We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above.
Months of entry
Explore and make creative connections between film analysis and film practice.
Our course has a distinctive focus on international, alternative, and documentary cinemas, while also providing a solid foundation in key elements of film history and theory, including Hollywood. This critical appraisal of such a wide range of genres gives you a solid understanding of what makes film work well, enabling you to improve your own production skills in camerawork, editing, lighting, screenwriting and production management.
You gain a strong sense of independent filmmaking practice, and learn to apply your academic knowledge of film through exploring topics including:
- The formal, social, cultural and political dimensions of films from both within and beyond Hollywood
- Fiction film production, including pre-production, camera, lighting and sound
- Classics of the documentary form , docufictions and mockumentaries
- Collective and individual filmmaking projects
- Storyboarding and editing
You also benefit from a series of masterclasses conducted by invited industry professionals which focus on the craft of filmmaking: developing your technical understanding of cinematography, directing and editing/postproduction.
These also introduce you to potential employment routes and industry career pathways, from setting up your own production company, to identifying and tapping into distribution networks, and preparing and marketing your completed films.
We are ranked Top 20 in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2015), and three-quarters of our research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).
This course is also available on a part-time basis.
Information for international students
IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.5 in writing
Fees and funding
We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Graduate Administrator
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