MA Film and Television Production

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Develop as a producer/director of factual films and television programmes. Enhance your creative skills and technical knowledge and build a portfolio of work to help you stand out from the crowd.

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Film and Television Production at ARU

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No matter what your experience of filmmaking, our MA Film and Television Production at ARU will expand your knowledge and understanding of the UK factual film and TV profession and industry.

On this Masters course you’ll create a portfolio of seven films of different lengths.

Focusing on the two key roles of director and 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.

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Industry-standard equipment

As a student at ARU you’ll have use of facilities including:

  • a fully-equipped HD multi-camera TV studio including multi-purpose scenic backdrops, suitable for current affairs, drama and magazine programmes
  • a film studio featuring overhead lighting, tracks, dollies, green screens, and flats
  • for editing and post-production, the complete Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects.

Learn outside the classroom

Throughout the course you’ll benefit from extra-curricular events such as:

  • guest lectures from film and television professionals
  • Cambridge Film Festival
  • an annual trip to Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival and trips to see live TV studios in action
  • events offered through our student-led film societies.

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Our MA Film and Television will prepare you for a career in TV or 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.

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.

The specialist skills you’ve gained as a postgraduate student 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 create a portfolio for a freelance career and give you the ability to make high-quality content for broadcast, web, film festivals or cinema.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

If you studied for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma initially, you can choose to complete further modules and top-up to a full Masters degree.


"I have gained skills that will be used throughout my life and career. As as result I am much more confident and feel as though I achieve more than I ever thought I could."


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