Masters of Arts in Film Studies

Compare 80 MA Programs in Film Studies

Film Studies

What is an MA in Film Studies? This innovative field of study puts you on the fast track to a successful film industry career. You can learn about the history of film and get the tools you need to pursue a future in the filmmaking community.

 

The Master of Arts in Film Studies is designed for serious students who want to learn more about the critical and artistic background of the film industry. You can acquire the skills you need to think about the history, economics, genres and technical aspects of film. Intensive courses in criticism and theory can give you the tools you need to discuss film in depth. Your final degree project will normally involve a detailed thesis on a topic that particularly interests you.

 

The cost of an MA in Film Studies will depend on the country you live in and the particular program you choose. Many programs have work-study options or financial aid to help offset the costs of this intense degree program.

 

Once you have your master’s degree in film, you can look forward to a wide variety of careers in the industry. Many people go on to become film critics, writing about the latest theatrical releases. Other film students pursue a doctorate in film studies and become professors in their chosen area of specialty. Experts in the film industry are always looking for well-trained students who have a strong background in the study and criticism of films. An MA in Film Studies can be your ticket into these vibrant careers. This program may also help you develop your writing and critical thinking skills, which are valuable assets in nearly all areas of the modern business world.

 

Do you love thinking and writing about film? Start pursuing your dreams today by looking at MA programs in film studies. You can find out more by exploring our website. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Master of Fine Arts in Film & Animation

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 USA Rochester

The MFA in Animation program enjoys state-of-the-art facilities in which students can create in imaging arts computer animation is unique in that it is the only such program housed in a School of Film and Animation with full production facilities, as well as the additional support of highly specialized faculty in photography, imaging science, computer science and information technology, and printing. [+]

Master of Fine Arts in AnimationThe MFA program enjoys state-of-the-art facilities in which students can create in imaging arts computer animation is unique in that it is the only such program housed in a School of Film and Animation with full production facilities, as well as the additional support of highly specialized faculty in photography, imaging science, computer science and information technology, and printing.

Program goals

The program’s goals provide students with the opportunity to use animation, filmmaking, and other imaging arts as a means to:

* pursue a career and earn a livelihood.

* enrich their personal lives and society as a whole.

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Master in Media, Film and TV Production

University of Lincoln
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Lincolnshire + 1 more

This practice-led MA offers the opportunity to advance your practical and theoretical understanding of media production processes in a professional and creative environment. [+]

This practice-led MA offers the opportunity to advance your practical and theoretical understanding of media production processes in a professional and creative environment.

The programme is informed by industry professionals and our academic team who are actively engaged in research, professional practice, film making and publishing. You will have the chance to develop the professional skills required by senior managers and professionals in the media and to cover the ethics, laws and regulatory frameworks that govern and affect the industry.

You will have the opportunity to develop your practical production skills in our Media Broadcast Centre. You will have the chance to tailor your learning to your interests and career aspirations by choosing to focus on the creative production of programmes in fiction, documentary or experimental forms across a wide range of media platforms.... [-]


MA in Feature Filmmaking

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Bath + 1 more

This Feature Filmmaking course will give you an industry-focused education in the business and practice of modern, low budget feature film production. [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. An industry-focused education in the low-budget feature film-making for documentary or fiction. A unique chance to make a feature film as part of a Master’s degree. Taught by active industry professionals with feature film experience. Learn about traditional and emerging routes to distributing your film. This Feature Filmmaking course will give you an industry-focused education in the business and practice of modern, low budget feature film production. Modern filmmaking is collaborative; we’ve tailored the course for aspiring writers, directors and producers. We’ll help you develop your skills for a career working on feature length documentaries or fiction. The course is taught by several of the team behind award winning feature film 'Sixteen' including Writer/Director, Rob Brown (Course Leader). Overview We teach you how modern filmmakers make feature length projects, while offering you practical experience of trying to make them yourself. You should graduate with: a range of professional contacts; a showreel; a fully developed feature film project; and the knowledge to get ahead in the film business. We cannot guarantee that your feature film project will get made, although we are confident that many students will achieve this. Your success in academic terms will not depend on your project’s completion. This is an industry facing course; you’ll build and develop your creative and associated business skills. We believe filmmakers need a clear understanding of business and financial issues to achieve their full creative potential. Modules Development This module will introduce and explore practical and creative... [-]

M.A. New Media Production

Webster University
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months January 2018 USA Saint Louis

New Media Production programs are for students seeking a mastery of storytelling skills in a multi-platform digital communication environment. This degree is designed to sharpen the production skills students already have and introduce students to a variety of additional skill sets to advance in a multi-platform media landscape that demands proficiency and knowledge of production in various media forms. [+]

M.A. New Media Production

New Media Production programs are for students seeking a mastery of storytelling skills in a multi-platform digital communication environment. This degree is designed to sharpen the production skills students already have and introduce students to a variety of additional skill sets to advance in a multi-platform media landscape that demands proficiency and knowledge of production in various media forms.

In the current dynamic media environment, the demand is for practitioners who are able to produce content on various digital platforms using the latest equipment and methods. This degree is designed to teach students how to succeed in that changing media environment and to give them the production skills necessary to communicate stories with impact.... [-]


MA in Film Production

University of Gloucestershire
Campus Full time August 2018 United Kingdom Cheltenham

The students’ practical and theoretical understanding of filmmaking will be advanced by lecturers who work as professional filmmakers. Students will have access to industry-standard equipment, a professional on-campus film studio, personal edit suites with professional postproduction software, and sessions with external industry professionals. [+]

The students’ practical and theoretical understanding of filmmaking will be advanced by lecturers who work as professional filmmakers.   Students will have access to industry-standard equipment, a professional on-campus film studio, personal edit suites with professional postproduction software, and sessions with external industry professionals.   You will be encouraged to creatively explore the art of filmmaking within the context of a highly structured, professional industry environment, and should graduate with clearly articulated outputs that may be used to advance their careers in film production.

Study style

Student practical work (film projects) will be assessed in the modules that include specific production activity. Written work will be assessed in both production modules that include written submissions (including pre-production material) and in modules that require academic writing (including Textual Studies and Postgraduate Thesis).... [-]


Master in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3  September 2018 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. [+]

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Students will conceive and complete an original MFA thesis which represents an advanced level of achievement in the field of music creation or sound design for visual media. Music Composition Advanced understanding of the language of music: harmony, melody, and rhythm. Orchestrate and arrange music at a professional level Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level Soundtrack for Visual Media Create music or sound which supports or heightens the emotional impacts of visual images (or visual material). Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate expert-level proficiency with software related to contemporary music production techniques. Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing music for client needs. Collaborate effectively with a creative team on a given project, such as a film, television show, animation, game, multimedia... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Film Production

Full Sail University
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 USA Winter Park

Bringing films from concept to completion requires a skill set in both art and technology. Innovations in techniques, communication, and distribution channels have leveled the playing field for independent [+]

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nnovations in techniques, communication, and distribution channels have leveled the playing field for filmmakers, but the elements of a compelling film remain the same. In Full Sail University’s Film Production master of fine arts program, your education centers on fundamentals such as storytelling, visual aesthetics, and technical roles, as well as the business strategies needed to bring your completed works to audiences.

You’ll build these skills in Full Sail’s professional studios and facilities, and get familiar with industry equipment, software and technology. This will all come together as you build a graduate-level portfolio to showcase your talents.

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MA in Film and Television: Theory, Culture and Industry

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time 1 year United Kingdom London

Our innovative MA in Film and Television builds on its prestigious heritage as the longest running degree programme of its kind in the UK. We aim to equip you with wide-ranging skills, knowledge and critical awareness to meet your career aspirations in sectors in which moving images play a central role. [+]

*Subject to approval Our innovative MA in Film and Television builds on its prestigious heritage as the longest running degree programme of its kind in the UK. We aim to equip you with wide-ranging skills, knowledge and critical awareness to meet your career aspirations in sectors in which moving images play a central role. Our curriculum incorporates an exciting variety of learning and teaching activities designed to foster your capacity for researching and rigorously analysing different aspects of film, television and moving images. You will have the opportunity to develop key skills for communicating about and with moving images across a range of contexts and platforms. You can choose to have a broad-based learning experience in film, television and moving image, or you can specialise in moving image curation and screenwriting via our suggested pathways. The core teaching team consists of members of the University’s Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. The course has close links with the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), the leading research centre in the UK for arts and design, whose members include internationally renowned filmmakers, film and television theorists and historians, and moving image artists and curators. We combine research-enhanced teaching with classes delivered by film and television industry and moving image art professionals, in order to make sure that you develop skill sets and the full range of critical awareness that are in demand and to deliver an exciting learning experience for you. Course content The course combines... [-]

Master of Arts in Fashion Film & Photography

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 France Paris

The Master of Arts (MA) in Fashion Film and Photography is a one-year program in Photography with a specific focus on fashion, aimed at emerging photographers interested in specializing in fashion. Professional practice of fashion photographers today increasingly includes film, so moving image will be taught alongside still. [+]

A one-year program in Photography, with a specific accent on fashion, dedicated to emerging photographers who wish to specialize in fashion. Film has become an essential part of the professional practice of photographers and this program meets the demand of teaching moving images to photographers. The Master of Arts (MA) in Fashion Film and Photography is a one-year program in Photography with a specific focus on fashion, aimed at emerging photographers interested in specializing in fashion. Professional practice of fashion photographers today increasingly includes film, so moving image will be taught alongside still. He proposed MA meets the demands of an expanding market for fashion advertising through storytelling in photography and film, using social media and capitalizing on the ability to reach large audiences at reduced cost through online marketing. Many young fashion brands rely entirely on films distributed online, and festivals devoted to fashion films, like the one pioneered in Paris by Diane Pernet, and this phenomenon is doubtlessly growing. Students with an undergraduate background in photography and demonstrated technical skills (black & white and color photography, light, common software programs for editing) will be considered for admission. The program combines technical knowledge and principles of photography/film research and theory. Studio classes and workshops conducted by professionals emphasize the mastery of contemporary techniques and professional practices, while theory-based and methodology courses help students develop their personal creative visions. Thanks to internships during the fashion weeks held in Paris several times a year, students will be well prepared to enter... [-]


MA Filmmaking

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time 18 months September 2018 United Kingdom Leeds

Break into the film and television industry by studying a course dedicated to creativity, producing films of your own and collaborative work. [+]

Creativity and collaboration are at the heart of this course. Your learning takes place in our very own Northern Film School, giving you access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Informed by professional film production techniques and processes, this course will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in seven key areas ? producing, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, production design, sound and editing. 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. Whether your passion lies in making fiction films, experimental films or screenplays, you will have the support of a teaching team with current and extensive industry experience. Requirements: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: 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,... [-]

MA Documentary Practices

University for the Creative Arts
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham

Our MA Documentary Practices course will allow you to undertake cross-disciplinary work between new media, photography and film, positioning the course in response to new trends and discourse within creative documentary practice. [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. MA Documentary Practices Our MA Documentary Practices course will allow you to undertake cross-disciplinary work between new media, photography and film, positioning the course in response to new trends and discourse within creative documentary practice. Your outcomes could be in photography, film, interactive or web-based formats - and we'll encourage you to exploit recent developments within the industry. Length of study: One year full-time Starts: September 2017 Campus: UCA Farnham Course overview: We aim to develop you as a thinking practitioner and help you to manage your career in a freelance industry. You'll learn to analyse and synthesise knowledge and understanding of your subject area on our course, and demonstrate your critical and reflective practice. Tutorials, lectures, workshops, seminars and critiques support the development of your research and practice. As part of the course, you'll be expected to undertake some form of professional practice such as a work placement. Course content Stage 1: You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice. Stage 2: During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study. Stage 3: In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work. Course connections On this course, you'll be exposed... [-]

Master of Arts in Audiovisual Arts

KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Campus Full time Part time 60 hours September 2018 Belgium Ghent + 1 more

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike. [+]

English master The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike. The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master ‘soloist contemporary music’. Orientation tests for the master and bridging programmes For access to the master programmes there is an annual selection procedure in spring, and one in summer. Below you will find the information brochure with an application form for the orientation tests. Read through this brochure carefully; you will find descriptions and practical information there as well as the deadlines to observe. Candidates for a master or bridging programme must register first. Upon registration candidates will receive the application form to complete. Each December the information relating to the orientation tests for the next year will also appear here. The learning path coaches will be glad to provide you with... [-]

MA in Film Studies

Chapman University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Orange

The Master of Arts in Film Studies program offers a comprehensive course of study in film history, theory and aesthetics. Students devote a lot of time viewing films of different genres, styles, periods and national industries, reading about them and discussing their meanings and significance. [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. The Master of Arts in Film Studies program offers a comprehensive course of study in film history, theory and aesthetics. Students devote a lot of time viewing films of different genres, styles, periods and national industries, reading about them and discussing their meanings and significance. The two-year program is designed to foster critical and analytical understanding of films and it provides students with advanced training in academic research and writing. Upon finishing the intense course of study students will be able to analyze American and international films from historical, cultural, economic and ideological perspective as well as from aesthetical perspective. Students are encouraged to think out of the box to question how films bear the social and cultural influences and the ways in which important social issues are represented on screen. Survey courses on film history and theory will equip the students with basic knowledge and skills for scholarly exploration of film and in-depth study of genres and auteurs will allow them to apply those analytical tools to individual films and filmmakers. After completing the rigorous curriculum that includes an MA thesis writing in the second year, students will gain: - Excellent knowledge on the development of cinema since its invention - Analytical ability to do close readings of individual films in relation to a wide range of important questions and issues - Research skills to develop scholarly arguments and - Advanced writing skills. - By joining the MA program, students will become part of... [-]

MA in Documentary Journalism

Nottingham Trent University: School of Arts and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham + 1 more

This course will prepare you to research and produce long-form journalism for online, radio and television. It includes all the steps of the process from research and production across multiplatforms, to making a pitch, the commissioning process, costing and budgets. [+]

MA Documentary Journalism This course will prepare you to research and produce long-form journalism for online, radio and television. It includes all the steps of the process from research and production across multiplatforms, to making a pitch, the commissioning process, costing and budgets. What you'll study You’ll take a multi-platform approach to documentary making, developing in-depth research methods and story-telling, along with practical skills in writing, broadcasting, online and visual journalism. You’ll be taught by our team of experienced media professionals as well as visiting documentary makers across all platforms and be guided through the commercial process of documentary making. As part of the course, you can chose to work with the MA Documentary production hub Borderless which provides film production experience on live projects within NTU, the local creative industries and further afield. Recent projects included pre-release promotional films for the Ken Loach movie I Daniel Blake; an ongoing heritage funded archive film about the Theatre Royal in Nottingham and a documentary celebrating 35 years of Caribbean newspaper The Voice in London, which will start next year. Modules Documentary Journalism Skills and Digital Production (60 credit points) - This is a practical module which provides the essential skills you need to work in documentary journalism. These include research, interviewing, scripting and writing for different platforms. You will learn techniques of recording and editing audio and video, working with stills, online and multimedia. The module culminates in making a long-form video documentary. Part of the module involves you doing a... [-]

Master Degree in Cinema and Digital Media

FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 Czech Republic Prague

The three-year follow-up Master´s degree program is an intensive hands-on and theoretical preparation from the very beginning. [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. Have you received a BA in cinema? or a BA in another field and you are able to prove your filmmaking talents are on a par with a BA cinema level? Here you are – a 3 year master’s degree program. This natural evolution of FAMU International gained specific contours in the fall of 2008 when the first, carefully selected students enrolled for their three-year course.. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The three-year follow-up Master´s degree program is an intensive hands-on and theoretical preparation from the very beginning. Students work with a HDV, HDSLR and other digital formats while adopting a professional approach to the 16mm and 35mm film formats both on location and in the studio. At the same time, students take a number of compulsory courses based on their specialization, complemented with suitable elective courses, workshops, and a number of modules – short intensive courses taught by guest professional artists, theorists, and visiting professors, mostly on Fridays or weekends. The program is divided into two specializations: screenwriting and directing. Each discipline follows a specific curriculum. During the admission procedure, we closely evaluate the applicant’s talents and abilities for the chosen specialization. Please pay careful attention to the requirements for the procedure, which are mandatory for all applicants and can be obtained here. The intentionally low number of CDM students and the profile of the offered specialization subjects guarantee a personalized approach to every single student. At the beginning, every student is assigned a mentor to help... [-]