Taught course

Filmmaking and Media Arts

University of Glasgow · College of Arts

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate Hons degree (normally at least a 2.1) and evidence of basic film-making/video production skills (e.g. show reel, evidence of previously completed production courses at introductory level or higher.) Short proposal for a film/media art project. (max. 500 words.) Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Filmmaking and Media Arts is designed to deliver a portfolio of skills required in contemporary screen-based production contexts. If you are a filmmaker, freelance media producer, or an independent media artist seeking to develop advanced skills and learn key industry practices for building your career, the MSc in Filmmaking and Media Arts has been specifically designed for you. Through practical workshops, industry master classes, and history and theory courses you will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals, media artists, and world leading academics in film, television and digital media theory.
Why Glasgow?
  • This broad-based and flexible programme allows you to work across a variety of platforms.
  • Recognising that the programme will attract a diverse range of creative individuals, we offer a variety of software and hardware options.
  • Our purpose designed Media Lab is equipped with Avid, Adobe Creative Cloud (including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Dreamweaver), Final Cut Pro, and Maya. We are able to equip students for projects with a range of cameras and sound and lighting equipment.
  • Glasgow offers a vibrant context for filmmaking and media arts practice. Key cultural events include The Glasgow Film Festival and Glasgow International (a biennial international festival of contemporary art). It is the home of BBC Scotland, STV and a lively community of independent media producers (television companies, sound studios and design companies) and numerous micro-businesses in the creative industries. It is home to the internationally significant Glasgow Museum of Modern Art as well as venues renowned for exhibitions of emerging and established screen-based artists such as Tramway, The Centre for Contemporary Art and The Arches. In addition, the city is famous for its live music venues, galleries and artist run studio spaces offering an excellent and supportive environment for creative artists.
  • The MSc in Filmmaking and Media Arts is taught in the Gilmorehill Centre which offers a purpose built Media Lab, its own cinema as well as a Media Archive which has more than 6000 holdings, complementing the Library’s extensive collection of film, television and media art books and periodicals. The Centre is home to the international journal Screen and hosts the journal’s annual conference every summer, attracting leading names in film & television studies from across the world. You have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy and media industries throughout the year.

Programme Structure

The programme will offer a combination of formal lectures, practitioner led workshops, seminar discussions, screenings and one-on-one tutorials. The practical elements of the course will feature high levels of support and direction in relation to pre-production materials, including developing pitches and storyboards as well as hands on support in relation to delivery of the individual film/media art projects. Industry workshops are designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed in contemporary screen-based media contexts, while history and theory courses are offered to link industry practice with cutting edge theory in the field.

The MSc in Filmmaking and Media Arts has 4 components:

  • Two core practical workshops: Running in Semester 1 and Semester 2, these are led by a practitioner in our purpose built Media Lab and are designed to provide ‘hands on’ support in the production of your film or media art projects. They also incorporate sessions led by industry professional that are designed to pass on key industry experiences and skills vital to a successful career in the industry.
  • The core academic option Experimental Art and Media:This course covers the history and theory of experimental art and filmmaking, including the topic of practice-as-research. It is designed to provide a critical foundation for your filmmaking and/or media arts practice.
  • In addition to the core practical and history and theory courses you will choose one course, selected from a range of academic options that draw on the research expertise of the subject team.
  • A practice-based dissertation, where you have the opportunity to develop, with support from technical and academic supervisors, a large-scale film or media arts self-directed project.

The 180 credit MSc is made up of four components.

  • The 2 core practical workshops are 40 credits each
  • The core course Experimental Art and Media is 20 credits
  • The optional course that you choose will be 20 credits
  • The dissertation is 60 credits

Core Practical Workshop 1

This ten-week course focuses on developing pre-production skills. It will prepare students to present a storyboard, a one-page treatment and cost and prepare their creative project. It involves a practical series of sessions led by a practitioner, which will incorporate master classes from visiting speakers that discuss key industry pre-production skills such as writing grant applications, designing budgets, delivering the ‘pitch’ and other aspects of working as an independent or small collective in the creative industries.

Core Practical Workshop 2

Developing on from the pre-production undertaken in the first practical workshop, this course develops skills needed to take a project into full production. You will further refine a core set of production skills including approaches to filming, editing and computer animation/effects, depending on the chosen area in which you are working. Another set of industry workshops will be included in this course that, give students a chance to discuss the production and exhibition process with established media professionals and freelance artists.

Core Course: Experimental Art and Media

This course focuses on the history and varying philosophical underpinnings of experimental practice in art and media. It provides students with knowledge of the history of experimental forms of art and media, skills in analysis and critical thinking, and an understanding of how the history of experimental practice in art and media informs current filmmaking and media arts practice. It is designed to complement the practical workshops by introducing techniques used in practice-based creative inquiry. It aims to develop your critical approach to filmmaking and media arts practice by linking history and theory to your own media arts practice and providing new opportunities to critical reflect on your own practice based on cutting edge history and theory.

Optional Courses

The optional courses on offer vary from year-to-year as they offer an opportunity to engage with staff research expertise. To give you an idea of those potentially on offer next academic year, recent courses include:

  • Critical Theories of Digital Media
  • Documentary in Film & Television
  • Film Tourism
  • Multistrand Narratives in the Fiction Film
  • The Essay Film
  • Music, Sound and Screen.

Students with a particular interest in media industries may choose one or more of the following options offered as part of the Media Management MSc.

  • Media Economics
  • Media and Cultural Policy
  • Issues in Audience Management

Finally, you may choose one course either from another related Masters programme, or from our undergraduate programme: Film & Television Studies. Our undergraduate options also vary from year to year but offer the opportunity to engage with:

  • genres (eg Amateur Cinema, Children’s Television, Contemporary Television Drama, Documentary Film & Television, Animation)
  • periods (eg Interwar Cinemas, Hollywood in the 1970s)
  • topics (eg Screen Audiences, Screen Performance, Cinematic Journeys)
  • or national/transnational cinemas (e.g. Asian Cinemas, Australia in Film & Television, Scotland in Film & Television, Italian Cinema, New German Cinema)

Assessment of optional courses will vary depending on the learning objectives of the course but may include: academic essays; reports; research proposals; detailed sequence analysis; group projects and presentations.


The practice-based dissertation is your opportunity to develop your ideas from the core practical workshops into a large-scale film or media arts production. You will decide on a project and carry this through production, supported by both a practical and an academic supervisor. The practical supervisor will provide support based on their expertise in the practical application of filmmaking or media arts research in terms of hands-on skills and aesthetic techniques. The academic supervisor will provide intellectual support in terms of locating the project within a contemporary history and theory context and will provide key skills in the critical reflection of your own practice. Taking this dual approach, you are given an opportunity to develop a rich project in a context that merges theory and practice.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training): overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.5. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Holder Mohaupt