The MA Post Production programme is designed to enable you to develop the skills and understanding needed to work in post production in today’s screen industries. Through the programme, you will gain advanced insight into the work of the editor and post specialist – deep understanding of audio and visual storytelling, working across a variety of screen platforms and industry contexts, current and developing technology including editing softwares and equipment, the editor’s role as facilitator and collaborator, professional working practices, and employment strategies.
You will develop awareness of industry – traditional and changing screen forms and formats, platforms and audiences, recognising the importance of diversity and progressive working practices in your approaches to content and content making.
Why Take the Course?
Why Take the Course?
- Practical: Master key post production software.
- Industry-facing: In addition to the extensive engagement with industry-standard editing softwares, receive audio platform training, essential for any sound post production career in film, television, and new media industries.
- Real-life Experience: Work with producing, directing, and cinematography students to edit and post produce a number of online videos for external ‘real world’ clients. Previous companies students have been able to add to their showreels include DHL, Nespresso, Time out, Jamie Oliver, Stonewall, HM Treasury, Mind, and Transport for London.
- Portfolio: Graduate with a portfolio that includes a variety of project work and a career plan.
- Professional tutors: Many of our teaching staff are currently working in the industry as: TV and film directors, broadcast journalists, producers, writers, and more*.
*Due to the nature of their work patterns, named staff on programmes are subject to change, and are also dependent on the programme and modules selected for study by the student. For a selection of the tutors who teach across our campuses, please see Our People.
Our outstanding credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies. This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.
What You Will Study
What You Will Study
Over three trimesters you will gain advanced insight into post production craft as well as your vital role in the creation and delivery of screen content to a wide variety of audiences and contexts.
Trimester 1 focuses on the essence of screen storytelling and the role the editor plays in understanding the potential of filmed materials in the process of realising stories and ideas. Alongside this, you will explore your own qualities as you build a career profile that will develop as the course – and your understanding – increases.
In Trimester 2, you will enrich your understanding through client-facing editing assignments. You will also gain deep understanding and practical skills in post production workflow. In addition, you will develop the research and analytical skills expected in both your academic and your professional practice.
in Trimester 3, you will draw together your practical, theoretical, and industry understanding into the co-creation and delivery of a filmed artefact, and complete your career plan as part of your progression into real world employment.
The overview below is not a complete list of MA Post Production modules. For the complete list, please download the full Course Specification below.
Editing Craft and Industry
You will work with audio and video raw data, applying professional data management processes throughout the video and audio production pipelines. Additionally, you will be introduced to a suite of complementary software packages for video editing, audio editing, effects, compression, and encoding.
You will spend the first part of the module learning about the documentary approach to post production. This will include learning how to work in a new Non Linear Editing mode. In the latter part of the module, you will look at the finishing processes typically used for picture cutting, effects integration, and audio mixing.
You will develop an authentic and detailed career paperwork and supporting materials including a CV and personal profile. As part of the module, you will be offered Elective Upskilling sessions – opportunities to develop screen industry skills of your chosen discipline or as part of your multi-skilling profile.
External Clients – Post and Delivery
You will gain an understanding of how to negotiate the relationships within a creative hierarchy, how to work with constructive feedback, develop a systematic approach to setting and meeting deadlines, their ability to handle multiple projects, and critically evaluate both process and product.
Workflow Theory and Practice
You will examine a series of complex post production workflows and manage data from camera acquisition. You will transcode high-res media, work in offline editing to complete a picture lock, and create a simple sound design to conform to the original media, subsequently mastering to a variety of delivery platforms.
Building on the work of previous and concurrent modules, you will gain a deeper insight into current theories, principles, and discussions relating to issues of diversity, sustainability, and ethics within the screen industries.
Final Project and Career Plan
Your project is an opportunity to deliver work that is distinctive, industry-facing, based in research, and reflects awareness of a diverse and inclusive world. You will also present your career plan, including evidence of new skills to be assessed by industry employers as you prepare to enter or re-enter the screen industries on graduation.
Teaching, Learning & Assessment
We include a diverse range of teaching methods which include:
- seminars in smaller groups;
- small group tutorials;
- practical group work;
- formative feedback through critiques/screening and reflective sessions;
- screen labs – a reflection of ‘real world’ experiences; and
- enhancement activities.
We use a wide range of assessment which include portfolios, performances, research, presentations, and reflective work. Please download the Course Specification below for more information.
Entry Requirements for London
Standard Entry Requirements
- 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.
Applicants must also submit:
A personal statement of at least 500 words. The MetFilm School online application form details the information that your personal statement must include.
Students Not Meeting Academic Requirements
Students without a degree, but who can demonstrate relevant industry experience or a degree below a 2:1 equivalent are still able to apply. They will need to submit the following:
- A professional industry reference.
- A professional CV.
- A 750 word statement of why you wish to enter the screen industries, indicating the ways in which you think they are changing.
Students receive the Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud License for the duration of their course. For more information, please check Equipment in the Study with Us section for your chosen course, and the Location sections for the range of equipment and learning resources available on each of our campuses.
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**EU/EEA students with settled status.
***International students or EU/EEA students without settled status.