MA in Directing Film and Television


Program Description

The Director is central to the creative process in media production and this course has been designed to build and develop your knowledge of the industry, enabling you to step up to the challenge of delivering winning productions. This hands-on course provides many opportunities for practical production across platforms and genres. It will enhance your storytelling skills and build your technical understanding of film, television and transmedia production, developing advanced skills as a director in line with current industry practice.

The Faculty of Media & Communication encourages dynamic collaborations between students across courses. Working with the producing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound and editing students you will create a showcase of your skills as a visual, creative storyteller. Many of these collaborations have continued beyond the course as students set up their own production companies. This comprehensive course will equip you with the skills to understand and manage the entire production process, from effective planning and pre-visualisation to overseeing creative post-production work alongside our editing students.

Under the guidance of experienced media professionals, you will develop your own directorial flair and style and will gain a sound theoretical grounding of the social, cultural and intellectual context for media production work. The final production project will allow you to use the technical and directorial skills you have developed to mastermind your own portfolio of work in collaboration with other students within The Faculty of Media & Communication. As an alternative, you can choose a research-based option to undertake a detailed study of an aspect of directing.

You may have an undergraduate qualification in a related subject or may be able to show your suitability for this programme of study through associated work-experience or evidence of and outputs from other related activities.

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

Course details

On this course, you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Core units

  • Directing Across Genres: Develop practical and critical skills for creative directing in a variety of genres, formats, and media, and build competence and understanding through seminars and practical workshops. You'll be prepared for collaborating in the development process through working closely with writing and producing Master's students.
  • Narrative Constructions: Establishing a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course, in combination with the other practical and professional skills taught, this unit offers a critical foundation for the effective realization of production work. You'll collectively engage with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
  • Directing & Developing Story: You'll direct a 10-minute documentary or a 10-minute drama, which will help you develop skills in short form storytelling for fiction and documentary. Drama scripts will be developed by collaborating with scriptwriters and producers, and documentaries will be developed with producing students.
  • Professional Practice: An introduction to key concepts, skills, and knowledge you'll need for employment in the media industries.

Option units (choose one)*

  • The Master's Production Project: This is where you can create a calling card for the industry. You'll plan and shoot a project, negotiated with a tutor. Taking advantage of the Faculty of Media & Communication's collaborative environment, you can work with MA Scriptwriting students to make exciting drama scripts. You can also work with MA Producing Film and Television and MA Post Production Editing students to benefit the story you're telling.
  • The Master's Research Project: You can produce a practice-based research artifact supported by a written analysis, or an individual or collaboratively-written paper. The latter consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artifacts.

*Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Key features

  • Develop authorship skills for directing dramas and documentaries
  • Network with leading practitioners from the film and television industry
  • Work in a collaborative environment that follows industry practice
  • Develop critical thinking and intellectual skills for reflecting, learning and growing as a practitioner
  • Graduate from the UK’s only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and a recognized Skillset Screen and Media Academy with an excellent track record in graduate employment and industry reputation.

Programme specification

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Skilled professionals who can understand and create moving images suited to a rapidly changing industry are highly sought after. Our students graduate as lifelong learners and reflective practitioners, and the combination of practical and theoretical study means graduates are well-equipped for success. The course has been awarded accreditation by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) in recognition of its professionalism and industry relevance in moving image education and training.

Some of our Directing Film & Television graduates are now undertaking roles as*:

  • Media specialist
  • Freelancer
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Studio director.

Industries worked in

  • Media
  • Film
  • Television.

Further study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

Last updated Mar 2018

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