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MA Directing Film & Television

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

The Director is central to the creative process in media production. This postgraduate course is designed to enable you to step up to the challenge of delivering award-winning productions.

In this hands-on course, you will be provided with many opportunities for practical production across different platforms and genres in both factual and fictional filmmaking alongside enhancing your skills and technical understanding of film, television and transmedia production.

  • Develop advanced skills as a director in line with both current industry practice and the traditions of independent filmmaking.
  • Use your final production project to show off technical and directorial skills you have developed to mastermind your own collaboration and use it as your calling card to industry.
  • Learn from media professionals who have expertise and experience of working in the industry. 
  • Working with the producing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound and editing students you’ll create a showcase of your skills and as a visual, creative storyteller, bringing your ideas to life.
  • Benefit from regular guest speakers from industry professionals. Previous speakers include Femi Odugbemi - Director, Producer & Executive-Producer of several award-winning films, Tony Hood - British Filmmaker including work on London Has Fallen (2016) and War Machine (2017) and Saskia Wesnigk-Wood - Actor-Director. 
  • You will be equipped with the skills to understand and manage the entire production process, from effective planning and pre-visualisation, through work on location to overseeing creative post-production work.
  • Take advantage of opportunities with RedBalloon, an award-winning professional production unit based in the Faculty of Media and Communication.
  • Graduate from an International Moving Image Society (IMIS) accredited degree, awarded to practice-based courses that best prepare students for a career in the industry.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time

Accreditations:

The International Moving Image Society (IMIS)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Download the programme specification (pdf 679kb)

Your application

For MA Directing Film and Television we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have some prior experience of directing on a practical level
  • Display the ambition, commitment, organisational flair and team working skills required to work in their chosen media production specialism
  • Are flexible with time and energy levels
  • Are creative and enthusiastic
  • Can adapt to varying demands/workloads.

Entry requirements

RedBalloon opportunities

RedBalloon Productions is an award-winning professional production unit based in the Media and Communication Faculty at BU. RedBalloon offers paid work to second and final year students and graduates, including opportunities for editors, production managers, sound assistants and runners, a great way to enhance your CV with professional credits and networking. Students work alongside professional crew and for a wide range of clients from local charities to national organisations such as The National Trust, Exeter Cathedral and Bournemouth Courts of Justice.

Read about some recent projects our students have been working on. 

Visit the RedBalloon website to find out more

Careers

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. 

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

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