Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

The MA Filmmaking (Cinematography) enables students to consolidate their skills in narrative moving'image making to the level of Director of Photography. The programme develops their visual storytelling ability during targeted intensive workshops, and its subsequent application in the context of live filmmaking projects.Students work on at least 1 film per term in their specialist role, culminating in a major production towards the end of the degree. In addition to the specialist area, students attend classes in related disciplines such as film directing and editing and collaborate with students across specialisations on film projects. This framework is designed to stimulate collaborative practice by providing students with a breadth of filmmaking knowledge combined with a high level of expertise in the chosen filmmaking discipline.

Course Modules

MA (film making) modules: For 2 terms students spend a full day a week in specialised contact with the student's specific programme convenor, plus a further day in Screen Lab working with colleagues across the programme in a Talent Campus'style project'led learning structure with: Masterclasses; pitches; role'plays; exercises aimed at using skills specialism in a variety of live shoot situations. Students also have a variety of research projects to undertake, as well as other module options. The 3rd term is taken up with the final substantive project, and in writing up a process paper on work and research over the year. Screen Lab: Students also advance their collaborative skills by working in teams with producers and cinematography, sound and edit students, on a variety of projects and at least 3 scheduled films across the year. Students leave the programme with a diverse portfolio of performed work that may span a variety of drama and fiction formats; music videos, web series drama, experimental art pieces and short fiction films. Screen School options: As well as the Directing Fiction specialism, students undertake 3 short courses to enhance their other skills and critical approaches. Options currently being designed include: Screen adaptation; storyboarding for drama; principles of editing.

Course Additional Entry

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper 2nd class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media. You might also be considered for the programme if you aren't a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If your 1st language is not English, you normally need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate)