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Postgraduate courses

Film and broadcasting rely on the close collaboration of specialist practitioners. Here at Bournemouth University we offer an industry-replicating collaborative framework so that you can specialise and develop higher level skills and responsibilities in your own chosen craft while working with other advanced learners across the production disciplines.

Our courses include: 

We operate, in effect, like a large production studio. Writers, directors and producers pitch ideas and scripts to the whole group and production teams are formed through negotiation. The staff team are, in effect, the executive producers, greenlighting and supervising projects through production.

We expect the highest creative and technical standards and, upon successful completion of your course, having spent a year focusing hard on your chosen discipline, you should be ready to enter or develop your role in the film or broadcast industries.

Recent graduates have worked on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Commuter, Peterloo, Son of Saul, The Night Manager, Troy: Fall of a City, Masterchef, at Buzzfeed L.A. and won numerous awards.

Every member of the staff team has relevant industry experience and we are complimented by visiting speakers, workshop leaders and tutors drawn from the contemporary film and broadcast industries.

Events in the department

GTC Bill Vinten University Awards, Oct 2016

As the 2015 winners of this award, we were privileged to host this year’s event, with a number of the GTC members commenting that they thought this was the most successful awards event to date. The Faculty of Media and Communication’s Executive Dean, Professor Michael Wilmore, set the tone for the evening with a warm welcome, the keynote speech by Graham Maunder (chair of the GTC) was followed by an inspirational talk from Angus Mitchell, 2015 winner and BU alumni, having worked on Star Wars, Broadchurch and on Steven Spielberg’s new film, all in the last 12 months – very impressive!

Congratulations to Portsmouth University, the winners of the top prize ‘The University Trophy’ and to each of the individual student winners.

An Evening with Billy Williams March 2017

Hosted by Mark Bond for Centre for Film and Television Research.

Williams discussed his extraordinary career as one of the UK’s most influential cinematographers. In a career spanning 50 years he has filmed over 40 films, including some of the most celebrated in film history, including Women in Love (1969), Gandhi (1982), for which he won an Oscar, and On Golden Pond(1981).The evening will conclude with a screening of Women in Love, which Williams recently digitally re-mastered for the BFI, Blu-ray release.Women in Love; directed by Ken Russell, starring Glenda Jackson (who won an Oscar for her performance) Alan Bates and Oliver Reed is critically acclaimed and features some remarkable experimental filming techniques which Billy discussed in his talk.

Joint Drama Workshops with Director Peter Hoar. Feb 2017

MA Media Production students collaborated as a team to explore the communications and etiquette of working together as an effective unit with a 1st Assistant Director and Director. Media Production students will be collaborating with directors, producers, and sound students in four days of joint drama workshops in studio PG25. The aim of these workshops is to encourage effective teamwork on larger scripted drama productions employing professional industry standard equipment such as the Arri Alexa and the Panther track dolly and jib. Working together with Peter Hoar (director on Daredevil) on scripts from a recent East Enders episode we will film two short bar scenes, rotating roles was we proceed. The films were screened and discussed in a feedback session the following week.

SHOT17 MA Cinematography Photographic Exhibition. Feb 2017

This exhibition represents the culmination of a series of 10 photographic briefs designed as non-assessed formative assignments, encouraging students to engage with these essential photographic skills. Students were asked to ‘think outside the box’ experiment and have fun with these exercises. The results speak for themselves, with students producing challenging and ambitious work, contributing to their cinematography skills, professional competencies and enhancing the visual quality of films produced by the MA Media Production framework.

Exchange Camera Workshops with Wiltshire College Salisbury Students. May 2017

Exchange Camera Workshop

A series of exchange camera workshops organised by the Wiltshire College Salisbury Link Tutor, Mark Bond, to strengthen ties between the faculty of Media & Communication and our partner college.