Description of Film Directing MA/MFA


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 President’s 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 students’ 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee

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Start date September  2016
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, 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)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Film Directing MA/MFA

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

Work Experience for Film Directing MA/MFA

No work experience is required.

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