Taught course

Advanced Film Practice

Edinburgh Napier University · The Screen Academy

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Master's Degree in Film or relevant area in order to be eligible for this course. You can also apply with an Undergraduate degree alongside film related work experience, or substantial professional experience.

All applicants must submit a portfolio of work that best shows their abilities as a screenwriter, producer, director, cinematographer, editor or sound editor/designer.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is ideal for talented writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, sound designers or editors looking to take their careers to the next level. The MFA Advanced Film Practice provides a space to focus on your personal, professional and creative development.

The MFA is designed as an additional year of study on top of a Masters Degree. It might also appeal to talented individuals without a post-graduate degree but with an equivalent body of creative work and/or industry experience.

As part of your application, you will propose a project which will be the focus of your MFA studies. Screenwriters might wish to develop a screenplay or TV pilot and bible ready to send to producers, broadcasters and agents. A director might develop a project ahead of a funding application, or focus on a specific area of their craft - working with actors, camera or sound. A producer might develop a single project in preparation for a funding application or as a ready-to-go low budget feature, or work on a slate of projects. Cinematographers, sound designers and editors can work on aspects of their craft, seek out work experience, and emerge with a professional CV and showreel.

MFA students will work individually on a series of exercises and on a project. Nevertheless, there is the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students on Edinburgh Napier's postgraduate programmes - MA Screenwriting, MA Film and the Kino Eyes International Masters in Film. At Edinburgh Napier, you can also access students studying music, photography, graphic design and other subjects within our School of Arts and Creative Industries (SACI).

Information for international students

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 6.0 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MFA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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