University of West London

Course Introduction

The course is predominantly practical, with almost 70 per cent of learning geared towards enabling students to produce documentary and experimental films. For those whose interest is academic, there is also the possibility to replace the double project practice module with a dissertation. The course closely tracks contemporary developments in digital cinematography and sound design, actively encouraging students to create transformative cinematic responses which cross the boundaries between documentary, experimental and fictive forms.The course examines the 'founding' traditions of documentary and experimental fiction associated with the Lumiere Brothers and Melies and explores overlaps and points of contact between them. The learning experience is built around practical production modules, underpinned by theory exploring key developments in the history of cinema. Our aim is to nurture filmmakers who can also critically reflect on the form and content of both their own work and the work of others in the field.

Course Modules

Modules include: documentary practice; film theory; experimental film and video practice; film and media cultures; project or dissertation.

Course Additional Entry

Applicants will usually have a minimum of a 2.2 Honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Each application is considered on its individual merits and professional experience is taken into account. International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components. Pearson PTE Academic at score 58 or above, or an equivalent secure English language test. In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £10,995  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £3,500  Academic year. First year home fees