- Penryn Campus
- 1 year full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
MA Film & Television at Falmouth reflects and interrogates the highly fluid nature of the contemporary screen media environment.
You'll study, interpret and contest the notion of digital culture historically, socially, politically and artistically through research and creative practice. You'll fracture traditional categorisations by looking into the increasingly blurred boundaries between film and television, art and technology, and production and consumption.
Together we’ll examine how directors like Ben Wheatley and companies like Curzon and Film4 are making use of multi-platform release schedules. And how brands like HBO, Amazon and Netflix are shaping what we watch and how we watch it.
We live in an age where anyone with a phone and a laptop can create visual projects, making originality and clear industry pathways less discernible. In their place, a new and fruitful framework has been built for those who have the talent, dedication and adaptability to embrace such potential. However, our MA still contends that fundamental skills are the basis of sound academic work and creative practice.
You'll shape the curriculum around your own interests. The most successful film and television makers are students of their chosen medium, highly knowledgeable of historical legacy and social-political context. You'll not only learn how to develop, write, produce, shoot, record, direct and edit, but why, philosophically and creatively, your ideas are worth being made.
- Highly flexible, student-focused curriculum
- Mentoring with industry professionals
- Opportunities for placement and work experience
- Creative environment for collaboration
- Industry-standard software
- A vibrant visiting speaker programme
- Student experience-centred ethos
How the course is taught
Our passion is reflected both in the teaching and research track record of our academics, our industry connections and visiting speakers, and the quality of our film and television professionals. Crossing disciplinary areas such as cultural studies, sociology, journalism, English, philosophy and, of course, film and television studies, our MA offers academically-minded students comprehensive supervision and guidance for moving onto PhD research.
Industry and academic links
We have a strong visiting lecturer programme with recent guests including critics Dr Mark Kermode, Professor Linda Ruth Williams and Dr Will Brooker. Our practice tutors are active writers, producers, directors, editors, sound designers and cinematographers who create substantive work across all screen media. We have a wide range of contacts and industry specialists who contribute to the course, including Tony Grisoni (writer of Southcliffe, Red Riding, and How I Live Now), Mary Burke (producer of For Those in Peril, Berberian Sound Studio and The Midnight Beast), and James Henry (writer for Campus and Green Wing).
Falmouth University also recently hosted the Channel 4 Talent Day and we are active in developing work placements and internships for our students. We have sent many of students to Warp Films and TwoFour since 2009, and regularly update our webpages with work experience opportunities and jobs. Our graduates have proceeded to further study and jobs across the film and television industry, for HBO, Sky, ITV, Disney and have worked on major feature films, including About Time (Richard Curtis, 2013) The World's End (Edgar Wright, 2013), The Double (Richard Ayoade, 2014) and Disney's Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh, 2015). Falmouth University's MA in Film & Television is for students who to place themselves at the cutting edge of screen culture.
The course is divided into three semesters of 15 weeks. Each semester offers the fundamentals vital to every academic and practitioner, and elective choices so you can shape your own learning.
What you'll do
Study block 1
The first semester consists of three core units, offering a diverse entry point to all aspects of the study of film and television, and the interrelationship of theory and practice:
Theorising Contemporary Film & Television Culture (Theory)
In this module you will explore the theoretical conceptualisations of film and television in the context of contemporary academic thought and popular discourse around the concept of digital culture. We will start from a point of questioning the multi-layered and contested effects of digital culture on film and television as discrete forms. You will consider the interrelationship and fusion between media in terms of production, distribution and exhibition examining the advent of new forms of representation and interaction. But we will also look at how traditional notion of film and television are being preserved and even being popular as a reaction to the effects of the digital. The module will also assess and interrogate the economic and technological developments of a more integrated and interactive media environment in terms of the cross-pollination of form and content, and socio-cultural effects on contemporary audiences.
Film & Television Industry Case Study (Theory/Practice)
In this module you will explore the industrial parameters of contemporary film and television based around the experience and expertise of current professionals. The module will utilise the School of Film & Television's many industry links to bring in guest speakers from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, TwoFour Broadcast, Warp Films, Sheffield Doc Fest, Cornwall Film Festival, Doc Heads, BFI, Pinewood Studios, Dogbite and EngineHouse VFX. You will then have an opportunity to question these professionals about their respective sectors as a basis for a case study. Alternatively, you can investigate the sector/practitioner of your own choosing, with tutor support. The module will also contain workshops on the fundamentals of creative industry research and methodology. The module is designed so that you learn both the challenges and values of networking, and researching specific job roles and industry backgrounds in order to effectively plot your own career trajectory.
Creative Practices (Practice)
This module will engage you in the production workflow, focusing on how creative, professional and technical roles shape a final film or television project. Your weekly seminars and workshops will guide you through pre-production, production and post-production processes, enabling you to devise, develop and produce a short filmed project as part of a small crew of four to six students. You will, therefore, develop your technical skills and production practices in order to devise and deploy modes of creative practice which may include, but are not limited to, research and development, screenwriting, production management, producing, directing, cinematography, lighting, editing and the recording and design of sound.
Study block 2
The second semester gives you the opportunity to specialise, choosing from a ranging of theory, practice or combination modules. Assessment of combination modules is either through an academic essay or a practice project. Potential optional modules include:
- Cultural Studies to Digital Sociology (Theory/Practice)
- Screen Futures (Theory/Practice)
- Globalisation in Film & Television (Theory/Practice)
- Factual Film & Television (Theory/Practice)
- Screenwriting for Film & Television (Theory/Practice)
- Work Placement (Theory/Practice)
Study block 3
Depending on your chosen specialism, in the third semester you'll produce either:
- Dissertation (Theory)
- Film & Production Portfolio (Theory/Practice)
- Conceptual Project (Theory/Practice)
Our technical facility mirrors industry standards. During term-time, our facilities and kit stores are open to our students from 9am to midnight (weekdays) and on Saturdays.
You'll have access to:
- A large TV studio with three studio cameras and a 4 input Tricaster Ultra HD gallery facility with Chromatte grey screen, blue/green screen and full lighting rig
- Three animation software studios containing powerful Dell Precision Workstations for 2D (TV Paint) and 3D (Maya, Nuke) work with Cintiq 27" QHD displays
- Ten Mac Pro edit suites with Avid Media Composer, Adobe CC, Final Cut Pro and Da Vinci Resolve - network linked to Avid Nexis shared storage
- 35-seat Production Hub for post production software training equipped with Apple iMacs and creative software including Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, Da Vinci resolve and Pro Tools. Production management software including Movie Magic scheduling and budgeting is also included on these machines
- Xsens motion capture
- Specialist grading suite featuring DaVinci Resolve and 4K preview screen
- Three post-production audio suites and dubbing theatre equipped with Pro Tools HD plus access to mics, foley traps and props
- Digital cameras (HD to 4K) include RED, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Panasonic plus Odyssey 7Q+, alongside Arri and Bolex 16mm film cameras.
- A wide range of hot and cold lighting equipment is available, including Blondes, Red Heads, Dedo, Kino Flo and LED lights
- Grip and gimbal systems available include Glidecam 2000 Pro and V8, Free-Fly Movi M5, Wally Dolly, Indie Dolly, PD1 Dolly, Spider Dolly, Koolertron Sliders, Libec and Camcrane Jibs
- Audio devices including 633 Sound Devices mixers, Edirol recorders, radio mikes and an extensive range of dynamic microphones
- 129-seat cinema, with Christie M Series HD projection and 7.2 surround sound
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- Core theory based on written assignments
- Core practice assessed on visual project and accompanying portfolios
- Elective modules all with theory/practice options
- Dissertation and/or major project in final semester
- Research, teaching or postgraduate study in art/humanities subject areas
- All technical/creative roles linked with direction, production, cinematography, editing, sound, lighting; writing for the screen; film and television criticism; research for film and TV
- Film and TV marketing, distribution and sales – digital and social media content/distribution
- Film festival and arts curatorship – media-based project management