MA Filmmaking

Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2025/26
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MA

Filmmaking

Full-time Acting film and TV

Create your vision and explore the craft of filmmaking on a course with exceptional industry links.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,620 for the course
    International/EU: £17,725 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    1 Year

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025


Course summary

  • Hone your creativity and technique in filmmaking
  • Develop a pre-formed film idea that constitutes a key part of your application
  • Benefit from excellent industry ties, including to Sheffield's world-renowned Doc/Fest
  • Learn in a creative, supportive and bespoke learning environment for one or two years
  • Work under the tutelage of production-active industry figures with exceptional connections

This course aims to produce a new generation of filmmakers. We help you to develop your production-based creative and technical ability, and ensure that you have the critical grounding and logistical skill that the film industry requires. You'll graduate as an employable, connected industry practitioner.


How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

With a focus on producing your own film idea, underpinned by critical thinking and industry study, this course aims to create rounded filmmaking professionals. You'll work under the tutelage of practicing directors, writers, editors, producers and cinematographers, and benefit from close industry connections to the likes of Creative England and Sheffield's international documentary festival Doc/Fest. You will receive support from the university for 18 months after graduation, helping you to find work and boost your profile.

You learn through

  • developing your own project
  • production exercises
  • workshops, lectures and seminars
  • live projects
  • independent study
  • group work
  • masterclasses
  • attending pitching sessions
  • self-reflection, with learning journals

Applied learning

Work placements

We have excellent links with the cultural industries in the region and to the film and television industry. These links help you gain work experience with film and TV productions. In the year 2015–16 all students on this course had on-set industry work experience.

Live projects

You will collaborate on your own and your colleagues' live projects throughout the course - these allow you a detailed knowledge of the contemporary film industry.

Field trips

On top of attending regular screenings of up-and-coming filmmakers' work and attending Doc/Fest, you are also encouraged to attend other film festivals, such as Edinburgh and Berlin.

Networking opportunities

Alongside masterclasses and tutelage from well-connected industry practitioners, you will be expected to network effectively in order to create industry connections. These opportunities will arise particularly at regular film screenings and events with Creative England, the British Film Institute (BFI) and at Doc/Fest. You will create bespoke networking plans, and undertake a professional strategies module.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a:

  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • cinematographer
  • editor
  • sound recordist
  • sound designer

Some of our previous graduates include:

  • BAFTA award winners Justin Molonikov, Rob Hardy, Gregor Lyon and Barry Ryan
  • TV director/DOP/sound recordists Samuel Donovan, Stuart Dunne and Susan Pennington
  • British Independent Film Award winner Stevie Haywood
  • international co-producers Vicky Miha and Abhiram Suresh Unnithan
  • commissioner/funder Keith Potter

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • world-class Arri Alexa Mini and Almera cameras
  • a full range of high definition digital video cameras
  • broadcast-standard sound recording equipment
  • AVID digital editing
  • Pro Tools HD surround sound

Entry requirements

All students

An honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent in any subject.

An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Filmmaking: Production And Realisation One
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Filmmaking: Production And Realisation Two
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Filmmaking: Professional Strategies- Final Project
Credits 45
Assessment Practical(100%)
Filmmaking: Professional Strategies- Industry Workshops
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Filmmaking: Project Development One
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Filmmaking: Project Development Two
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Filmmaking: Project Skills
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Filmmaking: Research Methods
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2025/26 is £10,620 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2025/26 is £17,725 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Acting, film and TV courses (PDF, 333.7KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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You apply for this course via our online application form.

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