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Contemporary Film Practice (MA)

Course Description

Some of the most exciting work in contemporary film exists at the margins. Dare to be different. Challenge preconceptions about how films should be made and stretch the boundaries of your own practice. Explore a range of idioms from documentary to animation within a supportive environment that will help you to sustain and develop your ideas through experimentation with images, sounds and texts. You'll learn by doing while you deepen your critical engagement with film-making.

Key features

Choose to study full time (one year) or part time (over two years) to fit in with your career plans or other commitments.

Benefit from the practical bias of this programme, giving you the time to develop further as a film-maker. You’ll have the freedom and scope to explore varied forms including documentary, fiction, animation and other experimental and innovative styles of film-making.
Hone and expand your practice with our impressive range of facilities including video resources, sound studios, editing suites, a 360 degree immersive theatre and cinema.

Join a lively interdisciplinary arts and research community where you’ll mix with staff and students from across the arts faculty, creating opportunities for collaborative work and multidisciplinary research. This includes students and staff in the areas of music, theatre, dance and creative writing.

Learn from highly skilled practitioners and scholars who are passionate about their subjects.

Take advantage of our stunning location in the South West. This natural resource will inspire your creative practice and provide varied settings for film-making with its rural and city landscapes, brooding moors and dramatic coastline.

Course details

Explore and exploit the imaginative energy and intellectual buzz surrounding the growth of low-budget and no-budget film-making. You’ll engage in practice-centred projects and produce a range of work in different forms from documentaries to animations. You’ll also consider how experimental film-makers address new audiences and create new constituencies, and how we talk about those practices that do not fit into existing exhibition venues and environments.

Modules provide a supportive context for working on your practical MA project. You’ll participate in critical screenings and discussions, work collaboratively with exterior organisations such as the South West Film Archive and production companies, and undertake two pre-production and development modules examining the relationships between ideas and technologies and how to generate creative ideas. In all modules there is an emphasis on tracing the relationship between theory, research, thinking and making.


The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email .

Visit the Contemporary Film Practice (MA) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join MA Contemporary Film Practice you will need: an honours degree in film studies (or a related subject) or an equivalent professional qualification; an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field. International students: minimum IELTS score 6.5 or equivalent. If you possess overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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