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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements We encourage applications from an international field of potential candidates. To be considered for the course we expect you to have basic skills in your chosen options. We also expect all European applicants selected for consideration to attend an interview. Selection will be determined by • range of appropriate experience • quality of showreel – particularly in the expression of ideas • a flexible approach to learning • evidenced enthusiasm and interest in the particular philosophy of the course Normally you will need one of the following • an honours degree in an area of film and television production • an honours degree in a related discipline • relevant media or cultural industry experience plus appropriate evidence of preparation for the course, for example a showreel, a production portfolio, scripts or treatments
  • Academic Title
    MA/PgDip/PgCert Film and Media Production
  • Course description
    This course gives a unique opportunity to work across fiction, documentary and experimental media.

    We designed it to reflect the changing needs of broadcast television and to encourage experimentation and cross-fertilisation between different technologies and conventions.

    It produces students who are professionally able and well-informed and who can enter the film and television industries with a freshness of approach to changing technologies and the cinematic ideas that they embrace.

    Links with industry
    Staff are from all sections of the media industry and represent broadcast and non-broadcast practices. Many of our staff are independent broadcast television film/video-makers and aim to promote a vigorous and viable industry outside London. Our work and strategy are directly guided by what the industry needs.

    Associated careers

    Many of our students’ films and programmes have been broadcast on network television. Students have been regular visitors and prize winners at national and international film festivals. Many graduates go on to work as camera operators, editors, sound recordists and production personnel in the broadcast sector and the growing independent sector.

    Course content

    Postgraduate certificate
    • post-production • cinematography • location and post-production sound • research/scripting for fiction and documentary • producing/production management • screenwriting • direction: fiction, documentary, and experimental, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary production

    You specialise in two skill areas, which you decide at admission.

    Postgraduate diploma
    Semesters one and two make up the postgraduate diploma part of the course. We designed this to further develop your production skills, including skills associated with critical thinking, self-evaluation and the evaluation of audiovisual material.

    We structure each semester around workshops and critical theory seminars, followed by production.

    During an extended semester of 24 weeks, you carry out a self-directed programme of work, which you negotiate with your course leader and relevant tutors – this is your learning agreement.

    We expect you to work primarily in self-selected groups, contributing substantially to each production. Script proposal selection is competitive and made by a course production board. We encourage you to seek outside funding and distribution for this work and to work in partnership with outside agencies, but this is not a requirement.

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