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Filmmaking
Postgraduate course
MA

Filmmaking

International Scholarships available

Overview

Immerse yourself in hands-on filmmaking and real production budgets on this practical course. Creativity and collaboration will be at the heart of your learning, which will take place in the University's Northern Film School, giving you access to industry-standard equipment and facilities.

Informed by professional film production techniques and processes, this course will give you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in key areas, including producing, directing, cinematography and editing. Throughout this learning process, you will have the support of a teaching team with current and extensive industry experience.

The course is driven by filmmaking itself, but you will also focus on theory - we want you to think, research, discuss and watch films. Drawing on established ideas and techniques used in independent filmmaking, you will be encouraged to base your productions on inspiring stories and innovative concepts.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 38% of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit.
As film financing, production and distribution move away from old models our course prepares you for an industry that expects you to be self reliant and self-employed.

You will be taught by practising filmmakers with experience across documentary and fiction, from cinematography to editing, some of whom can boast BAFTA and Oscar nominations. As a consequence of relationships between staff and the industry, you will have the opportunity to learn from visiting filmmakers during guest lectures and workshops. The Northern Film School is also a member of The International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT), an organisation of only the best film schools worldwide.

At the Electric Press in Leeds city centre where the School is based, you will have access to an impressive range of facilities. These include both 16mm and digital production equipment, two production studios, edit suites, screening facilities, a props store and film and script archive.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Play MA Filmmaking - Keith Dando, Senior Lecturer Video
MA Filmmaking - Keith Dando, Senior Lecturer
Play Peter Baumann, MA Filmmaking Graduate Video
Peter Baumann, MA Filmmaking Graduate
Play Postgraduate Study - Invest in yourself Video
Postgraduate Study - Invest in yourself

 

Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Your personal statement should address the following criteria:

  1. Why you have applied to our post graduate filmmaking course, and what you wish to gain from your experience with us (250 words max)
  2. Which one of our main specialist areas are you interested in following? Describe why you feel your background, experience and aptitude make you a suitable candidate for your chosen specialisation. (250 words max) (The main specialist areas are: Producing, Directing, Cinematography, Production design, Sound, Editing)
  3. Write an evaluation addressing the weaknesses of one item in your submitted portfolio. (250 words max)
  4. What other experience and/or learning have you had in film, television or related areas? (250 words max)
  5. Tell us about any other interests including your leisure activities (150 words max)

All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio or showreel. A guidance document is available here

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Your personal statement should address the following criteria:

  1. Why you have applied to our post graduate filmmaking course, and what you wish to gain from your experience with us (250 words max)
  2. Which one of our main specialist areas are you interested in following? Describe why you feel your background, experience and aptitude make you a suitable candidate for your chosen specialisation. (250 words max) (The main specialist areas are: Producing, Directing, Cinematography, Production design, Sound, Editing)
  3. Write an evaluation addressing the weaknesses of one item in your submitted portfolio. (250 words max)
  4. What other experience and/or learning have you had in film, television or related areas? (250 words max)
  5. Tell us about any other interests including your leisure activities (150 words max)

All suitable candidates will be required to submit a portfolio or showreel. A guidance document is available here

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Peter Baumann

Careers

Teaching and learning

Collaborate with fellow students to realise a set of filmed projects. Working as part of a team, you will take on a specific filmmaking role. Your role will be supported through tutorial instruction and workshops aimed at enhancing your understanding of visual storytelling practice.

Explore the process of developing and presenting research. You will identify your own research topic and examine the connections between the social, cultural and economic contexts of filmmaking practice.

Building on the knowledge and experience you have gained during the Specialist Collaboration in Filmmaking module, you will enhance your understanding of filmmaking specialist work and apply your skills to increasingly complex, collaborative project work.

Create a research project demonstrating your advanced ability to explore the connections between the social, cultural and economic contexts of filmmaking. You will analyse and interpret your findings, examining in detail an area of filmmaking closely related to your own practice.

Develop work suitable for collaborative film project production. This may be a film, screenplay or other suitable project. The nature of your proposed project will be determined through tutorial discussions and will be based upon your specialist skills and future intentions.

Get involved in creating a collaborative film project, working within a defined specialist area. Usually this project is a feature screenplay or a short film or video. You will reflect upon this experience, and provide a critical analysis of your learning.

Develop a project and professional plan for your continued practice after the completion of your course. Your proposed project could potentially be individual work, or one in collaboration with colleagues.

Keith Dando
Keith Dando
Course Director
Keith’s career has included work on short and feature films, television series and computer games in projects for the BBC, Channel Four, Channel Five and many independent film and TV companies. Keith has also co-written screenplays that have reached the finals in the prestigious Zoetrope and Final Draft screenwriting contests, and worked with upcoming and respected filmmakers such as Clio Barnard and Penny Woolcock.
Our course aims to empower you to not just get into the industry but to 'be' the industry on a creative as well as business level, and to leave the course having made long lasting collaborative relationships.
Play MA Filmmaking - Keith Dando, Senior Lecturer Video
MA Filmmaking - Keith Dando, Senior Lecturer
Play Peter Baumann, MA Filmmaking Graduate Video
Peter Baumann, MA Filmmaking Graduate
Play Postgraduate Study - Invest in yourself Video
Postgraduate Study - Invest in yourself

 

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for students entering in 2018/19 is £7000 in Year 1 and £3500 in Year 2.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • All equipment, IT resources and film budgets are provided by the School.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Travel, food and accommodation for the Camerimage Film Festival

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for students entering in 2018/19 is £11500 in Year 1 and £5750 in Year 2.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • All equipment, IT resources and film budgets are provided by the School.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Travel, food and accommodation for the Camerimage Film Festival

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Film Studios
    Film Studios

    Based in the Electric Press, our two expansive production studios, East and West Side enable the building of substantial film sets. This affords film students the opportunity to fully explore set design and prop building.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Electric Press, City Campus

Electric Press, City Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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