MA Screen & Film Production
A 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time postgraduate degree available at:
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.
Through research-based practice this new MA puts you and your aspirations at the centre of your learning, whilst refining your chosen specialist pathway.
Our industry-led course allows you to design and realise your own bespoke educational experience. Through your mentor, an industry expert who will be aligned to your industry specialism, you will gain invaluable insight into the film, screen and television industries.
This MA supports individual development as well as collaborative practice. You will have access to all the latest industry level production sets, studios, technology and resources to bring your projects to life.
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.
Whether you want to write, direct, produce, shoot or edit you will be able to develop micro-projects, such as trailers and pitches to gain insight into your research project and its outcomes.
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.
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.
A visit to a major Film Festival will broaden your view of our industry. 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.
Industry engagement is embedded into your MA course: there will be opportunities for work experience through our wide range of highly reputable industry partners.
All MA Screen and Film Production students will graduate with a major screen & film 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.
Recommended application deadline: Thursday 29th June
Reasons to apply by this date:
- First pick of industry mentors available
- More time to organise finances and accommodation (if applicable)
- Opportunity to apply for potential bursaries
- Interview and portfolio required: more time to complete this
- Summer to prepare for course starting in September
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 University
Campus delivery: Birmingham, Brighton, 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)
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.
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)
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 your 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 Practice 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 mentor you will have developed the groundwork for realizing your idea or project in the Major Screen & Film 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 mentor
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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].