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Course content

Led by award-winning filmmakers and taught by highly experienced practitioners, this course gives you the opportunity to produce a low-budget independent film to a professional standard.

You’ll gain the skills to analyse and critique a range of fiction films and find your unique voice in an increasingly competitive field.

You learn how to:
-Write compelling scripts
-Raise funds
-Cast and direct actors
-Shoot and edit films using professional equipment and software

You benefit from our strong industry connections and master classes with leading figures in film and television. You also have 24-hour access to the latest professional-grade equipment and post-production facilities.

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you take core modules and options. In the summer term, you complete a self-directed creative project in filmmaking.

You are assessed by:
-Practical video/media work
-Production documentation

The final assessment is a fiction film and a portfolio of supporting documents.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


Our researchers produce internationally recognised creative and critical practice through a range of media, including film, television, radio, photography and new and interactive forms.

They specialise within three interlocking themes:
-Cultural histories/cultural politics
-Resistant images
-Hybrid forms, media and genre


By the end of the course, you will have produced a minimum of two short films and created a showreel, aiding your future employment prospects. Your final film is screened at an end-of-year MA degree show.

You are given advice about screening your work via a range of platforms including film festivals, independent screenings, broadcast and online.

You'll have the necessary skills to work in the creative industries in roles such as:
-Sound recordist

Visit the Filmmaking - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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