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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film / Video Production Film Studies

Course type


Course Summary

MA Film practice is for talented and emerging filmmakers seeking to learn through making, to look beyond the short film, to define themselves as artists within film practice and to gain that vital experience demanded by the industry.

MA Film Practice

MA Film Practice offers you the chance to develop your independent practice, specialist prowess and creative potential, within a unique filmmaking culture that is supported by experts with a wide range of skills. You'll also have access to high-quality technical resources.

Course philosophy

“It doesn’t have anything to do with the budget of the film. It has to do with the scope and scale of ambition, and the skill that people brought to it to realize that ambition.” James Schamus – Producer.

Studying alongside the seminal and celebrated BA (Hons) Film Production course, as well as the award-winning courses BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design, BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance, BA (Hons) Animation Production, BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Modelmaking and BA (Hons) Creative Writing, the MA Film Practice course offers a unique learning environment.

MA Film Practice is driven and inspired by a broad understanding of film practice. On this course, you will be inspired to create and hone your craft as well as developing new skills to a high level, all in an environment that empowers students to collaborate with other emerging artists and filmmakers that can extend beyond the course and into the industry.

Course outline

MA Film Practice represents an exciting opportunity for students to challenge and build on their previous achievements and to study at an advanced level. Students deepen their knowledge and their ability to focus on their chosen field in relation to the key aspects that inform it.

This uniquely positioned specialist programme offers the opportunity for students to develop and realise their creative ambitions through practice-based research. The course is underpinned by a team of specialist tutors who are experienced practitioners and researchers in a wide variety of film practice modes.


This unit consists of film exercises, workshops and seminars that relate to the fundamentals of film and further develop your contextual framework and the conceptualisation of your practice.The unit encourages you to develop more authorial focus, through independent study and group collaborations; a process that emphasises and focuses analytical and critical awareness. Experienced filmmakers, whether working in narrative, documentary and/or artistic traditions, will be challenged to assess and articulate all that constitutes their practice. And if your first degree was in a subject other than film the unit’s components offer developmental opportunities, the acquisition of new technical comprehension, subject appreciation and practice related application. Throughout this unit you will be engaged in practice-based research, identifying the appropriate method and methodology (relevant processes, ideas, works, theories), which will aid the generation of new understanding and work (audio/visual exercises and experiments that will aid the development of form and content for your Masters Project). As the unit progresses, you’ll reflect on your intentions, refine your project’s objectives and design its outcome (which could be a documentary, fiction, experimental or sound work etc.) in preparation for the next two units, Masters Project 1 and 2.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will usually have a 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate level qualification and must also hold a relevant English Language qualification.

University information

Founded in 1880, Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is one of the UK’s leading specialist higher education institutions, focusing on the arts and creative industries. Their mission is simple but powerful: to turn creativity into careers. With just over 3,000 students based on campus (approximately 150 of which are postgraduate), AUB is a close-knit community of creative and collaborative innovators, who all share a common commitment to the...more

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