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Film and Television: Research and Production - MA


University of Birmingham    School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time

About the course

The MA in Film and Television: Research and Production is a course that combines academic training with practical skills in order to prepare students for a career in media production, utilising a combination of theoretical approaches, critical engagement, creative practice and hands-on technical training. The programme includes an opportunity for students to undertake a work placement, giving them first-hand experience of the industry. The course is taught by staff with extensive experience and knowledge, ensuring that students are equipped with the best possible education.

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Entry Requirements

We typically ask for an Honours degree, normally of an upper second-class standard, or equivalent. This does not have to be in a media or film-related discipline.

Applicants should have excellent communication skills, with high standards of both written and spoken English.


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Student Profile(s)

Daniel Gardiner

Daniel is studying for his part- time master’s degree after a lengthy break from higher education, during which he traveled extensively and taught English & Drama. He is a native of the city of Birmingham and has been involved in numerous film making projects since commencing the MA.

Daniel is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact him online with questions or read further about his experience at the University of Birmingham on his mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/daniel-gardiner/

Francesca Piccinin

Francesca is enrolled in the one-year Masters course “Film and Television: Research and Production” at the University of Birmingham. She did her undergraduate degree in Italy, and studied for her year abroad at the University of Warwick. Her undergraduate degree was focused on Languages, Art and Film.

Francesca is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/francesca-piccinin/

Talla Buffery

What have you learnt from your programme?

“The real question is what HASN’T this course taught me? Before starting, I had no idea about how the film and television industry worked. I learnt so much about pre-production processes, filming and post-production, from how to research and develop an idea to how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit footage. I can say with full confidence that this Master’s programme has helped me to break down and understand the film and television world in a way that makes sense to me. I now know, for example, where to look for certain ideas, what frames and shots I should use, how to manage light during filming and in post-production and how to feel proud of the work I have done! I can graduate knowing my course has instilled a new form of confidence and self-belief in myself that I would not have developed on my own.”

What is life like as a student at the University of Birmingham?

“Life as a student at the University of Birmingham is incredible. Everyone is so lovely, kind and welcoming – both students and staff – and there is a large emphasis on making the university a second home. There is an endless and ever-growing list of societies to join, events to attend and Fab nights to attend at Joe’s! The facilities are modern and up-to-date, with a wide range of study spaces to choose from, whether this be in the library group study rooms or in the Law building."

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