This course will challenge you to question industry traditions, social conventions and creative canons to develop a cultural consciousness and technical prowess from pre-production to post-production, including; casting, screenwriting, research, curating, project pitching, funding, editing and production management.
Whether you are already working in the industry, have just finished an undergraduate degree or are after a career change and want to level up your skill set, we'll help you bring innovation and originality to your chosen specialism.
Take your film and TV creative practice, technical craft and research skills to the next level of professionalism
Be empowered to navigate the digital and online environments of today's Film and TV industries with professional flexibility
Be equipped with the confidence to challenge the fast-paced environments and production cultures of contemporary visual media, cinema and global TV industries
Be able to evaluate the quality of film and TV projects in terms of creative and cultural appeal as well as standards of industrial proficiency
Question traditions, social conventions and canons so that you can progress towards innovation and originality in your chosen specialism
What our graduates do
Graduates from the School of Film & Television have gone on to work as production designers, senior producers, senior camera operators and production assistants. They've also had their work featured at world-class festivals, secured development from the BFI and BAFTA, and been published in titles like Film International, MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, Total Film, The Telegraph, The Guardian and Little White Lies.
What you'll learn
You'll be supported by expert staff to enhance your filmmaking craft across pre-production and post-production. While developing projects that mirror real industry workflows, you'll deepen your understanding of how global cultural, political and social contexts frame and influence audience engagement. You'll also learn to work with others in a productive and collaborative environment.
MA Film & Television is comprised of five modules, four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). The modules have been specifically designed to be studied in a non-linear order. You’ll begin the course with Module 1 and end the course with your Final Major Project (MA only). The order in which you'll study modules 2-4 will depend on when you begin the course.
You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.
Module 1. Industry Practice Foundations
You'll nurture your creativity to shape practical projects from an initial idea to a final screen artefact.
Module 2. Industry Research
You'll develop a critical understanding of the practical skills that underpin contemporary film and television operations and project management challenges.
Module 3. Industry Practice Development
Informed by critical study, you'll pre-produce a short cinematic or televisual form or a screenplay.
Module 4. Context Research
You'll learn how global cultural, political and social contexts frame and influence audience engagement as well as production and distribution strategies.
Final Major Project
You'll create a professional portfolio specialising in either film and television production, screenwriting or academic research.
The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
You'll learn through a blend of lectures, webinars, guest talks, tasks and discussion forums, which you'll access via our dedicated virtual learning environment. This is also where you'll find all key documentation, get course announcements and access extensive learning resources.
You'll be supported academically by Online Tutors, who will also deliver weekly webinars and facilitate the online forums. As you progress through the course, formal teaching will gradually shift towards more independent exploration and learning.
If you need assistance with anything that isn't directly related to course material, a dedicated Student Advisor team will be on hand to help. You'll also have access to Falmouth University's excellent employability service, RealWORKs.
You'll refine dynamic filmmaking practices, spending 20 hours a week working on your craft. We incorporate optional face-to-face events for all our online students. There will be up to two per year, and they'll typically run over weekends, to fit around your other commitments.
The assessment provides the course team with a means of offering tailored guidance alongside advice on how to progress knowledge and skills in key areas that relate to the Course Learning Outcomes. The course team will identify your strengths and weaknesses as an individual and discuss them with you throughout your time on the course.
You will be assessed via coursework at the end of each module in the form of visual, verbal and written assignments. You will also receive regular feedback via webinars, Q&As and workshops with your peers.
Dedicated easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE)
Study alongside students from around the world
Accessible online audio / visual content
Optional face-to-face events*
Invitation to attend alumni events
24/7 access to Falmouth's extensive online library of contextual books, journals and resources
Access to online software tutorials at LinkedIn Learning
Students' Union community
A Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies and access to our Student Support Services
Access to our Careers and employability service RealWORKS
*Please bear in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact these events.
How to apply
An honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification is desirable. However, candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply. If you'd like to discuss our entry requirements, speak to an advisor.
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for the successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
This course has three intakes per year: January, May and September.
We are currently taking applications for September 2021. The application deadline for this intake is 31 August.
Academic start date*
20 September 2021
31 August 2021
24 January 2022
10 January 2022
1 June 2022
11 May 2022
*Virtual Welcome Week begins the week before the academic start date. During this time, our Student Advisor team will host Welcome Webinars and be in touch with practical information on how to study online.
Online tuition fees for courses commencing in 2021
Tuition fees for the academic year 2021-22 for new online students from September 2021 onwards:
MA / MSc course, 2 years part-time: £11,300 total fee (incl. acceptance fee)
PGDip course: £7,600 total fee (incl. acceptance fee)
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Early Bird discount
An Early Bird discount is available for early applications. The scheme offers a £300 MA / £150 PGDip tuition fee reduction if you apply by 26 July 2021.