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  MA Film Practice


Arts University Bournemouth    Graduate School

Full time & Part time September MA 1 Year (full-time), 2 Years (part-time)
Communication & Media Studies (7) Creative Arts & Design (9)

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Are you a creative soul with a passion for film? Look no further than our MA Film Practice programme. Delve into the world of filmmaking through hands-on research and practice-based learning. Our experienced team of practitioners and researchers will guide you as you develop your unique voice in the industry. With a focus on both theory and practical skills, you'll explore a range of film genres and techniques. From film exercises to project development, our one-year full-time course will equip you with the tools to create compelling short films or other creative outputs. Join us and unleash your artistic potential.

About the course

About the course

Our MA Film Practice course is for ambitious and curious creatives who are seeking to learn through practice-based research (thinking through making). It appeals to reflective practitioners who wish to further develop their authorial and professional awareness.  

This uniquely positioned programme enables the examination of ideas, through the development of related skills, in an engaged and supportive environment. It is facilitated by an experienced team of active practitioners and researchers, whose interests encompass all forms of film. 

Whether you are an emerging or more established filmmaker our course is an exciting place to explore and enhance your creative practice. 

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will usually have a 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate level qualification in Art, Design, Media or Performance and will be interested in experimentation and innovative practice within a structured framework leading to Masters outcomes.

International applicants must also hold a relevant English Language qualification.


Fees

2023/24 Home/EU fees £8,000 (full-time)

2023/24 International fees £18,500 (full-time)

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Student Profiles

Darius Shu

Despite only graduating in June 2018, Darius Shu was chosen to be Director of Photography for a film that has won a number of international awards.

Secret Child is now screening at the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles after being officially selected for the Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival.

Its cast features Fiona Glasscott, set to star in the upcoming Harry Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, as well as Aaron McCusker, who will be in Bohemian Rhapsody, the soon to be released Queen biopic.

And Darius has been nominated for Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, the Oniros Film Awards in Italy and the Largo Film Awards in Switzerland.

Speaking about his success, Darius said: “I feel proud to have people see your hard work and appreciate it. It’s a great thing because this is not just a recognition of my work, but for the people and crew who I worked together with as well.

“Having a film shown at prestigious film festivals in Los Angeles, Europe and London is an amazing way to showcase the film to the world.

“Most importantly, I just love being behind the camera because I love to shoot, tell a story and make beautiful images.”

The film, which centres on a boy brought up in a secretive Catholic hostel for single mothers in Dublin in the 1950s, is also screening at the New Renaissance Film Festival in London in August 2018.

But Secret Child, which is set to be adapted for TV, is not the only work that has won Darius acclaim as two other films he shot, Pardaa and Khoj, were both winners on the international stage.

And Darius says his time at AUB has played a key role in helping him find success in the cutthroat movie industry so quickly.

He said: “AUB has provided me a great platform and study experience to work and meet with the most creative like-minded individuals through its collaborative structure and intense course.

“I’m grateful to have tutors who has guided and supported me throughout the year including my cinematography tutor Witold Stok.

“The practical course allowed me to challenge and push myself to be a better cinematographer and a filmmaker as a whole. ”

Fanny Cerdan-Roy

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first time I met my professors and classmates was on a screen. The teachers created a safe place where we felt free to work, taking our limitations as creative challenges. What I thought would be a limitation turned out to be an incredible opportunity, as we bonded very personally with each other. I felt supported and motivated. Changes happen, and you have to adapt to them, and AUB was able to handle this difficult task.
After a BA in Anthropology, I decided to come to AUB to do my MA in Film Practice because I knew that it was a university that promoted excellence and gave its students the freedom to express themselves artistically. During our year, we worked on different exercises and workshops that pushed us to develop our own creative identity.
Throughout my MA Film Practice degree, I learned that all creative processes start from the same point. Shaping ideas, not being afraid to share them with someone, and working to create a more cohesive and beautiful object. This year, I brought a project to life that I would never have had the space to develop elsewhere.
With the confidence I gained at AUB, I’m still working on my live film project alongside some of the creative allies I made during my Master’s course. People who’ve become more than just classmates. Not only have I developed my skills; I learned something that I’ll carry with me for life and will continue to grow. I’ve learned to develop my own way of filmmaking, based on trust and collaboration. From that, I’ve learned to see the importance of never taking anything for granted, and that you have to accept failure and not be afraid to try in order to succeed.

Peter Engelmann

Graduated in 2020

My class were all so great. Really nice people, we all helped each other out. This feeling of a group working together on films and ideas – that's something I miss.

Two weeks in, they told me that they would like to train me as a cinematographer. And then after a month and a half, I got to use an ALEXA Classic. Before I came here, I had seen one in pictures. I never thought I would touch one.

Scholarships

Our international scholarships are awarded to recognise and support creative talent within the global international student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000-£5,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have been offered a place on a postgraduate course at AUB. You must also be classified as an international student for fee purposes.

Application Procedure

You do not need to complete any additional forms and will be automatically considered for all scholarships and bursaries available once you have completed your application for your course of study. If you are successful, you will be sent information about the scholarship or bursary you have been awarded, which will include instructions on how to accept the offer and what you need to do next.

Please note, that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other AUB financial award or bursary.


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Our EU Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support creative talent within the EU student community.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have been offered a place on a postgraduate course at AUB. You must also be a Permanent Resident in a member state of the European Union. In addition, you must be classified as an international student for fee purposes.

Application Procedure

You do not need to complete any additional forms and will be automatically considered for all scholarships and bursaries available once you have completed your application for your course of study. If you are successful, you will be sent information about the scholarship or bursary you have been awarded, which will include instructions on how to accept the offer and what you need to do next.

Please note, this scholarship cannot be combined with any other AUB financial award or bursary.


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We aim to have a diverse student environment with the best creative talent in the UK and have several scholarships and bursaries available.

Our BA (Hons) alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on postgraduate fees, and 33% discount for those that achieve a 2:1 or 1st, if they choose to study a postgraduate award at AUB.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20-33% off postgraduate fees

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 20% alumni progression discount, you must be a Home student who completed a BA (Hons) degree at Arts University Bournemouth. To be eligible for the 33% alumni discount (academic scholarship), you must be a Home student who graduated their AUB BA (Hons) degree with a 1st or a 2:1 grade.

Please be advised that this discount doesn't apply for applicants to the Master of Architecture (Part 2 ARB/RIBA) course.

Application Procedure

The discounts will be automatically applied.


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