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This specialist programme will enable students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in film production, developing through the course a career specialism in directing, editing, production, camera or sound production.

The programme is distinctive as students will learn and study within the complex and immersive environment of a conservatoire drama school, with substantial access to highly talented acting students and the industry-standard facilities required of this high level vocational training. The skills and experience gained in their chosen area of specialism will enable them to seek employment in the professional film, television and independent film production industry on successful completion of the course.

The course will run for 38 weeks and recruitment will be limited to five students. Each will develop their own distinct specialism within a production team (director, editor, producer, camera, sound production) and they will work together as a unit across four of the five core modules.

These modules are:

1. Moving Image Production

2. Drama Production for the Small Screen

3. Short Film Production (Client-led Film)

4. Short Film Production (Drama)

5. Preparation for Working in the Film Industry

The fifth module is taken individually through a specialist industry placement related to the student’s designated specialism.

The overall aims of the programme are:

• To enable students to develop specific technical and project management skills in film production, primarily drama;

• To enable students to learn skills in leadership and creative problem-solving;

• To enable students to develop a specialism within the key areas of film production (directing, editing, producing, camera, sound production)

• To develop a high level of personal, social and environmental responsibility in working to professional schedules, disciplines and practice, including risk assessment and carbon emission reduction.

• To provide experience and build confidence to engage with industry professionals and develop their career management skills;

A copy of the rules and regulations governing the course is available consult the BOVTS policies and procedures page.

Module map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests.

  • Module Number: UAMN96-30-M, Module Name: Moving Image Production
  • Module Number: UAMN97-45-M, Module Name: Drama Production for the Small Screen
  • Module Number: UAMN98-45-M, Module Name: Short Film Production – Client-led Film
  • Module Number: UAMN99-45-M, Module Name: Short Film Production – Drama
  • Module Number: UAMNA5-15-M, Module Name: Preparation for work in the Film Industry

Optional Modules: There are no optional modules for this award

Interim Awards: PG Cert Film Production (60 Credits), PG Dip Film Production (120 Credits)

Credit requirements: 180 credits from the above modules for MA Film Production

Award: MA Film Production

Teaching and Learning

Students learn within a conservatoire environment in which they are regarded as professionals in training. At this Masters level in Film Production, there is an expectation that they will develop a high level of problem solving skills, engage at an advanced level of critical evaluation of their practice and acquire the creative thinking required of film makers working in a practical, complex creative and employment-focused environment.

Students are immersed in this challenging environment, which demands great attention to detail, independent thinking, and collaborative working combined with diplomatic negotiating and leadership skills.

The programme is practical and career focused. It is integrated with the school’s other programmes during productions, as well as within the professional environment. The programme features a high level of one-to-one teaching by specialist professionals.

The learning is immersive and singular in its focus on high level specialist professional employability as a main learning outcome.

The learning is intensive with students taught and supervised by teaching staff at least 30 hours per week across the 38 weeks of the programme.

How to Apply

To apply for entry to the MA Film Production programme in October 2018, you will need to use the UCAS Conservatoires.

To apply for this course please click here: click here to apply via the UCAS website in a new tab

Applications open on the 1 September 2017 and close on 28th February 2018.

Please note that UCAS Conservatoires is a different application system to UCAS Undergraduate.

Applying Through UCAS Conservatoires

Although UCAS Conservatoires (previously CUKAS) offers many advantages, it was originally designed to handle applications for music programmes at UK conservatoires and is in the process of being adapted to meet the needs of drama applicants.

We are working with UCAS Conservatoires and other drama schools to ensure this happens as quickly as possible but, in the meantime, you may find the following notes helpful.

Additional Guidance on How to Apply

Registration and Audition Fees

There is a one-off registration fee of £25 to register (for entry 2018) to use the service. The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School also charges an audition administration fee of £35 to cover the cost involved in arranging and delivering auditions/interviews. Both fees are payable through UCAS Conservatoires.

Personal Statements

We recommend that you pay particular attention to the information you provide in your personal statement on your application form in order to give us as full a picture as possible of your relevant experience and reasons for applying.

Application Dates

You can apply through UCAS Conservatoires from the 1 September 2017. The equal consideration deadline for applications to the MA Film Production programme is 15 January 2018. However our applications for this course will close on 28th February 2018.

If you have any further queries please contact the Admissions Department to discuss: 

Deferred Entry

We are unable to consider applications for deferred entry.


Visit the MA FILM PRODUCTION page on the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School website for more details!

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