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Film Making MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Film Making MA

This course will enable you to develop film production skills with both digital and analogue equipment, as well as knowledge of the theories of contemporary cinema. The focus is placed firmly on developing clear and simple storytelling techniques that go beyond arbitrary formal categorisations of drama, documentary or genre. The course takes its inspiration from forms of cultural production that have challenged conformity, including the work of artists, musicians, painters and performers, and the movements of Italian neo-realism and the developing cinemas of Africa, Latin America, South Korea and Iran.

Key features

This course encourages you to synthesise your personal experience, critical knowledge and craft skills to express yourself through moving pictures.

Your studies will be split broadly into 75 per cent practice and 25 per cent theory.

As well as the personal tutor scheme, we also run a pioneering peer-mentoring scheme in which recent MA graduates provide one-to-one assistance in the use of equipment and software.

Staff on this course are practising filmmakers.

The course is informed by practice and research in black music and cinema, neo-realist cinema, experimental filmmaking, performance and dance, storytelling, participative documentary and ghetto cinema.

What you will study

You will study the basic principles of film making, develop an understanding of the nature and potential of visual storytelling, and you will study the basic principles of filmmaking, develop an understanding of the nature and potential of visual storytelling, and discover the importance of sound, lighting and the screenplay. You will also gain a sound knowledge of theories and ideas that can help in the interpretation of your own work and that of other filmmakers. You will produce a portfolio of moving-image projects to illustrate your technical ability in cinematography, sound recording, editing and writing/direction.

You will be able to use high-definition digital video camcorders, DSLRs and Macs running Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud to apply classical and independent principles with contemporary technology; 8mm, super8 and 16mm film cameras are also available to explore analogue forms of filmmaking (students who wish to use our analogue cameras will have to cover their own stock and processing costs).

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Film Making 1

Film Making 2

Film Making 3 (Dissertation)

Film Writing

Sound and Vision

All modules are core.

What this course offers you

The Film Making MA trains you in professional film production skills using digital and analogue equipment. You also spend 25% of your time studying theories of contemporary cinema.

Your Final Film Project gives you the chance to illustrate your technical competence in:
sound recording;
editing; and
This provides a good starting point for employment or becoming an independent film maker in command of your own material.

Many members of staff are research active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.

The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain practical skills in:
data collation, review and synopsis;
communication (oral, written and electronic);
time management;
computing; and
co-operation and teamwork.

We offer a part-time study option to help you fit your MA around other commitments.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Film Making MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Freddie Osborne

"I took the Film Studies BA at Kingston and found myself captivated by both the practical and theoretical side of the degree. I'd previously leaned more towards practice, but I found that the theory definitely made me a better film maker, and helped me to appreciate both form and content. The team supported me in submitting an application for AHRC funding and I was delighted to be awarded a full MA scholarship.

"I am currently on the Film Making MA and planning a PhD. I am motivated by the idea that everyone should be represented in cinema. This belief guides both my theoretical enquiries and my whole approach to practice. As a continuing student, I value Kingston's film department because I feel part of a genuine community of scholars and practitioners. I can get support and ideas from anyone in the department, not just my supervisors. Everyone is a resource, with an eclectic and invigorating range of specialist expertise."


Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

We usually expect applicants to have: a second class degree or above in a humanities subject (film, media studies, languages, history, English etc) or in any other subject felt to relate to the art and craft of film making; a passion for film making; and a distinct and individual voice.We also carefully consider non-standard entrants with relevant personal and work experience who can demonstrate the interest, commitment and ability required to make their own films.

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