MA Film, Television and Creative Practice

"Studying at UEA was one of the most enjoyable and significant formative experiences of my life. Doing both an undergraduate and postgraduate course there provided me with an academic background in literature and film which was a vital stepping stone for my career in the British film industry"

In their words

Adrian Wooton, Chief Executive Film London, previously Director of the London Film Festival


In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), UEA was ranked fourth in the UK for its research output in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management (Times Higher REF 2014 Analysis).

This MA is for you if you love to be creative and you’re brimming with ideas and concepts – but you want to understand the theory behind your passions too.

Film and television are multi-billion pound global industries that play a crucial role in shaping how we understand the world around us.

On our MA Film, Television and Creative Practice you’ll master the essential skills for a career in film and television, in a pioneering centre for the subject.

You’ll develop your creative and critical skills through an exciting mix of practical work and studies of media history and theory. 

You’ll graduate with practical and creative skills for the job market combined with a deep understanding of the social, cultural, political, industrial, and aesthetic aspects of film.


Prepare to combine the development of your existing creative skills in film and television production with a fascinating grounding in the historical and theoretical approaches to the two media.

Your core modules will focus on creativity and developing ideas, the study of media forms, and video production – giving you a strong base of knowledge. You’ll then have free rein to pick complementary modules from a range of options covering areas such as gender in media, Hollywood cinema, and national and international film cultures.

One of the most important aspects of your MA is the dissertation-by-practice: an audio-visual project combining your intellectual and theoretical knowledge with your practical skills, supervised by a faculty member. This is your chance to focus in depth on a subject that inspires you and takes you closer to your career goals. 

Your studies will come to life in a number of different ways. As well as lectures, seminars and film screenings, you’ll have access to UEA’s Television Studio and our state-of-the-art Media Suite, packed with cutting-edge media technologies including editing suites, cameras, sound equipment, a sound studio and a digitisation suite. You will have the opportunity to be fully trained in how to use this equipment, deepening your understanding of how film and television is produced.

We are also home to the extensive East Anglian Film Archive, a unique resource which you can make use of during your time here. And we have close links with the British Film Institute in London.   

Graduates from our MA frequently progress to PhD study and have gone on to rewarding careers in various fields including archiving, academia, journalism, and in the film and television industries.

Course Structure

You can take your MA Film, Television and Creative Practice as either a one-year full-time course or a two-year part-time course.

You will have the opportunity to refine your existing critical academic and practical production skills through a series of core modules, followed by your choice of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in the areas that interest you most and align with your career goals.

As a full-time student you’ll begin by exploring the methods and theories commonly used to study media topics, and the scholarly approaches to studying television’s connections to society. You’ll get hands-on with a compulsory module on video production.

You’ll choose two theory-based modules to tailor your course to your own interests and career goals. On a more practical note, you’ll also learn how to pitch ideas to industry through a module on the business of film and television.

You will spend the summer producing a dissertation-by-practice – which is an audio-visual project supported by a written portfolio. For this, you’ll develop an academic question, which you will then answer using your production and research skills – for example, by making a documentary on your topic of study.

Your dissertation is the perfect way to combine your intellectual and theoretical knowledge with your practical skills.

Teaching and Learning


You’ll learn from world-leading academics in many different ways – from the more traditional lectures, tutorials and seminars to regular film and television screenings, workshop-based teaching, production modules and practical assignments. You’ll also have access to our Media Suite, full of cutting-edge media technologies including editing, camera and sound equipment. So prepare to get hands on with these to develop essential skills for the job market and a deeper understanding of how film and television content is produced.

Independent study

We’ll support you to become a fully independent scholar by the time you submit your dissertation. Up until that point you’ll work around 30 hours a week on your MA – with the majority of that time spent on independent research and reading.

You will work under supervision during your dissertation, and over time you’ll take more and more control over the direction of your study. Your dissertation is your opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the area that you’re most passionate about. 


We know that every student has different strengths, so we use a range of individual and group assessment methods – from essays to presentations and assessed discussions. We also use creative practice to assess some of our theoretical modules. All of these assessments help strengthen your critical thinking and give you skills that are attractive to future employers.

We also use formative assessments, which do not contribute to your overall mark, but do prepare you for the assessments that do. These offer an excellent opportunity to test the knowledge you learn through your modules and strengthen the chances of better marks at the end of them.

After the course

Our MA Film, Television and Creative Practice graduates go on to a wide variety of fields. Some have chosen to work in the film and television and media industries, both in the UK and elsewhere in the world, in roles in production, press and publicity, publishing (newspapers, books and magazines), cultural heritage and archives, social media, and arts festivals. Many also continue their academic passion in PhD study at UEA.

As well as your subject specific knowledge and skills you will develop many transferable skills, including high-level communication skills, team working, and self-management, all of which open up a wide variety of careers. At our annual event, 'Working with Words', you can meet and hear from a wide variety of successful UEA alumni from across the creative industries.  

Career destinations

  • Film and TV production
  • Publicity officers
  • Cultural heritage and archives
  • Arts festivals
  • Social media
  • Publishing (book, magazines, newspapers)

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


A dissertation is an opportunity to be creative and to pursue your own research interests. You will propose, plan and conduct your very own project, specialising in an area of academic research that interests you and you will contribute to this research with your dissertation. You will discuss academic research and produce a short film that speaks to your chosen field of debate. To help you make this project a success, you will be assigned a dissertation supervisor who will support you throughout your research journey. You will be able to discuss with them your research proposal, your contribution to existing research and your project plan.







This module introduces you to key skills in video production and provides them with the opportunity to take an idea from conception through to the final product, deepening their knowledge of the processes and procedures behind the camera. You will engage with questions about the cinematic expression of narrative, exploring them through practice-based coursework. Students wishing to take this module should have previous experience of video production, though the module will offer basic technical training with digital-video cameras and the Avid non-linear editing system.




Great movies begin with great scripts. This module introduces the key elements of building the dramatic script, with a focus on developing the skills necessary to produce a strong dissertation project. The module will focus on short scripts, looking at the common structures and approaches that define the genre. It will introduce basic screenwriting technique, including pitching, scene form, story structure, dialogue, action, and character. All students will learn professional screenplay format and make use of screenplay formatting software. Students will make use of a range of supplemental texts. Primary texts will cover an array of short film styles and genres, as we look at compelling short films and well-crafted screenplays. Secondary texts will include Linda Hutcheon's work on adaption, David Ball's writings on dramatic action, Peter Bloore's research on screenplay development, as well as Lajos Egri and Aristotle on dramatic structure. We'll also look at works by so-called screenplays 'gurus', such as Kevin Dancyger, Syd Field, and Philip Parker. In addition, students will make use of the UEA/Creative Skillset online course "An Introduction to Screenwriting."



Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits





'Hollywood' as an industry, cultural institution and maker of films has dominated the global cinematic imagination for decades. On this module, we investigate the history, production cultures and texts made by the US film industry from its classic period to contemporary filmmaking. This will include analysing Hollywood from a range of perspectives, which may include things like studio filmmaking, independent filmmaking, genre filmmaking and the blockbuster. In doing so we will discover the multiplicity of cinemas at work within the concept of Hollywood.




Beyond National Cinema expands our definitions of cinema beyond the confines and borders of the nation. We examine a series of case studies that think through different methods and means by which films can be categorised, and what is at stake when those categories are enacted. Topics may include things like: flows and trafficking in national cinemas, transnational cinemas, world cinema, postcolonial cinemas, regional and local cinemas and global cinema. Within these topics we will study a wide range of cinemas from around the globe. In examining these topics we will introduce you to a wide range theories and methods useful in the study of films beyond national borders including things such as historical methods, gender studies, audience studies, political economics, industrial studies and more. The aim of the module is to encourage you to think beyond the normative definitions of films within national categories, to shift their view to the global, regional and political aspects of filmmaking and consumption.




How are sex, gender and sexuality brought together to ensure the normative privileging of heterosexuality and the sex/gender binary? What possibilities are there for resistance to these norms? How does such resistance situate us socially, culturally, and politically? With queer theory as its focus and drawing on case studies from different fields - literature, film, drama and performance, politics, history, among others - in this interdisciplinary module, you'll examine sex, gender, and sexuality as effects of historically specific socio-cultural and geo-political power relations. Rather than approaching queer studies as a singular or coherent school of thought, you'll be encouraged to continuously problematize queer studies as a field and a mode of analysis, asking: What does it mean for theory, in particular, to be queer? What is involved in queering theory and being critically queer? What kinds of bodies or desires does queer describe? What are the promises of queer theory, and what are its perils? What is the future of queer? While doing so, you'll explore a variety of topics, such as politics of difference, representation and cultural production, performance and performativity, temporality and spatiality, subjectivity and embodiment. Overall, in this module, you'll problematise and challenge normalisations, hierarchies and relations of domination and explore the powerful processes and languages that attempt to fix sex, gender and sexuality as unchanging and universal.




This module introduces you to the theoretical and practical study of digital heritage and archiving, through an engagement with the collections of the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and the British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW). It will address theoretical developments in cultural heritage and digital humanities, comparing traditional approaches to archival principles and practices to new developments in preserving digital media. The module will allow you to explore practical issues of collection management and administration, including collection development, appraisal and accessioning policies, cataloguing and accessing data, copyright and licensing issues, and ethics and standards. It will take you through the 'lifecycle' of the archival object from acquisition to arrangement, description, preservation and subsequent access. Along this journey we will consider topics such as digitisation, migration, authenticity, restoration and copyright. At the end of the module you will have a good understanding of key issues and processes within the archive sector and be in a position to apply for internships or volunteer opportunities within UEA Archives or other heritage organisations.




You will learn about the relationship between feminisms and the cultural history of (primarily) US and UK television from second wave feminism to the present. Your module charts the dialogue between feminism and television in Anglophone contexts from the 1970s through to the 2010s, focussing on flashpoint moments for feminism (e.g. the women's liberation movement; millennial postfeminism; the global financial crisis) and touchstone texts (e.g. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Prime Suspect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sex and the City, Girls, Scandal) that have resonated particularly strongly with female audiences (e.g. soap operas; lifestyle TV; women centred dramas), struck a chord with feminist concerns (e.g. work/life balance, sexual freedoms, empowerment, the politics of relationships/singlehood/friendship), and generated foundational criticism by feminist television scholars. It will be structured chronologically, and topics may include feminism and female audiences; action heroines on television; the figure of the female detective; women's work; intersectional identities (queerness, post-racial discourse, masculinities) and recessionary culture.




How do audiences engage with media texts? What approaches can we employ to understand the relationship between media and audiences? These questions are central to this module. Throughout the module you will explore a range of research traditions which seek to explain the ways audiences consume media. As well as gaining a firm grounding in different approaches in media audience research, you will engage in your own original research practice and be encouraged to reflect on its usefulness. We begin by critically exploring the main recent traditions for thinking about and researching media audiences, including approaches from mass communications, cultural studies, reception studies and the growing field of fan studies. Alongside this, you will be encouraged to reflect on the significance of the contexts which shape how audiences encounter, engage with, and respond to different kinds of media and cultural products (such as film, television, music, news, books, video games and live performances). To help grasp some of the key issues at hand, you will also read and evaluate original audience and reception research and be encouraged to assess what distinguishes good or strong from poor or weak research. As you study you'll put your new knowledge into practice by designing and conducting some audience research of your own, while gaining experience in communicating your ideas in seminars, as well as through written work and presentations.




Unlike some other art forms, film and television drama productions are very influenced by the businesses and marketplaces in which they operate. This module will provide a practical understanding of the processes of creative script and project development; the workings of the independent film business and the TV business; and how to develop a story and package for the marketplace. By the end of it you'll know how films and TV dramas get dreamt up, how they get pitched, and how they get financed. You will learn how the industry actually works.







Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

  • The Community Cinema

    Cinema-going has retained its popularity in the 21st Century as a space in which to socialise watching films. But where do rural cinemas fit into the cinematic experience?

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  • Black Mirror

    How Black Mirror combines a disturbing future with a familiar past.

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    Your University questions, answered

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Special Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to have experience of using editing software and professional level cameras.  Details of the cameras/editing software that have been used should be listed on the relevant section of the application form.


The next intakes for this course are: September 2020, February 2021, September 2021, September 2022


All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Faculty Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850 (full time)
  • International Students: £16,400 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships and Awards:

For details of all of the scholarships available to postgraduate applicants to Film, Television and Media Studies, please click here

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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