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Filmmaking (MA)

Course Description

UCA Farnham

This course offers you the opportunity to specialise in key roles within filmmaking and graduate in a named pathway, including directing, producing, screenwriting, production design, cinematography, editing and sound.

You'll develop high level skills in a specific department of fiction film production, in a learning environment which nurtures technical excellence in the creation of cinematic sound and image. You'll develop personal creativity and the ability to collaborate effectively within a team in pursuit of a shared cinematic vision.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview

The course allows you to experience the rigours of filmmaking by reflecting the realities of current film practice, within the supportive structure of our Film School. It will enhance your understanding of the professional demands of the film industry and fully equip you for a freelance career.

You'll have the opportunity to engage in critical debate around current theoretical approaches to filmmaking practice. At UCA, you'll also benefit from access to a fantastic selection of cutting edge facilities, including 16mm and digital cinema cameras, advanced sound recording equipment, a purpose-built film studio and high end post-production suites.

Please note, this course is subject to validation.

Course content

Stage 1 -

Critical Contexts/Cinematic Storytelling: This unit will provide a basis of common screenings and lectures to examine the construction of meaning in moving image work.

Creating Cinematic Worlds: This unit will provide a series of workshops during which students will work together to investigate and explore the interrelationship of each pathway. Screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors. sound designers and production designers will work developing specific departmental skills.

Stage 2 -

Production: This unit will support the development and production of the work proposed in the first unit. Students will have the opportunity to work together in production teams and to develop a portfolio of work.

Stage 3 -

Post-production and Professional Context: The project work developed in the production unit will be supported to completion. Students will be encouraged to visit film festivals and explore funding opportunities for their future projects. They will be invited to lectures shared with the BA students on relevant professional associations and trades unions. They will be required to develop their work to exhibition standard with complete festival packs/showreels and portfolios as appropriate to their specialism.

Course summary - http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/Filmmaking_MA_F_PSpecA_201617-1450803360008.pdf


Film studios - Recently refurbished purpose-built film studio with dedicated technical support from industry specialists

Sound editing suite - Sound editing and mixing suites which include software such as Avid Media Composer, Symphony Nitris and Pro Tools

Digital media suites - Digital media suites with Macs and PCs with latest programmes for film editing as well as general design work

Media stores - On campus media store with good supply of 16mm, super 16mm, digital HD video cameras and high-end sound recording equipment to hire

Course staff

Claire Barwell - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/claire-barwell/

International study

Find out more about studying in the UK, or studying part of your course abroad at one of our partner institutions (study abroad option not available on all courses).

Studying in the UK - http://www.uca.ac.uk/international-study/

Studying abroad - http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/study-abroad/

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities


This course prepares you for a career within the field of fiction film production and also equips you with a range of versatile skills that open up a broad variety of career paths.

Graduates from related UCA courses have been commissioned to work by broadcasters and film funds worldwide in a wide range of roles within the industry such as directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, sound designers, screenwriting, production design and VFX. Potential careers open to students undertaking this course might include work in archives, curating or distribution.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require an online portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the process for submission of your work will be provided on the Applicant Portal.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Filmmaking (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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