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Develop as a producer/director of factual programmes and extend your creative skills and technical knowledge. With talks by industry professionals, and access to a broad range of equipment, you’ll create a portfolio of work that will help you stand out from the crowd.

  • Study with award-winning lecturers and film and television professionals who have worked with the BBC, Discovery, Channel 4 and Channel 5, among others.
  • Show your work to industry professionals at our end-of-course degree show.
  • Receive ongoing dedicated support to find placements and work experience.
  • Make the most of Cambridge with its annual Film Festival and both arts and mainstream cinemas

No matter what experience you have of filmmaking, our course will develop your knowledge of factual UK TV and digital media content production, and your creative skills, to an advanced level. Along the way, you’ll make seven films of different lengths and write a dissertation on a media subject that excites and interests you.

Focusing on two key roles, the director and the producer (which in current factual programming are merged into one), you’ll explore the dynamics of this ever-changing industry, and what it takes to succeed. You’ll learn to become a visual storyteller, a communicator, a collaborator, a motivator and a problem solver. You’ll also develop skills in scheduling, production managing, budgeting and marketing programmes. Although the emphasis is on factual programming, there is scope and flexibility to develop more creative films.

With specialist technical workshops on camera operation, sound, lighting and editing, you’ll develop professional skills in screen-based production. This will be supported by tutorials, diary work, and independent research, giving you a strong critical and contextual grounding for your practical work.

You’ll be encouraged to collaborate with other students on this course and others, becoming a flexible media professional who can produce and deliver high-quality video content for many different clients.

All our teaching staff have backgrounds in the film and television industries, and they're supported by industry specialists and visiting lecturers.

Core modules

  • Film and Television Research and Context
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Understanding the Audience
  • Master's Dissertation Art and Design
  • Master's Project: Art and Design

Assessment

Modules are subject to change and availability.

You’ll demonstrate your learning, and ensure you’re developing the knowledge and skills to complete the course, through:

  • producing and directing films of different lengths and styles
  • working in a team on a TV studio production
  • written production analyses and reflective commentaries
  • essays
  • filming schedules and budgets
  • film pitches
  • your final Masters Project: this film is your 'calling card' for the industry

Your assignments are usually submitted at the end of each term. You’ll also be assessed informally and given feedback during the term to help you achieve to the highest level. Feedback could be on a film, a presentation or group participation; it will be given by your tutor and your fellow students.

Events

We organise specialist lectures and workshops run by film industry professionals, where you’ll learn about up-to-date practices and get invaluable advice. Our past speakers have included Ben Wheatley (Free FireSightseers), Mandy Chang (Storyville), Sean Bobbitt (Cinematographer, 12 Years a SlaveThe Place Beyond the Pines), Peter Strickland and Nic Knowland (Director and Cinematographer, Berberian Sound Studio), Cilla Ware (freelance drama director of SilkSpooksPrimeval), Kathy Lee (Film Editor: AbuelasA Letter to Dad), and Larry Sider (Sound Designer, The Piano Tuner of EarthquakesMirrormask).

You’ll also get first-hand experience of the industry at informal work placements throughout the course and benefit from our close links with Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, where we hold regular student and industry events.

Specialist facilities

For your production and post-production work you will get access to:

  • A full range of HD and SD location cameras (including Steadicam), lighting and sound equipment
  • An industry standard fully equipped HD TV studio with full lighting rig
  • Scenic backdrops for current affairs, magazine programmes, and dramas
  • A film studio with overhead lighting, tracks, dollies, green screens, and flats
  • The complete Adobe Creative Cloud software suite including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition and Speed Grade

You'll also be able to receive access to, and full training in, all our creative industries facilities.

Careers

Our course will prepare you for a career in TV or in the broader media, and help you to decide which areas of the industry attract you the most. Although the emphasis is on directing and producing, you might choose to move into cinematography, production management or even television programme sales once you graduate. You might also develop a particular interest in observational documentary, natural history films or science programming, and decide to follow a career in these fields.

Here at Cambridge School of Art, you’ll gain specialist skills that will be useful for traditional, experimental and creative documentary making, or films for education, training, public relations, current affairs, marketing and campaigning. Our course will prepare you to forge a portfolio or freelance career, and give you the ability to make high-quality content for broadcast, web, film festivals or cinema.

Find out more about our placements and work experience, or the faculty's employability support.


Visit the Film and Television Production - MA page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

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