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MA Film

College
LCC
Start date
September 2019
Course length
Course length 1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

Course summary

MA Film is a highly vocational and hands-on course that will develop your understanding of the creative, commercial and practical aspects of digital film production.

About this course

You will expand your technical skills in digital film, working across a number of specialisms from development and finance, to exhibition and distribution.

The course places a strong emphasis on collaborative production to reflect the professional realities of the sector, where the traditional auteur model is becoming less relevant.  You will learn how to build your professional networks and become equipped to operate in a wide range of industry disciplines.

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The next Open Evening for this course will be on Thursday 6 December.

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Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

Find out about the workspaces and studios that support Lens-Based and Audio-Visual practice.

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The Digital Space

The Digital Space is an open-plan, creative hub with computers set up with specialist software.

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Film and Television

Find out about the resources on offer to Film and Television students.

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Course details

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 as well as with 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.

Course units

Autumn, Term One

Unit summary:

  • Statement of Intent (20 credits)
  • Major Project (60 credits)

Term One begins with the Statement of Intent, which is designed to prepare you for both the Dissertation and the Major Project. This will help you to 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'll 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.

Spring, Term Two

Unit summary:

  • Major Project (continued)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

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.
    OR
  • 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.

Summer, Term Three

Unit summary:

  • Major Project (pre-production proper and production)
  • Secondary Roles (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

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

Autumn, Term Four

Unit summary:

  • Major Project (post)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

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.

Learning and teaching methods

The course's outcomes are delivered through a mix of the following learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures introducing and exploring the theoretical and contextual aspects of the course and their applications to practice, delivered by LCC staff and external speakers.
  • Seminars exploring and critically evaluating the concepts discussed in the lectures.
  • Technical workshops from academic and technical staff introducing and/or developing skills in the equipment and processes of film production
  • Individual and group tutorials, dealing both with the practical and conceptual issues relating to your major project, resolving any problems arising from the understanding of assignment briefs and helping to identify and remedy, at times through reference to appropriate LCC and UAL student and academic support services, any problems of studentship.
  • Reflections on practice.
  • Self-directed learning: independent study undertaken to research, write and prepare assignments and practical work and to extend knowledge and understanding.
  • Presentations for which you receive peer and staff feedback.
  • Mentorships with industry professionals specific to your specialism.

Assessment methods

The course’s outcomes are assessed through:

  • Practical work in film production.
  • Reflective and analytical commentaries associated with film making.
  • Contextual Studies related to the practical components of the course.
  • Presentations

This course uses the following assessment strategies:

  • Holistic: This unit is assessed holistically (100% of the unit). In holistic assessment you may be asked to submit one or more pieces of work, but your tutors will look at all your work for the unit and make a single judgement about 6 your performance against the University’s marking criteria. You will receive a single grade and a single feedback form. You will need to achieve a grade of Dor above to pass the unit.
  • Element: The assessment for this unit is weighted. In element-based assessment, you must achieve at least an E grade in each element, and an aggregate grade of at least D- in the overall unit. Failure (F, or F-), or non-submission in any element defaults to Fail for the unit.

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.

Webpage updates

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.

Staff

Ray  Kilby

Ray Kilby

Course Leader, MA Film

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

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 other equivalent qualifications, or those with relevant prior industry experience.

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (of at least lower second class (2:2) is desirable but not essential);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

  • 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.

For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the International Applications page.

Selection criteria

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 six 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

CV

Please provide a CV detailing your education, qualifications and any relevant work or voluntary experience. If English is not your first language it is important that you also include in your CV details of your most recent English language test score.

Personal statement advice

You will be asked to complete a personal statement describing why you want to study on MA Film.

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.

Ensure that your personal statement it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the course team by showing a strong interest in the subject, demonstrating what you feel you would bring to the course, your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future. This can be demonstrated through work experience, previous studies and your personal experience.

Portfolio and interview advice

All applicants will be expected to submit an electronic portfolio as part of their application. A portfolio is essential and we ask applicants to upload examples of film work they have already made, across a small number of projects. You should demonstrate a keen interest and high level of experience in practical narrative filmmaking.

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

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

Deferrals

Deferring an offer

If you are offered a place for 2019/20 but wish to defer to 2020/21, information on how to do this and who to contact can be found in your offer letter. Additionally, International applicants should pay the deposit in order to defer. In all cases, deferred places will be held for one year.

Making a deferred application (during 2018/19 for entry in 2020/21)

Home/EU applicants are permitted to make a deferred application. International applicants are not permitted to make a deferred application.

Making your application

We ask all applicants to complete an online application and upload additional digital items, via the Apply now link, below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the course Entry Requirements section to learn about the application process and additional items you would need to supply.

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:

  • First, they will look at your qualifications and transcript (or projected results)
  • Secondly, they will review your personal statement and portfolio

There is no requirement for an academic or professional reference.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • CV
  • Personal statement

Before submitting your application, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the application form. Once you have submitted the online application, we will send you a confirmation email.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will ask you for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

You will be asked to supply:

  • Portfolio

After you have submitted your application, the course leader will then review your work and may invite you to interview or interview you via Skype, and will then make a decision on your application.

The admissions team will be in touch soon after that to let you know the outcome and to guide you through the next steps.

Start your application

Applications are accepted and offers made, throughout the year. Early application is advised.

Apply now

The online application can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you press submit.

As you progress through the application process we will send you emails with important information, so do check your inbox regularly (and junk folder, just in case).

After you apply

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£10,890 (2019/20)

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International fee

£19,930 (2019/20)

UAL alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

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.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

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