MA Film practice is for passionate and emerging filmmakers who seek to think through making, become more reflective practitioners and develop their professional aspirations.

MA Film Practice offers you the chance to develop your independent practice, specialist prowess and creative potential within a unique filmmaking culture, which is supported by experienced and active practitioners and researchers within a well resourced environment.

This course is part of Bournemouth Film School, along with BA (Hons) Film Production, MA Animation Production, BA (Hons) Animation Production, as well as BA (Hons) Visual Effects (VFX) for Film and Television. Together we make up the largest film school outside of London and makes for a unique learning environment.

‘My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected onto a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.’ Robert Bresson

MA Film Practice offers a unique learning environment that affords access to industry standard technical resources and support. It is driven and inspired by a broad and diverse understanding of film cultures. Its practice based research ethos offers distinctive, exciting and challenging opportunities.

It recognises individuals and their aspirations, and celebrates ideas and creative experimentation, within individual and collaborative contexts. The programme of study will facilitate a body of work that will enable you to unpack critical and timely questions, develop filmmaking skills, create a personal practice resolution and refine your professional awareness.

Study Details:

Our MA courses are between one and two years in length, depending on the subject and mode of study.

Module Details:

This programme offers the opportunity for you to develop and realise your creative ambitions through practice-based research. The course is underpinned by a team of lecturers who are experienced practitioners and researchers in a wide variety of film practice modes.

The course’s three units – Strategies for Practice: Identification, Master’s Project 1: Research, Master’s Project 2: Resolution – require the completion of set film exercises, which display an awareness of practice based study and evidence of progress towards your research goals through individual and collaborative experimentation. Also, you are required to produce a critical and analytical evaluation for each unit, which evidences research methods, academic protocols, critical, contextual and conceptual analysis and applied reflection.

  • Strategies for Practice: Identification
  • Master’s Project 1: Research
  • Master’s Project 2: Resolution



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Entry Requirements

We encourage application from students with a broad range of qualifications and we welcome students from all educational backgrounds. We will take into account the knowledge and skills that you have developed outside the classroom as well as your previous qualifications.

UK Applicants
You will usually have BA (Hons) Degree graded at 2.1 or above, or an equivalent UK or international qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline.

Overseas Applicants
For overseas applicants, we accept a range of English Language qualifications, including the following qualifications for MA and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
  • Certificate of Attainment in English (London Board) level 5 or 6
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or above
  • Pearson PTE score of 54 and over, with a score of 51 in each component.
  • IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the time the course commences to be valid.

We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications.

TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants.

Alternative Qualifications/Experience
Applicants with other than the required academic qualifications will be considered for entry if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that they have the potential to fulfil the objectives of the course of study and to achieve the standard of the final award.

Applications are also welcomed from those with other qualifications or with work experience which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills to study at postgraduate level.


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