MA Film, Television and Creative Practice

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Program Description

MA Film, Television and Creative Practice

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The MA in Film, Television and Creative Practice allows you to combine study in creative film and television production with historical and theoretical approaches to film, television and related media.

We have identified creativity and development as key areas of knowledge that are essential for any budding career in film and television, and we include a specialist module that considers the essential role of creating, developing and pitching successful film and programme ideas.

Focusing on the production knowledge needed to work in the creative sector, you will also engage with practical skills such as camera operating, digital editing and screenwriting, as well as gaining an understanding of visual grammar, syntax and structure.

The activities offered within our MA in Film, Television and Creative Practice offers skills that you will be able to apply in production-related careers. All students gain hands-on experience with a range of film and television production equipment, including digital cameras, editing and scriptwriting tools. You will also be equipped to develop ideas for creative projects in both film and television, and present them to a range of different audiences.

Course Content and Structure

Taught by academic specialists and industry professionals from the UK and the US, our MA in Film, Television and Creative Practice offers you the chance to take over 50% of your studies in practical work, with all students delivering a dissertation by practice in supervision from Film,Television and Media Studies staff.

Our MA in Film, Television and Creative Practice also allows you to choose from a wide range of Film and Television Studies modules that run alongside the training, enabling you to focus on topics including contemporary Hollywood blockbusters, Asian cinema, and television’s relationship with reality.

Students on the MA in Film, Television and Creative Practice take the following compulsory modules:

Studying Media

This module will provide you with the key approaches and research skills needed for the study of film and television, whether you are retraining in the discipline or have some existing academic knowledge. You will learn to identify the key theories and methods in film and TV analysis, including approaches around textual analysis, reception studies and ethnography. You will also receive some preparatory guidance on undertaking a dissertation by practice. Video Production

In this module you will be introduced to key skills in film and television production, including the processes of screenwriting, camerawork and editing. The module is also designed to develop students’ understanding of key debates and approaches to the study of film and uses this as a basis for practice based work. The module also explores the connections between academic or theoretical analysis and the practice of working with visual, narrative based media.

Students will engage in the analysis of image, narrative and character and consider the technical construction of a range of media forms and genres. Students will gain an understanding of the entire production process through their practice work in which they take an idea from inception through the process of development and pre-production through to production and final delivery of a short film piece.

Creativity and Development in Film and Television Production

This module will introduce you to key skills in film and television development practice. It will provide an understanding of the processes of creative script and project development, including film and TV business, the activities of the market, and dealing with bodies responsible for commissioning films and television programmes. You will explore how the film and television business functions, begin to develop skills in approaching commissioning and financing bodies, and understand the process of developing film and TV scripts.

Film Studies Dissertation (by practice)

The Dissertation (by practice) is an opportunity for you to produce a dissertation project that demonstrates production skills, engages with relevant theoretical material, and which reflects on the development and practical execution of that project. You will be assigned a member of staff as a supervisor to advise you on the research and writing up of this dissertation. The format of your practice-based dissertation will be agreed in discussions with your supervisor.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
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1 year
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Norwich, England
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