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This course will help you build the craft, creative and critical skills to situate your work against current industry trends. Our practical projects mirror the film and television industry’s workflow and creative environments, while our contextual studies offer an up-to-date critical reflection on the global film and television market. 

Through our masterclass series you'll get the chance to meet and learn from professionals like Lenny Abrahamson, Emily Morgan and Ben Wheatley – giving you the insights and industry contacts to take your next steps confidently.  

The School of Film & Television is a member of CILECT, the global association of the world's best film, television and animation schools. MA Film & Television is accredited by Creative Skillset, a mark of quality endorsed by industry professionals.

What you'll learn

We’ll examine how directors like Ben Wheatley and companies like Curzon and Film4 are using multi-platform release schedules. And how brands like HBO, Amazon and Netflix are shaping what we watch and how we watch it.

Exploring the blurred lines between art and technology, you’ll learn everything from journalism to philosophy to essential research skills. Crucially, on top of learning to develop, write, produce, shoot, record, direct and edit, you’ll look into why your ideas are worth being made.

Course Details

Study Block One

Taking part in intensive practical group work, you’ll build technical skills and nurture your creativity in all areas of short film and television project development, including learning about legal requirements, ethical standards and risk assessment. This work will be supported with a reflection on how cultural contexts frame production and audiences.

Our masterclasses and guest speaker series will introduce you to a network of experienced professionals from companies like the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and Pinewood Studios.  


  • Contextual Studies: Screen, Culture & Society
  • Creative Practice: Foundation

Study Block Two

The second Study Block invites you to develop your thinking beyond the limits of western culture. Collaborating with a crew of your peers, you’ll have an opportunity to deliver a 10-minute film/TV form or screenplay inspired by research into globalisation and screen media. 

You'll also get a taste of industry with the chance to visit an international film festival and undertake work placements and internships.


  • Contextual Studies: Screen & Globalisation
  • Creative Practice: Development

Study Block Three

You’ll choose your final project depending on your career plans. If you're planning to move on to a PhD you can produce a dissertation or research portfolio involving a high level of research, a complex reading of film or television, and further discussion. Alternatively, if you want to head straight into industry you can choose an Industry Practice Project, where you’ll make a 20-minute film /TV form or write a feature screenplay.

You'll consult your work with an assigned supervisor and share it with your peers and the course team for step-by-step feedback.


  • Contextual Studies: Final Major Project
  • Creative Practice: Final Major Project

How you'll learn

Taking place over 45 weeks and 3 semesters, you’ll choose specialisms focused on your ideal career, and learn from industry professional mentors. Our visiting lecture programme has featured critic Dr Mark Kermode, Red Riding writer Tony Grisoni, The Midnight Beast producer Mary Burke, and Green Wing writer James Henry.

The School of Film & Television has hosted Channel 4 Talent Day, and we often help our students secure placements at Warp Films and TwoFour.

Assessment methods

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Core theory based on written assignments
  • Core practice assessed on visual project and accompanying portfolios
  • Elective modules all with theory/practice options
  • Dissertation and/or major project in final semester

Visit the Film & Television - MA page on the Falmouth University website for more details!




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