Masters | Postgraduate Course - Film and Television MA Course Details within University of Bristol

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Film and Television MA

Study Details

MA One year full-time; two years part-time

This distinctive and exciting programme integrates film-making practice with textual and historical approaches to the study of film and television. As a student on this innovative course, you will have the opportunity to learn the skills of film production, working intensively in small groups to explore aesthetic possibilities and gain insights into the craft and industry of screen media. You will also engage with critical perspectives and develop high ­level analysis skills. You will encounter a range of different research methods and be supported as you progress to independent learning.

The University of Bristol has more than 40 years' experience in this field and the programme draws on the expertise of world-leading scholars, expert practitioners and industry professionals. The Department of Film and Television hosts a series of research seminars and industry masterclasses designed to enrich your studies. Facilities include a 200-seat cinema, a production studio, animation and edit suites, seminar rooms and sound rooms.

Bristol is an excellent city in which to study film and television, with its varied cinema, television and digital media spaces, such as the Arnolfini, BBC Bristol, The Cube and Watershed Media Centre. Bristol's Harbourside is home to an array of film festivals, including the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the Slapstick Festival and the Afrika Eye Festival.

Module details

  • Screen Forms and Analysis  DRAMM3007 20 Mandatory 
  • Screen Research  FATVM0002 20 Mandatory 

Students may choose up to 80cp from the following: 

  • Film and Television Production Technologies and Techniques  DRAMM0015 20 Optional 
  • Screen Histories  DRAMM3011 20 Optional 
  • Making Short Fiction Film  DRAMM0008 20 Optional 
  • Critical Analysis of Media Music  MUSIM0020 20 Optional 
  • Writing and Directing for Film and Television  DRAMM0014 20 Optional 
  • Translation for Subtitling  MODLM0009 20 Optional 
  • Theories of Visual Culture: Text and Image  MODLM2048 20 Optional 
  • Television Drama  FATVM0001 20 Optional 
  • The Art of Editing  FATVM0005 20 Optional 
  • Documentary Film and Television  FATVM0003 20 Optional 
  • The Art of Cinematography  FATVM0004 20 Optional 
  • Personal Option Unit  AFACM0007 20 Optional 
  • Supervised Individual Study  AFACM0008 20 Optional 
  • Screen Style and Aesthetics  DRAMM3015 20 Optional 
  • Students must choose one of the following dissertation units: 
  • Dissertation: Written  DRAMM3017 60 Optional 
  • Dissertation: Practical & Written Element  DRAMM3018 60 Optional 
  • Dissertation: Industrial Placement & Written Element  DRAMM3019 60 Optional 

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Evidence of commitment to (but not necessarily experience in) film and TV production and/or study.

Student Destinations

Graduates of film and television at Bristol have taken up careers as film-makers, programme researchers, senior academics and broadcasting executives.