MA Filmmaking

Leeds Beckett University

Program Description

MA Filmmaking

Leeds Beckett University

This is a unique 18 month course that mirrors real international, independent film production. It is about practical filmmaking, collaboration, project development and creativity.

Taught in our very own Northern Film School, we place every creative role at the heart of the filmmaking process.The course is driven by filmmaking itself, but you will also focus on theory - we want you to think, research, discuss and watch films. We encourage ideas based around independent filmmaking and look for inspired stories and concepts on which to base our productions. We will also supply funding for your masters' project.

We accept students in the following specialisms: creative producers, screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, production designers, designers and editors to make narrative film, documentary and experimental film. If you have new ideas or another way of doing things, we will look at that too.


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio or showreel. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone.


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Methods of film financing, production and distribution are moving away from old models and this course prepares you for an industry that expects you to be self reliant and self-employed.

You will be taught by practising filmmakers with a lot of independent film production experience between them. As a consequence of relationships between staff and the industry the standard of visiting practising filmmakers is very high. The Northern Film School is also a member of CILECT, an organisation of only the best film schools worldwide.

The Northern Film School, at Leeds Beckett University is based at the Electric Press in Leeds city centre. You will have access to an impressive range of facilities. These include both 16mm and digital production equipment; two production studios, professional level edit suites, production offices, screening facilities, a props store and film and script archive.

One of the entertainment industry's biggest magazines, the Hollywood Reporter, has identified our Northern Film School as a film school to watch out for.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug., 2017
18 months
Full time
5,333 GBP
Start date Aug., 2017
United Kingdom Leeds, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 18 months
Price 5,333 GBP
Overseas: 8667 GBP