You will complete the following taught modules:
Development and Production Processes for Film and Television
This module is delivered through a combination of small project assignments, masterclasses from industry experts, and group seminar work. It provides you with a realistic overview of the challenges and processes of research, development and commissioning for film and television.
This module acquaints you with critical concepts in documentary filmmaking, recognisable across histories, genres, nationalities and media. Weekly seminars cover a range of styles and tones of documentary film from early cinema to reality television, providing you with a strong appreciation of the technical and editorial complexities of documentary filmmaking, and an understanding of the relationship between intention and form.
Research Skills in Film and Television
This module helps you to decide on a topic and plan for your audio-visual or written dissertation and shows you how to plan your final piece of work. It guides you through using academic research resources such as journals and online databases, as well as developing research skills used specifically in the film and television industries.
Guided Editing/Guided Reading
This module trains you in the technical skills necessary to film, capture and edit digital film and video projects. You will produce a three to five-minute film on a subject of your choice. Alternatively, those who plan to submit a written dissertation complete a 5,000 word guided reading essay.
In addition, you will complete a placement module and a dissertation:
You have the option of submitting either a written or an audio-visual dissertation (which must be a factual piece). Most students take this opportunity to build their production skills further, creating a 20-25 minute documentary film for their showreel or portfolio that showcases their filmmaking skills and their ability to produce content that has both intellectual and aesthetic integrity. Your film will be underpinned by independent research and academic supervision. If you choose to do an audio-visual dissertation you will also submit a 4,000-word evaluation. If you choose to do a written dissertation, its length will be 15,000 words.
Placement and Training
Our dedicated Placements Coordinator will work with you to identify suitable placement opportunities; from broadcast television and independent production companies, to freelance filmmakers and media projects both on campus and with external organisations. We have long-established links with a range of companies, but students are welcome to source their own placements if they wish, within certain parameters.
This assessed module not only secures valuable work experience, but also offers the support you need to identify your personal strengths and assist you with CVs, cover letters and applications for roles in the media industry - ensuring you are best prepared for life and employment after graduation.
- Feedback from your placement host/s (50%)
- 4000 word reflexive essay (50%)
Submission dates for the placement essay usually fall shortly before the dissertation deadline at the end of the MA.
If you would be interested in hosting an MA Film and Television student placement, please contact Jemma Saunders for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would expect that most placement tasks will be those associated with runner and/or researcher roles, however placement students can also undertake production duties to support filming; post-production editing; pre-production and research; writing and development, etc.
Please note that the optional modules listed on the website for this programme are intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.