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MA Film Production

Course Description

Course overview
Our exciting postgraduate filmmaking programme has been designed to meet the needs of aspiring filmmakers who aim to innovate within the expanding fields of documentary and experimental digital film production.

The course also examines the 'founding' traditions of documentary and experimental fiction associated with the Lumière Brothers and Méliès, and explores overlaps and points of contact between them.


Documentary Practice
Film Theory
Experimental Film and Video Practice
Film and Media Cultures
Project or Dissertation.
Documentary Practice
This module is a 'hands on' foundation in documentary digital video production techniques. Working in groups, we introduce you to key aspects of narrative and mixed documentary production by producing four short three-minute sequences. Following extensive feedback to help you refine your techniques, you will then produce a final 10-minute documentary film.

Film Theory
This module examines the context and history of film theory and explores the heritage of theoretical reflection on cinema, with a particular emphasis on documentary. You will examine the contributions of theorists including Sergei Eisenstein, André Bazin, Laura Mulvey, Serge Daney, Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj Žižek and Jacques Rancière.

Experimental Film and Video Practice
During this module you will explore a broad range of experimental approaches to film and video production, and the important role digital technology plays in enabling new approaches to digital film production. You will produce a short film project drawing on what you have learned about avant-garde filmmaking, video and installation art and alternative approaches to narrative filmmaking.

Film and Media Cultures
In this module you explore how national, individual, ethnic, exile and diasporic identities are inscribed in the work of contemporary film directors such as Atom Egoyan, Ousmane Sembène, Elia Suleiman and Tsai Ming-Liang. You will examine virtuality, velocity, telepresence and digitality, and look at the theories associated with thinkers like Paul Virilio, Vivian Sobchack, Lev Manovich, Mary Ann Doane and Steven Shaviro.

Final Project or Dissertation
The culmination of the course is the double project option, where students focus on a substantial piece of production work, either independently or in small groups, under close supervision from a subject specialist.

The project will undergo an extensive period of production and market research, development, pitching, shooting, post-production and marketing to appropriate film festivals and perhaps broadcasters. Alternatively the final focus may be a dissertation which explores an area in which students have developed a particular interest.

Visit the MA Film Production page on the University of West London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will usually have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent.Each application is considered on its individual merits and professional experience is taken into account.International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

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