Master Film Directing MA/MFA

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP19000 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP8500 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Film directing at ECA works across documentary, fiction and experimental film.



Students are encouraged to develop their own voices as filmmakers. We work as a community with undergraduates and postgraduates collaborating to support and challenge each other. We aim to combine the energy and creative working practices of an art college with the professionalism and accountability of the industry, in order to produce work that will reach audiences internationally.

Students have won awards at festivals all over the world including most recently the Golden Gate Award, San Francisco Presidentís Award, a Full Frame Festival award, a Golden Dove at the Leipzig Documentary Festival, Best Short at the Sofia International Film Festival, a Grierson for Best Student Film as well as a host of New Talent BAFTAs. Our studentsí success, both while studying and afterwards, working internationally in the industry, supports our reputation as one of the best places in the UK to study film directing.

Students also benefit from the many links with the Scottish Documentary Institute, which forms part of the department and regularly hosts master-classes. Recent visitors to the department include producer David Puttnam and film-makers Nick Broomfield, Jennifer Fox and Bill Forsyth.

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Tuition fee
  • GBP19000 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP8500 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


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Credits 120
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Both programmes are project-led and delivered through workshops, and regular individual tutorials. All programmes integrate practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series to examine the wider context of your studies. Recent placements and collaborations include work on Cloud Atlas directed by Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski.

For assessment, MA students collaborate on one experimental film, produce a short film and submit a body of written work. MFA students produce a further short film with supporting written work, and a treatment for a feature-length film.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

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A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

This programme requires the submission of a portfolio and study proposal

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  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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