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MA Film Practice

Explore the creative depths of filmmaking

Course details


Two years


Online and part-time

Start dates

January, May and September

Next welcome week

16 September 2024

Next course start date

23 September 2024

Application deadline

6 September 2024

Total course fee


Course overview

Why tell your stories or make your films in the same way as everyone else? Realise your ambitions while exploring new filmmaking approaches in the context of an international learning community that champions research driven experimentation and peer feedback.

The online MA Film Practice is your opportunity to explore the creative depths of filmmaking as an art form.

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You’ll be encouraged to challenge established, mainstream modes of filmmaking and think critically about how your work responds to the contemporary world. Through this course, you’ll build an expansive understanding of film, its audiences, and the many contexts in which it can be presented.

With our support, and in conjunction with other students, you’ll get to research areas of interest while putting your knowledge into practice. You’ll actively expand your body of work and professional skill set through a series of structured creative projects, collaborative activities, critical self-reflection, and bespoke mentorship.

By the end of the course, you’ll emerge as a reflective and critically engaged film practitioner with the capabilities needed to innovate in the evolving fields of film production and exhibition.

Course units

The units within this course have been designed to develop your voice and vision as a creator. Together with our academics, you’ll develop your practice while building your understanding of filmmaking concepts and techniques, as well as the wider creative industries. You’ll master distinct processes of making, thinking, and reflecting through a series of short practice-led research assignments leading to a final thesis project.

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Entry requirements

We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications and we welcome students from all educational backgrounds. We’ll take into account the knowledge and skills that you have developed outside the classroom, as well as your previous qualifications.

There are two different routes to entry: the standard  and non-standard  routes. Admissions staff will assess entries to determine which route is appropriate for you when you apply.

Students accepted on the standard route are given offers based on qualifications and supporting documentation alone. If you do not have a qualification at the designated level or in a subject not directly related to the course to which you are applying, you’ll be contacted to request a portfolio, and/or given an interview date.

Take the first step to endless possibilities

Fees and funding

The fees that you pay AUB help provide the necessary services and training for you to complete your course. There are a number of different ways that you can pay for your tuition.


How to apply

When you're ready to apply, you'll need to head to our online application form to apply directly to us. 

We encourage applications from students with a broad range of qualifications – we'll take into account the knowledge and skills that you've developed outside the classroom as well as your previous qualifications.



The online MA Film Practice will prepare you for the next phase in your journey as a creator.

You’ll not only understand how to think outside of the box, but how to apply it to your craft and collaborations as well. Just as importantly, you’ll be able to analyse and appreciate the work of others, and hold a deeper understanding of filmmaking as a discipline.

Combined, these skills will allow you to pursue a number of roles, such as:

  • independent filmmaker
  • documentary filmmaker
  • artist filmmaker
  • producer or production coordinator
  • freelance film industry roles (assistant director, cinematographer, editor, sound designer)
  • film researcher
  • cinema or festival programmer
  • lecturer and other academic roles.

Progression for graduates

Learn more about the careers available to you as an MA Film Practice graduate in this video. 

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