Film Production at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

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Course summary

Got a passion for filmmaking? Want to improve your professional showreel and boost your employability? Solent’s MA Film Production programme is ideally suited to students who want to learn advanced filmmaking techniques, working in professional studios and collaborating with expert tutors on a range of projects. This exciting course focuses on independent filmmaking and current practices in the film industry. Students will experiment with creative ideas from the outset, taking advantage of our industry-standard facilities, training and equipment. Along the way students will be challenged to develop their own personal style of filmmaking, exploring new ideas and collaborating with other postgraduate students. Up-to-the-minute teaching and instruction help students to build on these skills and work towards their chosen career. Students studying in the TV, film and media production subject area benefit from a schedule of high calibre guest speakers and visiting fellows. Recent talks have been given by Paul Franklin (Oscar winner for visual effects on Inception) and Brian Tufano (cinematographer on Trainspotting, Quadrophenia and Billy Elliot). Solent’s MA Film Production is well-suited to those with a bachelor’s degree in a related subject, or those with extensive industry experience in advertising, marketing or design. The course content is ideal for those wishing to learn advanced filmmaking techniques to enhance their existing role, or move into filmmaking.


  • Advanced Filmmaking
This module gives students the opportunity to establish the technical and industrial background to key skills in filmmaking. The module is designed to ensure that students are able to make best use of the facilities available to them.
  • Film Master's Project: Research and Preparation
This module will enable students to consider different approaches that will enable them to achieve their intended goals, and consider how film histories and creative approaches can inform their own methodology and aims.
  • The Politics of Non-Fiction Film
This module is designed to enable students to find their own original voice in the area of documentary filmmaking.
  • Finding Fiction
Central to this module is the understanding mise-en-scène, and students will be encouraged to experiment and develop their own style of cinematography, directing and editing to enable them to extend their own practice and originality as independent filmmakers.
  • Master's Project
The master’s project is where students will formulate and produce a distinctive film that deploys a systematic and in-depth understanding of the skills and debates relevant to the discipline.
  • Film Futures - Professional Practice
This module has been designed to equip those studying postgraduate film degrees with the skills to acquire in-depth knowledge of their chosen industry and give them the insight and understanding to enable them to plan their long-term career.

How to apply

International applicants

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: - IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with no component score below 5.5 - TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking - Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. Pre-Sessional English programme The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. International and EU students will be unable to obtain a visa for part-time study, so will not be eligible for this course option.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 from UK degree or equivalent in a related discipline, an example of creative practice or portfolio is required at the point of application, must also attend an interview. Alternatively, applicants may be considered with industry experience in one or more areas of the advertising, marketing, design or related fields.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £14800 Whole course
EU £14800 Whole course
England £7900 Whole course
Northern Ireland £7900 Whole course
Scotland £7900 Whole course
Wales £7900 Whole course
Channel Islands £7900 Whole course
International £14800 Whole course

Additional fee information

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact [email protected]. The 2020/21  other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been: Optional costs: Optional film production costs: £330 The course features optional trips to international film festivals. These trips are subject to student demand. Prices will be dependent on the location of the trip as well as the travel and accommodation costs at the time of booking. There are no compulsory production costs that you are required to meet in order to fully participate on the course. Students choosing to raise a budget for their film or tv productions are encouraged to crowdfund and seek advice from project supervisors on budgetary matters where applicable.

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Film Production at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS