MA Film Making* (MA)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Park, Cheltenham

*Subject to validation

The MA in Film Making offers students the opportunity to create sophisticated, professionally produced, expertly crafted films. The students’ practical and theoretical understanding of film making will be advanced by internationally renowned lecturers and award winning film makers, and is geared towards fostering committed film makers - those who come with film stories in mind and who have a strong desire to realise films with a distinct voice.

Students will have access to industry standard equipment, including high end cameras, a professional on-campus film studio, edit suites with requisite post-production software and sessions with a variety of film makers and professionals who span industry and beyond.

Within the context of a highly structured production environment, students will be encouraged to experiment creatively, and explore the art of filmmaking through the craft of script writing (during which they will be able to realise a full-length feature script), expand their technical expertise and futureproof by consolidating a specialism. They may explore methods of working with actors, directing styles and the rehearsal process, as well as evolve their engagement with contributors and documentary subjects.

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.

As part of the course students will undertake a final major project in which they will be able to realise a quality, festival-ready short in any genre/form, which they can use to demonstrate their professional range of skills. They will also leave the course with a feature length script, which will enable them to develop a relationship with agents, and give them a full length feature project with which to launch themselves into the film making market.

Course modules

  • Creative Screen Production
  • Textual Exchange
  • Story for Screen
  • Final Major Project

Study style

A hands-on, practical course delivered through lectures, workshops, critiques, masterclasses and one-to-one tutorials make up the core of the teaching practice. All classes are delivered on two days of the week, thus allowing for work, travel and other commitments. Assessment is both practical and written.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

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. This could include a short film or a show-reel (both a maximum of 10 minutes in length) 



Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6300
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Director
  • Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Scriptwriter
  • Sound Designer
  • Independent Film Maker

Industry links

Benefit from our Creative Skillset accreditation, links to film festivals and industry, as well as visits from specialists/practitioners who will provide insider knowledge on this rapidly evolving field.

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Learn how to create sophisticated, professionally produced, expertly written, personal films

Join our team of film makers and explore the world of film making on a course which offers the perfect balance of creativity, craft and theory.

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Experience a range of field trip opportunities

Join our International/European field trips to major film festivals to see works by established and emerging film makers with our BA Film Production cohort.

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Benefit from our Creative Skillset accreditation which demonstrates the industry-relevant, high quality degrees

Work in the excellent multi-platform facilities of our expanding media centre to realise a series of personally developed film works which will make you festival-ready and underpin your future career development.

Contact us

Find out more about our courses

Call +44 (0)3330 141414