The Director is central to the creative process in media production. This Master’s is designed to build and develop your knowledge in that field, enabling you to step up to the challenge of delivering award-winning productions.
It’s a hands-on course which provides many opportunities for practical production across different platforms and genres in both factual and fictional film-making. It will enhance your storytelling skills and your technical understanding of film, television and transmedia production. You’ll develop advanced skills as a director in line with both current industry practice and the traditions of independent filmmaking.
The Faculty of Media & Communication encourages dynamic collaborations between students across courses. Working with the producing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound and editing students, you’ll create a showcase of your skills as a visual, creative storyteller. Many of these collaborations have continued beyond the course as students set up their own production companies.
This comprehensive course will equip you with the skills to understand and manage the entire production process, from effective planning and pre-visualisation, through effective and efficient work on location, to overseeing creative post-production work.
Under the guidance of experienced media professionals, you will develop your own directorial craft and style, and will gain a sound theoretical grounding in the social, cultural and intellectual context for media production work. You will also acquire other related skills which will increase your employability.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent
Applicants are encouraged to provide details of relevant work experience.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Graduates with an undergraduate degree (typically 2:1 or above) in any discipline who want to take their expertise and apply it within the media context
We particularly welcome applicants with an undergraduate degree in the area of media practice
Applications are also welcome from experienced professionals working within the media industry.
Narrative Constructions: You´ll establish a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work. In combination with the other practical and professional skills taught, this unit offers a critical foundation for the effective realisation of production work. You´ll collectively engage with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
Directing Across Genres: Working mainly with the other directing students, you will develop practical and critical skills for creative directing in a variety of genres, formats and media, and build competence and understanding through seminars and practical workshops. You’ll have the opportunity to acquire additional skills which will inform and support your directing work. You will have the opportunity to work with cinematography, editing and sound students.
Professional Practice: An introduction to key concepts, skills and knowledge you´ll need for employment in the media industries.
Directing & Developing Story: You will direct a 10-minute drama, or possibly a documentary, which will help you develop skills in short form storytelling. Drama scripts will be developed by collaborating with scriptwriters and producers, and documentaries with producers. Once again, you will have the opportunity to work with cinematography, editing and sound students to make your film.
The Master’s Production Project: This project gives you the opportunity to develop and direct a production of your choice which gives you a ‘calling card’ in the field in which you want to work. In negotiation with, and mentored by your tutor, you will plan, shoot and post-produce your project. Taking advantage of the Faculty of Media & Communication’s collaborative environment, you can work with scriptwriting students to make exciting drama scripts, as well as producers and, once again, cinematography, sound and editing students.
The Master’s Research Project: You can produce a practice-based research artefact supported by a written analysis, or an individual or collaboratively-written paper. The latter consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artefacts.
Skilled professionals who can understand and create moving images suited to a rapidly changing industry are highly sought after. Our students graduate as lifelong learners and reflective practitioners, and the combination of practical and theoretical study means graduates are well-equipped for success.
The course has been awarded accreditation by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) in recognition of its professionalism and industry relevance in moving image education and training.
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