MA Film Practice

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

Program Description

MA Film Practice

Nottingham Trent University - School of Art & Design

MA Film Practice

The course is open to suitable graduates in any discipline with an element of film production, those with a record of work in the industry, or those with evidence of significant individual practice.
Completely industry-facing throughout, the course is project-based and deals hands-on with the changes and innovations that are happening in the accessibility and delivery of cinema, as online and digital distribution evolve and develop.

The course encompasses many aspects of film practice, including initial story, idea and commission, through to scriptwriting, casting, shooting, editing and, finally, distribution and screening.
This course is delivered in partnership with Broadway Cinema and Media Centre.


The School of Art & Design is offering a number of scholarships for full-time Masters study.

Course focus

The unique structure of the course’s delivery, in partnership with Broadway, provides you with the facilities, contacts, expertise, guidance and flexibility to realise a specific project, an area of study, pursue an opportunity or fulfil aspirations in the area of film practice and digital media.

The specific area of focus is tailored to the individual and almost any film-based project idea can be considered at any stage of concept, creation, production and delivery.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework and a presentation at the end of each stage, culminating in the exposition of your work towards the end of the course.

Course content includes:

    •    project management

    •    editing and production development

    •    work for new media and web-based contexts

    •    the changing nature of contemporary film production

    •    development of user-generated content

    •    on-set experience

    •    film practice in relation to associated creative areas e.g. fine art, marketing, fashion, graphic design and photography; and

    •    film distribution and exhibition.

How will I learn?

On this course film is taught as a creative practice, culture and business. As part of the admissions procedure you are expected to write a short, film-related overview of the particular areas of project development you would like to address during your study.
Once the course starts you will be given your own office space at the Broadway Media Centre with access to its full range of public, educational and professional development activities.

Teaching also takes place within the School of Art & Design, where emphasis is on understanding the role of film within the contemporary creative culture.

You attend regular group tutorials with an appointed supervisor; seminars on topics relevant to your chosen subject are the main means by which you present and critique practical work.

You will also agree and develop a learning and personal development plan with your supervisor, based around your specific area of focus and project ideas.

Throughout the course you are required to develop and maintain a reflective journal; this is a record of your project’s journey and will include critical analysis, research, evaluation of thoughts and activities, as well as professional theory and practice in relation to your subject choice.

You will also join in a programme of general Masters lectures and special events given by professionals from within the broader contexts of film practice.

Special facilities

Facilities available span the latest industry-standard equipment including HD cameras, film-editing suites, a four-screen cinema, studio space and conferencing facilities.

Technical support and advice from practitioners at the Broadway Cinema and Media Centre are available, helping you build partnerships and deliver your projects.

Career destinations

This MA is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience likely to advance your career or enable further study. There are expanding opportunities across many sectors and related industries, including:

    •    production for online video, DVD, mobile phone and PDA content

    •    music video

    •    corporate communications

    •    training and education

    •    archive and community engagement

    •    marketing and advertising

    •    reportage and documentation.

Entry requirements

You will need:

    •    a good honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline, or relevant experience

    •    examples of work

    •    a personal statement.

International and EU students also need to meet the English language requirements.

Application deadline

Applications should normally be received by the end of July for entry in September.

Overseas applicants must take into account the time required to apply for a visa (if applicable) before applying for an MA course.

Project proposal and personal statement

The project proposal is a very important part of the application and needs to form part of the personal statement that you are required to submit with your application.

Your course of study will be based on the research, development and production of a major project, which will be initiated and proposed by you.

In order to understand how we can support your studies, we would like to understand your thinking of what your project may be therefore within your personal statement please include the following in order that your application can be assessed, this should be no more than 500 words.

    •    What might the title of your Masters Project might be?

    •    Describe the specific area of interest or specialism you have in your chosen subject area.

    •    Outline what relevant skills you have, and what further skills you might want to learn.

    •    Explain why you want to research and create work within this area, what you hope it will achieve, and how you might do it.

    •    Suggest the audience for your work; for example, which kind of viewers, consumers, employers or publishers is your work aimed at.

    •    Describe what resources (technical or other) you might need to do complete your project.

    •    Let us know which artists / designers / creative practitioners have influenced your work.

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Last updated September 8, 2016
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