MA Directing Fiction




MA Directing Fiction


Course Summary

This one-year Masters Level course offers students a highly practical and theoretical programme, in Directing for the Screen. The course’s overall aim is to train and prepare students for sustainable careers, in the creative industries, in a range of genres, ensuring they develop a portfolio of directing skills, knowledge and understanding, to adapt to the constantly changing demands of broadcast, film and online production.

Course Highlights

  • The course exposes students to a range of forms of filmmaking including film, television and VR.

  • Students learn to short using both single camera and multiple camera set-ups.

  • Our tutors are industry professionals with knowledge and experience of contemporary industry practice and trends.

  • The course involves a relatively higher level if practical and professional skills covered on the programme.

  • Students experience working with the support and guidance of experienced producers to help realise their vision

  • Students will develop and pitch their final graduation project with the help and support of a mentor from the very start of their course.

  • Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class time


Students who complete this programme will be prepared to start their professional journey to becoming a director in film or television. They may work in the corporate, commercial or marketing fields, as well as fiction narrative works.

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Course Structure

This programme takes place over 1 year across three terms at the Central Film School London campus, as well as other studio locations in London for specific modules.

Course Timeline

Term 1

Is designed to offer intellectual and practical engagement, through the integration of two high-level modules that allow students to work independently and collaboratively. Multi-camera Studio Directing offers new directors the opportunity to develop an advanced studio skillset, in the pursuit of working effectively with script, drama, actors and a floor and gallery crew. Contextual Analysis 1 investigates how the moving image is read from a variety of vantage points. It offers a critical, contextual, historical and theoretical approach to readings through close textual analysis.

Term 2

Aims to advance a new Directors skillset through two modules that link the practice of directing with an emphasis on Single Camera Drama and Performance. In advancing student directors’ skills, the module will explore the complex creative relationships and practical challenges thrown up by deep analysis, interpretation and the translating of script. By addressing the layers of: subtext, beats, script and character goals, performance, blocking, framing, lighting, sound and production design, students will be challenged to advance their visualisation skills, and critical analysis of story.

Term 3

This term facilitates student directors to undertake the production of a Major Project that is a summation point of their experiences from the start of the course. It requires students to apply their contextual, theoretical and practice-based learning to the development, production and completion of a moving image portfolio. This is a practical production module exploring the technical and aesthetic elements that constitute advanced filmmaking, resulting in work that supports student directors bridging from Post Graduate study into employment.

Entry Requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree, in a relevant field, or equivalent industry experience

  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band)or equivalent

  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview

  • All applicants must submit a visual portfolio with their application.This could include a short film or a show-reel (both a maximum of 10minutes in length)

Course Fees

Course Fee:
£9,500 (UK/EU)
£16,950 (International)

Duration: 1 year
Start date: October 2019

In addition to tuition fees, you will incur a further costs of £500 to cover the Graduation film.  You will also need Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.  The School will cover Actors costs, shooting kit and Production costs for module exercises.

Merit Scholarship

Central Film School is pleased to reward academic excellence. We have a number of up to 50% merit scholarships for high-achieving students entering the following courses in 2018:

  • BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking

  • BA(Hons) Screenwriting

  • MA Directing Fiction

  • MA Filmmaking

  • MA Sales and Distribution

  • MA VFX

No application for scholarship required. Students will be automatically considered for the merit scholarship upon receiving an offer for the above courses and will be notified by the admissions team if successful. Successful students will then have 28 days in order to pay a £3,000 advance tuition fee payment to secure the award. Limited availability- Scholarships issued on a first come, first served basis.  It should be noted that this discount applies to new students only and cannot be cumulated with any other the Central Film School scholarship.