MA Film

Would you like to gain experience in film-making and production?

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2014 entry


On this course, you can choose either a production- or theory-based pathway.

On the production side, you’ll learn about current practices in the film industry, with a focus on independent film-making. You’ll have the opportunity for creative experimentation from the outset, using industry-standard facilities and equipment.

The theoretical units focus on new fields of study, but you’ll also have the chance to specialise in your chosen field.

Working with experienced film researchers and historians, you’ll learn about new research ideas and find out about film theory and history.

Throughout the course, you’ll foster your own personal style, writing and film-making techniques, and explore new creative ideas. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with music and media postgraduate students.

Don't just take our word for it...

Neil McEnery-West
Mark de Valk
Claudia Murg
"Get a camera, go out there and make as many films as you can. Film-making isn't easy but, if you hold on to your passion and belief, you can start living your dream."
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"The course engages students both aesthetically and in developing their own point of view of the world around us."
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"This course challenged and engaged me in more ways than I could have anticipated."
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Course details for entry in 2015

MA Film


  • 1 Year Standard Entry


  • 3 Years Standard Entry

Typical entry requirements

An honours degree, at 2:2 or above, in a related discipline.

Professional Development and Research Skills
On this unit, you’ll enhance your research skills in preparation for the major project. You’ll focus on research methods and techniques that are used in the media industries and develop career-based skills.

Master’s Project
You’ll design, produce and present a demanding piece of work in your chosen area of study. This project will demonstrate to employers that you have relevant practical skills in film-making or research.

Production pathway

Finding Fiction
You’ll develop your own personal signature in film-making. An understanding of mise-en-scène is central to this unit. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and develop your own style of cinematography, directing and editing to progress as an independent film-maker.

The Politics of Non-Fiction Film
This unit helps you to find your own unique voice in documentary film-making. You’ll learn how to understand the politicised message inherent in subjective documentaries by film-makers such as Errol Morris, Nick Broomfield and the Maysles Brothers, and to evaluate your own point of view as a film-maker.

Theory pathway

Contemporary Film and Culture:
You’ll gain an advanced understanding of film theory. You will examine films within their historical, theoretical and cultural framework and explore their representation of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, particularly the post-9/11 environment. You’ll learn how to analyse films and critical writing, and apply traditional and new methodological approaches to contemporary film.

Sexualities on Screen:
You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of sex and sexualities on screen. This will involve an exploration of both challenging and controversial subject matter. You’ll learn how to critically synthesise, analyse and evaluate current and historical debates around sexual and gendered identities and their representation on screen.

Option units
All students take one option unit from our MA Media courses. These vary each year and previous options have included:

  • Contemporary British Film and Television
  • Digital and Multi-Platform Storytelling
  • Digital Studio
  • Documentary History, Form and Practice
  • Experimental Film History, Form and Practice
  • Global Popular Music
  • Popular Music and Performance
  • Producing Television
  • Script to Screen.

(Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through workshops, individual tutorials, seminars and research sessions.

Work experience
You’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience through our two production houses: Solent Productions and Solent Creatives. This could involve writing, researching and producing work, as well as practical film production in the studio and on location.

Assessment is through essays, practical production projects, group and individual research, seminar presentations, pitches and portfolio work.

Our facilities

We have a host of cutting-edge facilities and equipment:

  • Three fully equipped digital studios, including a full HD studio (with 200 seats)
  • Extensive Final Cut Pro HD editing stations
  • Fully equipped multi-track sound studios
  • HD cameras.

Study abroad

Field trips may involve visits to film festivals in Rotterdam, New York, Berlin, London and Sheffield, and to the British Film Institute.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.


Meet the Team



  • 1 Year Standard Entry


  • 3 Years Standard Entry
  • Our highly experienced staff have worked in all areas of the film industry, so you’ll benefit from their wide-ranging knowledge and industry experience.
  • You’ll gain practical experience in our production houses as well as taking part in film events and study trips.
  • You’ll hear from high-profile guest speakers from the film industry who will inspire and inform your work.
  • You can choose your own pathway to the final project, either a film or a dissertation, or you can combine theory and production.



Our graduates pursue a wide range of careers in areas such as film production, publishing, journalism, marketing and teaching.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Production
  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

Links with industry

We have well-established industry links with ITV, the BBC, Talent TV, Glastonbury and Creamfields.
Past students have worked on projects for B&Q, Fat Face, Ikea, Glastonbury, Cowes Week and Camp Bestival.

We welcome regular guest lecturers from industry. Previous speakers have included:

  • Directors Michael Apted, Ken Russell and Alan Parker
  • Producers Claire Lewis (7 Up) and Nik Powell (The Crying Game)
  • Cinematographer Brian Tufano (Trainspotting)
  • Editors Alex Mackie (CSI and Downton Abbey) and David Gamble (Shakespeare in Love)
  • Television and radio presenter Zoë Ball.
  • We host key events for Southampton Film Week, which gives students the chance to meet and network with industry professionals.

Transferable skills

During the course, you’ll develop a range of skills, encompassing research, writing, creative thinking and problem-solving, along with experience in presentation and teamwork.

Further study

This course provides excellent preparation for subsequent research at MPhil and PhD level.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Part-time

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant discipline.
  • A portfolio (demonstrating relevant skills) may be required for the production pathway.
  • If your first language is not English, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in writing), or equivalent.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 (6.0 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT 92 (22 in writing)
  • PTE Academic 61 (56 in writing)
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies, when coming to study at the university.

The university also offers a pre-sessional English programme| and an international foundation programme| for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the UK Border Agency, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the UK Border Agency.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the UKBA| website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and UKBA requirements| for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2014 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £6,500 per year

International full-time fees: £10,610 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £3,250 per year

International part-time fees: £5,305 per year


How to apply


Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. 

If you would like to apply for admission as a postgraduate student please make sure you have carefully read:

  • The relevant course brochures - please contact the relevant faculty using the contact details above for these.
  • The general application guidance notes that are available with the form

You should then fully complete the postgraduate application form| and return it to the faculty office that runs the course.

This course is run by the Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI)

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare|.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here|.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton|.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website| for more information.



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  • 3 Years Standard Entry

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