MA Film

Please Note

Applications for 2016/17 entry are now closed and will re-open in Autumn 2016 for 2017/18 entry.

MA Film at London College of Communication is a practical course in film drama production which develops the potential of accomplished filmmakers. You will expand your creative, technical and practical skills in digital film, working across a number of specialisms in development, finance, exhibition and distribution. The course aims to build your professional networks and equip you to operate in a wide range of industry disciplines.

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Additional costs: In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.  

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Course Leader

Klaus Fried and Polly Nash

Course Location

London College of Communication

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Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)
Home/EU Fee

2017/18: £8,500 (Full-time)

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL. 


International Fee

2017/18: £17,920 (Full-time)

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount
Course fees may be paid in instalments

A range of scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to postgraduate students at UAL.


Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Applications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.

Content and Structure


MA Film is a practical course in the production of film drama, from development and finance to distribution and exhibition. 

It is designed for students who want a hands-on, industry-orientated course, in the creative, technical and practical aspects of digital film production.

Taught through a combination of tutorials, lectures, technical workshops, mentoring, masterclasses and work placements, the course allows you to focus on one key specialism and develop it at postgraduate level, while encouraging you to engage creatively with related disciplines and wider filmic processes.

Within the collaborative unit you have a choice of pathways where you can collaborate with external partners and other courses within UAL. These pathways could be realised through work placements, cross-disciplinary collaboration, initiatives towards the Major Project or a combination of activities.

The theoretical programme underscores all of the practical elements of the course and offers a shared process for students to explore both their own and each other’s work.

What to expect

The course aims to produce graduates who are self-reliant, highly motivated and able to successfully navigate this increasingly competitive industry.

Applicants must demonstrate developed skills and an understanding of their chosen specialism at application, with major and minor roles allocated accordingly.


Term One

Term one begins with the Statement of Intent, which is designed to prepare you for both the Dissertation and the Major Project, and helps you position your work within the wider filmic environment.

This unit combines guest lectures and student-led seminars on your specific discipline or field of practice. You will be encouraged to develop a strong dialogue within your groups and contribute shared and individual creative visions ahead of the Major Project.

Once the term is underway, you will begin the Major Project and undertake a Head of Department role, with a chosen specialism, on a fiction film of a prescribed length (max 30 minutes).

The Major Project provides an opportunity to sharpen your skills in one of six chosen specialisms (identified at application) on an ambitious production that spans the four terms of the course.
The specialism roles are:

  • Producer
  • Production Designer
  • Director
  • Director of Photography
  • Editor/VFX
  • Sound Mixer/ Designer

As a Head of Department, you will further develop team leadership skills, and balance individual and shared creative visions.

Term Two

In term two, the collaborative unit offers students the opportunity to engage in a specific collaboration with a related course at UAL or external partner, or in the form of a work placement.

UAL collaborations could provide opportunities to:

  • Work with LCC courses MA Documentary Film or MA Television in technical roles on documentary or television formats.
  • Develop a funding and promotional strategy for the Major Project.

External collaborations could include:

  • Site-specific experimental work, developed in conjunction with a gallery or public body.
  • An agreed commission or campaign film for a charitable or commercial organisation.
  • A work placement in the relevant discipline.

Term Three

In term three, you will also undertake two Secondary Roles on course productions. These roles will enable you to explore associated aspects of your specialism, enhance your skillset and learn what it takes to effectively support a Head of Department.

The Secondary Roles are:

  • Production Manager
  • Locations Manager
  • Casting Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Set Dresser/Props
  • Camera Assistant
  • Gaffer
  • Script Supervisor
  • Sound Recordist/Boom Operator

Term Four

The Dissertation is a significant piece of research-based academic writing, designed to help students locate their work within the wider filmic environment.

Running throughout terms two and three, with a submission in term four, the 10,000 word Dissertation encourages you to reflect on your current practice/s, identify trends in the professional sphere and explore the production process.

Course Structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.


Joint Course Leaders: Klaus Fried and Polly Nash


Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and Admissions

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. MA Film attracts students who apply direct from an Honours degree course or those with other equivalent qualifications. The course team also welcomes students with relevant experience or those who may have previously worked in industry. 

Entry Requirements

An Honours degree is desirable but not essential.
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an Undergraduate degree of at least lower second class (2:2) in a relevant subject which demonstrates a high level of practical experience or specialist knowledge in the chosen specialism.

Alternative Entry Routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry.

If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning AP(E)L system. 

Your experience is assessed as a learning process and tutors will evaluate that experience or currency, validity, quality and sufficiency.

Language Requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

  • IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

Selection Criteria

All applications will be considered by the course team who will consider key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  1. Firstly they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  2. Secondly, they will scrutinise your personal statement, portfolio and any previous work experience 

There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

Offers will be made based on the following selection criteria, which applicants are expected to demonstrate:

  • A high level of expertise and experience in one of the 6 specialisms taught on the course
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures~

Personal statement

Please say why you are applying for this course, including which of the specialisms you wish to undertake and what experience you have in this role. You should also identify how you plan to deepen your involvement in this area of film production and study.


A portfolio is essential and we ask applicants to supply links to film work they have already made. You should demonstrate a keen interest and high level of experience in practical narrative filmmaking. 

Please add your film links when prompted to do so, we will send you emails as you progress through the application process with instructions of how to submit the extra information required.

Your portfolio and application will be reviewed together, and assessed on the selection criteria stated above.

Interview advice

Applicants are usually interviewed by the course team before a place can be offered. Interviews will take place at LCC, or via Skype/telephone.

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