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Film Directing (MFA/MA)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme takes a project-led, practice-based collaborative approach. Students choose to make a documentary or fictional film and develop these through workshops and tutorials. Our students work within an integrated framework that questions the form of their film and enables them to find the right language for their storytelling.

The programme encourages ways of working that foster the important exchange of ideas, using the most up-to-date equipment. As part of the Skillset Screen Academy in Scotland we also offer mentorship within the industry and ensure that all tutors are top professionals. Many of our students already work in the industry and we aim to encourage a fresh approach to emerging technologies.

Over the last few years we have received an Oscar nomination for an MA film made here and an Oscar shortlist for a film made by a recent graduate. We work closely with the Scottish Documentary Institute, the University’s internationally-acclaimed research centre in documentary film making.

Programme structure

This programme is project-led and delivered through workshops and regular individual tutorials. It integrates practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements. Past placements and collaborations include work on Cloud Atlas directed by Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski.

Career opportunities

Our students go on to a wide range of roles, including producer, director, writer, production or location manager, researcher, editor, assistant director, cinematographer, or journalist. Graduates have found work directing for the BBC and making work internationally for top broadcasters and film funds. Related fields include advertising, community films, academia or film development agencies.

Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset This programme has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the creative industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

Visit the Film Directing (MFA/MA) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

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