MA Film and Television

About the course

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The MA Film and Television has changed name to MA Film and Television Production. The course structure remains the same and the name change is purely to emphasise that this is a practical facing Film and Television Master's course.

  • Film and TV degree production provides an exciting opportunity to learn advanced producing, directing and screenwriting techniques and to build professional links within the UK and international film and television industry.
  • This postgraduate degree provides a practical and intensive study of filmmaking in an environment that encourages experimentation, professional development and cutting edge ideas. Students work with up to date professional equipment and facilities and, as part of their Masters Degree, produce, direct or write a major film project with an individually tailored marketing and distribution strategy.
  • The University of Hertfordshire film programmes and post-graduate school regularly host industry professionals who lecture and conduct workshops, seminars and tutorials. We work closely with the industry to enable students to connect directly with their future employers and mentors.
  • The combination of creative, technical, practical and management skills make this course unique and our graduates highly successful, as employees or as independent filmmakers.
  • See our MA Film and TV Vimeo Channel for showreels and alumni activity.
  • Take a look at our MA Film & TV Production booklet.

Why choose this course?

The MA Film and Television production programme offers an opportunity for students to initiate, develop and realise original film and television work in directing, producing and screenwriting. Students enhance their creative practice in film and television to professional levels, with the aim of pursuing a successful career in the industry. The programme commences with a series of taught modules, intended to augment the student's critical judgment and technical capability, before embarking on a major project, in the form of a substantial screenplay or digital film.

The project offers a setting in which the student can increase confidence in creative decision making, whilst expanding awareness of the requirements of film style and technology, finance, marketplace and audience. Students broaden their knowledge and experience to gain a better understanding of film and television production and its professional and commercial practices. They undertake a programme of screenings, master classes and seminars, to extend their knowledge of film and television histories, genres, aesthetics and narrative processes and to develop a range of research and communication skills. Students are encouraged to develop the aesthetic and conceptual awareness required to analyse and critically situate their work within current theoretical, cultural and commercial contexts, whether as a director, producer or scriptwriter.

The modules focus on script development, working with actors, camerawork, lighting, sound recording, post production techniques, funding, distribution and other relevant areas. You will benefit from the expertise and creative ideas of students working in specialised areas elsewhere in the School (eg Visual FX, Special FX, Animation or Music) whose input can enhance the professionalism of your major projects.

Entry requirements...

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent professional experience. In addition please supply any evidence of previous film, video, scriptwriting and/or other relevant experience. This may be short films made as an undergraduate and/or productions you have worked on in the industry. If you have not produced any video/film work or written any original scripts, please provide an outline for your major project (short 15-20 minute film / or feature length script).

If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Professional Accreditations

Skillset Media Academy

Careers

You will also have the opportunity to exhibit your work at the University and there are good opportunities to develop your teaching experience by mentoring undergraduate students in your subject area. When you successfully complete your MA, you will have made a very substantial addition to your CV and have a clear understanding of the next steps in the development of your career.

Teaching methods

You are taught in an intensive mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, masterclasses and industry guest sessions. Tutorial support is offered in small groups and one-to-one, with further support available online and by email.

All students on the PG Media programme engage in an interdisciplinary project as a part of their MA study, giving them an opportunity to work with students from other disciplines in an experimental and creative way.

Student Testimonials

‘I learnt everything I needed to know to step into the film industry in a successful way on the MA Film and Television.
The tutors at Hertfordshire are industry professionals who create leaders, not followers, encouraging students to think outside the box and develop their talent and creativity.’
Juliana Miliut, Film producer and international alumni ambassador

‘The MA helped me gain my own technical and artistic skills so I could approach challenges with confidence, as well as
define myself as a filmmaker. I recently participated in a comedy web series as cinematographer and editor. It was an extremely fun project and I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it without the MA.’
Freddie Gerrard-Abbott, freelance filmmaker

‘I can whole-heartedly state that learning the art of filming at the University of Hertfordshire has given me the skills I needed to become a professional practitioner. The course has a fine balance between theory and practice – you’re told where to point the camera, as well as why. It’s run by astute professionals that can rival any top film school and, ultimately, I believe it has fully prepared me for the world of film making.’
Titilayo Raji, currently working on a feature film in Nollywood

‘The first two semesters offer a combination of sessions on producing, directing and writing as well as theory sessions that encourage us to analyse and discuss films in depth. In the third semester we independently produce, direct or write a film and tutors are always available to support students. I feel this course has really helped me gain the wisdom I needed to direct professionally.’
Sayyed Sabbagh, independent filmmaker

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Creative Economies

    Credits: 15

    The Creative Economies module enables students to explore and engage with creative economies relevant to their individual practice. The module delivers a series of lectures and workshops examining creative economies. The taught sessions examine the social, political and economic dimension of creative practice across a range of professions and consider the transitional nature of creative economies. The module provides an opportunity for students to engage with people and environments, seeking an understanding of how their own practice may be located within these contexts, locally, nationally or globally.

  • Major Study: Film and Television Production

    Credits: 60

    This module enables students to realise a sustained digital f ilm project (10-20 min in length) or a substantial script at Masters level. Supported by a number of technical workshops throughout the course on camera, sound and editing, there are also one-to-one tutorials and industry mentoring sessions during the various stages of the production process, in order to assist in generating independent, student-managed project work at an advanced level. The Major Project offers a setting in which the student can increase confidence in creative decision making, whilst expanding awareness of the requirements of film style and technology, finance, marketplace and audience. Under tutor supervision, students are expected to work independently and to manage the challenge of their Major Project. The programme offers a lively and supportive learning environment which includes shared post graduate and School events. Students assist as crew members on other students’ projects and receive similar assistance in return. Students are encouraged to critique each other’s work and to learn successful team-working skills in a constructive setting. Within the chosen specialisms of directing, producing and screenwriting, the students collaborate on production projects and undertake a digital film project; from preparation and scripting through to shooting, editing and post-production. As an alternative to the final digital film project some students may develop their skills by writing a substantial screenplay for their masters project; from story outline to final draft script. The course provides equipment for filming in the UK and editing on-site, with additional production costs being met by the students. When the project is complete, students w rite a Reflective Essay exploring the process of realising the project, reflecting on what they have learnt from the process. Students also pitch their projects and produce a marketing production pack to accompany their major digital film or script. This project will typically demonstrate competence at an advanced level and display an understanding of emerging issues and current professional practices of film and TV directing, producing and screenwriting.

  • Research and Enquiry

    Credits: 15

    This module aims to provide students with a range of research skills suitable for postgraduate-level study in art, art therapy, design, film, media and music. The module views creative, technical and therapeutic practices as research processes and helps students locate their own work within contemporary, advanced-level practice in their discipline and to make a critical evaluation of the bodies of practice and ideas that sustain them. Key skills addressed include those of research management, critical evaluation, academic conventions, notions of creative, technical and therapeutic practice as research methodologies, and a range of modes of contextual analysis. The skills gleaned on this module will provide students with a platform for research for the remainder of the programme and in their future careers.

  • Discourse/Reflection: Professional Project Development

    Credits: 30

    Directing Performance Acquiring the skills and techniques for working with professional actors, in preparation for your first industry project; in a series of workshops you will explore existing scripts and test out scenes from your developing project. The module explores the range of techniques required to work effectively with actors and crew in a creative team. By examining dramatic writing in performance, there is an opportunity to explore the impact of performance upon text. The module concentrates on the key contribution of actors to the production process. Students have the opportunity to test out scenes in a studio setting with actors, who offer feedback on issues of performance and textual interpretation. This presents an opportunity f or students to re-evaluate their working methods, sharpen their focus and develop their directorial skills in accordance with industry expectations. The emphasis is on encouraging professional practices by which students can work creatively with actors and crew to enhance their current and future projects. The module explores the process of casting, rehearsal and directing actors f or the camera. Advanced Pre-Production This module explores and applies the skills required to plan and prepare a professional film and television production. It provides an overview of scheduling and budgeting f or a professional film or TV production, as well as protocols of working with cast and crew .

  • Practice 1: Script Development

    Credits: 30

    This module explores the craft of storytelling, central to the work of screenwriters, directors and producers. Students consider a range of screenwriting methods and theories, alongside examples f or professional films and original screenplays. Typically this involves examining scene and art structure, linear and non-linear storytelling, developing character and their relation to narrative, exploring theme and building subtext through dialogue. Casting action-ideas, suspense and dramatic irony. Analysing films f or the role of visualisation, motif and symbolism. Students begin work on developing their own scripts f or their MA Film Project and f or an assessed shorter (5 min) script; generating treatments, story outlines and character breakdowns. Students also typically learn about professional Script Reports, analysing story premise, structure, characters, dialogue, pace, visualisation, setting, mood, genre, commercial and social context. Comparing their observations to existing commercial reports. Technical workshops Along side this students are offered an intensive series of technical workshops that take part during the first few weeks of the course to enable all students to acquire the skills to work professionally in film and television and in associated fields and contribute creatively in a variety of roles, as part of a team and in a freelance capacity.

  • Practice 2: Camera, Sound and Editing

    Credits: 30

    This module aims to enhance the student's understanding of video cinematography, lighting, sound recording and post-production processes. Students engage with and critically analyse, a range of camera, sound and editing styles in order to enhance their aesthetic and technical awareness. A programme of screenings and analytic studies of film enhances the student's understanding and awareness of aesthetic approaches to camerawork, sound and post-production. Students reflect on approaches to visualising projects through framing, camera movement, mis en scene and lighting, refining their awareness of shot composition and staging. The aim is to enhance visual storytelling awareness and skills, with a series of masterclasses, workshops and practical exercises. They w ill also further examine technical aspects of camera operation, formats, lenses and filters and the operation of grip equipment In distinct workshops students w ill also gain experience of sound recording and mixing, as w ell as Post-production editing processes. The technical aspects of the course are taught by practicing industry-trained professionals. The module is delivered in a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. The aim is to provide a broad educational experience, offering students varied professional perspectives. At the same time, students continue to work on the outlines and scripts f or their Digital Film projects and receive further feedback on their proposals. Interdisciplinary Project During the first weeks of this module student’s undertake an interdisciplinary group project to develop the skills and concepts required for advanced innovative creative thinking. Students will work with tutors and invited practitioners on a project leading to a public exposition in the Art and Design Gallery. The project will look at notions of genre, medium, group working and experience as narrative. These ideas about creativity developed in the group project can be woven into your own personal practice.

Optional

  • Research and Enquiry (Online)

    Credits: 15

    This module aims to provide students with a range of research skills suitable for postgraduate-level study in art, art therapy, design, film, media and music. The module views creative, technical and therapeutic practices as research processes and helps students locate their own work within contemporary, advanced-level practice in their discipline and to make a critical evaluation of the bodies of practice and ideas that sustain them. Key skills addressed include those of research management, critical evaluation, academic conventions, notions of creative, technical and therapeutic practice as research methodologies, and a range of modes of contextual analysis. The skills gleaned on this module will provide students with a platform for research for the remainder of the programme and in their future careers.

  • Creative Economies (Online)

    Credits: 15

    The Creative Economies module enables students to explore and engage with creative economies relevant to their individual practice. The module delivers a series of lectures and workshops examining creative economies. The taught sessions examine the social, political and economic dimension of creative practice across a range of professions and consider the transitional nature of creative economies. The module provides an opportunity for students to engage with people and environments, seeking an understanding of how their own practice may be located within these contexts, locally, nationally or globally.

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £8,150 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £680 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £12,600 for the 2017 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1050 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £8,000 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £665 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £12,500 for the 2018 academic year

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1040 per 15 credits for the 2018 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2017

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28/09/201725/09/2018Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201725/09/2018Apply online (Part Time)

2018

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28/09/201825/09/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201825/09/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2019

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28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)