You’ll have many opportunities for practical production across different platforms and genres in both factual and fictional filmmaking whilst enhancing your skills and technical understanding of film, television and transmedia production
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.
Learn from media professionals who have expertise and experience of working in the industry
Collaborate with the producing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound and editing students to create a showcase of your skills as a visual, creative storyteller
Benefit from regular guest speakers. Previous visitors include Hollywood Screenwriter, Misan Sagay; Ian Bignell and Katie Mccullough, of Festival Formula; Jutsin Edgar, Film Director; and Screenwriter Peter Fellows
This intense course allows you to understand and manage the entire creative production process, from planning and pre-visualisation, through to working on location and overseeing creative post-production work
Use your final production project to showcase the skills you´ve developed to mastermind your own collaboration and use it as your calling card to industry
Take advantage of opportunities with RedBalloon, an award-winning professional production unit based in the Faculty of Media and Communication.
Developing a Directorial Vision: Here, you will develop critical and practical skills for screen directing. Building on camera-use, screenwriting competences, you learn to directorially (de)construct your story, plant themes, avoid dialogue-driven plots, and articulate a directorial vision and “voice”. You also master collaboration with actors, cinematography, and editing, as well as the importance of production design, and genre to the director. The unit assignment is a portfolio of your works, including a short film, preparatory & reflection materials.
Storytelling: This unit aims to examine concepts of storytelling across audio visual formats, cultures and production industries. You’ll engage with practice research methodologies to critically engage with a diverse range of narrative forms and approaches.
Crafting Visual Stories: Here, you learn directorial skills with critical attention to producers, screenwriters, target-audiences, publics, and investors. Thus, you advance directing skills for TV, and film, by developing professional pitching skills, as well as learn how target-audience(s) and publics influence story-development processes. You will direct a 10-minute drama, or documentary. Here, drama scripts are developed by collaborating with scriptwriters, and producers, while documentaries will be developed in collaboration with producers. Once again, in this unit, you also team up with MA students of Cinematography, Editing and Sound.
Approaches to Industry: An introduction to key skills and knowledge you´ll need for employment in the media industries. An opportunity to develop your ambitions and strategies for entering the creative industries wherever you choose.
Media Production Masters 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. You can alternatively produce a practice-based research artefact supported by a written analysis, or an individually or collaboratively written thesis.
Some of our Directing Film & Television graduates are now undertaking roles as:
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