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MA Film and Television Production with Directing

Take your vision from script to screen

Year of entry: 2021 (September)
Show year of entry: 2021 (January)


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2021 (term dates)

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Explore directing for single-camera film and television productions. Develop your screen storytelling skills with our collaborative, practically-focused course that is underpinned by theory.

From identifying and developing story ideas, to analysing and visualising scripts, from working with actors and crew, through to the latest postproduction methods, you'll learn all aspects of directing both fiction and non-fiction projects. You'll collaborate with others to produce professional work and bring your stories to life.

We'll teach you through a mix of workshops, lectures, screenings and masterclasses with leading academics and industry professionals. You’ll use industry-standard facilities in a creative and supportive environment.

You'll develop essential expertise and will be equipped to pursue a career in film and television. Our graduates have gone on to roles in British and European film industries, and in film, TV and commercial production in China, Latin America and the Middle East. 


This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries. The accreditation means that our students learn professional skills on courses approved and supported by the industry; and it gives access to various schemes, eg internships and traineeships with the BBC, ITV and other broadcasters, as well as independent production companies in British film and television.

Distinguished visiting speakers

We have a wide range of industry connections and regularly host visiting speakers and masterclasses.

Unique creative environment

Bringing together world-leading researchers, dynamic teachers and industry professionals in a vibrant community.

Employment prospects

Experience industry-standard training and creative practice, and use the latest professional kit to advance your skills for your future career.

Course content

Our practical and theoretical modules will develop your creative, technical, critical and teamworking skills. You’ll build on your understanding of filmmaking and television production, and learn the director’s role in visual storytelling for fact and fiction. We’ll also teach you about the industry and cover the business aspects of film and TV production. 

You'll take on projects, conceptualise, develop, and shoot them as part of a group, an essential experience for industry, advancing your skills in project management and collaboration. You'll be able to follow your interests with an individual project over Summer Term and the vacation, worth half of your total degree credits. 

Our masterclasses will bring industry professionals to you, giving you further insights into commercial film and television production.


You'll study a total of 180 credits. 90 of these will be through taught modules in the first two terms. You’ll then go on to study a further 90 credits by making a short dramatic or documentary film and writing a reflective essay and technical report. 

You’ll develop the key skills typically used by directors working on the studio floor or on location - including blocking camera positions, directing actors, managing the set, and collaborating with crew members. You'll learn about script development, from pitching and script drafting, though narrative structure and character development, to visualisation tools such as storyboards and concept art. You'll also learn more about the business of television and film production, and will plan projects, manage resources, and solve problems.

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.


The course culminates in the design and development of individual piece of work and accompanying report. This module accounts for half of all credits in the course. It's the most important and also the most challenging part of the course.

Individual Project (90 credits)

You may choose from two different types of individual project:

1) A production project that involves creating a short film or pilot television episode – either fiction or nonfiction – along with a written 10,000 word production report describing your approach to making the project in your role as a director. You can work either individually or collaboratively with other students on this type of project.

2) An individual research project focusing on a specific area related directly to your chosen specialism. This could take the form of a traditional written dissertation of 12,000 words or a hybrid involving the creation of some sort of artefact such as video, audio or written elements based on your research, along with a 10,000 word written dissertation describing the project.

In all cases, the precise nature of the project undertaken, including the involvement of any group members or other collaborators, will be agreed with your academic supervisor prior to the start of the project.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Carry out single-camera film and television production to a professional standard by employing an in-depth knowledge of the directing process to create effective screen-based stories.
  • Exercise critical judgement and intellectual rigour in approaching complex creative challenges and opportunities. Be able to communicate clearly and persuasively using appropriate written, oral and visual media.
  • Work independently in initiating and developing high quality works by applying a range of creative, technical and practical skills – including project development and production.
  • Work collaboratively – as leader or team member – in producing high quality works, in line with current industry practices and standards.
  • Deploy confidently a range of industry standard digital technologies to produce creative works initiated by yourself and others.
  • Creatively apply the practical and technical components of directing – with an understanding of how it relates to and informs different component parts of production (eg cinematography, sound and editing) – to the art of cinematic fiction and non-fiction storytelling.
  • Apply transferrable skills in a range of contexts relevant beyond media production.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2021/22

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £9,730£23,300

Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

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Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2021/22 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Department scholarship information

Further details of department specific funding.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Creative collaboration

You'll have the chance to work collaboratively with other students from all our film and TV Masters courses. Group project work will develop your skills to prepare you for an industry where you will often work with others to achieve your creative vision.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

The course involves a range of different teaching styles. Most modules will include lectures to give you a fundamental understanding of the subject and then lead on to practical work. The practical work will primarily involve workshops where you can become familiar with industry techniques and equipment. You may also attend film screenings.

You'll also have the opportunity to attend events such as talks, productions and festivals outside of your modules.

You'll be assigned a member of our teaching staff who will act as your personal supervisor for the duration of the course. They are there to give advice on academic matters as well as other areas of University life.


The equipment and facilities available are the highest quality found in professional film and programme making.

You'll have access to various HD and UHD RED, Sony and Panasonic cameras, Angenieux and Zeiss lenses, industry-standard lighting, grips and sound, as well as fully equipped sound stages, rehearsal rooms, TV studios, green screen stages, dressing rooms, props store and workshop, and picture and sound finishing suites (including Foley and ADR).

You'll also have 24/7 access to a postproduction suite exclusively for postgraduates.

Read more on our building and facilities

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media (TFTI) on Campus East.

Most of your contact hours will be in TFTI, with some additional teaching elsewhere on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You'll be assessed throughout your course. Some modules have an early assessment that contributes a small amount to your final mark and gives an opportunity to check your progress.

Types of assessment vary depending on the module and include the following:

  • In-class tests
  • Presentations and pitches
  • Essays, draft scripts and reflective reports
  • Individual projects in which you'll use provided source material to produced finished scenes
  • Individual film project demonstrating skills of directing
  • Blocking exercises
  • Group projects working with others across the Department to create short film projects
  • 10,000-12,000 word project dissertation
On the set of The Technician. Photographer: James Arden

Careers and skills

A large number of TFTI graduates have made striking progress in their careers since completing their course. There’s a wide variety of possible career paths open to you after completing this MA, both across industry and academia. While you train to be a professional in television and film you'll also develop skills that are useful in any industry.

Career opportunities

  • Lighting and camera work
  • Production (including production management)
  • Film and television script development and supervision
  • Editing for television and online distribution
  • Directing
  • Commercial distribution

Transferable skills

  • Collaborative working
  • Problem solving
  • Investigative research
  • Time management and organisation
  • Technical analysis
  • Critical evaluation
  • Reflective learning

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent, and evidence of professional experience or a commitment to film making. If you hold a qualification below 2:1 or equivalent, relevant prior experience of an appropriate nature, may be considered.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements
Duolingo 110, minimum 100 in all other components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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