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Film MA

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October 2020
September 2020 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
£9,700 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Deborah Klika

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.

Why study MA Film* at Middlesex University?

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.

*Please note this course is subject to review.

Course highlights

  • Throughout the course, your ideas and individual capabilities come first. Our modules promote an individualised approach, with less compulsory group work than many other courses.
  • You’ll be learning in state-of-the-art facilities – the very same equipment, tools, software and standards expected in creative industries worldwide
  • You’ll be taught by some of London's leading practitioners and industry experts, with the opportunity to work on live briefs such as our recent Ally Pally Prison Camp App project, a locative audio experience, as well as briefs for business and products
  • Graduates from MA Film go on to make films across the globe. 2015 graduates are now working in Malaysia, China and Thailand in post-production, interactive media and the direction of indie films
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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.

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What will you study on MA Film?

Our 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.

  • Modules

    • Practice as Research - Compulsory - 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 screen or sound based research project. By the end of this module you will produce a report alongside the practical findings of your research.

    • Scripting, Producing & Directing - Compulsory - 30 credits

      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.

    • Moving Image Practice - Compulsory - 30 credits

      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.

    • Professional Project - Compulsory - 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.

    • Dissertation - Compulsory - 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. 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. 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 or sound practice and benefit from combining practical activity and theoretical inquiry.

      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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How will the MA Film be taught?

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.

Individual projects

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.

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Our MA students produce a variety of films, shorts and vignettes which you can view in the showreels below; highlighting some of the best work produced, directed and written by students.

How can MA Film support your career?

This course will enable you to progress to a wide range of professions within the film, and television industries, with many of our graduates going on to work as scriptwriters, producers, directors, lighting cameraman and researchers.

We ensure that you have every opportunity to hone your skills in such crucial areas as pitching and crowd funding, 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. Recent graduates have gone on to work at Mail Online, Al Araby TV.

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.

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Deborah Klika

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.

Helen Bendon

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 Robinson
Lecturer in Creative Media

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 Harris
Lecturer in Film Production

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 Delaney
Technical Tutor - Sound

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.

  • Wayne Low

    Wayne Low

    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.

  • Diana Solorzano

    Diana Solórzano

    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.

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