Film and Television Production MA

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

£ 8,100 - (Rs 6,64,914)

Important information

  • Master
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    12 Months
  • When:
    September 2017
    other dates

No matter what experience you have of filmmaking, our course will develop your knowledge of factual UK TV and digital media content production, and your creative skills, to an advanced level. Along the way, you’ll make seven films of different lengths and write a dissertation on a media subject that excites and interests you.

Focusing on two key roles, the director and the producer (which in current factual programming are merged into one), you’ll explore the dynamics of this ever-changing industry, and what it takes to succeed. You’ll learn to become a visual storyteller, a communicator, a collaborator, a motivator and a problem solver. You’ll also develop skills in scheduling, production managing, budgeting and marketing programmes. Although the emphasis is on factual programming, there is scope and flexibility to develop more creative films.

With specialist technical workshops on camera operation, sound, lighting and editing, you’ll develop professional skills in screen-based production. This will be supported by tutorials, diary work, and independent research, giving you a strong critical and contextual grounding for your practical work.

Important information
What are the course objectives?

Our course will prepare you for a career in TV or in the broader media, and help you to decide which areas of the industry attract you the most. Although the emphasis is on directing and producing, you might choose to move into cinematography, production management or even television programme sales once you graduate. You might also develop a particular interest in observational documentary, natural history films or science programming, and decide to follow a career in these fields.

Here at Cambridge School of Art, you’ll gain specialist skills that will be useful for traditional, experimental and creative documentary making, or films for education, training, public relations, current affairs, marketing and campaigning. Our course will prepare you to forge a portfolio or freelance career, and give you the ability to make high-quality content for broadcast, web, film festivals or cinema.


Where and when

Starts Location
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Film Studies
Film Production
Film Making
Film Directing
Film Theory
Camera Operation
Film and Television
Television Production
Documentary Research
Skills and Training
Digital Film Making
Sound Recording
Film acting

Course programme

Core modules
  • Process and Practice as ResearchYou will engage with the relationship between research and production. In particular you will explore the process of designing a research project for Art and Design students at Masters level.
  • Visual StorytellingThis module will help you better understand visual storytelling and develop skills essential to successful contemporary factual programming. 
  • Understanding the AudienceThis practical and theoretical module will introduce you to the critical role of the audience in the conception and design of factual programming. 
  • Master's Dissertation Art and DesignThis module forms the major written element of the MA programme. On it, you will be invited to choose a topic related to your area of study, as the basis for a research essay of up to 8,000 words. 
  • Master's Project: Art and DesignThe Masters Project represents the culmination of your learning on the programme, and giving you the opportunity to develop and resolve a major area of enquiry. 


You’ll demonstrate your learning, and ensure you’re developing the knowledge and skills to complete the course, through:

  • producing and directing films of different lengths and styles
  • working in a team on a TV studio production
  • written production analyses and reflective commentaries
  • essays
  • filming schedules and budgets
  • film pitches
  • your final Masters Project: this film is your 'calling card' for the industry

Your assignments are usually submitted at the end of each term. You’ll also be assessed informally and given feedback during the term to help you achieve to the highest level. Feedback could be on a film, a presentation or group participation; it will be given by your tutor and your fellow students.

Additional information

Course duration:
12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (September starts); 17 months full-time (January starts). Teaching times:
Trimester 1: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10am - 1pm (full time); Wednesdays, 10am - 4pm (part time).
Trimester 2: Wednesdays 10am – 4pm, Thursdays 10am – 1pm (full time); Wednesdays 10am – 4pm (part time).
Trimester 3: Tuesdays 10am – 12pm for 4 weeks & then tutorials by arrangement (full time).
Trimester 4: Thursdays 10am – 1pm (part time)
Trimester 5 & 6: Tuesdays 10am – 12pm for 4 weeks & then tutorials by arrangement (part time)

Course fees:

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) £8,100

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time) £4,050

International students, 2016/17 (per year) £12,400