MA Directing - Film and TV: University of Westminster

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MA Directing - Film and TV: University of Westminster, Admissions and Marketing Office, Harrow Campus, University of Westminster, Watford Road, Northwick Park, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3TP, Harrow, United Kingdom
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1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
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Malcolm Mowbray, Course Leader, MA Directing: Film and TV, Westminster Film School, University Of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Watford Road, Northwick Park, Harrow HA1 3TP

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The MA Directing: Film and TV Course is unique being devised, mentored and taught by experienced practicing film and television directors, and other craft and industry professionals and academics.

Course Overview

The course builds on the highly successful BA (Hons) Film and TV Production course that has produced whole generations of film professionals including; Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (The Soloist, Atonement, The Hours) and Screenwriter Neil Purvis (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) Editor Lucia Zuccetti (Boy A, Cheri, The Queen) and BAFTA winning director Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, The Return, Far North)

Set within the impressive facilities of the Westminster Film School, its fellow MA courses are the highly regarded and long established; MA Film and Television Theory, Culture and Industry course. and the MA Screenwriting and Producing course.

On the course students gain knowledge through group work, guided practice, master classes, workshops, seminars, lectures, and self-reflective study. They are challenged directorially through modules on; Performance, Mise En Scène, Storytelling, Developing Material, Budgeting, Scheduling, On Set Practice & Procedure, Action & Effects, Post Production & Delivery, all leading to the Final Project – Production.

Course Structure

The course runs from January through December. There is a one-year full time study route, and a two/three year part time study route.

Based on the University of Westminster 180 credit framework for an MA, there are also two intermediate awards, a Post-Graduate certificate (60 credits), and a Post-Graduate Diploma (120 credits).

The course modules are arranged to focus your learning through master classes, seminars, workshops and practical exercises and directorial challenges, in which you are guided and mentored by experienced practicing directors and other industry professionals.

Entry Requirements

Applications will be considered from:

  • Film graduates with one year experience in the Industry/ placement study from UK, EU or overseas
  • Recent Film graduates without experience will be considered on merit/ portfolio.
  • Film related graduates who can demonstrate innovation in their approach to storytelling, and screen narrative through their portfolio.
  • Candidates from other backgrounds; for example an applicant with a Fine Art background who's been working with the moving image, and whose portfolio shows insight and command of screen narrative. These candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Candidates whose professional experience may be credited as equivalent to the above qualifications through the University's systems (See AP(E)L).

The nature of the course requires that candidates must be able to speak, understand and write fluent English. For those whose first language is not English, they must comply with the following: English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of at least 6.5.

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