Taught course

Film making

University of the West of Scotland · School of Creative and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

Entry to the MA is open to Honours graduates (minimum 2:2) in a requisite degree programme. Applicants with relevant equivalent qualifications and/or professional experience will also be considered. All applicants will be asked to submit evidence of their prior experience in filmmaking with their application, as well as a short treatment for one or more film projects they hope to realise during or after their studies.

Months of entry


Course content

The UWS Creative Media Academy is one of the higher education partners of the Scotland Film TalentNet.Work. This new degree equips aspiring and emerging filmmakers with the skills to transform their dreams into cinematic realities.

About the programme Designed for graduates and industry professionals, the course explores an advanced level of filmmaking. Delivered by award-winning fiction and documentary film-makers and academic practitioners, you will be mnurtured to develop your distinctive voice and original cinematic visions. Collaborative opportunities exist with our MA Screenwriting students, student directors, producers, directors of photography, sound designers and editors. This enables you to work with your peers in fully-fledged production teams, ensuring everyone sees their creative visions through to completion.

Practical experience Directing students will produce at least two individually authored short films, and students in other specialisations will gain at least four production credits. Workshops and hands-on masterclasses with filmmakers and technicians are also offered.
Your learning You will develop advanced skills and knowledge in various creative disciplines dedicated to the art and practice of filmmaking, creating your portfolio, and gaining production credits and an invaluable network of creative and professional contacts The programme has three stages: Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Core modules include (20 credits each at SCQF 11 unless otherwise noted):
  • Filmmaking in Context (20 credits) – film screenings, industry panels, and masterclasses by internationallyacclaimed directors
  • Screen Production 1 (40 credits) – practical workshops with UWS lecturers and invited filmmakers Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

Core module: Screen Production 2 (40 credits). Students work in teams to produce a short film, supported by masterclasses and mentoring from School and industry specialists.

You will choose one option module from a range including:
  • Advanced Film Studies (20 credits)
  • Screen Collaborations (20 credits)
  • Working with Sound (20 credits)
MA (180 credits) Filmmaking Final Project (60 credits) – production of a substantial practice-led filmmaking project, e.g. a short fiction film or documentary, or digital media project with written contextualisation.
Our Careers Adviser says Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in national and international film and television production, including fiction and documentary film director, creative producer and content producer. Alternatively you may wish to take advantage of the talent development schemes within the UK or abroad, or pursue a PhD by practice.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12-16 months

Course contact details

Nick Higgins & Sam Firth
+44 (0)1292 886481 / +44 (0)1292 886426 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outside UK)