MA in Filmmaking (12 months, Full-Time)

The Met Film School is London's leading provider of practical filmmaking courses, based in Ealing Studios.

 

Course Overview

 

We offer 5 different MA programmes in

 

MA in Directing

MA in Screenwriting

MA in Business & Producing

MA in Postproduction

MA in Cinematography

 

The programme is led by experienced filmmaking practitioners, including directors, writers, producers, editors, and post-production picture and sound specialists, and consists of a series of modules dedicated to each pathway. Each student on the programme will complete a portfolio of filmmaking projects, plus a final Masters research or production project.

 

Unique to the programme is an induction lab across all four awards where directors, screenwriters, producers and post-production students will be immersed in filmmaking practice and moving image theory as a conceptual bedrock for shared knowledge and filmmaking practice. Additionally, there will be designated points during the year where students will be expected to work together across each award in the production of a collaborative, filmed project.

 

The course is divided into six 20-credit modules within each of the four awards, followed by a 60-credit module for the final Masters Project. Across the six modules each student will attend a series of lectures, screenings, seminars, practice-based exercises and workshops, as well as work independently to produce projects for their portfolio, demonstrating craft and creativity to an advanced degree. In addition, students will be required to conduct academic research within their chosen pathway as the basis for critical and reflective written work that links to their filmmaking practice. Students will also receive individual tutorial and mentoring support throughout the year.

 

The projects you create will contribute to your showreel and professional CV, demonstrating your individual voice as an advanced-level film practitioner. Students who successfully complete the first three modules of the programme will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. Students who successfully complete the first six modules of the programme will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Filmmaking. All students must successfully complete the first six modules to continue on to the final phase of the programme: the Masters research or production project. Those who complete all seven modules successfully will be awarded the MA in Filmmaking.

 

For more information Request A Prospectus and our enrolments team will get in touch to talk you through the course.

The Met Film School is London's leading provider of practical filmmaking courses, based in Ealing Studios.

 

Course Overview

 

We offer 5 different MA programmes in

 

MA in Directing

MA in Screenwriting

MA in Business & Producing

MA in Postproduction

MA in Cinematography

 

The programme is led by experienced filmmaking practitioners, including directors, writers, producers, editors, and post-production picture and sound specialists, and consists of a series of modules dedicated to each pathway. Each student on the programme will complete a portfolio of filmmaking projects, plus a final Masters research or production project.

 

Unique to the programme is an induction lab across all four awards where directors, screenwriters, producers and post-production students will be immersed in filmmaking practice and moving image theory as a conceptual bedrock for shared knowledge and filmmaking practice. Additionally, there will be designated points during the year where students will be expected to work together across each award in the production of a collaborative, filmed project.

 

The course is divided into six 20-credit modules within each of the four awards, followed by a 60-credit module for the final Masters Project. Across the six modules each student will attend a series of lectures, screenings, seminars, practice-based exercises and workshops, as well as work independently to produce projects for their portfolio, demonstrating craft and creativity to an advanced degree. In addition, students will be required to conduct academic research within their chosen pathway as the basis for critical and reflective written work that links to their filmmaking practice. Students will also receive individual tutorial and mentoring support throughout the year.

 

The projects you create will contribute to your showreel and professional CV, demonstrating your individual voice as an advanced-level film practitioner. Students who successfully complete the first three modules of the programme will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. Students who successfully complete the first six modules of the programme will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Filmmaking. All students must successfully complete the first six modules to continue on to the final phase of the programme: the Masters research or production project. Those who complete all seven modules successfully will be awarded the MA in Filmmaking.

 

For more information Request A Prospectus and our enrolments team will get in touch to talk you through the course.

MA Filmmaking (Directing)

 

This pathway takes directors through the process of production, from script to screen, focusing on the core elements of visual language, narrative storytelling and performance. Students will learn and practice a variety of directing styles, techniques and strategies for narrative as well as non-fiction storytelling. The goal of this pathway is to develop the craft skills and technical proficiency that ultimately frees the director to take creative risks.

 

Directors will focus on the range of creative and technical skills, including the basics of narrative storytelling, the principles of dramaturgy, the many ways to interpret a script, working with actors and preparing storyboards. The curriculum also fosters the leadership skills needed to successfully steer both the creative process as well as a team of creative professionals. In addition, students will learn about the importance of creative collaboration and will have regular opportunities to work alongside writers and producers on the programme.

 

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase I

 

Phase I consists of a six-week Induction Lab where students from all four pathways will jointly participate in seminars and practical workshops, and a three-week Boot Camp, which is an advanced, immersive module within each distinct pathway.

 

A. Induction Lab: This covers the major aspects of the filmmaking process, from conception to completion.  Complementing the practical work,  you will also engage with critical thought and analysis of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and explore cultural, historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives on filmmaking during these first six weeks.  Through a range of seminars, workshops, practical exercises, screenings, and tutorials, you will work individually as well as in groups.  At the end of the Induction Lab, you will make a short, filmed artifact, which you will produce collaboratively with other students.

 

B. Directing Boot Camp: This will cover the key creative and technical skills that anchor the director’s craft and provide the foundation for more advanced techniques.  Through seminars and workshops the module will cover topics including: the life and work of a director, fundamentals of dramaturgy and storytelling, narrative construction, an historical survey of approaches to directing, and how creativity and psychological approaches inform the director’s process.

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase II

 

Phase II of the programme consists of a trio of eight-week modules within your pathway.  These modules are designed to promote practical application of filmmaking practices alongside the theory and concepts that underpin them.  

You will begin Phase II with Advanced Techniques for Directing Actors, which will cover the key directing theories and techniques, including breaking down a script and working with text and subtext. This is followed by The Visual Language of Cinema, which focuses on the core methodologies and techniques for visual storytelling, including narrative elements such as point of view and dramatic tension, visual poetry and aesthetic principles.  Director’s Craft and Creative Collaboration is the final module before the Master’s Project and synthesises knowledge and skills gained from the previous modules towards understanding the director’s collaborative role within the wider industry.

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase III

 

Phase III is the final phase of the programme dedicated to the development and production of the Master’s Production or Research Project.  This is a 12-week, largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development and completion of their final production or research project.  Upon progression to the Master’s Production or Research Project, you will have acquired the necessary skill-set required to produce, from conception to completion, a substantial piece of work.  It is expected that you will produce a Short Filmed Artifact or a Research Project.

 

 

MA Filmmaking (Screenwriting)

 

Storytelling lies at the heart of this pathway where students will learn how to turn their stories and ideas into viable screenplays as the all-important template for film, television and online content. Students will study and practice the rigorous craft of screenwriting, including story structure, scene development, characterization, dialogue and genre. Each student will have their written work read and performed by professional actors, and have the chance to have their work directed and produced by students on the programme.

 

Students on this course will focus on both craft and creativity in the development of several script projects that demonstrate professional screenwriting practice, an awareness of market needs, and a distinctive writing style. Through self-directed work, peer review and collaborative workshops, students will acquire a variety of professional skills required of screenwriters in today’s industry, including creative development practice, writing industry standard documents, the business of being a professional screenwriter, and the importance of being able to win over the audience with a winning pitch.

 

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase I

 

Phase I consists of a six-week Induction Lab where you work with students from all four pathways, jointly participating in seminars and practical workshops, and a three-week Boot Camp, which is an advanced, immersive module within each distinct pathway.

 

A. Induction Lab: This covers the major aspects of the filmmaking process, from conception to completion.  Complementing the practical work,  you will also engage with critical thought and analysis of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and explore cultural, historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives on filmmaking during these first six weeks.  Through a range of seminars, workshops, practical exercises, screenings, and tutorials, you will work individually as well as in groups.  At the end of the Induction Lab, you will make a short, filmed artifact, which you will produce collaboratively with other students.

B. Screenwriting Boot Camp: This will cover the key creative and craft skills a screenwriter needs in today’s entertainment industry.  Through seminars, self-directed study and tutorials the module will cover topics, including: fundamentals of dramaturgy and dramatic structure, storytelling design and conceptualisation, approaches to genre, characterisation and character design, and scene construction and analysis.

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase II

 

Phase II of the programme consists of a trio of eight-week modules within your pathway.  These modules are designed to promote practical application of filmmaking practices alongside the theory and concepts that underpin them.  

You will begin Phase II with Genre and Audience, which will look at how genre informs screenplays, and the relationship between film narratives and the intended audience.  This is followed by Writing Across Formats: Film, Television, Radio and Online Content, which surveys the various screenwriting platforms and how the content and commissioning process varies across formats.  The final module in Phase II is The Business of Screenwriting, which provides a broader, industry focus for screenwriting in today’s entertainment industry.  Key topics covered will include the script development process, working with directors and producers, the role of agents, and legal agreements.

 

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase III

 

Phase III is the final phase of the programme dedicated to the development and production of the Master’s Production or Research Project.  This is a 12-week, largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development and completion of their final production or research project.  Upon progression to the Master’s Production or Research Project, you will have acquired the necessary skill-set required to produce, from conception to completion, a substantial piece of work.  It is expected that you will produce An Original Screenplay or a Research Project.

 

 

MA Filmmaking (Business & Producing)

 

The focus of this pathway emphasizes the skills needed to manage projects and people, two of the most important skills a producer of filmed content needs in today’s marketplace. With a blended curriculum including basic business concepts as well as the creative aspects of producing, you will acquire an understanding of financing, marketing, distribution and exhibition. From looking at content creation and development, to the nuts and bolts of production planning and business management, students on this pathway will develop skills across a range of visual media platforms, including film, small screen and emerging digital technologies.

 

Through a range of practical case studies, exercises and projects students will learn how to become entrepreneurs in an ever-evolving industry that requires producers to possess a variety of skills and familiarity with multiple entertainment platforms. Whether producing traditional theatrical fare, or branching out into new media distribution outlets, producers on this award will combine creative development skills with the managerial knowledge to successfully navigate a project from conception through to exhibition.

 

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase I

 

Phase I consists of a six-week Induction Lab where you work with students from all four pathways  jointly participating in seminars and practical workshops, and a three-week Boot Camp, which is an advanced, immersive module within each distinct pathway.

 

A. Induction Lab: This covers the major aspects of the filmmaking process, from conception to completion.  Complementing the practical work,  you will also engage with critical thought and analysis of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and explore cultural, historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives on filmmaking during these first six weeks.  Through a range of seminars, workshops, practical exercises, screenings, and tutorials, you will work individually as well as in groups.  At the end of the Induction Lab, you will make a short, filmed artifact, which you will produce collaboratively with other students.

 

B. Business & Producing Boot Camp: This will cover the key organisational principles and knowledge that inform the role of producing in today’s entertainment industry.  Through seminars, master classes and workshops the module will cover topics, including: the structure of the industry, the roles of the producer, basics of film finance, marketing and distribution, the role of agents, festivals and media outlets, and pitching theory and practice.

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase II

 

Phase II of the programme consists of a trio of eight-week modules within your pathway.  These modules are designed to promote practical application of filmmaking practices alongside the theory and concepts that underpin them.  

You will begin Phase II with Entertainment Business Models and Practices, which provides the foundation for later modules through a survey of comparative business strategies, the role of planning and analysis, organisation behaviour, principles of marketing, and globalisation and digitalisation.  

This is followed by Film Finance: Development to Delivery, which focuses on a comprehensive analysis of how films are financed in today’s industry, including studio v. independent financing, the evolution of the Hollywood studio system, private equity models, and international co-productions.  Creative Producing and Entrepreneurship is the final module in Phase II, and synthesises knowledge and skills gained from the previous modules towards understanding how the creative producer operates independently within the wider entertainment industry, focusing on core competencies in leadership models, negotiations and deal-making, networking and business development.

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase III

 

Phase III is the final phase of the programme dedicated to the development and production of the Master’s Production or Research Project.  This is a 12-week, largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development and completion of their final production or research project.  Upon progression to the Master’s Production or Research Project, you will have acquired the necessary skill-set required to produce, from conception to completion, a substantial piece of work.  It is expected you will produce a Business Strategy Plan for a Feature Film or a Research Project.

 

MA Filmmaking (Post-Production)

 

Post-production is an integral part of the filmmaking and storytelling process. This award focuses on the core skills and technology needed for today’s ever-changing industry, including off-line and on-line editing, sound design, grading and visual effects. Students will study and practice the power of editing as a creative and technical craft, and acquire marketable skills across a variety of visual media.

 

Students will gain an advanced understanding of the various editing platforms, including both Avid® and Adobe Premiere®, as well as the technical requirements for professional quality workflow systems and output. Through a variety of practical projects, students will work in a simulated professional environment and have the opportunity to work with directors and producers by providing the editing, sound design, visual effects and grading for student collaborations. All of this will be underpinned by knowledge of the leading software and hardware tools, and the ability to work independently and within a creative team. Students on the course will have the opportunity to work at a professional industry level, and network with outside industry professionals.

 

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase I

 

Phase I consists of a six-week Induction Lab where you work with students from all four pathways  jointly participating in seminars and practical workshops, and a three-week Boot Camp, which is an advanced, immersive module within each distinct pathway.

 

A. Induction Lab: This covers the major aspects of the filmmaking process, from conception to completion. Complementing the practical work,  you will also engage with critical thought and analysis of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and explore cultural, historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives on filmmaking during these first six weeks.  Through a range of seminars, workshops, practical exercises, screenings, and tutorials, you will work individually as well as in groups.  At the end of the Induction Lab, you will make a short, filmed artifact, which you will produce collaboratively with other students.

 

B. Post Production Boot Camp: This will cover the key creative and technical skills, and the workflow processes that form the bedrock of current post production practices.  Through seminars, lectures and practical workshops the module will cover topics, including: editing software skills development, offline editing workflows, creative editing techniques, and digital media management.

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase II

 

Phase II of the programme consists of a trio of eight-week modules within your pathway.  These modules are designed to promote practical application of filmmaking practices alongside the theory and concepts that underpin them. 

 

You will begin Phase II with Advanced Editing, which will focus on creative approaches to the editing process as well as the technical considerations necessary for working in an online editing environment.  This is followed by Audio and Video Post Production, which is designed to take you through the complete life-cycle of a film during post production, with particular emphasis on audio mixing and picture finishing as well as understanding how to deliver media in a wide variety of popular formats.  Specialist Post Production: VFX and Animation is the final module in Phase II and allows you to learn how to create and integrate visual effects and add motion graphics into their digital media projects.  This will include working with Greenscreen, creating title sequences and implementing a variety of paint-out techniques, in order to “fix it” in post.

 

MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase III

 

Phase III is the final phase of the programme dedicated to the development and production of the Master’s Production or Research Project.  This is a 12-week, largely self-directed module during which students will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development and completion of their final production or research project.  Upon progression to the Master’s Production or Research Project, you will have acquired the necessary skill-set required to produce, from conception to completion, a substantial piece of work.  It is expected that you will produce a Creative Editing Project or a Technical Post Production Project or a Research Project.

 

 

MA Filmmaking (Cinematography)

 

 
Cinematography or ‘painting with light’ is one of the most exciting areas of the filmmaking process, where the Director of Photography has the responsibility to collaborate with the director, production designer and art department to create a distinct visual landscape in which the story can be told. 
 
You will learn about the numerous roles existing within the camera department and how they work together, for example: the DoP, Camera Operator, Focus Puller, Clapper Loader and Gaffer.
 
The MA Cinematography award will provide you with an invaluable insight into professional working practices, on-set etiquette, and the inner workings of the camera department and provide you with key industry relevant skills. You will also learn about the craft skills and creative techniques for camera movement and lighting.
 
As there is a focus on digital cinematography, this programme explores the various ways that imagery is processed from postproduction through to colour grading and visual effects.
 
You will work with students on the MA Post Production programme to strengthen the relationship between obtaining images, look development and final colour grading.  You will also gain knowledge of how to manage a digital image production pipeline from start to finish.
 
 
 
MA Cinematography – Phase I
 
  
Phase I consists of a five-week Filmmaking Induction Lab where you work with students from the other four programmes jointly participating in seminars and practical workshops, followed by a four-week Cinematography Boot Camp, which is an immersive module focusing on the core camera and lighting skills and techniques.
 
 
Filmmaking Induction Lab: A combined learning experience across all five programmes covering key aspects of the filmmaking process, this module explores the life cycle of a film from conception to delivery.  Through seminars and practical workshops, students will also engage with critical analysis of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and explore cultural, historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives on filmmaking.  Working collaboratively, each student will make a film by the end of this first module.
 
 
Cinematography Boot Camp: This will cover the key camera and lighting practical and technical skills that form the bedrock of current cinematography practices.  Primarily through practical workshops the module will cover topics focusing on the use of camera, sound and light to tell a story.  Students will become familiar with best on-set working practices in order to streamline the complex process of coordinating a camera crew.
 
 
You will gain the technical knowledge required to operate cameras and compose lighting for several types of media. You will also develop an understanding of how a Director of Photography uses cinematic technique to construct a story. You will work in groups that comprise roles based on industry standard film crew, crafts and disciplines.
 
 
MA Cinematography  – Phase II
 
 
Phase II offers a series of specialist modules accompanied by a research methods module that supports your creative practice.  Phase II modules are designed to promote practical application of filmmaking conventions and methods alongside the theory and concepts that underpin them.  These modules will further develop your craft skills by exploring more advanced level techniques and methods, and looking at filmmaking practice in a wider industrial and historical context. 
 
This Phase will allow you to learn about the use of traditional film cameras (celluloid), use of industry standard large format cameras and develop focus and depth of field skills. You will also learn more about moving cameras and dolly setups. You will gain practical knowledge of how different cameras handle and perform. In addition, you will gain increased understanding of exposure control for shooting on both digital and film cameras
 
At this point, you will also gain a greater appreciation of the relationship between cinematography and postproduction in order to develop best working practices when shooting on digital cameras. You will also acquire skills to work within a fast changing technical environment with complex digital workflows. In addition, you will learn essential VFX workflows in order to allow you to have a better understanding of the uses of green screen on set for example.
 
By the end of this phase you will have an in-depth understanding of a visual approach to storytelling.
 
MA Filmmaking Programme – Phase III
 
 
Phase III is the final phase of the course dedicated to the development and production of the Master’s Project.  This is a 12-week, largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development and completion of your final Master’s Project.  Upon progression to the Master’s Project, you will have acquired the necessary comprehensive skill-set and knowledge to act as Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Focus Puller, or Gaffer on one or more of your fellow MA students’ graduation projects. You will work as camera crew on several other shoots. By the end of the programme you will have built a portfolio of diverse filmed work, which may include narrative, non-narrative and/or experimental in projects.
 
 

Full Programme

 

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

 

- Apply an advanced and comprehensive understanding of the language, practice and business of film, television and new media, and demonstrate an ability to innovate in these areas with awareness of local and global industries 

- Develop the industry relevant knowledge and practical skills needed to work professionally in today’s film, television or new media industries

- Facilitate the development of craft, creative, conceptual and professional skills for continuous professional development

- Demonstrate a pro-active, self-directed and high-level approach to learning and practice

 

Directing Award

 

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

 

- Apply a comprehensive understanding of the visual language of cinema and demonstrate an advanced understanding of narrative storytelling in the choices a director makes

- Demonstrate advanced understanding of the role of the director in the creative and technical process of filmmaking at an advanced level

- Apply a critical understanding of the transition from script to screen, employing a variety of filmmaking skills to innovate and push creative boundaries

- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively within a creative, conceptual and practical context, exhibiting the professional skills to lead a creative team and process

 

Screenwriting Award

 

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

 

- Demonstrate critical awareness of the key conventions of screenwriting and an advanced understanding of the relationship between the written script and completed film 

- Display the creative and technical skills required to develop a filmic idea from concept through to a finished screenplay with an emphasis on and original voice and market considerations

- Demonstrate a professional approach to screenwriting and an advanced understanding of the importance of collaboration between writers, directors and producers 

- Apply core screenwriting skills at an advanced level across a variety of moving image platforms

 

Business & Producing Award

 

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

 

- Develop a professional understanding of the film and television industries at an advanced level, including development and commissioning structures, production, financing, marketing and distribution

- Develop core skills in creative development, production management and business strategy

- Demonstrate the professional understanding of how to take a project to market, including the relevant verbal and written presentation of concept, process and product

- Display a critical understanding of the varied conventions of differing film genres for both filmmaker and audience in relation to production, marketing and distribution

 

Post-Production Award

 

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

 

- Develop an advanced level understanding of post-production workflows, processes and disciplines.  

- Develop advanced post-production skills and technical knowledge appropriate for professional contemporary media industries

- Demonstrate an extensive range of post-production techniques across multiple creative platforms, including a high level of creative and technical ability

- Display a critical understanding of the role of storytelling in the post-production process

 

Cinematography Award

 

By the end of the programme students will be able to:

 

- Develop an advanced level understanding of production roles and requirements within camera departments of film, TV and commercial shoots

- Display an appreciation of the various possibilities of camera placement to maximise storytelling and assess how camera placement affects the audience experience.

- Develop ways of using camera and lighting and grip equipment in a coordinated way, as a crew as part of the filming process

- Display a critical understanding of the principles behind the acquisition of moving pictures combined with an appreciation of the influences governing the choice of current industry standards.

- Demonstrate how to use colour grading to the final look of a film and understand how to shoot for VFX integration

 

 

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have an honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

 

Entry on to this programme is competitive, therefore you are strongly advised to apply well in advance of the course start date in order for us to process your application in a timely manner.

 

To apply for our MA programmes please download our application form.

 

Please call our Enrolments Team for further information. Tel: +44(0)20 8280 9119

 

Study level: Postgraduate

 

Awards:

MA Filmmaking (Directing)

MA Filmmaking (Screenwriting)

MA Filmmaking (Business and Producing)

MA Filmmaking (Postproduction)

MA Filmmaking (Cinematography)

 

Duration: One year full-time

 

Start dates and Prices:

  

13 October 2014 - 09 October 2015

MA Filmmaking (Postproduction)

MA Filmmaking (Directing)

MA Filmmaking (Screenwriting)

MA Filmmaking (Business and Producing)

MA Filmmaking (Cinematography)

Price: £17,500

 

23 February 2015 - 19 February 2016 

MA Filmmaking (Postproduction)

MA Filmmaking (Directing)

MA Filmmaking (Screenwriting)

MA Filmmaking (Business and Producing)

MA Filmmaking (Cinematography)

Price: £17,500

  

12 October 2015 - 07 October 2016 

MA Filmmaking (Postproduction)

MA Filmmaking (Directing)

MA Filmmaking (Screenwriting)

MA Filmmaking (Business and Producing)

MA Filmmaking (Cinematography)

Price: £17,500

  

This includes tuition, production support, production and postproduction facilities, including an average of 15 hours a week contact time.

 

Production Experience: 

Portfolio of filmmaking projects

Masters research or production project

 

 

Our MA Filmmaking Programmes are filling up fast.  Apply now to secure a place!   

We are now accepting deferred entry for future intakes. 

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