Filmmaking at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

On our MA Filmmaking course, you’ll discover how to bring stories to life, developing technical and production skills including camera work, postproduction and single camera directing techniques. You’ll be taught by experienced media professionals on state-of-the-art equipment, and study the practical skills, contemporary technical knowledge and problem-solving ability for a range of production roles. The course is split between our High Wycombe Campus and our teaching base at Pinewood Studios, where you can get a feel for life on set and develop your skills and understanding of this fast-paced industry, all right in the heart of this famous creative hub. Why Study at Buckinghamshire New University? This is a highly vocational and hands-on course that will help develop your understanding of the creative, editorial, commercial, and practical aspects of digital film production. This degree will enable you to gain key skills for employment in the film, tv and media industries. The teaching team hold a hugely diverse range of industry experience, with film academics, practitioners, producers, directors and other industry professionals. To further enhance your education, guest lecturers from industry will be invited to share their expertise. We also hold masterclass events which will give you the chance to put your knowledge into action. There are also opportunities for applied learning in real or simulated work contexts. Working in production teams on major film projects simulates real-world environments and exposes you to the complexity of collaborative working. The course has been developed in consultation with leading film industry professionals, and underpinned with reference to industry benchmarks, to help ensure you are learning relevant skills. The course also adheres to the current findings of the UK’s skills body for the screen industries, ScreenSkills. What Will I Study? You will be introduced to fundamental and advanced creative camera techniques and to camera peripherals. Across the twelve months of the course, you will work together with other students across three core modules and choose from a selection of optional modules. Creative and technical areas of advanced editing and post production will be explored, including software, standards for media production delivery and workflows. You will have the option to study advanced lighting techniques for specific environments that include studio, greenscreen and location. Depending on the modules you choose, you may also study screenwriting, writing a professional treatment and freelance writing skills, as well as script and screen analysis. Other options include the in-depth practice-based study of leading industry roles, with opportunities to focus on the creative and organisational roles of the director, the producer and production manager. Studying techniques of virtual production will prepare you for a crucial, developing area of the industry. You will initiate and create a short film each term, and collaborate with fellow students on creative production work, making all aesthetic, editorial and production decisions while solving problems like those faced by real-life production crews. These projects mean that you will graduate with a portfolio of writing, directing, cinematography, sound recording, editing, producing and production credits. What Facilities Can I Use? Our green screen studio, video studios and editing suites are all kitted out with the professional-standard equipment you need. Our audio-visual editing suites include Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Final Cut Pro X, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer. The suites are acoustically treated and sympathetically lit. For specifications on our extensive range of HD broadcast cameras, specialist cameras, live broadcast set up, video edit booths, extensive lighting kit, sound studios and sound equipment, check the full listing on the course webpage.


Year One Core Advanced Technical Production Skills Producing & Directing Major Film Independent Project Optional Modules Production Management Narrative Feature Film Treatment & Script Short Form Film Production – Drama Short Form Film Production – Factual Promotional Video Entrepreneurship & Employability

Assessment method

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of MA Filmmaking. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning, so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom. Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme will be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (podcasts, wikis, etc) which will allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers. Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. Your tutors will provide any support you may need whilst learning online. By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise. A variety of assessment vehicles will be used as appropriate to the modules you take, including assignments carried out in your own time, in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focussed, forming a constructive part of your learning process.

How to apply

International applicants

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Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £10400 Whole course
England £10400 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10400 Whole course
Scotland £10400 Whole course
Wales £10400 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £10400 Whole course
International £15400 Whole course

Additional fee information

This course may involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Sponsorship information

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Filmmaking at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS