We do not intend to run this course in 2018. You can email us if you’d like more information though.


This Course includes the Academy’s Foundation phase, the filmmaking phase, and an outreach/internship phase. It’s registered as CHR/CMC 287/288 under the UofN


We do not currently intend to run this course in 2018. Get in touch if you want more info though


Chiang Mai Thailand + Project Location


108,900 THB (Approx. $3100USD)
This includes school, living, registration, visa, and insurance, costs.
We have scholarships available!

Full Course Overview

Our filmmaking course is the newest evolution of the much acclaimed School of Frontier Media [SFM]. It includes the amazing Foundations phase of the Academy, eight intense weeks covering the most important aspects of filmmaking in missions, and ends with a three-month long outreach/internship phase. As a second-level YWAM school, our filmmaking course is devoted to training individuals in using filmmaking, as well as other media forms to communicate the Gospel in ways that are both innovative and culturally relevant.

The filmmaking course is accredited with the UofN and is an elective of the College of Communications and the College of Christian Ministries. Under the University of the Nations, the course code is CHR/CMC 287/288. The outreach is an internship with Create Int.

Foundations Phase

The filmmaking course participates, along with everyone in the Academy, in the Foundations phase. This is a major aspect of what makes the Academy different from other media-related courses. To check out what it entails, check out the Foundations page

The Foundation


The second phase of the filmmaking course is the part where you’ll be learning the various aspects of filmmaking. While gleaning from professionals coming to you from all across the globe, we’ll be diving into as many parts of the filmmaking process as possible, from script-writing, through to editing. The goal will be to learn how to effectively communicate cross-culturally. You will also be studying how specific people groups communicate while forming strategy on how to put that information into an audio/visual action plan.

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    Video Production & Lighting

    Learn the video production process, including lighting, sound and working together as a crew. These essential skills will equip you to tell God’s stories in film and video.

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    Directing Evangelistic Films

    Learn to make the creative decisions necessary to make an impacting evangelistic film that will share God’s heart with the nations. Discover the dynamics of working on a crew producing evangelistic dramatic films in a cross-cultural context.

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    Photography and Visual Communication

    We learn together how to see through the lens of God’s love to capture a moment. The focus is on getting out onto the streets, meeting people and bringing back images that reflect the beauty and dignity that God sees in every individual.

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    Digital Visual Effects for Film

    Digital visual effects makes its way into every film, large or small. We will learn how to navigate Adobe’s After Effects, and how to use it to create title sequences, credit roles, and minor in-film effects like explosions, gun fire, and image composition.

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    Mobilization Documentary Production

    God wants to bring the needs of the nations to the church’s attention. We will learn how to create engaging documentary film productions to communicate God’s heart for people and issues.

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    Digital Video Editing Techniques and Tools

    Editing is a key aspect of the filmmaking process, and as such deserves a whole week of class to cover it. We cover the editing process, the editors role in the production, and how editing ultimately impacts the story

Outreach and Internship

We’ll then head out on field assignment for four weeks. Together, with the Create staff, students will work on a media project with the missionary or organization we are serving. We will be putting principles of cross-cultural communication to use as we write, direct, and film an evangelistic film, create mobilization resources, capture photographic images, and more! In some cases, you will be making the very first film ever made in that language!

Following the field assignment it’s full-speed ahead for two months of post-production, back at Create Thailand. Students and Create staff participate as a team putting together evangelistic and mobilisation tools for the people group.

Whether you are new to media or a skilled professional, if you want to use media for missions then the SFM is for you!

Core Course

Under the University of the Nations, this course is registered as a ‘Core Course’ under the CHR/CMC 287/288 code

Contact us for more info

If you’re not ready to apply, and you want to find out more, then feel free to email us at:

Alfiya - Course Leader

“I’m so happy to confirm that the SFM is moving into the Academy. If you’ve been curious about the SFM, this year is definitely the year to apply!”

Check out just some of the productions we’ve been involved in!