MA Film and Television Production

Why choose Herts?

  • Professional Accreditation: CILECT membership with the International Association of Film and Television Schools, with opportunity for students to become Avid and Blackmagic accredited.
  • Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by an Oscar Award winning director of many blockbusters (including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) with vast experience working alongside industry-greats including Steven Spielberg, and Stanley Kubrick.
  • Employment Prospects: Our graduates work as directors, producers, and writers for organisations including Hogarth Worldwide, Space Digital, and Arté.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Professional Accreditations

Avid Accreditation

Students are offered the opportunity to become Avid accredited (the industry’s leading professional editing software) before completing their degree. This is a major advantage for post-production roles strengthening student’s applications for positions within the editing departments of film and TV production companies.

Blackmagic Design

Students are also offered the opportunity to become Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve accredited before completing their degree. Resolve is one of the leading colour correction and grading applications in the industry, and also includes picture editing and Fairlight audio editing capabilities.  Blackmagic is a name recognised across the film and television industry, and a certification as a pro-user in their software will make graduating students even more employable.  The University is proud to be one of Blackmagic’s first accredited training centres in Europe.

CILECT

The International Association of Film and Television Schools is the association of the world’s major film and television schools. Founded in Cannes in 1955, we are one of only 13 member film courses in the UK. Membership to CILECT not only requires the highest standard of teaching but also gives members access to a wide network of educators and industry professionals as a means to exchange ideas and further develop their curriculum and teaching.

About the course

The MA Film and Television Production degree’s mission is to provide an environment for students to develop their vision and use their voice as a filmmaker.

Through a culture of filmmaking practice, students will regularly undertake shoots in which they explore multiple styles of cinema and television drama and documentary. With a strong focus on feature film, high-end drama and feature documentary, students are challenged to produce creative ideas, scripts and shorts across each week. The course ensures students build their own filmmaker’s sketchbook of genres, skills, narratives and vision.

In the final semester, students produce their own major film or TV production, or write a substantial screenplay (such as a feature length film script or a pilot episode and series outline for TV drama).

Why choose this course?

Across the course, students will gain and build on knowledge of production and post-production practice, and essential industry practices including finance, marketing and distribution.

Our regular hosted sessions with industry professionals ensure students learn current industry practice and trends from the very best.  We also work closely with key industry partners to enable students to connect directly with their future employers and mentors.

Students undertake a programme of screenings, masterclasses 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, camerawork, lighting, sound recording, post production techniques, producership, 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 (e.g. Visual Effects, Special Effects, Animation or Music) whose input can enhance the professionalism of your major projects.

What will I study?

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

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Creative Economies 15 Credits Compulsory
    Major Study: Film and Television Production 60 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Discourse/Reflection: Professional Project Development 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 1: Script Development 30 Credits Compulsory
    Practice 2: Camera, Sound and Editing 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research and Enquiry (Online) 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Economies (Online) 15 Credits Optional
  • Key staff

    Howard Berry (Programme Leader)
    Howard has worked on films including Kick-Ass, Sherlock Holmes, and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. He is an associate member of the Guild of British Film & Television Editors and has been a film expert on BBC Three Counties Radio for five years.
    Find out more about Howard Berry (Programme Leader)

    Jan Harlan (Honorary Doctorate holder)
    Jan was Stanley Kubrick’s Executive Producer and worked with him on his last five films; followed by working with Spielberg on AI: Artificial Intelligence. Jan’s teaching is known worldwide, and he has been teaching at Herts for eight years.

    Kim Walden (Senior Lecturer)
    Kim’s work has revolved around the impact of digital technologies on film. She has written about the influence of computer games on films, the impact of digital media on acting and performance in animation and the new narrative ecologies of film.

    Mike Newell (Honorary Doctorate holder)
    Mike is the director of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Mike gives guest masterclasses, and invited students to the post sound mix of his films.

    Prof. Val Kuklowsky (Visiting Professor of Sound Post-Production)
    Val is an Oscar winner (U571), and Emmy and BAFTA award nominee (Independence Day), working as a post-production sound supervisor, with credits including A Knight’s Tale, Moonlighting, and Game of Thrones.

    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Film and Television Production Download
    MA Film and Television Production Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Film and Television Production Download
    MA Film and Television Production Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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