University of the West of Scotland

Filmmaking, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
With its academic base on the Ayr Campus, the UWS MA in Filmmaking is also delivered from Film City Glasgow, the bespoke industry hub for twenty independent production companies and post-production facility houses. Film City Glasgow also boasts Scotland’s only Dolby sound mixing studio. Students completing this programme will graduate with three short films to add to their portfolio.

About

The Filmmaking programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. Our MA Filmmaking course will provide a stimulating, supportive and professional environment in which you can freely yet rigorously develop your unique individual voice. Throughout your course you will be mentored by leading film practitioners from around the world. This support includes our very own multi award-winning tutors, Professor Nick Higgins and Sam Firth.

Our distinctive course also boasts an international guest faculty programme, who complement our core tutors, support staff, and technical facilities, to ensure that from the moment they walk through the door, our students no longer feel as though they are “students”, but are already operating at the highest professional level, as creative collaborators in a context that replicates the conditions of the industry in which they intend to work. Previous guest tutors have included Oscar and BAFTA winners.

Students completing the MA will graduate with three short films (including both documentary and fiction) to add to their portfolio, having been through a process that provides space for both creative experimentation and professional rigour.

Career prospects

Our MA Filmmaking degree will support your development of working professionally in the independent and world cinema sectors of the film industry either in:

  • Fiction
  • Documentary
  • Experimental filmmaking
  • Virtual Reality productions

Programme Structure

Topics of study on our MA Filmmaking course will include:

  • Advanced Fiction Film Practice
  • Advanced Documentary Film Practice
  • Film as an Industry
  • Development Lab
  • Master's project

Upon completing the MA you will graduate with three short films, including both documentary and fiction.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you are applying from overseas for postgraduate taught courses, the latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      1 year full-time, part-time

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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    176

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

Honours degree (minimum lower second) or equivalent. You will be required to submit a portfolio of relevant creative work (previous films or creative projects), a written statement (500-750 words), and attend an interview with the Course Leader either in person or via video conference.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Funding

The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.

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