MA/MFA Film Directing - Edinburgh College of Art

A directing course which offers a unique opportunity to work across fiction, documentary or experimental film.   

Red Burqa
She wanted to be burnt
Maria's Way
course structure: full-time across four terms.
dates: September- August
location: Edinburgh College of Art
application deadlines:
June or later if places are still available


The MA/MFA Film Directing has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.”
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The MA and MFA programmes in Film Directing take a project-led, practice-based collaborative approach. You choose to make a documentary or fiction and also collaborate on an experimental film. While allowing you to explore your creativity, the course encourages ways of working that foster the important exchange of ideas. Many of our students already work in the industry and we aim to encourage a fresh approach to changing technologies.

In the department of Film and TV at eca you will be given the opportunity to work across fiction, documentary and experimental media. You will join an international body of postgraduate students coming from different cultural traditions to work in a broad range of audio-visual media within an integrated framework which questions the form and enables you to find the right language for your kind of storytelling.

The aim of the Film Directing programmes at eca is to:
  • to challenge boundaries, encourage original thought, and develop intellectual and critical approaches to making films
  • Foster filmmakers able to work and compete in the international marketplace
  • combine the contemporary energy and discipline of fine art practices with the professionalism and accountability of contemporary media industry practices, in order to produce innovative and grounded work
  •  facilitate the interrelationship between different cultural traditions, traditional and emerging screen technologies, and classical and non-traditional cinematic genres and conventions.
  • provide postgraduate education in film making that constitutes a clear progression from undergraduate education whilst maintaining distinctiveness from industrial training- that gives scope for taking risks
Connect with Industry at Screen Academy Scotland
Screen Academy Scotland, a Skillset Flm & Media  Academy runs a programme of Professional Practice development to support student and graduate professional development through interaction with working industry professionals. The Professional Practice programme at the Screen & Media Academy offers mentoring and work placements as well as a range of masterclasses and Professional Practice workshops.
For a list of activities run through the Professional Practice development programme offered at Edinburgh Skillset Screen & Media Academy in the 2008-09 academic session please see the pdf document below
Teaching Staff - MA/MFA Film Directing
Morag McKinnon - Lecturer Film Directing (Drama), 
David Cairns - Lecturer Film Directing (Drama)


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