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Filmmaking (MA)

Course Description

The MA in Filmmaking offers six pathways: Directing Fiction, Producing, Screen Documentary, Cinematography, Sound Recording and Design, and Editing- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-filmmaking/

The pathways combine both fiction and documentary elements, and encompass a variety of new options such as script and project development, web drama, online content, and social activist filmmaking, alongside the more traditional media skills, to reflect the changing trends and diversity in the current media landscape.

Whichever pathway you choose, you'll receieve specialised film, television and multi-platform industry training. You'll also be able to produce films alongside others working in art, theatre and social media.

You'll learn how to critique existing forms and trends – pioneering creative new products that will make waves in the media and wider world. And you can benefit from an invaluable year-long mentorship with an individual or company within the industry.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Gerry McCulloch.

Modules & Structure

All pathways involve:

-Exercises aimed at using your skills specialism in a variety of live shoot situations

You will also have a variety of research projects to undertake, as well as other module options.

The third term will be taken up with your final substantive project, and in writing up a process paper on your work and research over the year.

For full module information, refer to the individual pathways.

Screen Lab

As well as specialist teaching, all MA Filmmaking students will attend Screen Lab, where they will advance their collaborative skills by working in teams with fiction and documentary producers and sound and edit students, on a variety of projects and at least three scheduled films across the year.

Screen School options

As well as taking one of the specialisms mentioned above have the opportunity to take three extra short courses to enhance their main skill and critical approaches. Available option modules may include for instance:

-Screen Adaptation
-Principles of Editing
-Media Law and Ethics
-The Short Script
-Politics of the Audio Visual
-Social Activist Film Making
-Contemporary Screen Narratives
-Representing Reality
-The Practice and Aesthetics of Film Lighting
-The Current Landscape of the UK Media Industries

Industry mentorships

We have close relations with all sectors of the media industry, and offer each student an invaluable year-long mentorship with an relevant individual or company. Many of these relationships will develop into fruitful work and creative opportunities for the future.

If you are passionate about fashioning an exciting career for yourself as a filmmaker in an environment that promotes innovative filmmaking, this course is for you.


This programme is aimed at aspiring filmmakers intent on carving out a career in the creative and cultural industries through the production and distribution of fiction film content across multiple platforms. Possibly the most important skill we offer you is the opportunity to work collaboratively under pressure as part of a creative team on challenging projects.

The creative industries are presently undergoing a period of radical transformation and new modes of practice are emerging. You acquire traditional celluloid filmmaking skills and also engage with digital cinema technology and practice. The content of both our practice and theory courses reflects the evolving film and media landscapes.

In addition to your practical filmmaking skills, we encourage you to develop a variety of transferable intellectual, organisational and communication skills to equip you for a broad range of future employment opportunities across the 21st-century media landscape.


Upon completing the course, you are equipped to enter the job market, armed with an enhanced understanding of their practical, intellectual and creative capabilities as filmmakers. This equips Goldsmiths graduates to apply themselves to a broad range of occupations in the film and media industries that range from permanent posts in established organisations, to working freelance and launching your own creative enterprise.

As a beacon of culture and the arts, London is the hub of the UK film and creative industries. Goldsmiths’ position as a high profile arts institution in London means we can attract distinguished individuals from the creative industries to contribute to the course. Programme staff are experienced in assisting you to develop yourself as a creatively and conceptually capable sound designer, editor, cinematographer, producer or director.

Our graduates

Goldsmiths graduates regularly go on to win awards at major international film festivals, and have even been nominated for the short film Oscar. Our alumni are active in the film, media and cultural industries around the world. Many also pursue doctorate studies and occupy academic posts internationally. We aim to empower you through the knowledge you accumulate on the programme to realise your unique potential.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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

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Jiaojiao Rong

134.gif I like Goldsmiths, because here you can reinvent yourself. The course leaders encourage you to think broadly in different perspectives. The campus is quite multinational, so you can experience different cultures when communicating with different schoolmates. The campus atmosphere is quite arty and funky. You can even experiment on your dressing style every day to test your creative ideas. In a word, this lively environment at Goldsmiths really gives you a feeling that you yourself are unique and you can make a difference to the community, to the nation and even to the world.


Fee waivers for MA Filmmaking - 3 Awards

Fee waivers equivalent in total to 3 full-time home/EU fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Equivalent in total to 3 full-time home/EU fees


Eligible for home, EU and international students applying for MA Filmmaking programmes.

Application Procedure

If you confirmed an offer for an eligible programme by 1 May 2015 you automatically become eligible for the fee waiver scheme that will fund waivers equivalent in total to 3 full-time home/EU fees. International students are also eligible for the scheme.

Further Information



Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

Further Information



Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test).

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