Film and Television MSc
MSc Film and Television
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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 Master's 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, researcher, assistant to producer or director, and technical operator.
MSc Film and Television entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
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
- Be able to choose your personal project from specialities including documentary, fiction film, scriptwriting, interactive multimedia websites, digital archiving and music videos
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:
- Web content and design
- Social Media content and design
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
What you'll study on this MSc Film and Television degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
- Professional, Academic and Research Development (30 credits)
- Project Context and Definition (30 credits)
- Project Design and Development (60 credits)
- MSc Film and TV Dissertation (60 credits)
The taught modules have been designed to facilitate:
- Your initial project proposal, summarising the research context and feasibility of your chosen practical research project.
- Your design and implementation of a practical media artefact, so that its aim is clear and can be verified.
- Your final portfolio, demonstrating your understanding of the methods and techniques used in your practical project and the results you achieved.
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin 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:
- Teaching block 1 (includes Christmas break) – October to January
- Assessment period 1 –late January to early February
- Teaching block 2 (includes Easter break) – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
- Teaching block 3 – 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.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £7,950
- EU students – £7,950 (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £15,500
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,980 per year
- EU students – £3,980 per year (including Transition Scholarship)
- International students – £7,750 per year
All fees are subject to annual increase.
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
Sundry materials and memory sticks may be required costing around £50 - £100 each year.
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.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase additional materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project. Also, if the project involves working with an external client, you may have to pay travel costs for attending occasional development meetings. These may be in the region £50 - £100.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.