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Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film / Video Direction

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Programme description

This programme takes a practice-based collaborative approach to studying for an award in Film Directing (Documentary) that integrates practical film making with analysis of contemporary practice.

You will make a creative documentary or non-fiction film that defies genre definition and pushes the boundaries of narrative. We develop these through workshops and tutorials. You will work in an integrated framework that helps you question the form of your film and enables you to find the right language for your storytelling.

We encourage community ways of working that foster the exchange of ideas, with inspiration from international visiting film makers through the Scottish Documentary Institute and support from our team of documentary practitioners - our tutors are top professionals currently working in the industry as directors, producers, editors, sound designers or cinematographers.

An Avid edit teaching space, and screening space, help us encourage a fresh approach to emerging technologies.

Graduate films do well internationally, regularly winning BAFTAs, RTS Awards and awards at international festivals. Over the last five years our students and graduates have received an Oscar nomination and an Oscar shortlist. We work closely with the Scottish Documentary Institute, the University’s internationally-acclaimed research centre in documentary film making.

Accreditation

MA/MFA Film Directing has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. Screen Academy Scotland is one of only 3 Screen Academies in the UK along with National Film School and London Film School.

Learning outcomes

  • challenge boundaries, encourage original thought, and develop intellectual and critical approaches to making films
  • combine the contemporary energy and discipline of current creative approaches to film practices with the professionalism of industry practices, in order to produce innovative and grounded work
  • facilitate the interrelationship between different cultural traditions, traditional and emerging screen technologies, and classical and non-traditional cinematic genres and conventions
  • ability to take risks with established forms of narrative
  • understanding of contemporary international documentary practice
  • practice based knowledge of the tools to make a short original documentary film from conception to completion

Career opportunities

Our students go on to a wide range of roles, including producer, director, writer, production or location manager, researcher, editor, assistant director, cinematographer, or journalist. Graduates have found work directing for the BBC and making work internationally for top broadcasters and film funds. Related fields include advertising, community films, academia or film development agencies.

Modules

The content of this course is specific to your programme specialism. The teaching and course work is based in your specialist studios and workshops. The Virtual Learning Environment supports the teaching and is used for delivery of projects that make up the content and structure of the course. This course aims to: 1 Enable you to propose, justify and undertake a study plan with clearly defined critical aims, objectives and methods; 2 Enable you to develop a sophisticated body of research material and evidence of practical exploration that communicates a progression of ideas and a critical awareness of contemporary practice and theory; 3 Develop and consolidate your critical analysis and reflective appraisal of appropriate research themes.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£11,300

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£23,950

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject area. You should have technical skills in filmmaking and experience in directing. If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

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