MA in Filmmaking at Raindance Film School is a 21st-century degree for filmmakers, entrepreneurs, creatives and future academics wishing to upskill or transition into the film and digital media industry. This programme provides a unique opportunity for you to benefit from the experience of Industry Experts across the world, whilst developing your personal professional practice, as well as your research and independent study skills.
A truly international programme, MA in Filmmaking students have joined us from over 30 countries and counting! The course is not a traditional ‘taught’ course, rather, it takes ‘Practice as Research’ as its model and puts the acquisition of creative skills and knowledge at its heart, with four modules assessed via self designed film projects (scripts, short films, pitch packages etc.).
Our flexible learning approach enables you to negotiate your own curriculum (following our modular framework), set your own goals, define what skills and knowledge you need to acquire and then to build your own learning pathway to get there, whilst at the same time producing a portfolio of creative work.
On the MA in Filmmaking course, you will benefit from the allocation of a personal Industry Mentor, with whom you can meet once a month to discuss your creative work and who can help guide your choices, based on current practice. You are also supported by Academic Advisors and Module Leaders who will guide and support you in your academic research and reflective writing.
MA in Filmmaking at Raindance is part-time, usually completed over two years, allowing students to combine their studies with career and family commitments. Modules and Tutorials are completed via distance/ online, meaning students can complete their studies in their own countries/ homes, but for UK and London based students, there is the possibility of attending the first two modules in person at Raindance HQ. There is also free, in person, access to all Raindance open courses worldwide for ALL enrolled students.
You will have access to advanced MA screenwriting, directing, producing and documentary online workshops, and craft skills labs, that are run throughout the year. There are also numerous opportunities to collaborate with students from other courses at the film school on projects.
You will benefit from access to the Raindance Film Festival and Raindance industry events, as well as the opportunity to attend external festivals such as Cannes and Berlinale, helping you to begin to navigate your first steps into the international film and television industry.
For those seeking to pursue careers in Academia, or further postgraduate study (PHD), the ‘Practice as Research’ model of the course also enables you to acquire the fundamental academic skills, and qualifications, required to pursue these goals.
At a glance
Emphasis on self-directed learning & developing your voice and process as a filmmaker
Max 15 students per cohort
Direct access to the film industry and the Raindance Film Festival
Dedicated personal mentors
Opportunity to pitch work to industry professionals
Industry-facing learning environment
What next - careers after the MA in Filmmaking
Raindance’s flexible postgraduate Film degree empowers students, giving them the tools they need to be successful in the film industry. The practical skills developed over the course of the MA/MSc are applicable in a wide range of careers related to visual arts and media, for example, film and television production, screenwriting, film programming, distribution, film design, arts management, teaching and post-production.
Sadie Frost, actress and producer of Buttercup Bill and Set the Thames on Fire.
Luc Chamberland, writer-director of Seth’s Dominion.
Suzanne Gielgud, choreographer of Alexander and director of The Gospel of Ross McKim.
Louise Salter, star and producer of How to be Human.