Gap in Ireland


May 4th - June 13th, 2022

County Cork, Ireland

Connect this with our Film Program in France for a 12-week experience

Learn the art of visual storytelling

Study filmmaking in one of the world’s most breath-taking countries: rural, rugged and romantic Ireland. The Gap Year Film Program guides you in making your own professional quality shorts from concept to premiere through hands-on instruction with industry professionals.  


Program Outline

Boost your film portfolio, gain technical proficiency and build the confidence and skills needed to pursue filmmaking through college and beyond.  The program gives you a grounding in independent HDSLR Digital Filmmaking and is divided into the following units:

  • The Art of Visual Storytelling

  • Screenwriting Intensive

  • Elements of Filmmaking

  • Film Production Lab

  • Post-Production: Mastering Final Cut/Adobe Premiere

  • Producing and Promoting: Festivals and Beyond

Students will make an independent short film of 2-5 minutes plus a group project in commercial, documentary and/or music video will be completed. Students with previous experience in filmmaking can make a longer film or learn a new specialty such as documentary or commercial video production. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Write, direct and edit a complete short film with dialogue

  • Collaborate on a documentary, commercial or music video project

  • Put into practice the fundamentals of directing and visual storytelling

  • Cultivate the ability to pre-visualize, structure and write a screenplay

  • Gain proficiency with HDSLR cameras, prime lenses, three-point lighting, boom and wireless sound equipment and digital editing software

  • Explore the role of the producer and implement pre-production tasks

  • Gain experience working as a director, producer, assistant director, director of photography, gaffer, grip and sound mixer 

  • Understand and apply the fundamentals of lighting and sound design.

  • Master Final Cut digital editing software

  • Improve your ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment


At a Glance



May 4th - June 14th, 2022


$8475 USD not including airfare

Connect this program to France and receive a 5% discount


Open to any students between the ages of  18 - 22.  Requires an online application and supporting materials. 


We offer Financial Need Scholarships for up to 50% of the program tuition. 


Film (Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, Acting, Producing, Editing or any combination)

Connect this program to France for a 12-week experience:


June 14th - July 22nd, 2022


Living and filming in Ireland

With its dramatic coastline, sweeping landscapes and ancient monuments, Ireland offers endless visual inspiration for a filmmaker.  You’ll  learn the craft of filmmaking hands-on from experienced, industry professionals as you shoot on location around Ireland's stunning, rugged West Country. The program offers the unique opportunity to experience Ireland “through the lens” and excursions will serve as both film shoots and sightseeing opportunities. From rustic fishing villages to towering castles, you’ll have the opportunity to experience it all as you work towards completing your personal film projects and crew on fellow filmmakers’ shoots.   

Trips and Excursions

The program is hosted in County Cork, Ireland’s biggest county and home to some of the most famous sites in Ireland including Blarney Castle, Bantry House and Kinsale, a quaint fishing village and the gateway to Ireland’s scenic West Coast.  There is a three-day trip around the Ring of Kerry and hiking on the Dingle Peninsula, some of the best wild, rugged coastal scenery in the world. There is a second weekend excursion to the vibrant city of Galway, and the nearby Cliffs of Moher and 16th century Dunguaire Castle. We'll hop over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, to visit Dun Aengus, a Megalithic fort perched on top of a 100-foot cliff over the Atlantic Ocean. In between our excursions there will be plenty of time to soak up local culture including traditional Irish music.

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Faculty on this program

Andrea Mardon

Andrea has been the Director of Berridge Programs since 2008. Previously, she was Executive Director of Oxbridge Programs and has led academic enrichment programs at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and in London, Paris and Barcelona. Andrea is a trained actor, costume designer, meditation teacher and acting coach. 

Brian Dwyer

Brian is an award-winning  filmmaker in Cork, Ireland.  He studied filmmaking at St John’s College and to date has worked on over 60 professional projects including the short films Tonic, Drift and An S Aileach which won Official Selection at the London Film Festival and Raindance Festival.  Brian runs his own production company Madra Mor.

Simon Purse

Simon is an actor, director and teacher based in London. He has a degree from University of Durham and attended Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Simon has taught at Stanford University, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Oxford University, Loyola Marymount University, Drama Studio London and LAMDA.

Joe Boothe

Joe Boothe was staff writer for the hit TNT show The Librarians . He wrote the features Something Blue and Serpent's Bite and his comedy spec I Won’t be Home for Christmas recently sold to Universal Cable. He is currently co-writing the action/comedy feature Noble for eOne and just sold the feature The Lion in the Library to Level Forward. 

Ingrid Serban

Ingrid is an award winning filmmaker originally from Romania and now dividing her time between Ireland and Los Angeles. Her film Free Trip to Egypt was an Official Selection at festivals around the world and her next film, Strigoli - The Real Vampires of Transylvania is currently in production.

Ireland and France

The Film Program in Ireland can be connected to our Film School in France for a 12-week experience.  Travel by ferry from Rosslare to Cherbourg to live on location in an 18th century chateau in the heart of Normandy, France for 6 weeks. Connecting students make a longer, more complex film with support for promoting your film at festivals. Advance your film career and experience filmmaking in two stunning European destinations.