Masters of Arts in Film Studies

Compare 65 Master of Art Degrees 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 and Video Production

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

The MFA program in Film / Video Production 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. [+]

The MFA program in Film / Video Production 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 goalsThe 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. encourage a sense of community, creativity, scholarship, and purpose. ... [-]

MA in Feature Filmmaking

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 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. 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 approaches to low budget feature... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Film Production

Full Sail University
Campus Full time September 2017 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 [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. Film Production Graduate Degree Students receive an advanced education in behind-the-scenes filmmaking, working in teams to complete real films, while focusing on fundamentals such as storytelling, visual aesthetics, and technical roles. Course Highlights: Filmmaking Concepts and Practices Experimental Filmmaking Script Production Visual Storytelling Techniques Directing Talent Business of Film 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 filmmakers, but the core elements of a compelling film remain the same. In Full Sail University’s Film Production master of fine arts program, you’ll receive an advanced education in behind-the-scenes filmmaking, working in teams to complete real films. Your educational experience centers on fundamentals such as storytelling, visual aesthetics, and technical roles, as well as the techniques and business strategies needed to bring your completed works to audiences. Your courses and projects will help you understand what makes a film successful from both artistic and marketability perspectives. Through project-based course content that’s aligned with the real-world film production cycle, you’ll learn how to assess the dramatic and commercial viability of a film script, develop the necessary planning required for film production, manage talent and produce a film, and understand the legal and business considerations of filmmaking. You’ll develop advanced filmmaking skills in Full Sail’s professional studios and facilities – including a Hollywood-style backlot – and get familiar with industry equipment, software and technology. This will all come... [-]

Master in Motion Pictures & Television

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3  September 2017 USA San Francisco

The School of Motion Pictures & Television's MFA program offers advanced, multifaceted study of the film arts. Areas of emphasis include story structure, cinematography, directing, editing, and various producing aspects. Students produce a reel of work that reflects their refined talent and professional readiness. [+]

The School of Motion Pictures & Television's MFA program offers advanced, multifaceted study of the film arts. Areas of emphasis include story structure, cinematography, directing, editing, and various producing aspects. Students produce a reel of work that reflects their refined talent and professional readiness. MFA Motion Pictures & Television Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives 6 units TOTAL 63 units MFA Motion Pictures & Television 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 Propose a thesis worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis Complete an approved body of work which represents an advanced level of achievement in their area of focus (cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design, or screenwriting) Storytelling Apply their specialty skills to communicate stories and ideas effectively in films Research Conduct necessary research for film projects. Communication Skills Explain their projects and thesis proposal clearly and specifically to a review committee, using professional terminology. Produce comprehensive Midpoint and Final Review Books that include all required elements for their focus area. Collaboration Skills Demonstrate evidence of working in creative teams on multiple projects. Professional Readiness Create a compelling demo reel or portfolio to market themselves for industry opportunities (as appropriate to their professional goals). Develop marketing plans for their careers. Specialty Skills: Cinematography Work effectively with... [-]

MA 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 Degrees in Film Studies. 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... [-]

MFA in Documentary Film

Chapman University
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Orange

What makes our program unique is a focus on feature-length documentary storytelling and on the marketing and distribution strategies that will get your work seen—because reaching people with your work is why documentaries matter. The M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking has been designed to jumpstart your career in feature documentary. [+]

Passion with a purpose—that’s the quality that drives documentary filmmakers. If that defines you—a desire to tell compelling stories about the world’s most difficult problems, to probe the greatest thinkers and trends of our time, to make a difference in ways that matter—then the M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking program is the place where you will can develop and nurture your documentary storyteller voice. If you have the passion, we will help you identify and develop the stories you want to tell—to observe, advocate, explore or express. Whatever your interests, working in documentary film can carry you into an exciting new world of meaning and purpose. What makes our program unique is a focus on feature-length documentary storytelling and on the marketing and distribution strategies that will get your work seen—because reaching people with your work is why documentaries matter. The M.F.A. in Documentary Filmmaking has been designed to jumpstart your career in feature documentary. In Dodge College, you will get 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, interdisciplinary research and development process. You will see the world as you never have before as you explore the ethics and politics of representing real people on film. You will discover your own strengths and develop new ones as you learn to use the tools of producing, cinematography, editing and sound to tell your stories effectively. Degree Requirements Requirements for the degree -... [-]

MA Filmmaking

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time 18 months September 2017 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. 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... [-]

Master of Arts in Fashion Film & Photography

Paris College Of Art
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 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. 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 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 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. *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.... [-]

MA Artists’ Film

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 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. Goldsmiths Art Department has the most accomplished and significant concentration of artist filmmakers of any Fine Art Programme in Europe. We also have a number of staff who publish theoretical and critical writings on film. Teachers will include: Oreet Ashery, Bonnie Camplin, Lucy Clout, Nina Danino, Stephen Johnstone, Simon Martin, Rosalind Nashishibi, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Michael Newman, Gail Pickering, Grace Schwindt, Lindsay Seers, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Rehana Zaman. The College has a full compliment of technical resources: studios, editing suites, sound studios and film equipment, and first rate technical support. Applicants should apply with a moving image project (as these are understood in a Fine Art context). Applications should include a CV, a portfolio and a statement outlining the nature and scope of the moving image project you wish to develop within the context of the Programme. We will also be interested in why you want to do the programme, and what you expect to get from it. The Programme will focus on the development of this project, together with an intensive critical studies course, technical skills training and a unique professional development programme. The purpose of the proposal at application stage is to ensure that the students are already capable of benefiting from a focused, practice-based and student-centred curriculum. The Department intends to work with... [-]

Master of Arts in Audiovisual Arts

KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Campus Full time Part time 60 hours September 2017 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. 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... [-]

MA in Cinema and Television

Kadir Has University
Campus Full time September 2017 Turkey Istanbul

The Cinema-Television Graduate Program aims to provide students with an advanced course of study in the history, theory and criticism of motion pictures. the instruments, contexts, and settings of the cinema and TV through the interdisciplinary cooperation of cultural, sociological, psychological, historical and linguistic approaches as well as promoting the emergence of products in these areas. The program is structured as to give the students the possibility to choose from a wide range of elective courses. [+]

The Cinema-Television Graduate Program aims to provide students with an advanced course of study in the history, theory and criticism of motion pictures. the instruments, contexts, and settings of the cinema and TV through the interdisciplinary cooperation of cultural, sociological, psychological, historical and linguistic approaches as well as promoting the emergence of products in these areas. The program is structured as to give the students the possibility to choose from a wide range of elective courses. Why KHAS Cinema-Television Graduate Program? A curriculum specially designed to train successful researchers and practitioners in the field of film-television studies and media industry. Opportunities to work with professionals. A creative and critical academic atmosphere as a result of interaction of different disciplines. Flexible institutional structure, which allows students to take on different courses from other graduate programs within the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Several scholarship opportunities. [-]

MA Film Production

UWL University of West London
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

The course is predominantly practical, with almost 70% of learning geared towards enabling you to produce documentary and experimental films. [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. MA Film Production The Guardian recently declared UWL to be the best modern University in London. We believe our exciting postgraduate filmmaking programme demonstrates this acclaim clearly. It has been designed to meet the needs of aspiring filmmakers who aim to innovate within the expanding fields of Documentary and Experimental digital film production. The course is predominantly practical, with almost 70% of learning geared towards enabling you to produce documentary and experimental films. For those whose interest is academic, there is also the possibility to replace the double project practice module with a dissertation. The course closely tracks contemporary developments in digital cinematography and sound design, actively encouraging students to create transformative cinematic responses which cross the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fictive forms. This includes: lyrical Montage self-reflexive guerrilla poetic drama-documentary approaches which challenge the existing output of broadcast, festival and on-line exhibition. Students produce several video sequences, plus two short films and one longer film. The course examines the 'founding' traditions of documentary and experimental fiction associated with the Lumiere Brothers and Melies and explores overlaps and points of contact between them. The learning experience is built around practical production modules, underpinned by theory exploring key developments in the history of cinema. Our aim is to nurture filmmakers who can also critically reflect on the form and content of both their own work and the work of others in the field. Our Team Our course team share a passion for film and digital... [-]

Master of Arts in Film and Television - Film Sound Design

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

A sound designer and sound engineer gains a comprehensive knowledge of the practices, means of artistic expression, technical equipment and theoretical concepts in his/her own field. [+]

Goal of education Master’s Programme in Film and Television, major in Film Sound Design train artists and professionals to work as sound designers and sound engineers in all areas of film production. The aim of master’s studies is to improve the student’s skills, especially in the area of sound design. The student gains a greater understanding and mastery of the artistic, production and technical content of his/her professional area by means of course modules and practice work that steadily increases in its level of difficulty. A sound designer and sound engineer gains a comprehensive knowledge of the practices, means of artistic expression, technical equipment and theoretical concepts in his/her own field. A key goal of the education is to further develop the student’s talents and personality, impart additional technical and artistic skills and basic knowledge of the field and its history, and develop management skills and a research work skills. Essential skills to be learned are audiovisual dramaturgical and content thinking in cinematic expression, the ability to understand sound and space, management skills, communication and cooperation skills, sound design and managing the dramaturgical concept and technical realisation process for a feature-length film, a deeper knowledge of the traditions and modern trends in his/her field, and the ability to think critically and analytically. After graduating from the master’s programme, a sound designer has a mastery of the overall artistic and technical process of sound design – from preliminary planning to the finished film. During the studies, the student becomes familiar with... [-]

MA in Film - KEM - Kino Eyes - The European Movies Masters

Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Portugal Lisbon United Kingdom Edinburgh Estonia Tallinn + 4 more

This two year MA programme is a brand-new highly intensive fiction film making masters degree supported by ERASMUS+. See in detail at www.kinoeyes.eu [+]

MA Degrees in Film Studies. The Master This two year MA programme is a brand-new highly intensive fiction film making masters degree supported by ERASMUS+. The programme takes the form of four semesters’ teaching, along with a summer school. The teaching is unique for a film making MA in that it is split between three different film schools in three different European states: Lusófona University in Lisbon, Portugal, Screen Academy Scotland in Edinburgh/ Napier University, UK, and the Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn, Estonia. The teaching in each campus reflects the strengths of the staff and educational history of each school, so providing each specialist student with a choice of the best possible options for learning. Each school has a substantial track record teaching masters film-making courses. Also unique is the programme’s focus on the feature film as the object of study and aspiration, rather than the short film, as in most other courses. Students will be recruited in the following areas: Directing, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, editing and sound. Around half the teaching will be geared to each specialism, while the rest will consist of transferable skills in film making, creative practice, entrepreneurship and critical thinking - skills that are essential for all film students. Students will form collaborative teams and work towards a funded graduation project. These final thesis films will be expected to perform at first-tier international film festivals. Teaching on the programme will be supplemented by a comprehensive course of professional practice preparation, involving industry... [-]