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A Quick Guide to MA Film & Television Production

By Elise Czyzowska

15 November 2023

Amongst the seven postgraduate degrees offered at our London campus, MA Film & Television Production is particularly unique. Most obviously, it begins at a different time of year to all other MetFilm School MA Degrees, with the next cohort joining us in April 2024.

In today’s blog, we’re lifting the curtain on MA Film & Television Production. Keep reading to find out what students’ study on this one-year degree, and what our graduates have been up to in the industry since…

What is MA Film & Television Production?

While all of our MA degrees offer the opportunity to explore different specialisms through elective modules and cross-degree collaboration, MA Film & Television Production is a truly multi-disciplinary programme.

Designed for creatives who want to try their hand at a wide range of crafts – and who want to develop transferable skills across the screen industries. MA Film & Television Production includes modules dedicated to the fundamentals of visual storytelling and production, working with external clients from brief to realisation, and even offers a chance for students to collaborate on a dramatic or comedic web series.

As with all MetFilm School MA Degrees, the final module sees students create their Master’s Project and Career Plan. Through this module, our students emerge from their degree with both a ‘calling card’ of what they are capable of, but also a career plan complete with their new skills and experience.

Welcome to MA Film & Television Production…

Is this the degree for you?

Last year, we were lucky enough to host Anna Winger, the showrunner behind limited series’ Unorthodox and Transatlantic, for a Masterclass at our Berlin campus. As a showrunner – meaning she produces the projects that she creates and writes for – Anna spoke about the benefit of understanding multiple roles and crafts:

I believe that in television, it’s truly a question of how you weave the narrative from one episode to the next. If you don’t have a writer in charge of that process, I think it’s very difficult to get it all done.

Anna WingerShowrunner

This mindset led to many of the Transatlantic Writers’ Room also acting as Producers on the show – including Writer on Set and our own BA Practical Filmmaking Graduate, Tunde Aladese.

Our Masterclass with Anna Winger, hosted by Tunde Aladese

Besides a passion for screen content and production, this degree is also well-suited to creatives who…

  • Are looking to grow transferable skills to enter (or re-enter) the screen industries
  • Enjoy the collaborative process of filmmaking – and want to build their creative network
  • Are ambitious about the ever-evolving world of today’s screen industries
Behind the scenes of an MA Graduation Film!

What are the Graduate Outcomes?

In April 2024, MA Film & Television Production will welcome its sixth cohort – and in the five years since it’s been running, our graduates have already been making waves across the industry.

Tabish Habib, who graduated in 2020, worked as Associate Producer on Joyland, the debut feature from Saim Sadiq. Joyland was the first Pakistani feature film to be selected at Cannes Film Festival, and went on to win the Jury Prize at the Festival’s ‘Un Certain Regard‘ Competition.

Alongside his roles in producing, Tabish has also written and directed his own films, including the short May I have this seat?, which was selected for the 2021 Aesthetic Film Festival, a BAFTA-Qualifying Festival.

Tabish Habib with Joyland’s Lead Actors, Ali Junejo & Rasti Farooq

Another graduate of the course is Srishti Chhabria, who is currently on the festival circuit (including a London Short Film Festival selection!) with her Master’s Project, One More Minute. As well as acting as director, Srishti produced the film through Gunpowder House, which she co-founded alongside two MetFilm School Graduates.

Graduates from MA Film & Television Production have gone on to hold positions across the industry – from Navaldeep Singh Arora, who has acted in multiple productions and plays, to Duncan Currie, who joined the Locations Team for BBC’s Vigil just three days after his final Celebration Screening.

Since graduating, I’ve attached myself to projects that intrigue me, and the success that they’ve had has allowed me to feel a sense of validation about my choices.

I still sometimes feel like I’m carrying all the productive energy that I picked up while studying at MetFilm School!

Tabish HabibMA Film & Television Production Graduate