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Film Making & the Creative Economy Masters (MA)

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 2 or 3 days a week September 2017
Part time 2 years 2 or 3 days a week September 2017

Choose Kingston's Film Making & the Creative Economy MA

If you are currently employed in film, or would like to develop a career in the film industry, this course is ideal. It will develop your creative skills while teaching you how to manage the industry effectively within the creative economy.

You will study alongside both film students and other creative economy students with different areas of expertise.

What will you study?

The Film Making & the Creative Economy MA is an intensive, collaborative masters course which combines the creativity of film making with the practical business know-how to get your ideas off the ground.


A mix of project work and formal assessments, including essays, case studies, reports and presentations, plus the final Personal Research Project (maximum 12,000 words).

Why study a Creative Economy course?

Our Creative Economy masters courses give you the opportunity to gain a range of knowledge and experience, including:

  • Gain entrepreneurial skills – help create start-ups and pitch ideas to real industry bosses at a "Dragons' Den", and visit a wide variety of entrepreneurial businesses.
  • Brush up on practical workplace skills such as data collation, review and synopsis.
  • Our students come from all over the world to study on Kingston's creative economy courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.
  • Excellent teaching – the Managing in the Creative Economy MA course was ranked as one of the best entrepreneurship masters in the world by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16, and Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.
  • Regular visits from industry experts and entrepreneurs, field trips to entrepreneurial businesses and events that connect the creative industry to the local community and give you a valuable network.
  • Students can add study at the prestigious Boston University to their programme and gain a dual masters degree.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. 

For the core modules, you will study with students from across all the creative industries programmes. For the specialist modules, you will study alongside fellow film making students.

Specialist modules: you must select either of these pairs of specialist modules

  • Film Making 1 and Film Making 2
  • Sound and Vision and Film Writing

Core modules

  • The growth of the 'creative industries' within advanced capitalist countries is a phenomenon of the post-Second World War period – but they are difficult to define and measure.

    The first part of the module will be devoted to the history and definitions of the creative industries. The second part will be concerned with the issues that the sector is facing, such as labour issues, the role of technology, the need for funding and investment, the issue of sustainability and legal issues (intellectual property). This module will offer students the opportunity to grasp the contradictions inherent to the creative industries and their potential for changing – for better or worse – our societies, economies and cultures.

  • At the heart of Creative Industries is the notion of artistic creativity. However, far from being the result of individual 'creative geniuses', art works and creativity emerge as the results of a collective process. This is a capability that other sectors now need to understand and emulate. The European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry has identified the Creative Industries as 'drivers of social and economic innovation in the economy'.

    This module aims to give students the knowledge and understanding of management processes and behaviours necessary for managing creativity and innovation in the creative industries. They will also explore the ways in which these processes can be used in other sectors of the economy.

  • Bridge the gap between creativity and business in this exciting module. You will learn how to develop an innovative product or service and turn it into a viable business by working in a multidisciplinary team. Through design thinking, you'll learn how to identify opportunities for innovation, develop a product that is centred on the user's needs, and design a business model to produce your innovation for the public. Combining skills and courses in new product development, business modelling, social marketing, branding, finance, web design, prototyping, empathy, storytelling and more, you'll learn not only what it takes to become a business creative, but you will also become one yourself. This challenging module is one-year long and combines the knowledge from your background with other modules taken at the University into a live, working business experience.

    To find out more about the learning outcomes of this module, visit the Design Thinking for Start-ups blog which covers what our students are currently working on.

  • The Personal Research Project is a self-initiated project reflecting critical evaluation of all your previous learning. It will draw on the knowledge and intellectual skills you have acquired from the core subjects, and the knowledge and skills you have developed in your particular specialism.

    Key to this process will be an awareness and understanding of different research strategies and procedures within a variety of contexts. You will become familiar with different research tools and, more importantly, be in a position to critically evaluate the various tools based on need, context, issues and purpose in relation to problem solving.

    This module is the culmination of the MA experience, and the most ambitious expression of individual interest, motivation, creativity and ability to deliver.


Specialist modules

  • Film making 1 introduces the basic principles of film making through the three phases of pre-production, production and post-production. It is aimed at students who have a high level of visual literacy, but limited practical film making experience. The module uses the tools of digital film making technology , which have operating systems that are broadly similar to the range of communication devices you already use. You will learn about classic film making techniques that have remained consistent across the analogue and digital periods. In pre-production, you will learn about clear and simple ways of describing action to communicate complex ideas to a production team. In production, you will learn about the focus and attention to technical detail you need to provide quality raw material. During post-production, you will develop the organizational and mixing skills to refine the raw material during the crucial editing phases.

  • This module will build on the experience you have gained in previous modules and teach you about motion picture directorial techniques at an intermediate level, drawing on classical and experimental ways of making films. In addition to directing your own short fiction or non-fiction film, you will produce an unassessed group drama in which you will have the opportunity to perform and direct, drawing on the principles of neo-realism and its use of non-professional actors.

    Workshops will focus on:

    • the form of film directing;
    • the relationship between director and actors, director and crew and director and script;
    • directing as a continuation of the writing process;
    • dramatic and comedic timing;
    • balancing dramatic technique with realist and documentary influences; and
    • close-readings and analyses of the work of practitioners including Alan Clarke, Alan Parker, Shane Meadows, Douglas Sirk and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.


    Practical demonstrations in directing technique will be accompanied by a series of lectures and seminars on directing history and contemporary practice.

  • This module focuses on the importance of writing for moving image productions. You will learn to appreciate the art and craft of presenting factual and fictional stories in a genuinely cinematic style, and develop the ability to produce original and adapted screenplays. You will analyse the historical development of the form to learn about the principles of screen writing and develop your understanding through a series of intensive individual and group-based exercises in seminars and supporting workshops. You will be taken through the various forms of screenwriting – the draft screenplay, the treatment, the step-outline, the synopsis, the script, the shooting script, the schedule and the pitch – in a series of practical exercises that culminate in submitting and presenting an original screenplay or documentary script.

  • As filmmakers, we produce meaning for the viewer by creating a blend of images and sounds that generates emotional and intellectual responses. Clarity of communication and transmission of meaning are the two greatest challenges facing any filmmaker. This module teaches you to communicate your visual and aural ideas in a coherent way, using technology to design, capture and display sound and cinematography. Through combining cinematography, sound, and editing we will explore the technical and historical processes that enable us to explore and produce images that viewers can perceive and understand.

    You will explore the theory and practice of motion picture photography. The term ‘photography' is used in the most comprehensive sense, to include the principles of stills photography, cinematography (moving images captured on film) and videography (moving images recorded electronically and stored on hard or software of various forms including tape, memory cards, and drives). As a result, the module provides a grounding in the principles that inform the range of techniques applied in recording images of the actions and events that take place in the world, and encourages students to learn through their own practice and experimentation, supported by modular tutors.

    You will receive practical instruction in the use of sound technology, learn how to use sound to tell stories and create atmosphere, and be encouraged to apply this to a film sound design. The module will also explore the use of music and of sound design both practically and creatively.

    You will also spend time simply listening. You will reflect on soundscapes, found sound, chance encounters with sound, and develop the ability to conceptualize sound for your work as a film maker, from script to distribution, making the visual and aural interpretations of your sound world a much richer experience. You will work intensely on film sound design and, by the end of this part of the module, you will have a greater knowledge of both the theoretical and practical elements of things that go bump in the night.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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