What will I learn?

KEY FACTS

  • Highly practical course with an opportunity to do up to seven directing exercises, including a short form project for an external industry client and a final Master’s project
  • Our recent graduates have won multiple awards at festivals including London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival and The East End Film Festival

The MA Directing course equips you with a comprehensive skillset to work across all screen platforms – film, TV, commercials and online. During your studies you’ll do a unique industry project that will give you experience working with external clients, not offered by any other film school in the world.

  • Practical. Around 70% of the curriculum is practical, hands-on experience. You will have an opportunity to work with professional actors, shoot on location and participate in moving camera exercises
  • Teamwork. Work collaboratively with students on other MA courses (Cinematography, Screenwriting, Producing etc.) as a creative crew to mirror the industry practice. Experience what it takes to deliver the project from start to finish, and develop your communication, negotiation, and project management skills
  • Working with external clients. Respond to a professional brief from external clients to produce an industry project. Past projects clients include Berlin based charities, start-ups, NGOs and independent artists.
  • Industry-facing. Learn from the best industry professionals, including Cinematographers, Casting Directors, Location Managers and Production Designers.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Screen Lab. You will participate in seminars and workshops covering a range of topics, including practical filmmaking skills, creative brainstorming, a survey of concepts underpinning moving image theory, and the state of the creative industries. At the end of the module, you will shoot a mini filmed project on an iPhone/Android, focusing on the primacy of content in the Say Something! exercise.

  • Directing Boot Camp. You will study key creative and technical skills that anchor the director’s craft and provide the foundation for more advanced techniques. Through seminars, workshops, and practical exercises you will investigate the fundamentals of dramaturgy and narrative construction, mise-en-scène, visual storytelling and directing actors.
  • The Actor and the Story. Through seminars, workshops and a series of practical exercises with professional actors, you will explore the symbiotic relationship between the writer’s intention, the director’s interpretation and the actor’s instinct to learn how to elicit engaging and truthful performances.
  • Director’s Craft and Creative Collaboration. You will learn the importance of the collaborative relationship between directors and key Heads of Departments, including the Cinematographer, 1st AD, Producer, Editor, Casting Director and Production Designer. During this module, you will have the opportunity to direct projects for external companies.
  • Advanced Visual Storytelling. You will have the opportunity to experiment with an intermediate project of your choice as a testing ground for your final Master’s project. In addition, you will participate in the moving camera exercise, where you will work alongside fellow students on location with professional actors.
  • Research and Project Methods. You will explore key academic concepts and theories that establish the link between research and your creative practice, enabling you to improve the quality of your work.
  • Master’s Project. It is a largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development of a final filmed project directed by you.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€19,500.00 (US$ 23,730) per year
Course fees includes: Tuition and 1:1 feedback sessions, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and postproduction facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.
Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

MetFilm School Berlin

Berliner Union Film Studios,

Oberlandstraße 26-35,

Berlin,

12099, Germany

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Age: All applicants must be 18 years or older at the time the programme begins; Education: A 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. English Language Requirements: International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above (including at least 6.5 in the written paper), TOEFL paper based test score at 575 or above, TOEFL computer based test score at 232 or above, TOEFL internet base test score at 90 or above.

For international students

To apply for the MA course you will need to be 18 years of age or older at the time the course starts. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent. Applicants without this qualification, but possessing relevant work experience, are also invited to apply

English Language Requirements:

Minimum writing score of 6.5 in the IELTS Academic test or 24-26 in the TOEFL iBT test. The minimum scores required for Listening, Reading and Speaking are at CEFR level B2.

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