoot before filming including using model release forms and risk assessment
  • Explain how to use a smartphone or tablet for best effect when filming
  • Describe the basic filming process
  • Show basic editing principles

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Bring your own smartphone or tablet.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course information sheet

Taster: Your Digital Stories - DIY Video


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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