Taught course


Goldsmiths, University of London · Media and Communications

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.

Directing Fiction, Producing, Screen Documentary, Cinematography, Sound Recording and Design, Editing

Months of entry


Course content

The department of media and communications at Goldsmiths is delighted to announce the launch in September 2015 of the newly expanded MA filmmaking degree, now available in six pathways which will give you a high level of specialised skills training in: directing fiction, producing, screen documentary, cinematography, sound recording and design, and editing.

This newly-expanded Masters takes the concept of the university-taught media MA to the next level. It offers specialised film, television and multi-platform industry training alongside unique opportunities to network and produce with others across gallery art, theatre and social media. You'll also be able to study and critique existing forms and trends – pioneering creative new products that will make waves in the media and wider world. And you can benefit from an invaluable year-long mentorship with an individual or company within the industry.

The programme takes on board what the industry and independents are telling us every day: that while they seek well-rounded and multi-talented new recruits to the business, they also value and respect specialisms, where they are well-taught, current and to industry standards. MA Filmmaking will supply this via highly qualified, industry-active and award-winning staff and guest lecturers. The MA will therefore offer specialist training by offering six distinct pathways:

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 and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300