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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.86k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    This course has been designed to help you embark on a career as a professional fiction film-maker in one of the following disciplines:

    * Directing
    * Cinematography
    * Editing
    * Sound

    Teaching is through a combination of collaborative, shared modules, and modules that are geared to each individual discipline. Coursework consists of a large number of practical exercises and projects that allow students to deepen their own technical, creative and professional film making skills.

    The years work culminates in a major project module in which students will work, in their chosen discipline, on one or more short fiction films.

    Screen Academy Scotland is an active film making hub in the culturally vibrant city of Edinburgh. It offers great scope for collaboration, with some 200 or so students, at under-and post-graduate level engaged in diverse film activities. Students at the Screen Academy have access to a complete range of professional production and post-production equipment, including HDCam, Super 16 mm, Avid, Final Cut Pro, Pro-Tools and a fully equipped dubbing facility. And they can draw on support from tutors who themselves have significant experience in the industry.

    This course will advance your knowledge of your chosen specialist area as well as giving you a rounded understanding of other film making disciplines.

    The Screen Academy is a professionally equipped facility, and we expect student work to aspire to a level that is as close to an industry standard as possible.

    On completion of this course, we would expect graduates to be ready to take up an entry level job in the industry, or, in the case of outstanding students, set themselves up as an independent practitioner as either a director, cinematographer, editor or sound designer.

    High achieving students on the programme who would like to continue and deepen their studies will have the opportunity to apply for the MFA Advanced Film Practice. This provides a further year of intense, project-based film-making.

    This course is studied on a full-time basis and lasts 1 year. Youll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshop sessions and independent study.

    Trimester 1

    Teaching and project work that is specific to your chosen discipline, collaborative film-making involving all students, and detailed study in one other specialism (eg screenwriting).

    Trimester 2

    Teaching and project work that is specific to your chosen discipline, collaborative film-making involving all students, and critical film studies.

    Trimester 3

    A major fiction film project.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    BA (Hons), or equivalent, plus Portfolio.Please make it clear in your application which of the five specialisms you are applying for: directing, producing, cinematography, editing or sound.Note on Portfolio: On your application form please include links to your film portfolio. As well as applicants whose BA or BSc is in film, we are also interested in graduates from related disciplines. It may be in this case that you have other materials, such as art work, stills photography, scripts, or sound work, which you would like us to see. Please include links to such work on your application form.We may consider applications for producing without a portfolio provided you have an appropriate background in arts administration, business or finance. We will not consider any other applications without a portfolio. As we are recruiting in five different specialisms, the number of students we are able to take in each pathway will be limited due to the need to ensure a balance of expertise within the programme. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 75 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    We have a selection of funding opportunities available such as the UK postgraduate tuition fee loan (Scottish & EU) and specific scholarships aimed at student from India and across Africa.

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