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MA Directing Fiction



MA Directing Fiction

The course is highly practical and will give graduates a solid grounding in the work and potential employment opportunities for film and television direction.  We expect our students to graduate with a professional showreel, demonstrating their skills and abilities as a director.

Through a series of individual and collaborative exercises, this course aims to prepare students to realise their vision from pre-production to postproduction.  By the end of the course, students will have developed their practical skills to work effectively in a film production environment, the collaborative skills to liaise with other heads of department, and the creative ability to combine the writer's intention with the actor's instinct, to deliver compelling visual narratives.  

Who is the course for?

The course is ideally suited for individuals with some experience of filmmaking, looking to specialise in directing. 

Applicants should have a previous undergraduate degree, or equivalent experience.

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 of 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

Course Map

Term 1
DIR7001  Single Camera Directing
DIR7002 Director’s Craft
DIR7003 Professional Development: The Director’s Toolkit

Term 2
DIR7004 Multi-Camera Direction
DIR7005 Interactive Storytelling
DIR7006 Advanced Project Planning & Research Methods

Term 3
DIR7007 Postgraduate Project

Course Overview

  • One year
  • Based in London (East London, Brick Lane)
  • 10 to 12 students maximum
  • Number of teaching days: 2-2.5 per week
  • Number of teaching hours per day: 6 hours
  • Number of assessments per module: 2
  • Assessment types: Practical and/or Essay

During production, students are expected to work long hours and might be expected to shoot during evenings and/or weekends.

Entry Criteria

The selection criteria and admission policy for our MA programmes can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

MA Selection and Admission criteria

Students with no practical experience as a film director will be required to take an additional one-month course in filmmaking, prior to start of the course.

Dates & Fees

The course starts on 1st October 2018, and runs annually every October.

The course fee is £15,000 for all students (UK and international). This includes all filming fees for the first two terms. 

For the graduation projects in Term 3 the school will provide all the necessary equipment and facilities required for each individual production.  Students may choose to supplement their production budget through individual fundraising or crowdfunding in the region of £500 - £2000, in consultation with their Programme Leader.

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

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 £3000 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.



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The MA in Directing Fiction is validated by the University of Gloucestershire.


Application Process

Applicants will be interviewed, either in person at Central Film School, or by Skype.  Click here to apply

International student (non EU/EEA)

Click here for more information if you are a non EU/EEA student and will require a visa to study in the UK.