With the power to educate, inform and entertain us, the moving image is an extraordinary tool used by individuals, groups and businesses worldwide. From fiction to documentary and all the experimental genres in between, film is increasingly becoming the most influential form of media today. This presents an exciting time to explore the medium, develop your own ideas, enhance your technical skills and find your place in the creative industries.
At Middlesex we believe that great film work comes from research, hands-on experience, experimentation and contemporary knowledge of the moving image. That's why our MA Film is grounded in these core features, to ensure that you gain both the practical and theoretical learning you need to create outstanding films in a professional context for identified audiences.
Designed to prepare you for a wide range of creative industries, our course enables you to explore your own film interests and produce work that will benefit your individual ambitions. From video installations to single screen and mobile technologies, we challenge you to experiment with many forms of filmmaking and presentation, while also developing valuable industry skills in research-led practice, analysis, pitching, bid-writing, crowd-funding and more.
The MA Film is divided into five modules taken over three terms (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own interests to the assignments and develop key skills and knowledge that will benefit not only your final project - the dissertation – but your ambitions and career goals beyond this course.
Film Research – Term 1 (30 Credits)
This module will equip you with the practice-based research skills and methodologies you need to engage in debates across a range of media-focused issues, from ethics to social media and more. As part of this module, you will undertake your own research project, usually relating to a fundamental feature of your final practical project, such as a key scene from your script or a film depicting work in progress. By the end of this module you will produce a report alongside the practical findings of your research. These findings can be presented in a wide range of forms, from a website to a DVD or series of experiments.
Scripting Producing & Directing – Terms 1 and 2 (30 Credits)
Taught by practitioners with expertise in each of the three core features of filmmaking, this module will take you through the entire industry process used to script, produce and direct films. From the initial idea to the fundamentals of shooting, this module will give you the knowledge and skills needed to take a film from script to screen. By the end of this module you will have produced the draft script and portfolio of materials needed for your final dissertation.
Moving Image Practice - Terms 1 and 2 (30 Credits)
This practice-led module allows you to apply the knowledge and skills you acquired in the Scripting Producing & Directing module to a series of creative briefs. This is a chance for you to experiment and develop your practice, try out script ideas, familiarise with equipment and crews, and hone your skills. Weekly seminars will be held to allow students to present and critique each other's work, culminating in a portfolio of completed briefs at the end of the module.
Film Professional Project (MDA4010) – Terms 1 and 2 (30 credits)
This module aims to give students practical insight into professional film practices in managing and creating and disseminating film projects for public audiences. On this module, professional practice learning is applied directly to a live project. The current partner for this project is North London Literary Festival (NLLF), and provides a range of opportunities for the MA Film students to produce promotional, creative, dramatic, interactive and/or documentary based work for the festival audiences.
Film Dissertation – Term 3 (60 credits)
This module allows you the opportunity to bring together all the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the course and apply them to a professional-standard project of your choosing that combines theory and practice. As a culmination of your studies, this is a valuable and exciting chance for you to acquire considerable insight into a specific area of moving image practice and benefit from combining practical activity and theoretical inquiry.
For this dissertation you can choose to focus more heavily on either the theory or practice side of the project, with options to weight one element more heavily than the other according to your individual ambitions beyond the programme. By the end of this module you will be looking towards the next step of your career, professional or academic or both, and will use the Dissertation as a specific tool for advancing those ambitions.
PLEASE NOTE: To be considered for this course your application should include a showreel.
You are expected to be conversant in digital production skills and to develop these skills and choose the kind of practice you wish to specialise in whilst studying here. The programme offers the flexibility of working with digital moving image technology across a variety of practices, be it narrative film, documentary, client-focused, artist film or new media production. The range of backgrounds and experience that our students bring from across these fields makes an exciting mix and creates the potential for some great collaborations whilst studying, and beyond.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Applicants should use the online application form and must also include a link to a showreel (a website, vimeo or youtube channel) .
All shortlisted candidates are interviewed, either at the University or by telephone for overseas students. The interview is a two-way process, not used as the deciding factor when conducted by telephone, designed to establish how you can benefit from, and contribute to, the work of the course and the Lansdown Centre as a whole.
You are normally expected to offer material evidence of previous activities as appropriate to your background; for example: showreels of practical work, portfolios, film-scripts written, reports authored etc. You should be able to convince the interviewer of a genuine interest in innovative use of film, video and digital media. This can be as varied as artists using video to those with broadcasting experience.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This course will enable you to progress to a wide range of professions within the mainstream film, fine art and television industries, with many of our graduates going on to work as scriptwriters, producers, directors and researchers.
Designed to prepare you for the realities of film and media industries worldwide, we ensure that you have every opportunity to hone your skills in such crucial areas as bid writing, pitching and crowdfunding, with professional input from stakeholder groups, media start-ups and funding institutions. Armed with these insights, networking opportunities and the transferable skills you will develop during the course, you'll be well-equipped to navigate a successful path in today's highly competitive creative industries.
The facilities, studios and workshops at our £80 million purpose-built Art, Design and Media School on campus in North London are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of digital media, equipment, software and library facilities on-site you'll benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.
These facilities include:
Studio and location filming equipment including:
Digital Media Workshops featuring:
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MA/PG Dip/PG Cert Film
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
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