MA Film Practice
Explore the creative depths of filmmaking
Online and part-time
January, May and September
Next welcome week
22 January 2024
Next course start date
29 January 2024
8 January 2024
Total course fee
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 MA Film Practice online programme is your opportunity to explore the creative depths of filmmaking as an art form.
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.
Watch your course overview
Hear from MA Film Practice Programme Leader, Alex Nevill, as he discusses what students learn on the course, who it's for, and the opportunities to collaborate and network internationally.
The modules 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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Dr Alex Nevill, Course Leader
Alex is a cinematographer and filmmaker with experience working on feature length and short fiction films as well as documentaries. His work has been shown at major film festivals, such as London, Edinburgh, Palm Springs, and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
Pamela Breda, Module Leader
Pamela Breda is an artist, filmmaker and researcher working at the crisscross of visual arts and experimental filmmaking. She holds an MA in Visual Arts from IUAV University (IT), a PhD in Visual Arts from Kingston University (UK) and she is current senior postdoc at Angewandte University (Vienna, AT).
Gideon Koppel, Module Leader
Gideon Koppel is an artist and filmmaker. For several years he made commercials and films for and about fashion designers, including a film installation for Comme des Garçons. His work has been screened internationally and exhibited in galleries from Tate Modern in London to MoMA New York.
Alex Fletcher, Online Tutor
Alex is a lecturer and academic based in London. In 2018 he completed a TECHNE/AHRC funded PhD at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London, titled ‘Compilation and Critique: The Essay as a Literary, Cinematographic and Videographic Form’.
Andrew McVicar, Online Tutor
Andrew McVicar is a filmmaker based in North Shields. His producing work has encompassed feature films made with various UK and international funders and partners, including Bypass (Venice Film Festival 2014), Light Years (Venice Critics’ Week 2015) & The Uprising (MoMA Docs 2014).
Karen Cunningham, Online Tutor
aren is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with moving image. She has shown work nationally and internationally and her films have been commissioned by LUX moving image, Collective Gallery Edinburgh, and The Centre for Research Collections at Edinburgh University.
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.
You'll usually have a BA (Hons) degree graded at 2.2 or above, or an equivalent UK or international qualification in film or the following related subjects: animation, photography, fine art, or media.
You'll usually have BA (Hons) Degree graded at 2.2 or above, or an equivalent UK or international qualification in film or the following related subjects: animation, photography, fine art, or media.
As an overseas applicant, you’ll need to validate your proficiency in English. We accept a range of English language qualifications:
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
- Certificate of Attainment in English (London Board) level 5 or 6
- IELTS score of 6.5 or above with at least 5.5 in each band
- TOEFL iBT score of 92 or above with 20 in speaking, and 19 in listening, reading and writing
- Pearson PTE score of 54 and over, with a score of 51 in each component
IELTS, Pearson, and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the time the course commences to be valid.
Applications are also welcomed from those with other qualifications or with work which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills to study at postgraduate level.
Your application will be considered for entry if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that you have the potential to fulfil the objectives of the course of study and to achieve the standard of the final award.
Since this course is taught online, you’ll need access to equipment and software to carry out project work and undertake practical filmmaking activities independently.
Your equipment needs may vary depending on your career focus and the projects you take on, but our minimum recommendation is:
- a basic DSLR or mirrorless camera that’s able to capture HD video and allows manual control of image settings
- a sound recording device with an XLR microphone, though an onboard microphone attached to your camera will be adequate
- a laptop or computer capable of running editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Davinci Resolve
Contact our Course Adviser team if you need any equipment suggestions, or if you'd like to discuss these requirements in more detail.
Take the first step to endless possibilities
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 MA Film Practice programme 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.
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