From fiction to documentary to TV production and all the experimental genres in between, screen production 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 films are made when research meets hands-on experience, with plenty of room to experiment with in moving image and digital audio post production. Our MA Film equips you with both the practical and theoretical learning you need to create outstanding films and screen productions in a professional context, supported by expert academic and technical staff.
Designed to prepare you for a wide range of creative industries, our course enables you to explore your own interests, be it genre based or technical enhancement to produce work that will benefit your individual ambitions. We know that students work best when they’re passionate about what they’re doing. From video installations to short film, TV productions, sound for image and mobile technologies, we challenge you to experiment with many forms of screen and audio production and presentation while also developing valuable industry skills in research-led practice, analysis, pitching, crowd-funding and more. Our aim is to deepen your skills in order to realise your vision.
The image above was taken from Shot from Building 20, a feature length documentary made by MA Film 2016, directed by Adulaziz Alfuriah and produced by Omran Doushouki.
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 screen or sound based research project. By the end of this module you will produce a report alongside the practical findings of your research.
This module will take you through the entire industry process used to script, produce and direct short films or documentary. From the initial idea to the fundamentals of shooting, this module will give you the knowledge and skills needed to take a project from script to screen. By the end of this module you will have produced a draft script or documentary treatment and portfolio of materials needed for your final dissertation.
This practice-led module allows you to apply the knowledge and skills 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 productions at the end of the module.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
As a student on our MA Film you’ll be learning with our expert and diverse team through a blend of practical workshops and industry master classes, as well as the following methods:
These are given weekly and are concentrated on two days of teaching. Course notes and readings are made available and readings are expected to be done.
Time will be allocated in each class for discussions that range from the readings, pitching ideas, to discussing and critiquing work and sharing problems in production.
Lecturers have allocated office hours and you will be able to make appointments to meet with them to discuss ideas, get feedback and guidance on your work. These can be done individually or in groups.
You will write and produce your own work across the modules, supporting each other’s projects as well as drawing on senior students to crew productions. From scripts to audio visual essays to experimental, music video or documentary culminating in their major work for the dissertation module.
This degree is coursework assessed with no exams. Each module has at least two summative assessments with some having formative tasks in between. Assessments can include project proposals, scripts, audio visual and written essays, reports, short filming projects, both group and individual. The major dissertation involves both a written research/critique/critical report alongside a screen or audio production with students given the option to weight one element more heavily than the other given their ambitions and career goals.
Our MA students produce a wide variety of films, shorts and vignettes. The film below is our latest show-reel highlighting some of the best work produced, directed and written by students.
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The facilities, studios and workshops available to you at our 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.
Deborah’s creative practice and academic interest is in comedy, specifically the TV Sitcom and more recently comic narratives in film. Other areas of research include psychoanalysis, character, how to shoot the visual joke and discursive frames.
Working predominantly in film and locative storytelling, Helen’s practice is anchored around intimate and/or marginal narratives. Her current research interests are in how museums and heritage sites can tell historical narratives in complex and pluralistic ways using new media technologies.
Anne is an artist-filmmaker and curator. She holds a PhD on time in film and painting and has taught film for many years. Recent projects include films 'Thrashing in the Static' (2014) and post-production on the award-winning 'Time You Need' (2015).
Vron’s experience is a freelance Director-Producer, Director of Photography, Lighting Camerawoman and Editor on a wide range of projects with over 20 years of experience. Her personal practice is interested in still life studies and the construction of film.
Aidan's academic interest is in digital theory, sound studies, film studies and audiovisual modes of analysis and expression. His current research is on the audiovisual essay. His technical practice is in sound engineering and music technology.
Owner, Cupcat Images | MA Film, 2013
The thing I enjoyed most about Middlesex was the sense of openness and creative freedom. In my home country I would have to consider my audience very carefully, so as not to create any disharmony, whereas at Middlesex I could be who I wanted to be without fear of discrimination and prejudice. All of my work reflected this, and the course itself allowed this degree of freedom in the choice of subjects presented. Aside from this I enjoyed how friendly both my fellow students and course staff were. The support offered was second to none.
The professionalism shown by the course tutors, the friendships I developed with my fellow students and the overall experience of the course itself convinced me to continue my study beyond undergraduate into postgraduate, and it's a decision I don't regret.
MA Film, 2015
The MA Film course offers practical and theoretical learning within a wide range of creative industries. This is what initially caught my attention. In addition, the master´s enables you to explore your own film interests and produce work that will benefit your individual ambitions. These were the two main reasons that I chose the MA Film course.
I think it is marvellous that Middlesex University supports local communities, contributing with more than £242m to the local economy. An added advantage of Middlesex University is that it has an impressive network of 180 academic partners to deliver academic excellence, to ensure that every student has access to the very latest thinking and cutting edge research.
If you are going to study, try your best and try hard while you are at university. Achieving high grades and producing outstanding work is only part of your studies. Make the most out of the time you spend with your fellow students, technicians, lectures, etc. Make friendships for life, get involved in projects, build professional relationships and networks, try to contribute with something positive and enjoy! That is what really matters.