University of Sussex

University of Sussex


This course gives you the opportunity to produce a lowbudget independent film to a professional standard; you learn how to write compelling scripts, raise funds, cast and direct actors, and shoot and edit films using professional equipment and software. The course teaches you how to analyse and critique a range of fiction films and to find your unique voice in an increasingly competitive field. The School of Media, Film and Music benefits from strong industry connections and you attend masterclasses from leading figures in film and television. You also benefit from 24-hour access to the latest professional-grade equipment and postproduction facilities. By the end of your studies, you will have produced a minimum of 2 short films and generated material to create a show reel, aiding your future employment prospects. Your final film is screened at an end-of-year MA degree show. You are given advice about screening your work via a range of platforms including film festivals, independent screenings, broadcast and online.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in an appropriate discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience. Applicants must also: (a) submit a portfolio of moving works which clearly defines their role in the production and clarifies whether this role was in collaboration with others; and (b) provide English subtitles as necessary for works produced in other languages and a short synopsis of the work; and (c) deliver a 1 to 2 minute on-camera presentation about why you are a suitable applicant and what you will bring to the course (please do not exceed the set duration).

Course modules

Autumn term: Realisation and visualisation: Directing actors and camera. You choose an option from a list that may include: Cultural Identities: Social practices; writing documentary: sound/image/text; expanded media: forms and practices; film studies: theories and methods; gender and representation; global cinemas; international journalism in transition; media theory and research; writing for the screen. Spring term: Collaborative film project. you also choose 2 options from a list that may include: activist media practice; animal life and the moving image; first person film; global news industries; media histories and cultural change; media, culture and communication; media, technology and everyday life; music and the media of performance (theory); new developments in digital media; new moving screens; photography: documentary, landscape, politics; queering popular culture; research and prototyping for interactive practice; sound environment (theory); the cinematic body; the politics of promotional culture. Summer term: You complete a self-directed creative project in filmmaking.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by practical video/media work, essays and production documentation. The final assessment is a fiction film and a portfolio of supporting documents.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,350 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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