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University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in a relevant subject such as digital media, media studies, media practice, film studies, film production, communications.

We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Led by award-winning filmmakers and taught by highly experienced practitioners, this course gives you the opportunity to produce a lowbudget independent film to a professional standard. You learn how to write compelling scripts, raise funds, cast and direct actors, and shoot and edit films using professional equipment and software. The course teaches you how to analyse and critique a range of fiction films and to find your unique voice in an increasingly competitive field.

The School of Media, Film and Music benefits from strong industry connections and you attend masterclasses from leading figures in film and television. You also benefit from 24-hour access to the latest professional-grade equipment and postproduction facilities. By the end of your studies, you will have produced a minimum of two short films and generated material to create a show reel, aiding your future employment prospects. Your final film is screened at an end-of-year MA degree show. You are given advice about screening your work via a range of platforms including film festivals, independent screenings, broadcast and online.


Assessment is by practical video/media work, essays and production documentation. The final assessment is a fiction film and a portfolio of supporting documents.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: you take Realisation and Visualisation: Directing Actors and Camera. You choose an option from a list that may include:

  • Cultural Identities: Social Practices
  • Writing Documentary: Sound/Image/Text
  • Expanded Media: Forms and Practices
  • Film Studies: Theories and Methods
  • Gender and Representation
  • Global Cinemas
  • International Journalism in Transition
  • Media Theory and Research
  • Writing for the Screen.

Spring term: you take Collaborative Film Project. You also choose two options from a list that may include:

  • Activist Media Practice
  • Animal Life and the Moving Image
  • First Person Film
  • Global News Industries
  • Media Histories and Cultural Change
  • Media, Culture and Communication
  • Media, Technology and Everyday Life
  • Music and the Media of Performance (Theory)
  • New Developments in Digital Media
  • New Moving Screens
  • Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics
  • Queering Popular Culture
  • Research and Prototyping for Interactive Practice
  • Sound Environment (Theory)
  • The Cinematic Body
  • The Politics of Promotional Culture.

Summer term: you complete a self-directed creative project in filmaking.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877538