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About the course

Skilfully blending theory and practice this course gives you hands-on experience of film-making to a professional standard from scripting through to post-production. It prepares you to work in the TV and film industries or write your own story as an independent film-maker.

The course encourages you to explore the world of film production including cross-media approaches to story-telling; scriptwriting; production planning and development; digital film production; editing and post-production techniques; film history and theory.

You also complete a final dissertation or project. If you choose to produce a project you take on the challenge of making your own film - either fiction a documentary piece of work or a hybrid.

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Why choose this course?

  • Gain the specialist knowledge and skills you need to work professionally and do well in the fast-evolving field of digital film production
  • Study with a dynamic experienced team of acclaimed film-makers academic experts and published scholars
  • Develop your industry network and future employment potential through meeting leading filmmakers film editors and industry executives
  • Learn a range of important transferable skills relevant to work in broadcasting; journalism; arts or media administration; governmental regulation of the media; research; marketing sales and advertising
  • Benefit from a degree equipping you to continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees

Our Netflix Approved Cameras will allow you to produce broadcast quality Film and Television as part of the course. The Sony Fx3 Cinema line camera has a full frame sensor and is in an amazingly compact design and enhanced mobility for easy solo hand-held shooting. The Sony Fx6 Cinema line camera delivers compactness and performance, with a full-frame image sensor and a library of pre-set looks allows stunning cinematic expression to be achieved easily.

What will you study?

Fiction Film Production

This unit is designed to develop your skills in film production from the conception of an idea and to successfully realising it on screen.

The aim is to undertake a practical investigation of the standard rules of film production such as compiling, blocking, choreographing and sequencing shots and studying the continuity system.

There will be an emphasis on continuous practice to enable you to build your ability to make successful films supported by a series of structured workshops and practical exercises.

This unit aims to assist you in fully understanding how to work as part of a production team and how to work with performers.

You will have the opportunity to make successful creative and technical decisions enabling you to become a more fluent and effective filmmaker in fiction filmmaking.

Practical Post-Production



This unit aims to enable you to apply the techniques and technologies used in professional post-production.

You will learn how to edit and create a variety of digital effects. You will then be given a series of digital film based challenges that demonstrate that you can apply what you have learnt in your own practice.

The unit will equip you with an understanding of the techniques and technologies that underpin post-production and digital effects work in digital film production and give you the opportunity to explore in a systematic and creative way the relationships between post-production technologies and the creation of meaning in a moving image text. It will also develop your capacity to critically evaluate current and emerging digital film post-production techniques and technologies and enhance your practical skills in the selection and operation of appropriate tools and technologies for a digital film-based post-production.


Truth And Telling

This unit focuses on the creative issues and decisions that lie at the heart of storytelling through documentary, or experimental form. It will look at the role of the filmmaker in the meaning-making process through their choices, uses of technology, and cultural influences. 

It will consider the different ways in which filmmakers understand their own experiences and those of their viewers.

You will learn about the importance of different approaches to filmic techniques that reflect, cultural, ethical, technological, and phenomenological scholarship in film theory and practice.

You will develop the relevant analytical skills needed to work as a self-reflective film practitioner. You will learn how different modes of production can be utilised to become a more conscious filmmaker.

In the course of the unit, you will make a short factual film. The film can be documentary, or it can be an experimental work. You will also produce a critical contextual study that documents and reflects on your understanding of the ideas introduced in this unit in relation to your working processes throughout the making of the film, from initial idea to finished film. 

Film Analysis

Central Syllabus Question: Does the meaning of a film reside in the narrative of the film itself or in the relationships that viewers have with the film?

Understanding fiction films is a complex process. This is reflected in the current state of film theory, where a range of analytical strategies competes for our attention, each succeeding in offering only a partial view of any film. The impact of this is that the meaning of a film becomes something that is not absolute; instead a film’s meaning is subject to change, and is more a matter of negotiation between viewer and film. 

This process of exchange is transacted in a variety of theoretical currencies, and you need to select the most appropriate mode of analysis, and to understand the limitations that of necessity, this imposes. To encourage you to develop these skills, the module takes a range of film texts and gradually introduces a range of film theories. 

This shows: the diversity of contemporary film theory; the shifting nature of film texts; how meaning is influenced by theory; and suggests that understanding films requires considerable sophistication, and ability, on the part of the film analyst. 


  • To enable you to adopt an informed and sophisticated approach in using film theory. 
  • To deploy a wide range of analytical strategies in the critical appraisal of cinema forms and institutions. 
  • To enable you to produce coherent analytical appraisals of contemporary and historical cinema through the deployment of a range of theoretical models. 
  • To understand the limitations and strengths of a range of film theories. 
  • To develop an awareness of the historical development of film theory. 
  • To acquire skills in detailed textual analysis. 
  • To enhance your awareness of the specificity of meaning within films. 

Digital Film Project

  • To understand how critical thought, research and theory can feed into practice to assist production development.
  • Effective production, by working in production groups or individually with a supervisor, leading to a film or written outcome.
  • A systematic and creative way to handle the relationships between the proposal, treatment, synopsis, script, shooting script and other applicable production documentation and potential production outcomes.
  • An understanding of the film industry and its processes

How will you be assessed?

Assessments take a variety of forms including written work (programme pitches research plans contextual essays) oral presentations (programme pitches) and practical work (studio or location video content). For some units you will work individually while on other more practice-focused units you will work as a group to produce work for assessment though it is important to note that all students will be graded individually.

The assessments are designed to enable you to become more effective multi-skilled practitioners using your producing and technical skills to create innovative and industry standard programming. They are also designed to help develop and test your ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team in a variety of production phases from development to post-production. On all units there will be opportunity for formative feedback on assessments-in-progress before the assessment deadline and you are encouraged to integrate formative and summative feedback into your work in order to develop as television practitioners and academic researchers.


This course is ideal for you if you are seeking a job in film-related fields such as production programming marketing and film administration. It provides an understanding of filmmaking in relation to commercial and cultural industries both global and in the UK.

Students graduating from this degree have entered the film industry as editors filmmakers and production crew as well as setting up their own production companies. Graduates will also be qualified to apply for MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Entry Requirements

2.2 honours degree or equivalent in related area

Fees for this course

UK 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £10,000 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit

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International 2024/25

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2024/25 is £15,600

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