MA

Directing Fiction

This one-year Masters course offers students a highly practical and theoretical programme, in directing for the screen.

This course will train and prepare students for sustainable careers in the creative industries, in a range of genres, ensuring they develop a portfolio of directing skills, knowledge and understanding, to adapt to the constantly changing demands of broadcast, film and media production directing.

Programme Overview

  • A range of forms of filmmaking including film, television and VR.
  • Students learn to shoot using both single camera and multiple camera set-ups.
  • Our tutors are industry professionals with knowledge and experience of contemporary industry practice and trends.
  • Work effectively within a feature film production environment.
  • Students will develop and pitch their final graduation project with the help and support of a mentor from the very start of their course.
  • Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.
  • Progression: directing in film, television and media content production. They could also develop careers in corporate, commercial and marketing fields, as well as traditional drama.

Programme Facts

DURATION:
1 year

START:
October 2020

FEES:
UK/EU £9,900 per year
+ £500 REGISTRATION FEE

International £17,450 per year
+ £500 REGISTRATION FEE

validated by:

Student Story

Zuheir

It is very easy to connect with the Tutors, any time I’m worrying about something I can talk to them and he makes sure that I can get where I need to get. They gave me the tools I needed. I love filmmaking, it is all about freedom and I can speak my mind.

Zuheir Kreidieh,

MA DIRECTING FICTION, FINLAND

Course Outline

MULTI-CAMERA STUDIO DIRECTING

MODULE1

This module offers new directors the opportunity to develop an advanced multi-camera studio skillset. Television programmes and dramas utilise the efficiency of a multi-camera studio environment. This is a broadcast workflow requiring multi-camera directors to possess advanced planning, communication, and technical skills, that are essential for the smooth running of a complex and system-driven process. Multi-camera is a fast method of delivering live edited content.

CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS 1

MODULE2

This module investigates how the moving image is read from a variety of vantage points. It offers a critical, contextual, historical and theoretical approach to films, citing the work of significant practitioners, to illuminate the crafting of narrative and visual storytelling. The aim is for this deep engagement with the medium to inform students’ understanding of their practice, and how their artistic choices shapes their work.

DIRECTING DRAMA

MODULE3

This module is dedicated to working with text, and the tools to understand the process of script analysis, in realising a vision for a story. To advance student director’s skill sets, the module will explore the complex creative relationship and practical challenges that are thrown up by deep analysis, interpretation and the translation of the script to the screen. By addressing the layers of subtext, drama beats, character goals, performance, blocking, framing, lighting, sound and production design, students will be challenged to character goals, performance, blocking, framing, advance their visualisation skills and critical analysis of story.

CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS 2

MODULE4

This theory and practice module examines Directing, through the context of performance, by establishing a range of correspondences to the histories and traditions in which performance and storytelling composition. Students will examine a broad spectrum of performances, presented through the influences of other cultural disciplines, such as literature, theatre, and the dimension of physiological and sociological, (to better understand the dynamics of emotions, relationships and behaviours).

MAJOR PROJECT

MODULE5

The Major Project requires students to apply their contextual, theoretical and practice-based learning to the development, production and completion of a moving image portfolio. It could be a single film, or a series of shorter pieces that students make, as a record of their development as critical practitioners in the role of a director. This is an opportunity to realise work that addresses an area of creative interest, relevant to students’ overarching professional aims, in becoming new entrant directors.

Our Tutors

David Lemon

David has written short films for Sky movies, and dramas for Radio 4, and has recently done two feature films, Faintheart, and Containment. He writes across a variety of media including children’s television and written for soap operas on the BBC.

David Lemon,

BA PRACTICAL SCREENWRITING TUTOR

Entry Requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree, in a relevant field, or equivalent industry experience.
  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.
  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview.
  • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application.

Are you an International student?

Fees

Understanding the costs and financing options open to you as you plan your studies will help you to make a wise investment in your future career.

UK/EU

£9,900 per year

(£9,900 / DEGREE) + £500 REGISTRATION FEE

International

£17,450 per year

(£17,450/ DEGREE) + £500 REGISTRATION FEE
  • Tuition fees cover

Actors costs, shooting kit and Production budgets for module exercises. This does not include your Graduation Film for which you will need a budget of approximately £500.

  • Student Loans are available for UK/EU students

of up to £11,222. EU students may also apply for funding from their country of domicile where applicable.

  • Scholarships available

Including scholarships for International Students.

  • Additional costs

A Production hard drive for your work, travel expenses, and Graduation Film budget.

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?

Our Tutors

Valeria Bullo

Valeria started her film career in corporate films and documentaries before moving into independent feature films for companies like Warp and Revolution. She worked her way up through the ranks of production, eventually undertaking roles working on big budget studio feature films for Warner Brothers, Universal and Disney including Inception, Fury Road and Maleficent. In her role at Pathe as Production Executive, from 2014 to 2019, Valeria helped to oversee and support each production from development through to distribution on films including Pride, Selma and Judy, which has just won.

She is currently working as a freelance production consultant and independent producer. Valeria is the founder of CineMamasUK; an online platform launching in 2020 aimed at helping job-sharing and encouraging flexibility in the film industry. The platform will support parents and carers wanting to job share, by providing valuable information and helping them find someone to buddy up with, but also assist producers and HoDs to manage job sharing crew.

Valeria Bullo,

TUTOR, PRODUCER, PHYSICAL PRODUCTION