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International: £13,500 for the course
- 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
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
- attending pitching sessions
- self-reflection, with learning journals
Course leaders and tutors
Colin Pons is the Course Leader in MA Filmmaking
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course prepares you for a career as a:
- 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
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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
Normally you need one of the following
• an honours degree in an area of film and television production
• an honours degree in a related discipline, plus significant filmmaking practice
• significant media or cultural industry experience
We expect you to have a background in practical filmmaking either through a degree or through professional or independent practice. You need to submit project ideas with your application. We also expect you to provide evidence of preparation for the course, such as a showreel of films you have contributed to, a single film, production portfolio, scripts or treatments.
Selection is determined by
• the range of appropriate experience
• the quality of submissions and course preparation - particularly in the expression of ideas
• a flexible approach to learning
• interview in person, via Skype or telephone
• evidenced enthusiasm and interest in the course philosophy
If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
ModulesThe modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Filmmaking: Production And Realisation One||Credits: 30.00||
|Module: Filmmaking: Production And Realisation Two||Credits: 30.00||
|Module: Filmmaking: Professional Strategies- Final Project||Credits: 45.00||
|Module: Filmmaking: Professional Strategies- Industry Workshops||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Filmmaking: Project Development One||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Filmmaking: Project Development Two||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Filmmaking: Project Skills||Credits: 15.00||
|Module: Filmmaking: Research Methods||Credits: 15.00||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,609 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
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