Entry requirements

We invite applications from students with a BA (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in arts, humanities or science. Film and media related degrees, while welcome, are not essential for admission.

Applicants without a degree but with professional experience may also be considered for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn how to build a successful career in film exhibition, programming, criticism or archival work.

This is a ground-breaking MA delivered in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI). It is delivered by film professionals in exhibition and distribution, festivals, archives and film criticism, alongside academics and filmmakers.

You’ll learn about the practicalities of film exhibition, distribution and preservation in the changing digital landscape, and study the practice of film criticism and comment - including reviewing and critically writing about films, filmmakers and the broader culture. Surrounded by film and television content creators – this unique learning environment actively encourages creative dialogue between makers, curators and critics.

You will also attend film festivals and have the opportunity to curate or contribute to festivals, seasons, pop up screenings and other events.

What You Will Study

A rigorous academic framework is combined with practical and real world applications, enabling each student to develop their own skills, knowledge and understanding to provide a strong basis for a career in film and media.

You’ll be devising and contributing to programming projects; writing film criticism and reviews; researching and producing video essays. Complementing this, you’ll also be receiving professional tuition on the theoretical, historical and critical understanding of film, to bring much greater depth to your projects.

In addition, you will gain a thorough understanding of the process by which a film moves from a creative idea to an audience experience, and explore the history, theory and critical contexts of film and look at a variety of critical writing.

Information for international students

This course is open to UK/EU/International students.

Fees and funding

Please visit our website for fees information. All production costs are included in the course fees, including the use of School facilities and equipment.

The NFTS is committed to ensuring it is open to students of genuine ability, no matter what their background or financial circumstances, which is why we award more scholarships and bursaries to British students, relative to the size of our student body, than almost any other educational institution in the UK.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Professional practice200

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