MA

Film Making

The MA Film Making course is a response to the film industry’s demand for further advancing enterprising creative talent. The course has an emphasis on practice, underpinned by contextualising studies, designed to nurture students’ critical faculties and practical skills equally.

Critical and theoretical perspectives will contextualise and underpin their experience of viewing and of making, and students are encouraged to think of their film production portfolio in terms of both career advancement and personal exploration. The aim is to advance graduates’ sensibilities in creative collaboration, and advanced skills in scriptwriting, contemporary production and post-production.

Programme Overview

  • 1 year intensive programme
  • Small class sizes and specialist seminar groups
  • Taught by working industry professionals allowing students to receive training to industry standard from people who have up-to-date knowledge.
  • Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.
  • This programme is a franchised programme, designed by the University of Gloucestershire and delivered by Central Film School at our London campus.
  • Progression: Graduates are open to a range of routes and opportunities, across the creative sectors, including: feature film production, factual broadcast, the independent television sector and contemporary media platforms.

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

Student Story

Nicolas

There are 13 people in my class, all from very different backgrounds. We learn a lot from each other, it really expands your horizons. We have formed a bond, each of us being strong in different areas. It is a great way to make contacts for the future.

Nicolas Voyiazoglou,

MA DIRECTING FICTION, GREECE

Course Outline

CREATIVE SCREEN PRODUCTION 1

MODULE1

This module offers each student a post-graduate-level production experience in film production. Each student will have the opportunity to pitch an original short-form film concept, develop the initial idea into the final draft of a shooting script, organize the pre-production phase, oversee principle photography, lead post-production editing and sound construction, leading to the delivery of a film project.

PRACTICE AND RESEARCH EXCHANGE

MODULE2

This module will develop and enrich student understanding of the critical contexts that shape and inform their practice. Through a series of taught workshops, students will be introduced to media research methods, both from a critical and an industry standpoint. They will perform independent research that critiques their own production in relation to the trends, interests and requirements of their chosen profession.

STORY FOR SCREEN

MODULE3

This module will advance students’ understanding of the process of script development and writing from conception of an idea through to a completed script. Through lectures, seminars and workshops, students will gain an advanced understanding of what constitutes and informs successful screenplay development and writing.

CREATIVE SCREEN PRODUCTION 2

MODULE4

Creative Screen Production 2 is a hands-on production module exploring the practical and aesthetic aspects of professional short-form filmmaking. Lectures and technical workshops will acquaint students with advanced production techniques. This module offers students an advanced postgraduate level production experience in filmmaking. Each student will have the opportunity to pitch an original short-form film concept, develop the initial idea and deliver a final film project.

FINAL MAJOR PROJECT

MODULE5

This final module supports the Dissertation film which may take the form of a documentary, drama or experimental film, which should be made specifically with festivals and future employability in mind. This can be undertaken as a group project, as part of a crew, or individually. The student will also complete a postgraduate thesis, and a presentation in which academic research will be utilised to analyse the choices made throughout the production process and defend the films visual and aural structure.

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.

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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

Martin Bray

Martyn is an award winning cinematographer with a long standing relationship with London’s most prestigious production companies, including the Ridley Scott Associates.Throughout his career, he has worked in the camera department on feature films, first as a clapper loader working up through the ranks to Director of Photography, doing projects with BBC and Channel 4. In 2011 his interest in education led him to mentoring creative professionals and lecturing in Cinematography at Four Corners. Since 2013 Martyn has been a core tutor at Central Film School, specialising in Cinematography and Colour Grading.

Martyn Bray,

MODULE LEADER, CINEMATOGRAPHY