Kingston University London - Filmmaking MA

Kingston University London

Filmmaking MA

This course examines the principles of short-form film-making, the potential of visual storytelling, and the importance of sound, lighting, and screenplay.

You will produce a portfolio to show your technical ability in cinematography, sound recording, editing, writing, and direction across several short films. You will develop skills such as critical thinking, character and narrative development, and post-production. 

The course focuses on the collaborative nature of film-making and the sharing of non-mainstream stories. It is inspired by productions that have challenged conformity.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • At Kingston you can experience a variety of production roles, finding your specialism through practice.
  • You will use high-definition 4K digital cinema cameras, DSLRs, and Macs running Adobe Premiere and Creative Cloud. There are 8mm and 16mm cameras for exploring analog film.*
  • Our alumni include award-winning filmmakers, whose films have been shown at the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, and London Design Biennale.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:2 or above honours degree in a humanities subject (film, media studies, languages, history, English, etc) or in any other subject relating to the art and craft of filmmaking.
  • IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Career Prospects

This filmmaking MA will equip you for lifelong filmmaking and learning. It prepares you with techniques to sustain a film-making practice beyond university for:

  • employment within the film industry or as an independent filmmaker
  • further study.

The core skills will enable you to produce films in an independent, pragmatic and accountable manner. This will enhance your employability and begin the process of making you a genuinely independent filmmaker in command of your own material.

MA filmmaking graduates have gone on to work in the film industry in roles such as:

  • film festival programmer;
  • assistant editor, production design (Poldark, Prometheus & Doctor Strange);
  • key grip (BBC films and Netflix's The Crown);
  • sound recordist on independent features;
  • director (web series Mandem on the Wall and TV series Law Cats);
  • editor, producer, script reader, and script editor.

Course Details

You will study the basic principles of film making, develop an understanding of the nature and potential of visual storytelling, and discover the importance of sound, lighting and the screenplay. You will also gain a sound knowledge of theories and ideas that can help in the interpretation of your own work and that of other filmmakers. You will produce a portfolio of moving-image projects to illustrate your technical ability in cinematography, sound recording, editing and writing/direction.


Film Making 1
Film Making 2
Film Making 3 (Dissertation)
Film Writing
Sound and Vision

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