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Film schools teach filmmaking.
Raindance makes filmmakers.


The ideal postgraduate independent film degree for someone on-the-go. Full time or part time, online or London based with a fully flexible choice of filmmaking subjects. Only 15% of assignments are outlined by University – the rest you can create yourself and negotiate with your tutors.

Raindance now has 103 students on six continents divided between the London based study groups and international online groups.

Get your movie made or your screenplay finished with expert industry guidance from Raindance – Europe’s largest film training provider & independent film festival.

Tutors: Various working industry professionals Venue: London
Date: London based course starts
September 14th 2014
Next Online course starts
November 9th 2014
Duration: Full time, 37.5 hours per week for 1 year.
Part time, 18.75 hours per week for 2 years.
Time: Negotiated Price: Regular Price £7,450.00 + £500.00 Deposit
Installments Price £8,450.00 + £500.00 DepositFees and Payment details

If you are considering to apply come to one of Raindance Postgraduate MA/MSc Info Session

Or book a FREE MA/MSc Personal Info Session by Skype Book Session

Current Application Deadlines

London Degree Online Degree
Early Deadline (to secure your place): July 21st 2014
September 15th 2014
Application Deadline: August 26th 2014 October 20th 2014
Place offers for early applications from: August 27th 2014 October 21st 2014
Course start date: September 14th 2014 November 9th 2014
Completion: September 2015 (full time)
September 2016 (part time)
November 2015 (full time)
November2016 (part time)

The postgraduate course gave me great freedom in deciding what projects to work on and thus gave me the freedom to build my own curriculum. I also enjoyed the great variety of classes that taught me filmmaking skills I might have never learned otherwise.
Jesco Puluj, October 2013 Graduate, London based group

Develop your voice as an independent filmmaker in a Masters course:

Would you like to study filmmaking on your own terms? The Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree which is administered in collaboration with our educational partner, the Independent Film Trust allows filmmakers to achieve:

  • A Masters degree in a film-related field of your own choosing,
  • In the form of an M.A. or M.Sc.,
  • In a structure you personally negotiate with your tutors, industry collaborators and our academic partner, Staffordshire University,
  • Part-time (2 years) or full-time (1 year),
  • London based or Online.

Let’s keep this personal:

Are personal relationships still possible in education with all the cuts and online facilities?

We want to develop and nurture the age-old student-mentor relationship that made leading Universities like Oxford and Cambridge so successful in the last century.  A key feature of the Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree is how we can maintain and develop individual attention in the digital age and avoid the pitfalls of so much higher education.

Most academic programmes are boxes you have to try to fit into.
This programme creates the box around you.

Raindance in your pocket:

Get your career going with our flexible postgraduate degree. All postgraduate students can tap into the Raindance expertise:

  • Planning and completing your films and/or scripts;
  • Getting your package documentation ‘market-ready’ with guidance from an experienced tutor;
  • Negotiating access to local production resources for equipment, collaborators, finance and marketing opportunities;
  • Full access to Raindance classes, lectures and networking events;
  • Access to regular face to face seminars and meetings in a London based study group, or catch up via podcast;
  • Tutorials via Skype, email or landline with Raindance founder Elliot Grove, your Raindance industry tutor and your academic tutor from Staffordshire University;
  • Your own self-planned examination of relevant films, resources and related books, trade magazines, interviews, reviews;
  • Free access to the annual Raindance Film Festival (apart from Opening Night, Closing Night and Awards Ceremony).

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/ Staffordshire 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. Thank you.
- Kerry Masters, Postgrad Student 2012

Develop your film project as part of a postgraduate degree?

What do you want to work on? Your learning activities, pathways and even your final degree title are negotiated individually with you. Choose full-time or part-time, London or Online depending on your evolving career and project aims.

Current students are engaged in a host of projects within this unique postgraduate framework.

  • Writing screenplays, making shorts, documentaries and features.
  • Designing and testing crowd funding campaigns for movies.
  • Studying specific genres.
  • Analysing the best ways to build audience for self distributed projects.

What’s your idea? What would you like to accomplish?
Work with us in the first modules to find the details and roadmap you will need to make your project a success.

If you want to take your interest in writing, directing or film producing to a top level, consider our bespoke Postgraduate Degree programme!

Contact us

If you wish to get more information about the Postgraduate Film Degree give us a call on 0207 930 3412 or email postgraduate@raindance.co.uk - We’d love to hear from you. We can arrange for a free, no-obligation half hour taster tutorial on Skpe or in person. Just email or call.

 

I have learnt so much in the 5 months I have attended the course. I have found the lectures extremely informative and enjoyable and I have also attended some extra Raindance seminars that have been excellent. I feel that I have had lightbulb moments on this course and now have the tools and understanding to go and make the five films on my slate. It has also been a pleasure to receive the support and feedback of my tutors and it has really helped me expand my thinking.
- Lamia Nayeb, Postgrad student 2012

Proven International Concept

The degree concept is based on the recent evolution of work-based learning techniques and leads to an M.A. or M.Sc. award.

The learning is mostly self-directed and involves free access to Raindance events, interaction with professionals and experts, as well as your own filmmaking and distribution.

Whilst we dispense with a regular campus, our students have turbo charged access to the Raindance network and have enjoyed lunch meetings with Oscar winning writer Guillermo Arriaga and Hollywood legend Syd Field or interviewed key financiers for their course work. There are fortnightly sessions where you can arrange face to face tutorials and catch up with the group in seminars to discuss how such encounters and opportunities can be used to further your projects, career and studies. If you unavailable when you are filming or working, you can listen in on a podcast.

We understand that self-directed learning is the best possible way for students to build their individual voice as filmmakers, to work and communicate well with the old as well as the new terms and procedures of these media industries, and become aware of how they can take advantage of arising opportunities.

This programme builds on the success of the Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree currently delivered in London, again relying heavily on the unique combination of community spirit and developing unique points of view with its fierce sense of independence demonstrated in the regular Continuous Professional Development Courses, The Raindance Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. The BIFAs have been noted for supporting new voices in the industry combined with a huge celebrity turnout with the likes of John Hurt, Orlando Bloom, Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley attending.

Networking of individualists in the cinema

Since 1992 Raindance has trained and showcased many films and filmmakers, including the European premieres of such groundbreaking films as The Blair Witch Project and Pulp Fiction. Many filmmakers who have come through the training schemes come back to screen their work for peers and industry. Past jurors have included important filmmakers like Mike Figgis and Shakhur Kapur , journalists like Julian Assange as well as musicians Iggy Pop, Marky Ramone, Tom Waits and Mick Jones.

Established Raindance courses are supplemented with: relevant research skills (both film/TV industry and academic); career guidance including students’ own investigation of relevant culture, industry segments, individual works, producers and companies relevant to them; and company placements, group and individual project work supported by regular mentoring, leading to an assessed negotiated portfolio. The lectures, discussions, seminars and online learning activities are designed to enable maximum student engagement with professional film culture by taking advantage of networking opportunities with fellow emerging as well as established filmmakers.

The Post Graduate course at Raindance gave me an opportunity to explore and develop the story I wanted to write.  The discipline and desire to achieve the award made the journey more satisfying but also accomplished in a short time frame.  I have a script that has exceeded my expectations, this is completely due to the Negotiated Learning Post Graduate course.
I have met like minded people and some will continue to be part of my world.
Can’t thank you enough for accepting me bearing in mind my low academic achievement prior to this course.
Claire Stevens, October 2013 Graduate, London based group

Alumni who have been benefiting from Raindance training and communities include such successes as Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Oscar® winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, The Young Victoria, Downton Abbey), Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch; Sherlock Holmes), Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-ass), and Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception).

We Don’t Teach Filmmaking, We Make Filmmakers

We reserve the right to change the delivery of the course without notice to accommodate evolving student and academic needs, as well as tutor availability. However, we will make every effort to update this website accordingly.

Raindance reserves the right to cancel this course until commencement date. In this case we will try to give you one week notice and give you the first option to secure a place at a future date, or if you so wish return all course fees you have paid to us.


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