Everything you need to know...
- 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.
View our students' work
Find out more about the Media Arts and Communications department and view the work of some of our students.
'This course developed my personality as a film maker and refined my cinematic skills. I have acquired the expertise needed to lecture in this subject.'
Farah Mahmood, MA Filmmaking, 2018 graduate
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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
- 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
Student success story
"Since graduating I have worked on the This is England TV series and Paddy Considine’s 2017 film Journeyman."
Emily Axon, MA Filmmaking
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.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
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
Learn more about your department
Media, Arts and Communications Facilities Tour
Take a look around the media, arts and communication facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with lecturer Saskia Wilson.
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
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Filmmaking: Production And Realisation One||Credits: 30||
|Module: Filmmaking: Professional Strategies- Industry Workshops||Credits: 15||
|Module: Filmmaking: Project Development One||Credits: 15||
|Module: Filmmaking: Project Skills||Credits: 15||
|Module: Filmmaking: Research Methods||Credits: 15||
|Module: Filmmaking: Production And Realisation Two||Credits: 30||
|Module: Filmmaking: Professional Strategies- Final Project||Credits: 45||
|Module: Filmmaking: Project Development Two||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £9,620 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.
† 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.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.
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 Digital media courses (PDF, 227.4KB)
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