Taught course

Film Making

Institution
Kingston University · School of Performance and Screen Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

  • a second class degree or above in a humanities subject (film, media studies, languages, history, English etc) or in any other subject felt to relate to the art and craft of film making;
  • a passion for film making; and
  • a distinct and individual voice.

We also carefully consider non-standard entrants with relevant personal and work experience who can demonstrate the interest, commitment and ability required to make their own films.

Please note that students will also be required to purchase their own external hard drive (with a capacity greater than 250 GB) to store all of their film projects.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course will enable you to develop film production skills with both digital and analogue equipment, as well as knowledge of the theories of contemporary cinema. The focus is placed firmly on developing clear and simple storytelling techniques that go beyond arbitrary formal categorisations of drama, documentary or genre. The course takes its inspiration from forms of cultural production that have challenged conformity, including the work of artists, musicians, painters and performers, and the movements of Italian neo-realism and the developing cinemas of Africa, Latin America, South Korea and Iran.

Key features
• This course encourages you to synthesise your personal experience, critical knowledge and craft skills to express yourself through moving pictures.
• Your studies will be split broadly into 75 per cent practice and 25 per cent theory.
• As well as the personal tutor scheme, we also run a pioneering peer-mentoring scheme in which recent MA graduates provide one-to-one assistance in the use of equipment and software.
• Staff on this course are practising filmmakers.
• The course is informed by practice and research in black music and cinema, neo-realist cinema, experimental filmmaking, performance and dance, storytelling, participative documentary and ghetto cinema.


What will you study

You will study the basic principles of filmmaking, develop an understanding of the nature and potential of visual storytelling, and discover the importance of sound, lighting and the screenplay. You will also gain a sound knowledge of theories and ideas that can help in the interpretation of your own work and that of other filmmakers. You will produce a portfolio of moving-image projects to illustrate your technical ability in cinematography, sound recording, editing and writing/direction.

You will be able to use high-definition digital video camcorders, DSLRs and Macs running Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud to apply classical and independent principles with contemporary technology; 8mm, super8 and 16mm film cameras are also available to explore analogue forms of filmmaking (students who wish to use our analogue cameras will have to cover their own stock and processing costs).

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/film-making-ma/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Full time: 3 days per week Part time: 2 days per week

Course contact details

Phone
08448 544972/+44 (0)20 3308 9929