UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This unique MA programme is based in a university but run by leading film practitioners, ensuring that you not only receive the highest-quality practice-based learning, but you do so in a university research environment where you learn to understand the world we live in. You have your own camera equipment throughout and we provide three dedicated Mac Editing suites and one PC suite (for the VR studio) for this degree. Students will learn to tell stories in various film modes; to draw on anthropological and social science approaches to documentary; to think critically about the relationship between form and content in ethnographic/documentary practice; to master the technical skills needed to produce different kinds of films of different lengths for varied audiences; and to critically view and review film material.

This MA will allow you to benefit from UCL?s unique position in the heart of London at the centre of the UK creative industries. The programme uniquely uses professional film-makers to teach within a truly pan-disciplinary university research environment. The programme equips students for careers in: mass media including broadcast, cinematic and web-based moving image; film and TV industry as camera operators, producers, directors, editors, researchers; academia ? ethnographic research, visual media and culture; marketing and research; communication and other media; archives, as well as cultural heritage organisations.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,040 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £16,040 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £26,110 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,060 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,060 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,340 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a social science, arts, humanities or science discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Academically weaker applications will also be considered provided that they are supported by experience in visual arts or film making. Applicants with prior technical knowledge of film making are asked to send a video portfolio of up to 20? duration (Video link recommended). Applicants without a video portfolio are asked to complete a photo essay. Please see our guidelines on how to make a visual essay. They can submit either by post - a maximum of twenty 20cm x 25cm (8'x10?) stills - or by link to an external site. All shortlisted applicants will be asked to submit a proposal for a film or video project - a maximum of four sides of A4, typed and double-spaced - to include: an outline of what the film is about; the characters and other elements crucial to the narrative and the film structure/narrative.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100