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MA Filmmaking

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Media and Journalism





On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Our innovative and strikingly diverse course will equip you to integrate the theory and practice of film, video and new screen media at an advanced level.

Learning about documentary, fiction, artists’ film and multi-channel installation alongside students from all around the world, you will explore the many ways in which moving images can be authored.

Out students traditionally produce outstanding films on a course that has proved ideal for graduates of film studies, cultural and media studies, humanities and social sciences, as well as art and design. 

You will learn in a creative, collaborative environment which draws upon the research of leading film practitioners, theorists and historians and takes advantage of our great links to the film industry and art world. 

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Specialist equipment

You will learn in our unique Moving Image Studio – a state-of-the-art platform for developing, presenting and examining the work of UK-based artists, filmmakers, scholars and organisations working with the moving image. 

Industry experts

You will work with renowned filmmakers and artists in a studio environment and experience at first-hand the full range of skills, techniques and procedures used in the film and creative industries.

Great resources

You will benefit from using our advanced production and post-production facilities in film (both 16mm and Super 16mm formats), HD video and sound, all delivered by expert technical instructors.


What we're researching

Our research in the field of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies received outstanding marks in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the six-yearly national evaluation of higher education research.

An impressive 33 per cent of our work was officially classified as ‘world-leading', while a further 47 per cent was rated as ‘internationally excellent’.

Our flagship Moving Image Studio is a platform for developing, presenting and discussing the work of UK-based artists, filmmakers, scholars and organisations working with the moving image.

Through research funded by the British Academy, Dr Valentina Vitali, Reader in Film Studies and a distinguished film historian, has written one of the first academic publications to document key neglected areas of the Hindi film industry.

Valentina explores the relationships between history, economics and film aesthetics and also has keen research interest in Mexican and Italian cinema, as well as exploitation films, film as history and image-based work by women.

Dr David Chapman's current practice investigates the sonic mediation of the natural world and the durational exploration of place and environment through audio-visual installations. He has a wider research interest in the operation of sound in relation to the moving image.

Dr Jill Daniels is an award-winning filmmaker. She has been making documentary films since 1989 and her work has been shown all over the world. Her research interests and film practice focuses on memory, place and subjectivities in experimental documentary films.

Dr Lindsay Hallam’s main research area is horror cinema, having recently written about the occult in Italian horror, ecological concerns in Australian exploitation films, and the convergence of horror cinema with new digital and online media.

The focus of Dr Johannes Maier's work is a critical engagement with televisual forms and his films are often collaborations with individuals working within large institutions such as interpreters at the European Commission or picture editors at the BBC. His work has been shown regularly at international film festivals.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Elena Carmen Cojocaru

MA Filmmaking

The MA Filmmaking course has taught me how to fully deliver my creative vision in documentary and fiction by experimenting with cinematic and sound design techniques when approaching both. The course has provided a highly supportive environment in which I can make mistakes and learn from them, which is a testament to the dedicated teaching team.

Fees and funding

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,280 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England


Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500

Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000

Terms and conditions apply.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.


Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. You can find out more about the international scholarships here. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages ( for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.


Tuition fees
Course fees will be confirmed soon.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours in Humanities, Social Science or Art/Design related subject, with preference to Film, Media and Arts

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

  • Narrative Cinema (Core)
  • The Moving Image (Core)
  • Documentary Cinema (Core)
  • Audiovision (Core)
  • Investigating Media and Communication Industries (Core)
  • Professional Practice and Research Methods (Mental Wealth) (Core)
  • Final Project (Core)

How you'll be assessed

We assess you via your presentations, work screenings, essays, research projects and a practical thesis. If you would like to present a written thesis you must seek agreement from the course team by the end of May in the year of study (the topic must be agreed by the Course Leader). There are no exams.

Course specification

How you'll learn

You will be based in the Moving Image Studio – our flagship research and production centre within UEL’s School of Arts and Digital Industries at our Docklands campus. 

Within its vibrant creative environment, there’s no better way of understanding the intricate processes of moving image production than learning from the experience and excellence of practising filmmakers and video artists.

So not only will you be taught by leading filmmakers, who will offer support and expert supervision, but you will also have the chance to gain rare insights from visiting filmmakers from across the globe. 

Recently, for instance, our students have heard from Peter Strickland, the Berlin Festival Golden Bear-winning director, and Leonie Benesch, star of the Palme d’Or-winning film, The White Ribbon.

Our production facilities are extremely advanced and are all delivered by technical instructors and Apple Mac accredited trainers.

You can use our state-of-the-art Black Box studio, along with production facilities in film (16mm and Super 16mm formats), HD Video, Sound, multimedia and web design.

The ethos of the course is to explore the many ways in which moving images can be authored, from formal innovation in the gallery and political discourses in the documentary, to new ways of narrative telling in drama and new media platforms. 

All of this is taught in a dynamic, collaborative environment and with great links to industry, the art world and theory-practice research.

What you'll learn

A major strength of this course is its diversity. Unlike other MA film courses, this course enables you to look at the different ways of making film and learn a mix of crafts.

Our course encourages you to experiment with how ideas are formed, how concepts are developed and how images are created. You will also interrogate how meanings are constructed in film.

You will complete five or more projects, gain skills in project management, learn to self-author and distribute and, as the culmination of your studies, produce a substantial thesis film.

The Narrative Cinema module gives you a grounding in scripting, crew dynamics, production planning and practical filmmaking skills in the production of a short fiction film.

The Moving Image module looks at a wide range of experimental approaches to moving image work and explores a range of film technologies, including16mm film, green-screen and multiscreen installation.

Documentary Cinema looks at both historical and contemporary approaches to documentary film practice and prepares you with the practical skills required in producing a documentary.

The Audio Vision module seeks to develop a wide understanding of the role of sound in moving image work and to develop your skills in sound design.

Documentary Cinema looks at both historical and contemporary approaches to documentary film practice and prepares you with the practical skills required in producing a documentary.

Your thesis project will be your chance to realise an ambitious, high production value, festival-ready film.

Your future career

Our graduates emerge well prepared to thrive in the cultural and creative industries in areas such as film and TV production, contemporary art, new media platforms, teaching and doctoral research.

Some of our recent MA students have taken on key roles in the film industry, film journalism and film festivals. Others have progressed to practice-led PhD research or have found employment in London's vibrant production and post-production film and TV culture.

Among the success stories are Ahmer Naqvi, who has gone to Bollywood where he now works as an assistant director, and Elena Cojocaru, who has become a freelance video editor.

Elena believes the course’s wide range of partner organisations and its productive collaborations with Film and Video Umbrella, Shooting People and the BFI benefited her career. 

“I've found that being part of an academic community of independent filmmakers and moving image artists, as well as having London as a cultural backdrop, has been creatively and professionally rewarding,” she says. 

Other graduates have gone on to further academic success. Matthew Hawkins became co-founder of London’s Edge of the City Film Festival and is now a lecturer in film at Coventry University, while Sam Talefaird is pursuing a practice-led PhD with the London Film School and Exeter University.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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