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MA Directing

Course Description

The programme is led by experienced filmmaking practitioners, including directors, writers, producers, editors, and post-production picture and sound specialists. Each student on the programme will complete a portfolio of filmmaking projects, plus a final Masters research or production project.

This MA takes directors through the process of production, from script to screen, focusing on the core elements of visual language, narrative storytelling and performance. Students will learn and practice a variety of directing styles, techniques and strategies for narrative as well as non-fiction storytelling. The goal of this pathway is to develop the craft skills and technical proficiency that ultimately frees the director to take creative risks.

Directors will focus on the range of creative and technical skills, including the basics of narrative storytelling, the principles of dramaturgy, the many ways to interpret a script, working with actors and preparing storyboards. The curriculum also fosters the leadership skills needed to successfully steer both the creative process as well as a team of creative professionals. In addition, students will learn about the importance of creative collaboration and will have regular opportunities to work alongside writers and producers on the programme.

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

- Apply a comprehensive understanding of the visual language of cinema and demonstrate an advanced understanding of narrative storytelling in the choices a director makes
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of the role of the director in the creative and technical process of filmmaking at an advanced level
- Apply a critical understanding of the transition from script to screen, employing a variety of filmmaking skills to innovate and push creative boundaries
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively within a creative, conceptual and practical context, exhibiting the professional skills to lead a creative team and process
- Apply an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the language, practice and business of film, television and new media, and demonstrate an ability to innovate in these areas with awareness of local and global industries
- Develop the industry relevant knowledge and practical skills needed to work professionally in today’s film, television or new media industries
- Facilitate the development of craft, creative, conceptual and professional skills for continuous professional development
- Demonstrate a pro-active, self-directed and high-level approach to learning and practice

Entry on to this programme is competitive, therefore you are strongly advised to apply well in advance of the course start date in order for us to process your application in a timely manner.

The Met Film School is London's leading provider of practical filmmaking courses, based in Ealing Studios.

Visit the MA Directing page on the Met Film School website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Josh Bregman

2111.jpg "Film School gave me an environment where I could work on my ideas.
I know more about the kinds of films I want to make now, and I know a lot more about the industry than I did."

(Student Profile)

MA Filmmaking Graduate

"The MA was a truly formative and professional program that elicited a range of skills that I had previously experimented with, but did not fully realize. With the hands-on and practical nature of the course and the challenge of producing real content through productions and exercises, I was able to express completely my filmic palette and get regular feedback on my ideas and the quality of my work. Through this experience, I created a body of work which I was proud of and ultimately could showcase my range and ambition. It was a program that pushed me on all levels."


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have an honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

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