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Filmmaking (Directing Fiction) MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film / Video Direction Film / Video Production

Course type


Course Summary

The MA Filmmaking (Directing Fiction) is the premier place to develop their skills as a director, working on a range of projects from personal ‘essay’ films to large-scale shoots with professional actors and feature crew. This Masters, a pathway of the MA Filmmaking, will enable students to gain a full understanding of how to collaborate on all stages of filmmaking, from scripting and pre-production through shoot, post-production and marketing/exhibition of their work. It will build their skills and confidence in expressing their unique vision and conveying it to their team. The programme is housed in a new purpose-built media facility equipped with state-of-the art teaching spaces including film and photography studios equipped with Arri lighting and Green screen, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Film Editing, Animation, Digital Special Effects, Pro Tools Audio Postproduction and Foley suites. Students work on at least one film per term in their specialist role, culminating in a major production towards the end of the degree. In addition to their specialist area, students attend classes in related disciplines such as Film Directing and Editing and collaborate with students across specialisations on film projects. This framework is designed to stimulate collaborative practice by providing them with a breadth of filmmaking knowledge combined with a high level of expertise in their chosen filmmaking discipline.

On completing the programme you will be equipped to enter the global job market, armed with an enhanced understanding of your practical, intellectual and creative capacities as a cinematographer. Possibly the most important skill we furnish you with is the rigorous discipline of working collaboratively under pressure as part of a creative team on challenging projects. In addition to your practical filmmaking skills, we enable you to develop a variety of transferable intellectual, organisational and communication skills to equip you for a broad range of employment opportunities across the arts and media landscape (film, television, online, the creative arts, advertising and related hybrid forms).

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module will enable you to perform the role of Director to a professional level. Competence in these skills will equip you to participate in a variety of other programme activities and in work that leads toward your Final Project.
Final Project (90 Credits) - Core

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

Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren’t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.