Taught course

Film & Television

Institution
Falmouth University · School of Film and Television
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those with relevant Level 6 qualifications, or relevant equivalent experience, and a demonstrable interest in the subject. If you have professional experience, this can sometimes be substituted for traditional academic qualifications. This experience should be current (gained within the last five years) and should be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

Months of entry

September

Course content

MA Film & Television at Falmouth University reflects and interrogates the highly fluid nature of the contemporary screen media environment.

Our MA is distinguished from traditional courses in that it specifically addresses the diversity and crossover of today's film and television culture with the aim of producing adaptive thinkers and highly creative practitioners. Our academic focus engages and interrogates film and television's status in the 21st century, which is often defined in terms of the digital age and digital culture.

On the course you will be required to examine, interpret and contest the notion of digital culture historically, socially, politically and artistically through both your research and creative practice. You will interrogate the increasingly blurred boundaries between film and television, art and technology, production and consumption, with the outcome being a fracturing of traditional categorisations. We reflect an era in which screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (Newsroom, The West Wing) and Lena Dunham (Girls, Tiny Furniture) experiment with dialogue and narrative, while conceptual artists Sam Taylor-Wood (Nowhere Boy, Love You More) and Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Shame) have shifted from the art gallery to the cinema. Directors such as Ben Wheatley (A Field in England, Sightseers) and companies such as Curzon and Film4 are making use of multi-platform release schedules, and brands including HBO, Amazon and Netflix are shaping the very nature of not only what, but how, we watch. MA Film & Television understands this fundamentally shifting zeitgeist.

In examining industrial structure and visual form you will theorise the shifting dynamics of an age where anyone with a phone and a laptop has the ability to record, edit and disseminate visual projects. Such 'democratisation' has arguably made both creative uniqueness and clear industry pathways less discernable, but has provided a new and fruitful framework for those who have the ideas, talent, dedication and adaptability to embrace such immense transitional potential. However, despite these multitudinous transformations attributed to digital culture, the ethos of our MA contends that fundamental skills remain the basis of both sound academic work and creative practice. Rather than being fearful of what is to come, or nostalgic for the past, this course gives you the confidence to look at film and television critically, and acquire cutting edge creative skills in order to produce intelligent, innovative and inspirational visual work.

Our philosophy is one of flexibility, so you'll shape the curriculum around your own interests, whether in theory, creative practice, or a combination of the two. Drawn from the fundamentals of history, theory and criticism, our theoretical strand develops tomorrow's cineastes, cultural commentators, journalists and academics. This also underpins our approach to practice. The most successful film and television makers are students of their chosen medium, highly knowledgeable of historical legacy and social-political context. You'll not only learn how to develop, write, produce, shoot, record, direct and edit well, but why, philosophically and creatively, your ideas are worth being made.

Information for international students

Please apply using the online application form on our website. You will be asked to submit a portfolio of creative work and satisfy the English language entry requirement IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of scholarships for international applicants, details are available on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,250
International students
£12,500

The University has been awarded 30 postgraduate bursaries of £10,000 each for students admitted to taught Masters degree programmes at Falmouth in September/October 2015. The scheme can only consider applications from students who: have been paying £9,000 fees as an undergraduate (and graduate in 2015); are a UK or EU student; and qualified for grant/bursary support in their final year of undergraduate studies, or were from Cornwall prior to commencing their undergraduate studies, or have a disability which qualifies for DSA.

For more information and to apply, please visit: www.falmouth.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
admissions@falmouth.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1326 213730