Course Summary

The MA Film Making course is a response to the film industry’s demand for nurturing enterprising creative talent. The course has an emphasis on practice, underpinned by contextualising studies, designed to nurture students’ critical faculties and practical skills equally. The aim is to advance and maturate graduates’ sensibilities in creative collaboration, and advanced skills in scriptwriting, contemporary production and post-production.

Course Highlights

  • The course is taught in smaller class sizes and specialist seminar groups.

  • Our tutors are industry professionals. This allows students to receive training to industry standard from people who have up-to-date knowledge of their respective field.

  • Access to equipment and facilities outside of class time.


Graduates are open to a range of routes and opportunities, across the creative sectors, including: feature film production, factual broadcast, the independent television sector and emerging platforms.

Course Structure

The course is taught over one year, in three terms. During the programme of study the following modules are covered:

  • Creative Screen Production

  • Textual Exchange

  • Story for Screen

  • Final Major Project.

This programme is a franchised programme, designed by the University of Gloucestershire and delivered by Central Film School at our London campus.

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)

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Student Films

Course Timeline

Term 1

Subject to validation

Practice and theory blend in this term, teaching advanced practical, technical, legal and ethical skills that inform contemporary film production. Students will advance their critical, theoretical and production skills by analysing film trends, cultural touch-points, filmmaking modes, traditions and movements that underpin and give shape to the practice projects.

Term 2

Students further develop their filmmaking, to post-graduate-level, by undertaking professional short-form projects. Lectures and technical workshops will teach students advanced production techniques. Studentswill engage in filmmaking through idea development(pitch, treatment, script development), preproduction (including casting, budgeting, scheduling, location scouting), production (principle photography), and post-production (editing and sound design and sound mixing).

Term 3

Students undertake a major project that is a summation point, to demonstrate the advanced practice and theory skillset gained over the duration of the course. Projects could be documentary based, dramaor experimental, which should be made specifically with festivals and future employability in mind. Thiscan be undertaken as a group project, or individually.

Course Fees

Home / EU - £9,500
International student - £16,950

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 Film Making

  • 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.