BIMM Institute

Degree level: Postgraduate

Screen and Film Production (Taught)

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Course summary

Course Summary Are you a graduate or an industry professional ready to take your career to the next level, develop a new specialism, or see your film idea or project realised? Our MA in Screen and Film Production could enable you to advance your career, develop and enhance your skillset, and align yourself with top industry professionals. Our new Masters in Screen and Film Production puts you and your aspirations at the centre of your learning, whilst refining your chosen specialist pathway. Our cutting-edge industry-led course allows you to design and realise your own bespoke educational experience. Through your two mentors, one an external industry expert who will be aligned to your industry specialism, you will gain invaluable insight into the film, screen, and television industries. You will also have the opportunity to tailor the course to meet your individual and professional development needs, placing your career aspirations at the heart of your learning. You will have access to all the latest industry level production sets/studios, technology and resources to bring your projects to life. Our MA in Screen and Film Production supports collaborative professional practice within a creative environment with industry professionals and resources to support project or specialist development within a dynamic creative environment. The course will allow you to utilise our innovative personalised curriculum, deciding upon a specialism and putting that skill into focus. The areas of practice-based research are wide and bespoke to you but are illustrated by the following examples:

  • Producer who wishes to specialise in developing distribution pathways for a feature film
  • Sound Designer who wants to refine their craft and specialise in foley
  • Director of Photography who wishes to develop their specialism in filming in natural light
  • Director who wants to develop their skills in drama reconstruction within the context of documentary
  • Screenwriter who wishes to develop a project to move onto the greenlight phase of production
  • Production Designer who wants to develop their practical and creative skills for film and television
  • Editor who wishes to develop post-production skills in editing drama
Whether you want to write, direct, edit or produce, our flexible and bespoke course will give you the opportunity to bring your skills to the fore and demonstrate your passion for your chosen craft. You will have access to cutting edge studios, software and equipment and to support the creation of your projects and an industry-ready calling card. You will work with your Screen and Film School mentor, as well as an industry mentor, to explore your pathway and hone your skills towards your chosen specialism. Develop micro projects, such as trailers and pitches to gain an insight your research project and its outcomes. A visit to a European city of cinematic culture will broaden your view of the industry, as well as a trip to the annual BFI UK Film Festival. There is a £1000 discount for current Screen and Film School students and alumni, a £500 kickstart fund towards your final major project and support in raising additional funds. Industry engagement is embedded into your MA course, along with the unique offering of an internship in your chosen specialism and further opportunities for additional work experience through our range of highly reputable industry partners will be available. Acting as a production house, our MA will support your development within a vibrant, dynamic, and collaborative environment. This ensures that throughout the course you develop your practical research and production skills to thrive upon graduation. All MA Screen and Film Production students will leave with a final major project demonstrating their specialism, a network of industry professionals and a sound understanding of how to navigate the film and screen industry to build a successful and sustainable career.

Course details

Modules

Module 1 - Research for Practice Module This module will allow you to explore the convergence of theory and practice in your chosen specialist area. Through research based learning you will develop an in depth understanding of your chosen pathway and throughout the module develop the skills to apply a critical and theoretical lens in which to view your chosen area of screen and film specialism. To support your development of research and practice this module encompasses research training and 1-2-1 tuition/mentoring. The skills and experience gained through the module provide a starting point for the Major Project. Module 2 - Project Development In this module you will utilize your research and development from the Research for Practice module and begin to refine your ideas/specialism/project into the developmental stage of the production process. Within the module you will develop your pathway whether it is an Editor, a Director of Photography, Director, Sound Designer, Production Designer, Screenwriter or Producer. Through experimentation, developing new techniques and ideas, you will begin to understand how you want to develop as a practioner. Throughout this module you will work closely with both an industry and SFS mentor who will support you to develop an approach in which to showcase your ideas. You will be encouraged to explore, innovate and experiment. This could be showcased within a pitch, concept showcase, audio piece, screenplay, film treatment, micro short film, or pilot, depending on your chosen specialism. Module 3 - Specialist Development This module will allow you to dig deep into your specialist practice utilizing the research, experimentation and development that you have undertaken in your Project Development module. Throughout this module you will be encouraged and supported to develop and refine your idea. Through further practice based research, idea consolidation, refinement of practice and reflection on your specialism it will support you to move your project onto the next stage. Working with your SFS and industry mentor you will have developed the groundwork for realizing your idea or project in the Major Project module. Module 4 - Collaborative Development This module utilises the collaborative practice that is intrinsic to screen and film production. Within this module you will be invited to work collaboratively with peers, industry contacts and external stakeholders to work together on a collaborative outcome. The culmination of this module can be realised in number of different outcomes including screenings, films, audio pieces or exhibitions. Module 5 - Major Project This module provides you with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of work that explores your chosen specialist pathway. The research practice and development that you have engaged with in the previous modules will support you in realising your major graduation piece. Throughout the module you will be individually supervised by your industry and SFS mentor Through applying the knowledge and skills gained through the first two semesters, you will be empowered to work at the forefront of your discipline, adding to the growing field of practice-informed research in the screen and film industries.

Assessment method

• Reflective Diaries or Portfolios • Presentations • Short Filmed or Audio Outcomes • Collaborative Skills • Dissertation or Research Essay


How to apply

International applicants

We are not able to accept applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

A good Degree (normally 2.2 or above) in a creative industry related subject or significant professional experience in the creative arts/industries. All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio will also be requested for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5Over all score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in each Band
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall score no lower than 178, with no lower than 170 achieved in each band

Applicants must have met the minimum requirement and be in receipt of results prior to enrolment.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6450* Year 1
Northern Ireland £6450* Year 1
Scotland £6450* Year 1
Wales £6450* Year 1
Channel Islands £6450* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £6450* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Tuition fees do not cover additional costs such as equipment required - high spec laptop and a Terabyte external hard drive.
Screen and Film Production at BIMM Institute - UCAS