MA Screen & Film Production

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


Are you a graduate or industry professional looking to immerse yourself in the world of filmmaking? Our MA in Screen & Film Production gives you the chance to enhance your skillset, build your network of collaborators and industry contacts, and ultimately advance your career.  

The course has been designed to prepare you for the screen and film industry. Through your expert tutors and industry mentors, you will hone your craft and carve out a space for yourself in your chosen field. Whether you want to write, direct, produce, shoot or edit, you will have access to all the facilities, technology and resources that you need to bring your projects to life.

We have an extensive range of high-quality equipment that you can use for your projects, and our production-house environment will make you feel right at home. For your independent research, our online libraries offer resources that are specifically tailored to this course.

The possibilities for collaboration are endless, with opportunities to connect not only with other filmmakers, but also with students in our creative technology faculty and at our specialist music and performing arts colleges. This offers a great chance to meet with like-minded creatives who will potentially form your future network.

MA Screen & Film Production encourages innovation and experimentation, allowing you the freedom to explore a new specialism or see your film idea or project realised. The course culminates in a Major Project of your choosing; perhaps you will make your very first calling card film, write your debut feature script, or even found your own production company.

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

Screen and Film School students together using film equipment
Screen and Film School student Jimmy

You can personalise your curriculum by deciding upon a specialism and putting that skill into focus. All modules are designed to lead towards your Major Project, allowing you to tailor the course around your future goals. For example, you can develop micro-projects, such as trailers and pitches, to gain insight into your project and its outcomes. The areas of practice-based research are extremely varied. You could be a:

  • Producer aiming to specialise in developing distribution pathways for a feature film.
  • Sound Designer hoping to refine your craft and specialise in foley.
  • Director of Photography wishing to learn new techniques for filming in natural light.
  • Director intending to develop your knowledge of drama reconstruction within the context of documentary.
  • Screenwriter aiming to advance a project towards the greenlight phase of production.
  • Production Designer striving to hone your practical and creative skills for film and television.
  • Editor hoping to develop your post-production skills in editing drama.

Industry engagement is embedded in this MA course, with various work-related opportunities offered by our highly reputable industry partners. Your industry mentor will help prepare you for life after graduation, and our exclusive masterclasses will give you invaluable industry insight.

Visiting a major film festival will expand your horizons and inspire your own projects, and there is currently a £1000 discount for current Screen and Film School students and alumni. Additionally, you will receive a £500 kickstart fund towards your Major Project, plus support in raising additional funds.

All MA Screen and Film Production students will graduate with a portfolio that reflects your specialism; a network of industry professionals; and a sound understanding of how to build a successful and sustainable career in the screen and film industry.

Recommended Application Deadline

There are different deadlines for domestic and international students. For the 2024-25 academic year, these deadlines are as follows:

For domestic students, the deadline is 13th September 2024.

For international (SRV) students, the deadline is 23rd August 2024.

Applications received after the dates above will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Reasons to apply before the deadline:

  • You’ll have more time to organise finances and accommodation (if applicable)
  • You’ll be able to check out and apply for potential external funding 
  • You’ll have more time to prepare for your interview and complete your portfolio (if applicable)
  • You’ll get the summer to prepare for your course, which starts in September

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: One year (full-time) or two years part-time. 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 University

Campus delivery: BirminghamBrighton, Manchester

Credits: Credits: 90 ECTS/ 180 FHEQ (UK)

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). Alternatively, if you choose to study across multiple disciplines, you will get a general award, for example, MA Screen & Film Production.

Minimum Requirements

A good degree (normally 2.2 or above) or considerable experience in a relevant field. 

All applicants will be subject to interview, and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Certified or Experiential Learning (RPCEL). 

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in other elements.

Course Fees

Full-time (One year)

UK students: £10,950 (per year)

EU & International students: £16,450 (per year)

Part-time (Two years)

UK students: £6,950 (per year)

EU & International students: £10,450 (per year)

Student funding

Subject to eligibility criteria, applicants will be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from the UK government.

Alumni and student discount

Screen and Film School alumni and current students will receive a tuition fee discount of £1000 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 allows 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 area of screen and film production and approach it using a critical and theoretical lens.

To support your learning, this module encompasses research training and one-to-one tuition/mentoring. The skills and experience that you’ll gain provide an excellent starting point for the Major Project.

In this module, you will begin to move into the developmental stage of the production process. You will identify and refine your specialist pathway whether as an editor, a director or a sound designer for example, and through a process of exploration and experimentation, you will discover how to wish to develop as a practitioner.

Throughout this module, you will work closely with tutors who will support you in developing an approach that will best showcase your ideas. This could be a pitch, concept showcase, audio piece, screenplay, or pilot, depending on your chosen specialism.

This module will allow you to dive into your specialist practice, the research that you have already undertaken.

Through further practice-based research, you will and with the support of your tutors and mentor, you will develop the groundwork for realising these ideas in the Major Screen & Film Project module.

This module interrogates the collaborative practices intrinsic to screen and film production. By working alongside your peers, industry contacts and external stakeholders, you’ll develop key strategies for teamworking and develop your vision for an inclusive and ethically sound future for filmmaking communities.

Practical workshops, seminars and studio activities will support your creative thinking in a group dynamic. This will allow you to develop your project, as well as your critical understanding of collaboration in the film industry. You will be assessed via a portfolio that comprises your research, practical work and critical evaluation.

This module gives you the opportunity to produce an extended piece of work that explores your chosen specialist pathway. The research, practice and development that you have undertaken in prior modules will help you bring your ideas to life.

Throughout this module, you will be supervised by your expert tutors and industry 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 Enquiries Team on 01273 840 346 or email [email protected].

 

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