Please note that places on this programme are limited due to the option of taking up a work placement in the media industry. Due to the competitive nature of the programme, applications are being considered in rounds, with application deadlines for 2018 entry as follows:
- Round 1 application deadline: Friday 19 January 2018
- Round 2 application deadline: Friday 18 May 2018
- Round 3 application deadline: Friday 29 June 2018 for overseas applicants and Friday 20 July 2018 for UK/EU applicants
Please note: Most funding deadlines fall in spring, and funding applications usually need to be considered alongside an application to study. Applicants seeking funding are therefore encouraged to apply in round 1.
Applications will be considered as a gathered field, so round 1 applicants can expect a decision as to whether they have been offered a place to study by the end of February, round 2 applicants can expect a decision by the end of June and round 3 applicants can expect a decision by mid-August.
As we can only make offers to a limited number of applicants, those who receive an offer of a place to study will have approximately one month to accept their offer, after which time the offer will be withdrawn so that the place can be offered to another applicant.
We will continue to accept applications after Friday 20 July and these will be considered if there are any spaces left on the programme following the completion of round 3 (mid-August). All applicants will receive a decision on their application by the end of August 2018, unless notified otherwise.
We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, so early applications are encouraged.
Advice on your application
Please note that we take your degree grades, personal statement, English language results (if applicable) and relevant experience in the media industry into consideration when we make admission decisions.
Please ensure that your application has been completed fully by the deadline as we cannot consider your application without all of the necessary documentation (references, personal statement and results, if available). If you have outstanding documentation relating to pending language test results and degree results, please make this clear on your application, and your application will be considered. We are able to make offers which are conditional on you achieving a particular qualification if you have not yet finished your current programme of study.
In your application, you should use your personal statement to explain why you wish to study this programme, with reference to any past and present experience you have in the media industry. However, we are looking for students who are passionate about the moving image and so we also welcome applications from those who may not have industry experience or who have not previously studied in film and media. Candidates are expected to have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a qualification of 2:1 (or its academic equivalent), and high standards of both written and spoken English.
Whilst it is not essential that students submit a research proposal for their audio-visual dissertation as part of their application, this can nonetheless be a very useful procedure, particularly if you are intending on applying for funding to undertake the MA.
If you do wish to submit a research proposal for your documentary film, please consider the following factors:
- Remember that ‘documentary’ is an extremely broad term, encompassing myriad forms and styles; which approach or mode of documentary filmmaking will best articulate the story you a trying to tell?
- Have an awareness of what similar content may have been produced in the past. How will your film differ, what will be it’s unique ‘hook’?
- Try to present a balance between critical and creative elements – it’s important that your film have both style and substance.
International students requiring visas
Monday 2 July 2018 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2018 made after this date - a new application should be made for September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2019 entry by 21 September 2018.
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