MA Screen & Film Production*

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A 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time postgraduate degree available at:

*This course is subject to validation

Are you a graduate or an industry professional ready to take your career to the next level, develop a new specialism, or see your film idea or project realised? Our MA in Screen and Film Production could enable you to advance your career, develop and enhance your skillset, and align yourself with top industry professionals.

Our new MA in Screen and Film Production puts you and your aspirations at the centre of your learning, whilst refining your chosen specialist pathway.

Our cutting-edge industry-led course allows you to design and realise your own bespoke educational experience. Through your two mentors, one an external industry expert who will be aligned to your industry specialism, you will gain invaluable insight into the film, screen and television industries. You will also have the opportunity to tailor the course to meet your individual and professional development needs, placing your career aspirations at the heart of your learning.

Opportunities exist to collaborate with practitioners from other arts disciplines to enhance and inform your practice, through partnerships with the BIMM Institute and the Institute for Contemporary Theatre. You will have to access to all the latest industry level production sets/ studios, technology and resources to bring your projects to life.

Our MA in Screen and Film Production supports collaborative professional practice within a creative environment with industry professionals and resources to support project or specialist development within a dynamic creative environment.

This course is validated by BIMM Institute and taught at Screen and Film School. Upon successful completion, students receive a Masters Degree from BIMM Institute.

The MA in Screen and Film Production allows you to utilise our innovative personalised curriculum, deciding upon a specialism and putting that skill into focus. The areas of practice-based research are wide and bespoke to you but are illustrated by the following examples:

Producer who wishes to specialise in developing distribution pathways for a feature film.

Sound Designer who wants to refine their craft and specialise in foley.

Director of Photography who wishes to develop their specialism in filming in natural light.

Director who wants to develop their skills in drama reconstruction within the context of documentary.

Screenwriter who wishes to develop a project to move onto the greenlight phase of production.

Production Designer who wants to develop their practical and creative skills for film and television.

Editor who wishes to develop post-production skills in editing drama.

Whether you want to write, direct, edit or produce, our flexible and bespoke course will give you the opportunity to bring your skills to the fore and demonstrate your passion for your chosen craft. You will have access to cutting edge studios, software and equipment and to support the creation of your projects and an industry-ready calling card.

You will work with your Screen and Film School mentor, as well as an industry mentor, to explore your pathway and hone your skills towards your chosen specialism. You will develop micro-projects, such as trailers and pitches to gain insight into your research project and its outcomes.

A visit to a European city of cinematic culture will broaden your view of the industry, as well as a trip to the annual BFI UK Film Festival. There is a £1000 discount for current Screen and Film School students and alumni, a £500 kickstart fund towards your final major project and support in raising additional funds.

The course will provide opportunities to shoot a production on Super 16 and 35mm film with our Arri SR3 and Panaflex G2 camera bodies.   

Students could learn how to build and maintain film cameras and learn the production processes associated with analogue film cinematography through planning, testing, shooting and development. 

By taking a production from previsualisation through to post-production on film there will be an opportunity to learn the key processes involved and make relevant industry contacts along the way. 

Industry engagement is embedded into your MA course, along with the unique offering of an internship in your chosen specialism and further opportunities for additional work experience through our range of highly reputable industry partners will be available.

Acting as a production house, our MA will support your development within a vibrant, dynamic, and collaborative environment. This ensures that throughout the course you develop your practical research and production skills to thrive upon graduation.

All MA Screen and Film Production students will leave with a final major project demonstrating their specialism, a network of industry professionals and a sound understanding of how to navigate the film and screen industry to build a successful and sustainable career.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Our flexible MA courses offer both full-time and part-time options to provide an educational experience that works around you.

Length of course: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)

Awarding institution: BIMM Institute (subject to validation)

Campus delivery: Brighton

Language of study: English

Final award: On completion of the course you will graduate with an award that reflects your specialist pathway, for example: MA Screen & Film Production (Camera & Lighting)

Minimum Requirements

A good Degree (normally 2.2 or above) in a creative industry-related subject or significant professional experience in the creative arts/industries.

All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio will also be requested for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). 

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in other elements.

Course Fees

Full-time (One year)

UK & EU students: £8,495 (per year)

NON-EU students: £13,995 (per year)

Part-time (Two years)

UK & EU students: £5,000 (per year)

NON-EU students: £7,750 (per year)

Student funding

Subject to eligibility criteria applicants will be able to apply for a Post Graduate Loan for tuition fees.

Alumni and student discount

Screen and Film School alumni and current students will receive a tuition fee discount of £1,000 on full-time MA courses and £500 per year on part-time MA courses.

Please note: module names and structure may be subject to change.

This module will allow you to explore the convergence of theory and practice in your chosen specialist area. Through research-based learning, you will develop an in-depth understanding of your chosen pathway and throughout the module develop the skills to apply a critical and theoretical lens in which to view your chosen area of screen and film specialism.

To support your development of research and practice this module encompasses research training and 1-2-1 tuition/mentoring. The skills and experience gained through the module provide a starting point for the Major Project.

In this module you will utilize your research and development from the Research for Practice module and begin to refine your ideas/specialism/project into the developmental stage of the production process. Within the module you will develop your pathway whether it is an Editor, a Director of Photography, Director, Sound Designer, Production Designer, Screenwriter or Producer. Through experimentation, developing new techniques and ideas, you will begin to understand how you want to develop as a practitioner.

Throughout this module, you will work closely with both an industry and SFS mentor who will support you to develop an approach in which to showcase your ideas. You will be encouraged to explore, innovate and experiment. This could be showcased within a pitch, concept showcase, audio piece, screenplay, film treatment, micro-short film, or pilot, depending on your chosen specialism.

This module will allow you to dig deep into your specialist practice utilizing the research, experimentation and development that you have undertaken in your Project Development module. Throughout this module, you will be encouraged and supported to develop and refine your idea.

Through further practice-based research, idea consolidation, refinement of practice and reflection on your specialism it will support you to move your project onto the next stage. Working with your SFS and industry mentor you will have developed the groundwork for realizing your idea or project in the Major Project module.

This module utilises the collaborative practice that is intrinsic to screen and film production. Within this module, you will be invited to work collaboratively with peers, industry contacts and external stakeholders to work together on a collaborative outcome.

The culmination of this module can be realised in a number of different outcomes including screenings, films, audio pieces or exhibitions.

This module provides you with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of work that explores your chosen specialist pathway. The research practice and development that you have engaged with in the previous modules will support you in realising your major graduation piece. Throughout the module, you will be individually supervised by your industry and SFS mentor

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to Screen and Film School, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 602070 or email [email protected].


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