MA Film Production
The Guardian recently declared UWL to be the best modern University in London. We believe our exciting postgraduate filmmaking programme demonstrates this acclaim clearly. It has been designed to meet the needs of aspiring filmmakers who aim to innovate within the expanding fields of Documentary and Experimental digital film production.
The course is predominantly practical, with almost 70% of learning geared towards enabling you to produce documentary and experimental films. For those whose interest is academic, there is also the possibility to replace the double project practice module with a dissertation. The course closely tracks contemporary developments in digital cinematography and sound design, actively encouraging students to create transformative cinematic responses which cross the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fictive forms. This includes:
approaches which challenge the existing output of broadcast, festival and on-line exhibition. Students produce several video sequences, plus two short films and one longer film.
The course examines the 'founding' traditions of documentary and experimental fiction associated with the Lumiere Brothers and Melies and explores overlaps and points of contact between them. The learning experience is built around practical production modules, underpinned by theory exploring key developments in the history of cinema. Our aim is to nurture filmmakers who can also critically reflect on the form and content of both their own work and the work of others in the field.
Our course team share a passion for film and digital video, demonstrating significant international track records within their particular fields. As award-winning documentary and experimental filmmakers, or as widely-published film theorists with a long catalogue of research publications and conference appearances, they bring a keen awareness of current and future trends in filmmaking.
They are highly experienced at nurturing creative responses from young and more established students, and their input is enhanced by regular talks from high-profile industry speakers – award winning filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters and other leading media decision-makers.
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Career and study progression
Our Alumni Activity
Our alumni have gone on to showcase work and win awards in film festivals in the UK and Internationally and secure broadcasts of their work in a range of territories. UWL holds the reputation as UK’s number one university for graduate recruitment in recent years and many alumni from the course find work with production companies, broadcasters or as independent filmmakers, either in the UK, in their own country or elsewhere. We encourage our alumni to be involved with students and staff on the course and have developed a detailed database of student and alumni production expertise, to facilitate networking and the formation of crews for professional and student productions.
We also offer students the opportunity to pursue more in-depth research interests by undertaking a PhD with us.
Cost & Fees
Please note fees are paid for each year of study; you will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to an inflationary increase each year.
Main fee: GBP6,950
Main fee: GBP10,450
Applicants will usually have a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent.
Each application is considered on its individual merits, and professional experience is taken into account.
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening), TOEFL ibt at score at 90 or above, Pearson PTE Academic at score 58 or above, or an equivalent secure English language test. In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.