Film and Television MSc
MSc Film and Television
If you've got the ambition to explore how storytelling is changing across TV, film and new media – and develop the skills required to bring the next generation of stories to life – then this MSc Film and Television pathway will help you get there.
You'll unpack the technical, academic and professional skills needed for a career in the industry. You'll learn to use the latest kit and develop the techniques that'll make you attractive in whatever area of TV and film you want to pursue.
Once you graduate with MSc Film and Television, you'll be ready for careers across the industry, such as a production manager, producer, director or technical operator.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn how to adapt to the complex and changing demands of the industry
- Access the latest facilities used by professional filmmakers, including equipment and software for your major project (including DSLR cameras, multi-track location audio recorders, Avid Media Composer editing facilities, Foley and ADR Sound Studios and a multi-camera TV studio)
- Research, design and develop a personal project of your choosing
- Create a film, TV, new media, or cross-platform programme to a professional standard
You can choose your personal project from specialities including documentary, fiction film, scriptwriting, interactive multimedia websites, digital archiving and music videos.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
The skills you'll develop on this course will prepare you for roles in the media industry including:
- Content provider (traditional or new media)
- Production manager
- Camera operator
- Media commentator
Depending on the scope of your personal project, you could have a career in sectors including:
- Computer games
- Virtual and augmented reality
- Healthcare simulation
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
This qualification is an option on the Creative Technologies Master's course. You'll select MSc Creative Technologies when you apply, then choose Film and Television as your pathway project after you start the course. You'll graduate with MSc Film and Television.
These are the entry requirements for the MSc Creative Technologies course.
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,500
- Year 1: £5,000
- Year 2: £2,500
- Full-time: £14,700
- Year 1: £9,800
- Year 2: £4,900
Fees subject to annual increase
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Professional, Academic and Research Development
- Project Context and Definition
- Project Design and Development
- Project Evaluation and Artefact Resolution
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
You'll be encouraged to explore and research your specialism, and be challenged to put your knowledge to the test. You'll learn to define, implement, evaluate and reflect on what you learn, to emerge as an expert in your field.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 3 teaching blocks with assessment periods in between:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Assessment and Activity period - January
- Spring teaching block – January to May
- Assessment and Activity period – May to June
- Summer Teaching Block - June to September
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- project proposal
- research and development papers
- reflective reports
- completed artefacts
You'll be able to test your knowledge and skills informally before submitting assessments that count towards your final mark.
You'll get plenty of feedback, to help you improve in the future.
Apply for this course by using our online application form. Choose Computing and Creative Technologies from the subject area list and MSc Creative Technologies from the course list. You’ll graduate with an MSc Film and Television degree when you complete the course.
Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.