MA in Film & Television

General

Program Description

Hone your creative practice and further explore the cultural, philosophical and historical factors of the film and television industry. By focusing on the diversity and crossover in the industry, you’ll learn to think adaptively and work creatively.

Introduction

This course will help you build the craft, creative and critical skills to situate your work against current industry trends. Our practical projects mirror the film and television industry’s workflow and creative environments, while our contextual studies offer an up-to-date critical reflection on the global film and television market.

Through our masterclass series, you'll get the chance to meet and learn from professionals like Lenny Abrahamson, Emily Morgan and Ben Wheatley – giving you the insights and industry contacts to take your next steps confidently.

The School of Film & Television is a member of CILECT, the global association of the world's best film, television and animation schools. MA Film & Television is accredited by Creative Skillset, a mark of quality endorsed by industry professionals.

What our graduates do

Our graduates have secured jobs at HBO, Sky and ITV, and worked on feature films including Disney’s Cinderella, About Time, and The World’s End.

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What you'll learn

We’ll examine how directors like Ben Wheatley and companies like Curzon and Film4 are using multi-platform release schedules. And how brands like HBO, Amazon and Netflix are shaping what we watch and how we watch it.

Exploring the blurred lines between art and technology, you’ll learn everything from journalism to philosophy to essential research skills. Crucially, on top of learning to develop, write, produce, shoot, record, direct and edit, you’ll look into why your ideas are worth being made.

Study block one

Taking part in intensive practical group work, you’ll build technical skills and nurture your creativity in all areas of short film and television project development, including learning about legal requirements, ethical standards and risk assessment. This work will be supported with a reflection on how cultural contexts frame production and audiences.

Our masterclasses and guest speaker series will introduce you to a network of experienced professionals from companies like the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and Pinewood Studios.

Modules

  • Contextual Studies: Screen, Culture & Society
  • Creative Practice: Foundation

Study block two

The second Study Block invites you to develop your thinking beyond the limits of western culture. Collaborating with a crew of your peers, you’ll have an opportunity to deliver a 10-minute film/TV form or screenplay inspired by research into globalisation and screen media.

You'll also get a taste of the industry with the chance to visit an international film festival and undertake work placements and internships.

Modules

  • Contextual Studies: Screen & Globalisation
  • Creative Practice: Development

Study block three

You’ll choose your final project depending on your career plans. If you're planning to move on to a PhD you can produce a dissertation or research portfolio involving a high level of research, a complex reading of film or television, and further discussion. Alternatively, if you want to head straight into the industry you can choose an Industry Practice Project, where you’ll make a 20-minute film /TV form or write a feature screenplay.

You'll consult your work with an assigned supervisor and share it with your peers and the course team for step-by-step feedback.

Modules

  • Contextual Studies: Final Major Project
  • Creative Practice: Final Major Project

The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

How you'll learn

Taking place over 45 weeks and 3 semesters, you’ll choose specialisms focused on your ideal career, and learn from industry professional mentors. Our visiting lecturer programme has featured critic Dr Mark Kermode, Red Riding writer Tony Grisoni, The Midnight Beast producer Mary Burke, and Green Wing writer James Henry.

The School of Film & Television has hosted Channel 4 Talent Day, and we often help our students secure placements at Warp Films and TwoFour.

Assessment methods

  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Core theory based on written assignments
  • Core practice assessed on a visual project and accompanying portfolios
  • Elective modules all with theory/practice options
  • Dissertation and/or major project in the final semester

Staff

You’ll learn from active writers, producers, directors, editors, sound designers and cinematographers, while our visiting speakers have featured leading critics, the writers of Southcliffe, How I Live Now and Campus, and the producer of For Those In Peril.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member.

Facilities

  • 129-seat cinema, with Christie M Series 2.5k projection and 7.2 surround sound.
  • Four large production studios:
    • Production Studio 1: multipurpose studio equipped with three Sony HXC-FB80 studio cameras, chromate grey screen and full lighting rig. Integral live gallery including 4-input Tricaster Ultra HD production system.
    • Production Studio 2: multipurpose studio and support area for studio 1.
    • Production Studio 3: multipurpose studio with the lighting rig.
    • Production Studio 5: Specialist green screen studio with infinity cove & 360-degree subject lighting rig. Access to Xsens motion capture kit and VR/AR/MR equipment.
  • Nine Mac Pro edit suites with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite & Da Vinci Resolve.
  • Two specialist grading suites featuring DaVinci Resolve and 4K preview screens.
  • Two 28-seat ‘Post Hubs’ for post-production software training, equipped with dual screen Apple iMacs. Software available includes Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud, Da Vinci resolve and Pro Tools. Production management software is also available.
  • 25-seat dubbing theatre with Avid S6 mixing desk and Pro Tools Ultimate.
  • Three further post-production audio suites – all equipped with Pro Tools Ultimate.
  • Foley/ADR suite with access to a wide range of mics, foley traps and props.
  • All post-production suites network-linked to Avid NEXIS shared storage system for seamless access and integration of projects.
  • Digital cameras (HD to 4K) including Arri Alexa, RED, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and Arri SR3 and Bolex 16mm film cameras. Odyssey 7Q+ External Recorders are also available.
  • Wide range of hot and cold (LED) lighting equipment including systems by Arri, Dedo & Kino Flo alongside traditional blondes and redheads.
  • Grip and gimbal systems available include Free-Fly Movi M5, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Koolertron Sliders, Glidecam 2000, Libec and Camcrane Jibs.
  • Audio equipment includes Sound Devices 633 mixers, recorders and an extensive range of microphones.
  • Four animation software studios containing powerful Dell Precision Workstations with Cintiq 24” & 27" pen displays. Software available includes Autodesk Maya (3D), TV Paint (2D) and Foundry Nuke Studio (VFX Compositing), alongside Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
  • Dedicated stop-motion animation studio equipped with Canon EOS camera bodies, Nikon lenses, Manfrotto grip and Dragonframe capture software.

How to apply

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those with relevant equivalent Level 6 qualifications, or relevant equivalent experience, and a demonstrable interest in the subject.

We’ll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and should have been gained within the last five years, and equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

APL applicants using the experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

Language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

International applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. Our Admissions team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £8,500 - full-time UK/EU (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees).
  • £16,000 - full-time international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees).

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of ... Read More

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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