Masters of Arts in Film Studies

Compare 64 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 Production

Full Sail University
Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 USA Winter Park

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. [+]

Innovations 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 the industry's 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 Filmmaking

The London Film School
Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom London

Train in all departments, in a working studio, with students from over 30 countries. Entry in January, May and September. [+]

An intensive two-year course in the heart of London, the MA Filmmaking trains to a professional level in a full range of filmmaking skills. Students leave with a portfolio of directing, cinematography, editing, producing and sound credits on at least 10 films - usually many more. The school produces around 180 films each year on this particular programme and last year these screened at over 180 festivals, winning many prizes, including the Cannes Palme d’Or for Best Short Film, the most prestigious festival accolade.

Learning is based on short film production. Each term these film exercises become more technically sophisticated, more considered and more complex in their ambitions. The school specifies the skill base for each exercise, providing the equipment and training students to new levels in each of the various craft skills. Students make all aesthetic decisions while solving problems similar to those faced by professional units, on a steeply increasing slope of difficulty. The work is constantly assessed and critiqued.... [-]


MA in Film Production

University of Gloucestershire
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 semesters September 2019 United Kingdom Cheltenham + 1 more

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).... [-]


MFA in Documentary Film

Chapman University
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA Orange

The two-year M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking is a program that is uniquely focused on feature-length documentary storytelling. In this program you will gain hands-on production experience, learn about the history and aesthetics of the documentary form, study documentary genres, and learn how to develop compelling, original content through a rigorous and creative development process. [+]

In your first two semesters of the MFA in Documentary Filmmaking program, you learn the fundamentals of the complete documentary production process from concept to distribution. In your last year you will collaborate on the production of a documentary project under the mentorship of accomplished documentary filmmakers. You will graduate with a compelling documentary and a thorough knowledge of the business to jumpstart your career in documentary filmmaking.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for the degree

Complete 48 credits at the 500 or 600 level. Successfully complete a two-part thesis project. Pass an oral defense of the thesis project. Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate mastery of documentary directing and storytelling skills, including the ability to visually and aurally tell a coherent and engaging story with a clear argument about real-world subjects and/or events.... [-]


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 2019 Czech Republic Prague

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

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 an 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.... [-]


MFA in Film and Media Art

Emerson College
Campus 2 - 3 years September 2019 USA Boston

Our unique program provides students of all levels with the opportunity to develop as engaged and versatile creative professionals and media artists. Students will work with image and sound to entertain, inform, persuade, and challenge, using both traditional and emergent media forms. They will develop an understanding of the disciplines of film, video, audio, and interactive media production, bringing this understanding to bear on traditional and convergent media works. [+]

Program Summary

The MFA in Film & Media Art program seeks talented and ambitious students at all levels offering three entry points.

Our unique program provides students of all levels with the opportunity to develop as engaged and versatile creative professionals and media artists. Students will work with image and sound to entertain, inform, persuade, and challenge, using both traditional and emergent media forms. They will develop an understanding of the disciplines of film, video, audio, and interactive media production, bringing this understanding to bear on traditional and convergent media works.

The MFA in Film and Media Art is a terminal degree for students who wish to pursue careers as media production professionals and artists, or who want to teach at the college or university level. Students are able to explore a variety of media production genres—computer animation, documentary, experimental media, fiction narrative, installation, interactive art, and sound design—with a degree program that provides foundational knowledge in the use of media technologies, theory, critical and historical context, and media business while offering a set of courses of advanced training and mentorship in their specific area of interest.... [-]


Master of Arts in Audiovisual Arts

KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Campus Full time Part time 60 hours September 2019 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’.... [-]


MA in Feature Filmmaking

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 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. [+]

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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Fashion Film & Photography

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 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. The 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. The 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. The professional practice of fashion photographers today increasingly includes film, so moving image will be taught alongside still.

The 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 a reduced cost through online marketing.... [-]


MA in Artists Film & Moving Image

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom London

This intensively taught programme is designed for artist filmmakers who want to develop their practice and their professional networks to a level that enables them to work within the art and film worlds. [+]

This intensively taught programme is designed for artist filmmakers who want to develop their practice and their professional networks to a level that enables them to work within the art and film worlds.

This course is a twelve-month, intensively taught practice-based MA aimed at graduates and/or artists working within the field of moving image who wish to achieve a professional level in their practice with the support of an Art Department that has an exceptionally high concentration of accomplished artist filmmakers.

The programme is centred around the individual experience and knowledge that each student brings to the programme toward developing them as highly reflective and committed practitioners, as artist filmmakers who want to innovate in the expanding field of moving image within the context of artists’ film production, exhibition, reception and distribution.... [-]


MA Wildlife Documentary Production

University of Salford
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Manchester

On this course, you will learn the research, scriptwriting and production skills that you will need to produce polished, professional wildlife documentaries. [+]

In Brief: Work towards a fulfilling career in an exciting field with the potential for travel Learn from respected filmmakers via a series of masterclasses Develop the creative and technical skills you will need to produce striking and informative wildlife documentaries – this is a Skillset-accredited course Based at MediaCityUK Work/industrial placement opportunity International students can apply Course Summary

On this course, you will learn the research, scriptwriting and production skills that you will need to produce polished, professional wildlife documentaries.

As well as lectures and seminars, you will attend masterclasses given by expert practitioners with links to the television industry. Plus you will take field trips to a range of animal habitats, where you will work on individual and group projects.... [-]


MA Documentary Journalism

Nottingham Trent University: School of Arts and Humanities
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 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 multi-platforms, 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 multi-platforms, 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.... [-]


MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation

National Film and Television School
Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Beaconsfield

A ground-breaking new MA delivered in partnership with the BFI to prepare students to build successful careers in film exhibition, programming, criticism or archival work. [+]

Overview

A ground-breaking new MA delivered in partnership with the BFI to prepare students to build successful careers in film exhibition, programming, criticism or archival work.

The National Film and Television School’s Film Studies Programming and Curation Masters delivered in partnership with the BFI is designed for students who wish to make a career in the wider film and media culture, whether in the fields of curation, exhibition, criticism, archives, preservation or restoration. The course provides a detailed understanding of the concepts, contexts and critical thought that have shaped the production and reception of film as a basis for engagement with rapidly changing contemporary film and moving image culture. A rigorous academic framework is combined with real-world applications enabling each student to develop their own skills, knowledge, and understanding to provide a strong basis for a career in film and media.... [-]


MA in Television Fiction Writing

GCU - Glasgow School for Business and Society
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Glasgow

With a wealth of commissions and creative opportunities, TV is where most screenwriters work. Taught by professional writers, you'll work on the scripts from series currently on British TV gaining the knowledge, skills & contacts to succeed in the industry. [+]

Get the training, connections and experiences you need to make your mark on television. Recognised with the Creative Skillset Tick of approval, GCU's MA Television Fiction Writing is the only full-time master's programme focusing solely on scripting for the UK.

Created in close collaboration with industry to maximise your employment opportunities, our programme offers you the full range of industry experiences - and supports you in developing your own original drama or comedy.

Instruction from both academic experts and top TV scriptwriters in British television Chance to contribute to programmes currently airing on British TV Individual mentoring from experienced television executives Direct access to producers and commissioners Year of mentoring from a London agent Support from a professional script doctor Opportunity to graduate with several projects ready to take to market ... [-]

Film, Television and Moving Image MA

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. [+]

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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.... [-]