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The MA Filmmaking (Directing Fiction) is the premier place to develop your skills as a director, working on a range of projects from personal ‘essay’ films to large-scale shoots with professional actors and feature crew. 

This Masters, a pathway of the MA Filmmaking, will enable you to gain a full understanding of how to collaborate on all stages of filmmaking, from scripting and pre-production through shoot, post-production and marketing/exhibition of your work. It will build your skills and confidence in expressing your unique vision and conveying it to your team.

What we offer

The programme is housed in a new purpose-built media facility equipped with state-of-the art teaching spaces including film and photography studios equipped with Arri lighting and Greenscreen, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Film Editing, Animation, Digital Special Effects, Pro Tools Audio Postproduction and Foley suites.

We have extensive production facilities and informal rehearsal and meeting spaces where you can discuss and collaborate with scriptwriters, actors, producers and your shoot team.

We also have established relations with casting directors, agents, production designers and other professionals who will both advise you and provide their skills to enhance your productions.

You work on at least one film per term in your specialist role, culminating in a major production towards the end of the degree. In addition to your specialist area, you attend classes in related disciplines such as Film Directing and Editing and collaborate with students across specialisations on film projects. This framework is designed to stimulate collaborative practice by providing you with a breadth of filmmaking knowledge combined with a high level of expertise in your chosen filmmaking discipline.

Expert guidance

Experienced tutors enhance the flow of your individual research, experimentation and artistic achievement. The guests have all provided expert guidance at Goldsmiths. 

  • Gillies Mackinonn (Above Suspicion; The Village)
  • Asif Kapadia (The Warrior; Senna)
  • Danny Boyle (Trainspotting; Slumdog Millionaire)
  • Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham; Bhaji on the Beach)
  • Stephen Frears (The Queen; Dirty Pretty Things)
  • Sally Potter (Orlando; The Man Who Cried)
  • Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland; 24 Hour Party People)
  • Alan Parker (Angel Heart; Mississipi Burning) 

Modules & structure

For two terms you will spend a full day a week in specialised contact with your specific programme convenor. These sessions include:

  • practical demonstrations and exercises
  • lectures
  • screenings
  • small group seminars
  • workshops

You will also take three option modules, taught through practical workshops and hands-on experiences, as well as critical discussion and essay writing.

The third term will be taken up with your final substantive project and you will take part in a series of progress and feedback meetings.

Compulsory modules

You will take the following modules:

  • Directing Fiction: Specialist Skills
  • Contemporary Screen Narratives in Practice and Theory
  • You will also complete a Final Project (90 credits), assessed by a portfolio of work and a viva that reflects your practice.

Screen School options

As well as your Directing specialism, you will choose three 15-credit modules to enhance your other skills and critical approaches. Options include:

  • Social Activist Film
  • Adaptation and Script Editing
  • Archaeology of the Moving Image
  • Camera Fundamentals
  • Experimental Media
  • Filmmakers Make Theory
  • Film Producing Fundamentals
  • Representing Reality
  • Sound Design Fundamentals
  • The Ascent of the Image
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Doctor Holby: Writing for Existing Continuing TV Drama Series
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Practical Law for Film-makers

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Skills & careers

On completing the programme you will be equipped to enter the global job market, armed with an enhanced understanding of your practical, intellectual and creative capacities as a cinematographer.

Possibly the most important skill we furnish you with is the rigorous discipline of working collaboratively under pressure as part of a creative team on challenging projects. 

In addition to your practical filmmaking skills, we enable you to develop a variety of transferable intellectual, organisational and communication skills to equip you for a broad range of employment opportunities across the arts and media landscape (film, television, online, the creative arts, advertising and related hybrid forms).

Our graduates

Recent alumni are active in the film, media and cultural industries around the world as:

  • directors of photography
  • cinematographers
  • camera operators
  • lighting designers

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths


Visit the Filmmaking (Directing Fiction) - MA page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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