Course Overview:

On this course, you’ll learn how to bring a script to life, and gain an invaluable understanding of the director’s process, the equipment involved on set and in post-production. You will come to gain an appreciation of the character and holistic skills and knowledge required to work closely with scriptwriters, cinematographers, actors, the sound and lighting crew, and everyone else that has a role on set, and behind the scenes.

A film director is the creative force behind a production, controlling a film’s artistic and dramatic aspects, such as script interpretation, the performance of actors, the positioning of cameras, the use of lighting, as well as making sure everything that happens in post-production aligns with the director’s ultimate vision.

Who is this course for?:

If you are seeking a career as a director, producer, editor, actor, sound or cameraman, or are interested in production design, then this is a great course for you.

A minimum of an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) from a recognized tertiary educational establishment is required, but a degree from a reputable university is desirable.

Tolulope Ajayi

Head of Directing

Tolulope Ajayi is a film / TV director, producer, educator and creative professional. He has a 22-year background in marketing communications; working for agencies like SO&U SAATCHI & SAATCHI and INSIGHT PUBLICIS in Lagos.

He began a career as a director on MNET’s Tinsel (2008) and has worked on TV other series – NDANI’s Gidi Up (Director) , Ebony Life TV’s – Paradise Way (Show runner/ Director) Viacom’s MTV SHUGA Naija Season 6 & 7 ( Head director & Director). In 2021, he was the Head Director on SHOWMAX series “DIICHIE”.

Tolu’s films explore a wide range of social and human issues and have garnered critical acclaim and recognition –

■ “THE ENCOUNTER” – A Biafran war story won AMVCA Best Sound 2017 & AFRIFF Jury Selection 2010.

■ “A New You” – A TV feature film for Ebony Life TV 2013.

■ “CLOSED” which depicts a young man’s journey to enlightenment won a Bronze Loerie in 2018.

■ “THIRST” – an underwater parable was a finalist in We Art Water film festival, Spain.

■ “TRAINING DAY” won “Best Director” at ARFF, Amsterdam 2020.

■ “FOCUS” – Best Drama Top Shorts Film festival & 1 Silver & 2 Bronze Pitcher Awards

■ “FINDING DIANA” – Best Human Rights Films from Berlin Short Film Festival

■ ”Over The Bridge” His debut feature film – secured a UK release with Beyond Nollywood & Picture House Cinemas , October 2023. It has since been featured at the prestigious AFI Silver / NAFF screening, NYAFF opening film creditations and garnered 12 AMVCA nominations ( winning 2) including best film, best director as well notable nominations in other film craft.

Tolu Ajayi is a Cannes Golden Lion speaker alongside hosting an African storytelling workshop at the Golden Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019, Cannes, France. Tolu has a bachelor’s degree in English with a BBC Assistant Producer Foundation certificate & a certificate in Directing from Relativity Education, Los Angeles.

Tolu’s filmography can be seen at