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MA/MFA Filmmaking

Course Description

Using High Definition Video, you will spend a year developing your practice towards the production of a short film as either documentary or narrative fiction. Working alongside other students on the course as well as in the LAB, the course focusses on the practical, analytical and creative aspects of filmmaking from a range of perspectives, working as an auteur and/or in groups as appropriate to your practice. Although the progression of ‘ideas’ will be central to the activity, there will also be an emphasis on ‘craft’ skills, and professionalization of your work. The art school has a well established history in filmmaking, ensuring a lively experience and breadth of expertise to draw upon.

The MA Filmmaking is made up of five units totally 180 credits.

You will develop the outline and first framework for a future large-scale project by investigating a range of practical research methods and experimenting with the innovative application of related media and theory content through visual and theoretical outputs, and display forms. You will also explore the pre-production and prototyping phase of the specialist creative process and project development.

You will also have the opportunity to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – what ever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Filmmaking award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This award is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

In the first year you will study units in; Project Synopsis, Project Development, Professional Platforms, Major Project (Media Arts, Filmmaking, Photography, Film and Media Studies). An option of one of the following: Digital Futures, Contested Territories, Health and Wellbeing, The Museum and the City - The City as Museum, Negotiated Study, Object, Women Artists and Surrealism.

In the second year you will study units in; Contextualising, Realisation and Publication.

Special Features

State-of-the-art digital media editing suites and specialist software

Access to all of the School of Art's studios, workshops and facilities

AV store to loan a range of audio visual equipment on a short term basis including camcorders, lightling, digital cameras and other equipment.

Visit the MA/MFA Filmmaking page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Course Fees

UK/EU FT students: £6,480 (per year) /£1,080 per 30 credit unit. Non-EU FT international students: £12,500 (per year)/ £2,085 per 30 credit unit.

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