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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 Master’s is designed to build and develop your knowledge in that field, enabling you to step up to the challenge of delivering award-winning  productions.

It’s a hands-on course which provides many opportunities for practical production across different platforms and genres in both factual and fictional film-making. It will enhance your storytelling skills and your technical understanding of film, television and transmedia production. You’ll develop advanced skills as a director in line with both current industry practice and the traditions of independent filmmaking.

Course overview

The Faculty of Media & Communication encourages dynamic collaborations between students across courses. Working with the producing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound and editing students, you’ll create a showcase of your skills as a visual, creative storyteller. Many of these collaborations have continued beyond the course as students set up their own production companies.

This comprehensive course will equip you with the skills to understand and manage the entire production process, from effective planning and pre-visualisation, through effective and efficient work on location, to overseeing creative post-production work.

Under the guidance of experienced media professionals, you will develop your own directorial craft and style, and will gain a sound theoretical grounding in the social, cultural and intellectual context for media production work. You will also acquire other related skills which will increase your employability.

The final production project will allow you to use the technical and directorial skills you have developed to mastermind your own work in collaboration with other students within the Faculty of Media & Communication. As an alternative, you can choose a research-based option to undertake a detailed study of an aspect of directing.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

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 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will usually 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 849kb)

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

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. 

The course has been awarded accreditation by the International Moving Image Society (IMIS) in recognition of its professionalism and industry relevance in moving image education and training.

All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.

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 new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (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

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the directing film and television sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. The Programme Leader for this course is Dr Nick Bamford.