Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media. You might also be considered for the programme if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Months of entry


Course content

If you want to be a filmmaer this is theplace to learn, gain experience and make films you will be proud to have on your show reel.
As a student on one of the six pathways you'll develop your specialist skill. In addition, you'll also have a range of short optional modules in other production areas of your choosing to give you the kind of flexibility that the industry now expects. The options include script and project development, web drama, online content, and social activist filmmaking, alongside more traditional media such as camera and editing skills.
Our filmmaking facilities and scheduling are geared around fiction production, as this is a major opportunity that the learning on the programme provides. The ethos of the course is 'form follows function'. Your study and practice throughout the year will equip you with the most appropriate means of telling your story in order to connect with an audience.
Filmmkaing is a team activity. Every student is required to work closely with others as part of a creative team to produce their final project. All the programmes also have good contacts and connections with students in the other specialist areas your productions might require, such as music composition, hair and makeup, set design, scriptwriting and of course acting talent.
Filmmaking is very demanding; it requires a lot of committment, imagination and teamwork. You will be fully stretched on these programmes.

The pathways combine both fiction and documentary elements, and encompass a variety of new options such as script and project development, web drama, online content, and social activist filmmaking, alongside the more traditional media skills, to reflect the changing trends and diversity in the current media landscape.

If you're passionate about fashioning an exciting career as a filmmaker in an environment that promotes innovative filmmaking, this is the ideal degree for you. You'll benefit from:

  • Industry-experienced and award-winning staff
  • Small, focused specialist teaching groups and one-to-one tutorial time
  • A creative, dynamic and outward-facing environment, where students work with a variety of other arts skills and with relevant critical theory
  • An exciting new industry-spec building with studio and rehearsal spaces, and screening rooms
  • Fully up-to-date camera, lighting and sound equipment, plus mixing desk and edit suites

As part of the programme you'll benefit from working on a number of film and DV image and sound exercises as you progress through the programme, building to three collaborative productions, the last being a substantive piece that will be considered for screening at BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) to an industry audience, and put forward to the festival and exhibition circuit.

Spend a year at Goldsmiths enjoying the uniquely stimulating atmosphere that our world-class creative university can offer you, as a path to amplify your individual abilities in the company of like-minded, talented peers from around the world.

Excellence in filmmaking

We are the only UK university to offer advanced skills training to film school standards, combined with the radical and critical approach that makes Media and Communications at Goldsmiths renowned as one of the UK's leading research departments in this field.

Building on the huge success of Goldsmiths alumnus filmmaker Steve McQueen and many others, we are a top UK destination for bright, original, forward-thinking and enterprising creatives in this sector.

Industry links

We have enviable relations with the media industries. Our Olive Till Annual Debate has featured special guests such as Danny Boyle (Trainspotting; Slumdog Millionaire), Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham; Bhaji on the Beach), Stephen Frears (The Queen; Dirty Pretty Things), Michael Winterbottom (Wonderland; 24 Hour Party People), Alan Parker (Angel Heart; Mississippi Burning), Noel Clarke (Kidulthood), Paul Greengrass (The Bourne series; Captain Phillips), and the late Anthony Minghella (The English Patient). Producers have included Tim Bevan (Working Title Films), Tessa Ross (Channel Four) and Alison Owen (Ruby Films).

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300