MA Film and Television Production

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Develop as a producer/director of factual films and television programmes. Enhance your creative skills and technical knowledge and build a portfolio of work to help you stand out from the crowd.

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After graduating from our MA, Erato and Sand formed No Margins Media and now work with artists and creatives on a range of projects.

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No matter what your experience of filmmaking, our MA Film and Television Production at ARU will expand your knowledge and understanding of the UK factual film and TV profession and industry.

On this Masters course you’ll create a portfolio of seven films of different lengths.

Focusing on the two key roles of director and producer – which in current factual programming are merged into one – you’ll explore the dynamics of this ever-changing industry, and what it takes to succeed.

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Facilities and showcase

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Industry-standard equipment

As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:

  • Film studio with overhead lighting, tracks, dollies and green screen
  • Multi-camera television studio with modular set panels and modern set dressing
  • Arri Alexa cameras
  • Full range of location kit from 4K digital cameras, professional lighting, to Steadicam
  • Sound-recording equipment for location filming
  • Editing suites with Da Vinci Resolve and the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite
  • Finishing suite with audio monitoring and grading panels
  • Aaton Cameras and Steenbeck editors for 16mm film production
  • Motion capture equipment
  • Podcast and video capture system
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Futures Lab and workshop equipment

Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:

  • 3D printers and scanners - FDM printers; material-specific extruders; SLA Formlabs printers; SLS Formlabs Fuse1; structured light 3D scanners
  • 2D printing and cutting machines - laser cutters; Roland BN20 vinyl printer & cutter; Gerber substrate cutter; Mimaki TX300P sublimation printer.
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Learn outside the classroom

Throughout the course you’ll benefit from extra-curricular events such as:

  • guest lectures from film and television professionals
  • Cambridge Film Festival
  • an annual trip to Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival and trips to see live TV studios in action
  • events offered through our student-led film societies.
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Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us. You can also explore the work of our graduating students in our digital graduate showcase.


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We are an officially licensed ARRI Certified Film School, allowing you to get ARRI certification through our training programmes on the ARRI camera systems. Certified trainers: Nick Howard (Technical Team Leader) and Sam Holmár (Media Services Team Leader).


Our MA Film and Television will prepare you for a career in TV or the broader media and help you to decide which areas of the industry attract you the most.

Although the emphasis is on directing and producing, you might choose to move into cinematography, production management or even television programme sales.

You might also develop a particular interest in observational documentary, natural history films or science programming and decide to follow a career in these fields.

The specialist skills you’ve gained as a postgraduate student will be useful for traditional, experimental and creative documentary making, or films for education, training, public relations, current affairs, marketing and campaigning. Our course will prepare you to create a portfolio for a freelance career and give you the ability to make high-quality content for broadcast, web, film festivals or cinema.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Film and Television Production. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

If you studied for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma initially, you can choose to complete further modules and top-up to a full Masters degree.

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"I have gained skills that will be used throughout my life and career. As as result I am much more confident and feel as though I achieve more than I ever thought I could."


MA Film and Television Production graduate

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