MA Film (Cinematography)

MA Film is a new opportunity to study film at Postgraduate level in Cardiff. The course provides a strong general grounding in the needs of the contemporary British Film and Television industry with opportunities to develop and hone key skills via multiple pathways that lead directly different career opportunities. By combining these different disciplines, students gain the opportunity to collaborate with each other, with other USW students and with industry professionals to develop their skills to a higher level.
The MA Film (Cinematography) pathway is designed specifically for students who wish to combine a broader education in the film & TV industry and general film making skills with building their Cinematography portfolio and skills.

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will study a number of specified modules and then have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest.

Modules include:
Industry Studies
This module will give you an overview of the current film & TV production landscape in Wales, UK and beyond
Specialist Craft Practice/Advanced Specialist Craft Practice
This module will allow you to develop their skills to the industry standard in one key area of expertise
Industry Placement
You will undertake a four-week, in-depth placement with a key Wales-based production company
Collaborative Practice
This module will give you the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students from across the course and Faculty of Creative Industries on a short film
Production Project
You will work with industry professionals, practitioners, staff and fellow students from across USW on a substantial film project, utilising your chosen craft skill – Cinematography.

Teaching

 

Teaching
Students on the MA Film course will be taught via a mix of workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as guest lectures and masterclasses from industry professionals.
 

Lecturers
Shafeeq Vellani – Course leader, Screenwriting
Inga Burrows - Directing
Dewi Griffiths – Production Management
Tom Ware – Documentary
Ian Staples – Directing
Samo Chandler – Editing
Dr Philip Cowan - Cinematography

Assessment

Assessment will be via a series of practical assessments based around live briefs and production projects (70%), combined with written reflections and critical analysis of students’ work (30%).

Placements

The course features a unique, in depth work experience module with a local major film and tv industry employer as well as numerous opportunities for paid and unpaid work experience and shadowing with a broad range of screen industries companies.

Facilities

Students at USW Cardiff Campus benefit from industry-standard equipment, software and studio and production facilities.
There is an on-site cinema, that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and master classes.

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a relevant discipline or appropriate professional qualification; or an HND/HNC and relevant experience; or equivalent international qualifications. Those without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, where prior experience will be taken into account.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

The course features a unique, in-depth work experience module with a local major film and tv industry employer as well as numerous opportunities for paid and unpaid work experience and shadowing with a broad range of screen industries companies.