Filmmaking

MA - UCA Farnham - 2019, 2020

This course offers you the opportunity to develop your creative and technical skills as an independent filmmaker working in fictional film. You'll have the opportunity to write and direct your own Short Film or follow a specialist route as a Head of Department in film production. 

You'll develop high-level skills in a learning environment which nurtures technical excellence in the creation of cinematic sound and image. You'll also develop personal creativity and the ability to collaborate effectively within a team in pursuit of a shared cinematic vision.

The course allows you to experience the rigours of filmmaking by reflecting the realities of current film practice, within the supportive structure of our extensive Film School. It will enhance your understanding of the professional demands of the film industry and fully equip you for a freelance career, should you so desire.

You'll have the opportunity to engage in critical debate around current theoretical approaches to filmmaking practice, as well as developing your own practical project alongside other like-minded students.

At UCA, you'll also benefit from access to a fantastic selection of cutting edge facilities, including 16mm and digital cinema cameras, advanced sound recording equipment, a purpose-built film studio and high-quality post-production suites.

Our graduates have gone on to work on some of the biggest box office movies of recent years - including Gravity, the Harry Potter franchise, The Dark Knight, Mission Impossible, Skyfall, Godzilla, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Rush, Total Recall, Fast & Furious 6 and many more - as well as on major TV programmes and other projects with leading media companies. Some alumni have also started their own companies, with recent successes including Kode Media, Bright Stem and This Place.

Length of study:

One year full-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Facilities

Filmmaking facilities include a purpose-built film studio with dedicated technical support from industry specialists. Sound editing and mixing suites which include software such as Avid Media Composer, Symphony Nitris and Pro Tools. Digital media suites with Macs and PCs with latest programs for film editing, and an on-campus media store with good supply of 16mm, super 16mm, digital HD video cameras and high-end sound recording equipment to hire.

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Course details

  • Term 1

    You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

    Research and Critical Approaches: Filmmaking
    This unit explores the different modes of research related to the creative process. It is a critical and practical study in which students will develop their skills in translating imagined film concepts into treatments, project proposals, screenplays and other forms of communicating film ideas.

    Skills and Development: Filmmaking Practice
    This unit allows you to further your knowledge and technical ability within your own filmmaking practice. Through a series of practical workshops you will be given the opportunity to cover some of the following: directing, producing, camera operating, lighting, art direction, sound recording, editing, and sound design.

  • Term 2

    During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

    Production
    This unit is built around the creative, organisational and technical processes of the preproduction and production of your short film. The filmmaking undertaken in this unit will build from a script written during the unit Research and Critical Approaches.  Training during the Skills and Development unit combined with your own independent study will provide the expertise in production tasks.

     

  • Term 3

    In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

    Project Delivery and Professional Context
    This unit focuses on the practices of film post production, allowing you to advance your knowledge of editing and other techniques through your own creative process. You will be challenged to reflect on the work that you have produced so far and to resolve it into a form that allows for completion and delivery according to industry standards.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students full-time - £9,250
    • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
    • International students full-time - £16,800 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

  • Fee discounts and scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

  • Careers

    This course prepares you for a career within the field of fiction film production and also equips you with a range of versatile skills that open up a broad variety of career paths.

    Graduates from related UCA courses have been commissioned to work by broadcasters and film funds worldwide in a wide range of roles within the industry such as directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, sound designers, screenwriting, production design and VFX. Potential careers open to students undertaking this course might include work in archives, curating or distribution.

  • Further study

    You may want to undertake further study or research to specialise even more.

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or admissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

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English language requirements

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You may be able to enter the course through the UCA International College

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Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio of written or visual work for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal.

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