MA Filmmaking

Course contact

Nick Higgins & Sam Firth
+44 (0)1292 886481 / +44 (0)1292 886426 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

MA 12–16 months


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Fees levels can be found here
Scottish students are applicable to apply for SAAS funding
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Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.


The UWS MA Filmmaking degree is designed specifically to support the development of students wishing to work professionally in the independent and world cinema sectors of the film industry either in fiction, documentary or experimental filmmaking, including immersive Virtual Reality productions.

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Production still from Filmmaking tutor Sam Firth's film, The Creeling

UWS MA Filmmaking from UWS Creative Media Academy.

Honours degree (minimum lower second) or equivalent. Candidates will be required to submit a portfolio of relevant creative work (previous films or creative projects) and a written statement (500-750 words), and attend an interview with the programme leader either in person of via video conference.

The programme may in certain circumstances permit entry to the course where specific professional or other experience is demonstrated and is deemed appropriate to the level.
Delivered from the heart of the Scottish film industry in Film City Glasgow, the bespoke industry hub for some 20 independent production companies and post-production facility houses, including Scotland’s only Dolby sound mixing studio, our aim is to provide a stimulating, supportive and professional environment in which students can freely yet rigorously develop their unique individual voices under the mentorship of leading film practitioners from around the world including our own multi award-winning tutors, Professor Nick Higgins and Sam Firth.

Our distinctive offer will be defined and distinguished not only by its unique location, facilities and core teaching staff but also by an international guest faculty programme, who will complement our core tutors, support staff, and technical facilities, to ensure that from the moment they walk through the door, our students no longer feel as though they are “students”, but are already operating at the highest professional level, as creative collaborators in a context that replicates the conditions of the industry in which they intend to work. Previous guest tutors have included Oscar and BAFTA winners.

Students completing the MA will graduate with three short films (including both documentary and fiction) to add to their portfolio, having been through a process that provides space for both creative experimentation and professional rigour.

Postgraduate Certificate

Advanced Film Documentary Practice:
Students will make a documentary film under the direction of the programme core team, exploring the boundaries of documentary film practice, and its intersection with other genres (fiction, essay film, transmedia practice).

Film as an Industry: provides a professional insight into the contemporary film industry, looking at every aspect of the planning and logistics of complex low-budget film shoots, from concept to new distribution models and marketing, placing these key activities within their economic and artistic context.

Postgraduate Diploma

Advanced Fiction Film Practice:
Students will make a short fiction film under the direction of an invited filmmaker, who will launch the module with an intensive one-week workshop, and remain available to students over the rest of the trimester to follow their progress and mentor their projects.

Development Lab: students undertake an industry-standard development process, in which they prepare their final Masters film project under the supervision of leading professionals active in the practice of the short film form.


Masters project: students undertake a major creative project – either fiction or documentary or immersive film – under the guidance of the programme team.
The programme benefits from strong integration with the Scottish film industry, including access to services at Film City Glasgow and skills development support for students from film executives from the BFI & Creative Scotland funded Scottish Film and Talent Network (SFTN). Students on graduating will therefore be in a privileged position from which to access industry funding for their future film projects, and develop viable professional careers. The programme will facilitate exclusive access to strands within the context of film festivals, providing privileged access for MA students to industry visitors, and taking advantage of their presence in the country to run special industry events with our partners. Opportunities will also exist for our students to learn from the professionals who work in Film City, and to make use of their facilities (which no university in the UK can rival) to complete post-production on their films. Placement opportunities are also likely to emerge through the Scottish Film Talent Network.

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