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MA in Filmmaking

Course Description

Led by award-winning filmmakers and taught by highly experienced practitioners, this course gives you the opportunity to produce a lowbudget independent film to a professional standard. You learn how to write compelling scripts, raise funds, cast and direct actors, and shoot and edit films using professional
equipment and software. The course teaches you how to analyse and critique a range of fiction films and to find your unique voice in an increasingly competitive field.

The School of Media, Film and Music benefits from strong industry connections and you attend masterclasses from leading figures in film and television. You also benefit from 24-hour access to the latest professional-grade equipment and postproduction facilities. By the end of your studies, you will have produced a minimum of two short films and generated material to create a show reel, aiding your future employment prospects. Your final film is screened at an end-of-year MA degree show. You are given advice about screening your work via a range of platforms including film festivals, independent screenings, broadcast and online.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Realisation and Visualisation: Directing Actors and Camera. You choose an option from a list that may include Cultural Identities: Social Practices • Writing Documentary: Sound/Image/Text• Expanded Media: Forms and Practices • Film Studies: Theories and Methods • Gender and
Representation • Global Cinemas • International Journalism in Transition • Media Theory and Research • Writing for the Screen.

Spring term: you take Collaborative Film Project. You also choose two options from a list that may include Activist Media Practice • Animal Life and the Moving Image • First Person Film • Global News Industries • Media Histories and Cultural Change • Media, Culture and Communication • Media, Technology and Everyday Life • Music and the Media of Performance (Theory) • New Developments in Digital Media • New Moving Screens • Photography: Documentary,
Landscape, Politics • Queering Popular Culture • Research and Prototyping for Interactive Practice • Sound Environment (Theory) • The Cinematic Body • The Politics of Promotional Culture.

Summer term: you complete a self-directed creative project in filmaking.


Assessment is by practical video/media work, essays and production documentation. The final assessment is a fiction film and a portfolio of supporting documents.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the MA in Filmmaking page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in an appropriate discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience.Applicants must also: (a) submit a portfolio of moving works which clearly defines their role in the production, and (b) provide English subtitles as necessary for works produced in other languages and a short synopsis of the work, and (c) deliver a one to two minute on-camera presentation about why you are a suitable applicant.Overseas students please see: View Website

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