Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered. This programme requires the submission of a portfolio and study proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

Film directing at ECA works across documentary, fiction and experimental film.

Students are encouraged to develop their own voices as filmmakers. We work as a community with undergraduates and postgraduates collaborating to support and challenge each other. We aim to combine the energy and creative working practices of an art college with the professionalism and accountability of the industry, in order to produce work that will reach audiences internationally.

Students have won awards at festivals all over the world including most recently the Golden Gate Award, San Francisco President’s Award, a Full Frame Festival award, a Golden Dove at the Leipzig Documentary Festival, Best Short at the Sofia International Film Festival, a Grierson for Best Student Film as well as a host of New Talent BAFTAs. Our students’ success, both while studying and afterwards, working internationally in the industry, supports our reputation as one of the best places in the UK to study film directing.

Students also benefit from the many links with the Scottish Documentary Institute, which forms part of the department and regularly hosts master-classes. Recent visitors to the department include producer David Puttnam and film-makers Nick Broomfield, Jennifer Fox and Bill Forsyth.

Information for international students

Please see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/humanities-soc-sci/postgraduate/prospective-students/english-language/table

Fees and funding

Please see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
21 months

Course contact details

ECA Graduate School
+44 (0) 131 651 5736