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MA Film

Start date(s):
September
Study mode:
Full-time
Course duration:
1 Year

Tuition fees

Home fee
£8,540
International full-time per year
£17,750
General enquiries:
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International admissions
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About this course

This hybrid MA enables students to develop practical and theoretical skills in film production and analysis.

  • Combine practical filmmaking and film criticism
  • Choose between practical and theoretical assignments
  • Embed your learning within an academic and film industry-based context
  • Study on a course that explores and promotes filmmaking in the city of Liverpool, capitalising on its cinematic history and its current and future production activity
  • Learn from staff with a broad range of research specialisms, including practical filmmaking, academic writing, screenwriting and producing video essays

Studying on this new MA affords you the opportunity to study in one of the UKs most dynamic cities. Liverpool is the second most filmed city in the UK after London and has a vibrant media and cultural industry.

    This forward-looking MA prepares you for bridging the traditional gap between theory and practice, by inviting you to both 'think' and 'do' film, thus bringing down barriers and forging new approaches to the analysis and production of films.

    The MA Film promotes an experimental approach that considers film as a tool for research and a means for understanding, exploring and representing the world. The programme will build a cohort of practice-informed academics, and theory-informed practitioners, while offering the opportunity to study in a dynamic city with a burgeoning film industry.

    Fees and funding

    There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

    Fees

    The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

    • library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
    • access to programme-appropriate software
    • library and student IT support
    • free on-campus wifi via eduroam

    Additional costs

    Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

    • accommodation and living expenditure
    • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
    • printing, photocopying and stationery
    • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
    • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
    • field trips (travel and activity costs)
    • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
    • student visas (international students only)
    • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
    • academic conferences (travel costs)
    • professional-body membership
    • graduation (gown hire etc)

    Funding

    There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

    Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

    Employability

    Further your career prospects

    LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

    Graduates on this programme would typically be either working in or looking to move into careers in:

    • Film Production
    • Digital Content Production and Distribution
    • Marketing and Communication
    • Tourism
    • Location Scouting
    • Film Festivals
    • Teaching
    • Corporate Communications
    • Cultural Management
    • Further Postgraduate study (MPhil and PhD)

    External engagement is central to the MA Film degree. Liverpool Screen School works with a range of national and regional organisations including: The Liverpool Film Office, BBC, ITV Northern Lights Partnership, Lime Pictures, Envy Post Production London, FACT, HOME Manchester, TATE Liverpool, Creative England, and the BAFTA award-winning companies Hurricane Films and LA Productions.

    Twickenham Studios are due to launch a brand new film studio in Liverpool, and we are currently exploring possible partnerships that will offer employment possibilities to some of the MAs graduates.

    The student experience

    Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

    Course modules

    Discover the building blocks of your programme

    This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

    Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

    Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

    Teaching

    An insight into teaching on your course

    Study hours

    Typically, full-time students will be expected to attend taught sessions two days a week, currently Mondays and Fridays. Times will vary week to week and timetables will be provided to students upon enrolment.

    Teaching methods

    You will participate in a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips. One-to-one supervision and independent learning form a major part of the day-to-day management of student time.

    Applied learning

    Over the duration of the programme you will craft skills and apply these in the field of filmmaking through practical modules and your final project. You will apply a range of theoretical concepts and historical context to your written work.

    Assessment

    How learning is monitored on your programme

    To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

    All modules offer students full flexibility in choosing the kind of assignment they prefer. Options include making a film, conducting an academic written research project, creating a video essay or writing a screenplay.

    Course tutors

    Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

    Whereas most postgraduate degrees in Film offer students the choice of exploring film through practice or theory, the MA Film at LJMU offers a dynamic opportunity to engage with both disciplines. We look forward to encouraging students to find their creative voice through film.

    School facilities

    What you can expect from your School

    The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool 's growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds is shared by two Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies - Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - and Liverpool Business School, making for a rich blend of student learning experiences. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, broadcast studios, news rooms, media production suites, social spaces and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU 's Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies. 

    Entry requirements

    You will need:

    Qualification requirements

    Undergraduate degree

    • a minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a relevant subject (Film Studies, Media Production, Computer Studies, Game Studies, Fine Art, Design, Architecture and Humanities based subject) 

    International requirements

    • IELTS

      • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

    Further information

    • Extra Requirements

      Applicants may be invited to interview.

      Applicants with professional or related experience but no formal qualifications will be considered on their individual circumstances.

      Demonstrable potential to develop postgraduate level research skills.

      Genuine interest and commitment to develop skills and knowledge in the academic and/or practical aspects of film studies.

    Application and selection

    Securing your place at LJMU

    To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

    The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

    Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.