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While a Bachelor of Arts provides a foundational education, a Master of Arts allows the student to deepen his or her understanding of arts, culture, and other areas of interest.  An MA may also open new career paths or prepare the student for a doctoral program.

What is an MA in Filmmaking? Such a degree can give students the tools they need to create films and television that entertain audiences. Students can decide to specialize in particular filmmaking skills such as screenwriting, directing, producing, post-production, and cinematography. Each of these specializations can set a student up for a particular career path in movie and television production.

Graduates who obtain an MA in Filmmaking can come away from their programs with many skills, including a firm grasp of creative storytelling and thorough technical knowledge. Students also may gain an understanding of business practices, which can be valuable in a variety of careers.

The cost of a master’s degree in filmmaking changes based on the student’s residency, the university in question, and other factors. Online and in-person degrees may have different tuition rates, even if they are at the same school.

The specialization that the student chooses often guides the individual’s career path. For example, if a student receives an MA in Filmmaking with a concentration in directing, that person will be ready to take on a career as a director of movies, television, commercials, music videos, and more. Likewise, a student who focuses on screenwriting in filmmaking will be better equipped to become a script writer or TV showrunner. Postproduction graduates can become editors, who are needed on anything from movie production to reality television.

Schools across the globe offer master’s programs in filmmaking where students can learn to create compelling films. 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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9 Results in Filmmaking

MetFilm School Berlin

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? Met Film School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry prof ... [+]

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? Met Film School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience. This MA course focuses on the creative, technical and industry skills you need to develop documentaries and factual programming across the contemporary media landscape.

KEY FACTS MA DOCUMENTARY & FACTUAL One-year full-time postgraduate course. For students who are passionate about the various ways to shoot and document reality in today’s world and who want to produce content that offers new insights, promotes compassion and awareness about a specific subject. Create a portfolio of work, including two core projects (documentary and/or factual programs) with accompanying creative development and pitch documents, a promotional teaser trailer, an industry project for an external client, and a series of creative exercises. Gain the valuable skills for a career in the screen industries. ... [-]
Germany Berlin
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Central Arkansas

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking is a three-year, 60 credit hour terminal degree. Upon completion of the MFA program, graduates will be fully qualified to te ... [+]

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking is a three-year, 60 credit hour terminal degree. Upon completion of the MFA program, graduates will be fully qualified to teach at the university level or compete in the ever-changing landscape of the motion picture industry. The program emphasizes production skills through both a series of production seminars and the thesis project. In addition, students are required to take courses in writing, history, and theory in order to create a more well-rounded education. Students are expected to enroll full time and take nine credits a semester. Students complete two years of full-time coursework. In their third year, students write, direct, produce, and edit a thesis film (approximately 30 minutes).... [-]

USA Conway
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Kingston University London

The Film Making & the Creative Economy MA is an intensive, collaborative masters course which combines the creativity of filmmaking with the practical business know-h ... [+]

Choose Kingston's Film Making & the Creative Economy MA

If you are currently employed in film or would like to develop a career in the film industry, this course is ideal. It will develop your creative skills while teaching you how to manage the industry effectively within the creative economy.

You will study alongside both film students and other creative economy students with different areas of expertise.

What will you study?

The Film Making & the Creative Economy MA is an intensive, collaborative masters course which combines the creativity of filmmaking with the practical business know-how to get your ideas off the ground.

Assessment

A mix of project work and formal assessments, including essays, case studies, reports and presentations, plus the final Personal Research Project (maximum 12,000 words).... [-]

United Kingdom Kingston upon Thames
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
MetFilm School London

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry profe ... [+]

Looking to build your future in the screen industries? MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting edge, practical learning experience.

KEY FACTS

MA CINEMATOGRAPHY

One-year full-time postgraduate programme. For students who want to explore what it takes to be a professional cinematographer in today’s creative industries. Studying at the world-renowned Ealing Studios provides a dynamic environment for students with its historic role within the UK's film and television industries as well as its leading role in new media technologies housed in its Imaginarium Studios. Create an impressive portfolio which includes a short filmed project, 35mm still life/portrait exercise, collaborative Greenscreen exercise, several shooting exercises including location, studio interiors and night exterior, advanced filmed exercise working with a professional director and a final Masters Project for film, TV or online media. WHY TAKE THE COURSE? ... [-]
United Kingdom London Rugby Warwick
March 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Bradford

The MA Filmmaking programme will engage you in the production of advanced digital film products. You will study modules in the production and technology of videography (s ... [+]

The MA Filmmaking programme will engage you in the production of advanced digital film products.

You will study modules in the production and technology of videography (shooting, editing, post-production), together with specialist modules in film industry practices, music video commissioning and film history and context.

Students will also be taught theoretical and historical/contextual analysis and creative processes such as visualisation and storyboarding.

Graduates of this programme will have acquired the tools of critical analysis, ideas-generation and industry understanding to go on to produce successful practical projects.

The inter-relationship between theory, creativity and practice are increasingly valued by employers, and the programme builds on a strong School tradition of integrating theory and practice.... [-]

United Kingdom Bradford
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Leeds Beckett University

Immerse yourself in hands-on filmmaking and real production budgets on this practical course. Creativity and collaboration will be at the heart of your learning, which wi ... [+]

Course details

Immerse yourself in hands-on filmmaking and real production budgets on this practical course. Creativity and collaboration will be at the heart of your learning, which will take place in the University's Northern Film School, giving you access to industry-standard equipment and facilities.

Informed by professional film production techniques and processes, this course will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in key areas, including producing, directing, cinematography and editing. Throughout this learning process, you will have the support of a teaching team with current and extensive industry experience.

The course is driven by filmmaking itself, but you will also focus on theory - we want you to think, research, discuss and watch films. Drawing on established ideas and techniques used in independent filmmaking, you will be encouraged to base your productions on inspiring stories and innovative concepts.... [-]

United Kingdom Leeds
September 2019
Full-time
18 months
Campus
Bath Spa University

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Bath
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
University of Gloucestershire

The students’ practical and theoretical understanding of filmmaking will be advanced by lecturers who work as professional filmmakers. Students will have access to indu ... [+]

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).... [-]

United Kingdom Cheltenham
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 semesters
Campus
The London Film School

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.... [-]

United Kingdom London
January 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus