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MA Film

A figure leaps down a staircase within a lavish interior.
Call Me Joan, Directed by Adam Kalderon, MA Film, London College of Communication, UAL.
College
London College of Communication
Start date
September 2021
Course length
Course length 1 year 3 months full time (45 weeks across a four-term model)

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.

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

Open Evenings

The next Open Day for this course will be announced soon.

Course films

Student showreel

A taster of some of the films made my MA Film students across the years. Showreel edited by MA Film student Nadine Goetz.

Online Open Day

(Recorded March 2021)

Course Leader, Ray Kilby, gives an overview of studying MA Film at London College of Communication.

Motswakwa | 2019

Film trailer

Written and directed by Moreetsi Gabang.

The Exchange | 2019

Film trailer

Written and directed by Pingwenan Wang.

Wise Decision | 2019

Film trailer

Written and directed by Chuxiang Xiao.

Student voices

Amer Jamhour

Student voices

Amer’s final year film looks at minority groups and mental health. He talks to us about how his idea came together.

Moreetsi Gabang

Student voices

MA Film graduate Moreetsi talks about his film Motswakwa, that explores two asylum seekers.

Xinpei Liu

Student voices

Xinpei talks about her experience of producing on MA Film.

Laurie Barraclough

Student voices

Laurie talks about his graduation film An Estuary.

Course stories

Facilities

  • Red light indicating recording is taking place.
    Image © Vladimir Molico
    Lens-Based and Audio-Visual

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

  • Student reading a book in between two bookshelves in the Library
    Students in the Digital Space. London College of Communication, UAL. Photograph: Alys Tomlinson
    The Digital Space

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

  • A close-up of a monitor in the TV studio.
    Image © Vladimir Molico
    Film and Television

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

Course overview

MA Film will prepare you for a career as a skilled film practitioner in the creative industries and enable you to develop a deep understanding of how to work creatively across the digital technologies of contemporary film production.

Our theoretical content underscores all of the practical elements of the course and offers a shared process for you to explore both your own work and the work of your fellow students.

You’ll be encouraged to take an innovative approach to narrative storytelling in a collaborative, sustainable environment where you’ll be able to create distinct and original work.

Taught through a combination of lectures, technical workshops, tutorials and assignments, the course enables you to both focus on and develop one key specialism at postgraduate level while being encouraged to engage creatively with related disciplines and wider filmic processes.

You’ll also gain insight into the creative industries through regular guest lectures and masterclasses from industry practitioners and you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with external partners as well as other courses at UAL.

What to expect

  • Build up a portfolio of work while reflecting on and evaluating your own practice.
  • Develop your filmmaking skills both practically and intellectually. Participate in the creation of film drama/s.
  • Foster strong working relationships with other practitioners.
  • Become fully conversant with industry practices and methods of working.

Work experience and opportunities

Enterprise and employability are central to the course design to enable you to develop your creative, technical and academic skills, and to apply these to your own creative practice.

You’ll have opportunities to explore your future career options where possible through one or a combination of live briefs, partnerships with industry, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and initiatives towards your Major Project. Previously students have had the opportunity to work with organisations including Sir Robert McAlpine, Barnardo’s and Sohot Yoga.

The Screen School belongs to the BAFTA albert Education Partnership providing graduates with the opportunity to understand sustainability and its professional and personal relevance. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake an optional assignment where you’ll learn about topics including sustainable production solutions, the role of – and opportunities for - responsible businesses, and how to create content with a strategic environmental purpose.

Mode of Study

MA Film is in Full Time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study.

Contact us

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Course units

Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum unit size is 20 credits. The MA course structure involves six units, totalling 180 credits.

Autumn, term 1

At the start of the first term, you’ll begin with your contextual Specialism Investigation, which combines guest lectures and student-led seminars on your specific discipline, field of practice and wider filmmaking processes.

You’ll also be encouraged to develop a strong dialogue within your peer groups, and to contribute shared and individual creative visions during the First Term Film unit. Once term is underway, you’ll begin work on the Major Project and Secondary Roles units which will be carried through to the fourth and final term.

Introductory Production (20 credits)

In this unit, you’ll take a short script through production. This experience enhances your Specialism Investigation, prepares you for the Major Project, and helps you to position your practice within the wider filmic environment.

Specialism Investigation (40 credits)

You’ll study independently while taking part in set contextual lectures that explore current trends within the film industry, as well as the culture that informs it. You’ll also build a portfolio of research relating to your specialism as this unit continues through the following term.

Major Project (60 credits)

You’ll have an opportunity to pursue your skills in an ambitious production that spans the 4 terms of the course. You’ll undertake a Head of Department role on a fictional film of a specific length (maximum 30 minutes) to further develop your team leadership skills while balancing individual and shared creative visions.

Specialism roles include:

  • Producer
  • Production
  • Designer Director
  • Director of Photography
  • Postproduction Specialist

Spring, term 2

The Specialism Investigation unit continues and concludes in the later part of the Spring Term.

Collaborative Unit (20 credits)

You'll have the opportunity to engage in a specific collaboration with a related course at UAL or with an external partner. External collaborations could include site-specific, experimental work developed in conjunction with a gallery or public body, or an agreed commission/campaign film for a charitable or commercial organisation.

The Major Project continues with its development, preparing you for production in Term 3.

Summer, term 3

The Major Project continues with selected film productions.

Secondary Roles (20 credits)

In parallel to the Major Project, you'll have the opportunity to undertake at least 2 secondary roles during production. This will enable you to explore associated aspects of your practice by observing your specialism via a different perspective.

It will also enhance your skillset and help you to understand what it takes to effectively support a Head of Department.

The secondary roles include:

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

Autumn, term 4

In this term, the Major Project and Secondary Roles conclude with post-production.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars 
  • Technical and practice-based workshops
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Formative critique and reflections on practice
  • Self-directed learning
  • Collaborative group assignments
  • Presentations 

Assessment methods

  • Practice-based work in film production, including remote and non-normative forms of production
  • Reflective and analytical commentaries associated with film making
  • Contextual Studies related to the practice components of the course
  • Written evaluative and working journals
  • Presentation

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.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Language requirements

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

Making your application

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

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

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

  • 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

Extra information required for applications to this course

  • Portfolio

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Further information about the external student transfer policy can be found on the Office for Students Information page.

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.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Applications closed 2021/22

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course. Applications for 2022/23 entry will open in Autumn 2021.

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

Start your application now

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not 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 submit the application form.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

  • 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

Please note: we will ask you for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page. International applicants can alternatively apply through one of our official representatives in your country.

Extra information required for applications to this course

You will be asked to supply:

  • Portfolio

External Student Transfer Policy

If you are currently studying at another institution and have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at London College of Communication, you can apply to transfer.

The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Further information about the external student transfer policy can be found on the Office for Students Information page.

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

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.

Application deadline

15 March 2021

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to this course.

When you’ll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them all after the application deadline date. This means you won’t hear from us about any next steps until after this date. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal. Please add @arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.

Please log into the portal, as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, and you can contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

Portfolio and interview advice

All applicants will be expected to submit an electronic portfolio as part of their application (maximum 20 images). 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 be held online, and details will be sent via the UAL Portal.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Requesting feedback

This course receives a high number of applications, and we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview.

If you would like to request feedback – please email lcc.ukeu@arts.ac.uk if you are a Home or EU applicant, or lcc.international@arts.ac.uk if International. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,220 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£22,920 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

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