Why study MA
in Film Production or Documentary Production?
We value and prioritise your creativity, skill,
knowledge and drive
- We employ cutting edge facilities
- We have links with a wide range of
organisations – we bring the outside in and take your work outside
York St John University
- We utilise radical approaches to digital
film and documentary production
- You will become a maker of film and
television at the vanguard of the media for the 21st century
- We value you as an individual
- You will work in collaboration with a team
of like-minded individuals
How can I
The MA programme is available for study in
both full-time and part-time modes.
The emphasis of our MA programmes is towards
production. To enable you to make powerful short film and
documentary work we will work with you in a supervisory
Will I get
any practical experience?
The MA programme is focussed around the
practical production of original short film and documentary cinema
and television. Practice is at the heart of the work you
undertake throughout. A crucial element of both MA programmes
is working within a real world context with a tangible outcome for
your work. At the start you will target where your work will
be screened – and the aim is to get it there. You will also
play a crucial role in suggesting key visiting speakers and
skills will I acquire?
You will develop your skills as a writer/director
(film) or a director/producer (documentary). A defining
feature of our MA programme is the collaboration on each others'
projects. By doing this you maintain a level of multi-skilling
essential in the contemporary worlds of film.
- conceptual skills, through the development
of creative ideas
- advanced group work skills (although we
assess you as an individual)
- written skills, through writing treatments,
script development, essays, critical evaluations and production
- excellent technical skills, in your use of
a range of production and post-production facilities
- your understanding of business, through the
application of budgets to your production and in the development of
your own company
Most importantly, you will be a creative thinker
and a creative practitioner at the forefront of film.
will I be assessed?
All production and theoretical work is a
significant part of continual assessment, rather than formal
examinations. You will be assessed on your production work,
but always as the writer/director or director/producer.
What resources will I have access to?
Our MA programme utilises dedicated
In order to produce cutting-edge film and
television, you need to use cutting-edge equipment. This degree
benefits from sustained investment in new technology. You will use
a range of different forms of equipment, including the latest JVC
HDV camera kits, Satchler and Dado lighting kits, sound mixers,
Sennheiser radio microphones, jibs, and tracking and glide cam.
Our post-production facilities are Avid systems
based around a dedicated central server. We run an edit lab
consisting of 20 edit stations and 13 separately sectioned edit
suites. We also have two fully equipped broadcast television
studios, as well as other types of equipment for specific
production requirements. The Faculty of
Arts also boasts a number of systems running Pro-Tools and
Final Cut. You will be supported by a dedicated team of
We continue to foster links with established and
emergent companies across the film and television industries,
regionally, nationally and internationally. We invite industry
practitioners to work with you and see your work. We work with a
range of industry partners including ITV and the BBC. We also enjoy
a close relationship with the Yorkshire Centre of the Royal
Television Society, Screen Yorkshire, and we are involved in
ventures with York’s independent cinema, City Screen. We also make
sure that we are fully engaged with the independent sector. Our
portfolio of external contacts is extensive and
I get involved with departmental activities?
Collaboration is at the heart of producing moving
images. Film and Television Production encompasses a popular
undergraduate programme and these students will work with you as
crew for you to realise your projects. We are also leading on
the development of a network of film makers across North Yorkshire
to allow you to continue to make and distribute creative film and
television work beyond the MA programme. We host an annual
screening of undergraduate and postgraduate work and your input
will be central to this.
Membership of professional bodies
We have many professional partnerships and work
with a range of industry partners. This includes the BBC, ITV,
True North, Mezzo and Mediamill.
Degree programme information