Raindance MA in Filmmaking
The Raindance MA in Filmmaking is a 21st-century degree for filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and creatives wishing to upskill or transition into the film and digital media industry. This programme is delivered by Raindance in partnership with De Montfort University and recognised worldwide. A truly international programme, you can attend the online MA in Filmmaking via distance learning, or in person in London. Students have joined us from over 30 countries and counting!
Our negotiated, flexible learning approach enables you to design a bespoke curriculum, following our modular framework: set your own goals, define what you want to learn and build your own unique learning pathway to get there.
This mentor-based programme connects you to industry filmmakers who help guide your choices, based on current practice. Free access to all Raindance open courses worldwide, Raindance Film Festival and Raindance industry events plug your career into the global Raindance ecosystem, and help you find your place in the global film and television industry.
Meet your mentor
Raindance Film School is proud to offer a fantastic roster of mentors for you to work with. You are recognised as an individual artist, with an individual set of skills, needs and goals. Your relationship with your mentor will become vital, as it will shape your education. nurture your skills, and challenge you to grow into the filmmaker you want to become.
All of our mentors are talented, active professionals in the industry who will teach you all they’ve learnt and more to help you succeed.
I met and retained network contacts with professionals of all levels in the industry during and through the course. I now have a resource of practitioners in the life cycle of filmmaking who are practically my virtual team.
Thanks to the support I got from the Raindance MA I was able to get a job as a University Lecturer in Television Production. The Raindance Postgraduate course and the Raindance tutors have enabled me to develop my theoretical approaches to Film and TV production – taking my career to the next level. The practical workshops I have attended have also enabled me to keep up to date with current industry practices. The weekend seminars with scriptwriters and script gurus have been fantastic and have provided me with a whole host of techniques to try out.
Are you more of a screenwriter?
Have a look at our class-based programme…
MA in Filmmaking - Frequently Asked Questions
This is a two-year course accredited by DeMontfort University. You will be required to commit to 20 hours per week (including contact hours and independent study time). The London-based delivery is a blended-learning environment, and the distance learning delivery is fully online.
Next start date: May 2021 (Online intake) Deadline to apply: 15th April 2021
What is Negotiated Learning?
Structure and Content
This programme is a flexible learning environment: with a set framework and with the content following a bespoke curriculum. It is NOT a traditional, pre-determined curriculum that provides what you need to know or tells you what to do. It requires a high level of personal goal-setting, planning, research and resourcefulness to design your own learning pathway.
- You will negotiate the content of your learning with your mentors and advisors,
- drive your own independent study throughout,
- engage in peer-to-peer group study,
- selectively choose open courses or Project Skills Labs to augment your learning,
- while taking responsibility to initiate, develop and execute a strategic learning plan that you’ve designed and negotiated to meet both your learning needs and university postgraduate requirements.
Marks and study credits are given for work which students submit at the end of each of six modules. The first two module assignments are Staffordshire University requirements. Students then negotiate the remaining modules.
What is a Negotiated Module?
For the negotiated modules, students can:
a) choose their own hands on projects, such as submitting a short film, short or feature scripts, mood board, marketing or business plan, marketing or crowdfunding campaign, etc. accompanied by a Reflective Report exploring a key learning and mastery area for the student in each module or
b) choose qualitative research projects, data analyses or theoretical business, financing or distribution model development to gain industry expertise.
What is a Reflective Report?
Each negotiated module in which a student submits a creative artifact, production plan or business document must also be accompanied by a Reflective Report. This report forms the foundation of learning in this degree. Through this Reflective Report students consolidate their learning and reflect meaningfully on their decisions and what they’ve learned. The Reflective Report can comprise 50% or more of the assessment mark for each negotiated module.
The Reflective Report is a written work expected at postgraduate level, which must include proper academic referencing, engagement with theoretical or industry context, and is marked according to British standards and conventions of postgraduate level writing and research.
How do I learn in this programme?
- Weekly study groups with a module leader,
- Tutorials with both an Academic Advisor and Industry Mentor,
- Independent Study and Research (ongoing),
- Industry outreach (ongoing),
- Online Cohort Community Posting and Discussion Groups (ongoing),
- Monthly industry-focused seminars,
- Raindance Open Courses (as selected).
What are the costs?
The tuition fees for this course are GBP £11,950, inclduding a £500 application deposit. Payment plans are available.
Students on this course who are residents in the United Kingdom are eligible for support from Student Finance England.
How is the course structured?
The Programme provides a structure for your learning. You will be able to negotiate the content of your modules.
1. Learning Plan -15 credits, 150 hrs.
In this first module, the student is expected to develop and pitch to the university a Learning Plan that will act as a roadmap of individual study over two years part-time. The Learning Plan will form the link between the individual’s project & career goals and the Programme’s academic and modular frameworks.
2. Research Paper -15 credits, 150 hrs.
This second module focuses on understanding proper research techniques, a lifelong skill to support a filmmaking, media and storytelling career. Students investigate a topic that is foundational to their chosen area of study.
3. Negotiated Modules (x 3) -30 credits each, 300 hrs each.
Students design 3 separate modules negotiated with their mentors and advisors. Together these modules lead developmentally toward the student’s final masters project. The negotiated modules typically combine research and applied practice, testing or executing some aspect of writing, directing or producing.
4. Negotiated Masters Module -60 credits, 600 hrs.
The final Masters is the culmination of the student’s work in the Programme and brings together the learning done in the previous modules.
Who are the mentors?
Our Postgraduate Mentors and Advisors are all current industry professionals who are spearheading projects that cover a wide range of mediums, such as traditional feature and short films, TV, also new media projects such as web series, 360°-video/VR, and interactive films. They are bringing relevant creative, technical and career knowledge to this programme and to our students.
Visit the team page here to learn more about our mentors.
What are the entry requirements?
Raindance considers multiple criteria to assess an applicant’s suitability for this programme. This criteria can include an academic, post-secondary degree, industry experience or transferrable professional skills. First and foremost, we will consider your readiness to engage with self-directed study, and the viability of your proposed learning pathway.
The following supporting evidence combine to determine an applicant’s suitability for this programme:
- Diploma(s) or certificate(s) of your prior learning from and accredited UK university or international equivalent, higher education institution, college or training programme together with the transcript
- Your up-to-date employment CV or student resume
- A 500-word essay, either reflecting on a project you were involved in, or analysing a film that you find inspirational.
- A written Learning Plan that briefly outlines your chosen focus of study, skills development, activities and resources to develop your knowledge.
- A sample or artifact of creative work in which you undertook a key creative role (writer, director, producer, cinematographer, composer, editor etc.)
Other supporting evidence may be required for some students, in addition to the above, and can be requested by the Registrar:
- Proof of UK residence for the duration of your studies (for London-based students)
- Additional course certificates or diplomas (if requested by Registrar)
- IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing (for students who have completed a degree outside UK and/or in another language)
- Sample of academic writing (if requested by Registrar)
- Please visit our application page for the full details.
How do I apply?
How do I apply?
Step 1: Go to our online application page and fill out the application form. This application will be acknowledged by the Registrar, once you submit the accompanying deposit.
Step 2: Pay the £500 deposit directly from the online application page. We will need to receive your £500 deposit at the time of application, in order for us to process any documents and consider your application for this programme.
Step 3: Send your supporting documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that acknowledgement of your application may take between 3 to 5 business days.
If you experience any problem with your online application please contact the school at: email@example.com
What next - careers after the MA in Filmmaking
Raindance’s flexible postgraduate Film degree empowers students, giving them the tools they need to be successful in the film industry. The practical skills developed over the course of the MA/MSc are applicable in a wide range of careers related to visual arts and media, for example, film and television production, screenwriting, film programming, distribution, film design, arts management, teaching and post-production.
The Postgraduate Team
The Raindance Industry Committee is a student group that organises events with industry professionals to benefit the student community, in order to further their understanding of their chosen industry. The committee a reflection of the broader group of Masters students and alumni. Committee members have a wide range of backgrounds and interests, bringing knowledge and expertise from all walks of life. They hail from countries all over the world and contribute to making the Raindance MA in Filmmaking programme a cultural and societal melting pot. They are united by a passion for visual storytelling and their differences serve to build a creative hub that is brimming with ideas.
Find out more about the committee here.
What our graduates are saying
“I got an opportunity to shoot and debut my short film at the Raindance Film Festival. In this programme I was clearly able to identify my core competency and gain a greater understanding of my craft.”
– S. Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka
“As an M.A Graduate student of Raindance, I can attest that this program has benefited me in both academic and practical development as a professional filmmaker. I chose this program above any other University graduate film program because it offers me the diversity and the structure to actually learn how to become a writer, producer and director in the real world.
I have thus far achieved several milestones in market research, and I am well on my way to producing my first feature film.
In addition, the program offers flexibility and a support system that is necessary to my connections and overall personal achievements. As a full time parent, the program flexibility is fundamental to my success.
I highly recommended this Masters Degree Program to any person serious in pursuing a career as an independent filmmaker in Canada.”
– Kimberly Hennessy, Montreal, Producer, Screenwriter
“Having over a decade of corporate experience in Toronto’s financial sector the M. A. program offered me an opportunity to enhance my experience and career potential whether partially or fully transitioning into filmmaking, due to its flexible nature.
This self-directed, but academically and professionally guided, program allows students to structure their studies to build upon their professional backgrounds or to explore and exponentially grow their understanding of new concepts. The ultimate result being a thesis that provides potential insight and growth to the film industry and a multitude of opportunities for the students.
What I hope and believe I will get out of this program at its end: academic growth and certification, unique industry expertise and recognition, strategic networking, and career opportunities.”
– Wilson Chan, Director, Toronto, Canada
“Having gone from a Saturday Film School-inspired film buff to an MA Filmmaking alumni, I get the hype. Raindance forced me out of my comfort zone, and into a position of taking the bull by the horns. That led to me making my debut feature, only a short while after completing the course.” – Chris Mul
“My docuseries was commissionned after graduating as a direct consequence of my research in the Raindance MA in Filmmaking, and my final thesis. I’m very grateful for the experience.”
– Miles Crossman
At a glance
- 15 students per cohort
- Intensive practical training
- Direct access to the film industry and the Raindance Film Festival
- Dedicated personal mentors
- Opportunity to pitch work to industry professionals
- Industry-facing learning environment
- Emphasis on finding and developing your voice and process as a filmmaker