About the course
From the moment you start this MA/MSc, you'll be making films, writing screenplays, immersing yourself in the industry.
The Raindance Postgraduate Degree, which is delivered in partnership with Staffordshire University, is unlike any other film degree. The negotiated learning approach enables you to design 80% of the degree: define what you want to learn, without being pigeonholed in any boxes or labels.
You can make your course of study as hands-on as you wish. The range of our students' work is as varied as our students. You’ll be working alongside a strong like-minded community of creatives, sharing and supporting each other while working on your own film projects and career goals.
Degree Award: M.A./M.Sc. Film by Negotiated Learning
Validating Institution: Staffordshire University
Mentors: Working industry professionals
Venue: London-based or Online
Date: London: 11 September 2016
Online: 6 November 2016
Full-Time: One Year approx. 35-40 hours per week
Part-Time: Two Years approx. 15-20 hours per week
£11,950 (including £500 deposit)
Application deadline (online form, deposit and paperwork):
London: 22 July 2016
Online: 23 September 2016
Interviews held between:
London: 1-5 Aug 2016
Online: 2-7 October 2016
Programme start date:
London: 11 September 2016
Online: 6 November 2016
London: September 2017 (full time)
September 2018 (part time)
Online: November 2017 (full time)
November 2018 (part time)
Structure and Content
This programme has a fixed framework and structure but self designed, negotiated content for learning. 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/quantitative 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?
- Independent Study and Research (ongoing)
- Weekly Study Groups
- Online Cohort Community Posting and Discussion Groups (ongoing)
- Individual tutorial sessions with a mentor/advisor (minimum 1 X per month)
- Monthly Project Skills Labs
- Raindance Open Courses (as selected)
The first two modules are taken as study groups with module leaders and your fellow students.
1. Approaches to Flexible Learning -15 credits, 150 hrs.
In this first module the student is expected to develop and pitch to the university a Learning Contract that will act as a road map of individual study over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). The Contract will form the link between the individual’s project & career goals and the University’s academic and modular frameworks.
2. Practical & Theoretical Research Methods -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 Projects (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. Final Masters Project -60 credits, 600 hrs.
Interview with Francesca, a current online postgraduate student.
Now taking applications for June 2016
Application deadline: April 22nd 2016
Interviews held: May 2nd - 6th 2016
Course Start Date: June 5th 2016
Completion: June 2017 (full time) | June 2018 (part time)
Book a MA/MSc Personal Info Session by Skype to discuss how you can design this programme around your career goals
Contact: Tiska Wiedermann firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time.
Locations of our current online students
Register your interest in the Online MA/MSc
We are selecting a great group of students, filmmakers and film professionals to join our unique Postgraduate Degree.
There is limited availability as we maintain small cohort groups.
If you want to take your interest in writing, directing or producing to a deeper level, consider our Postgraduate Degree programme:
One Year Full Time/Two Years Part Time
Contact us: +44 (0) 207 930 3412 or email email@example.com to arrange a FREE MA/MSc Personal Info Session.
The Full Experience
Our online programme provides the same structure and content as the London-based programme, but accessed online. Individual industry mentors guide you in weekly Study Groups, monthly Project Skills Labs, and through negotiated one-to-one sessions on Skype, while Raindance open courses from London, Toronto and Los Angeles are available to selectively access online . You will have access to our growing library of useful articles, tools and resources.
Develop Your Voice As A Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Producer or Director
The Postgraduate Film Degree by Negotiated Learning Online allows broadband connected filmmakers anywhere in the world to achieve a University Masters degree using distance learning, accredited by Staffordshire University, and delivered with Raindance industry know-how.
Raindance's flexible postgraduate Film degree empowers students, giving them the tools they need to be succesful 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.
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.
To look at our mentors' and advisors’ profiles, see here.
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.
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 written Reflective Essay, detailing your skills, experience and ability to successfully manage a self-study, postgraduate level programme in film and media arts
- A written Learning Plan that briefly outlines your chosen focus of study, skills development, activities and resources to develop your knowledge (learning plan template can be downloaded from the application page)
- A sample or artifact of creative work in which you undertook a key creative role (writer, director, producer, cinematographer, composer, editor etc.)
- An interview with one or more faculty members
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, Visa, or EU passport (for London-based students)
- Additional course certificates or diplomas (if requested by Registrar)
- IELTS 6.0, TOEFL score (for students who have completed a degree outside UK, in another language) - more information here
- Sample of academic writing (if requested by Registrar)
Please send all your supporting documents before or on the application deadline. If you have questions about any of the above requirements or document submissions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I apply?
Step 1: Go to our online application page. and click on the red button that takes you to the application form. Follow the instructions carefully, and ensure all questions have been answered and points addressed. Then click SUBMIT. 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
If you experience any problem with your online application please contact email@example.com. (You can save your application by either: printing it as a PDF file or pasting your information into a WORD document).
Step 3: Kindly follow up your submitted application by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your intention to apply. Pleased be advised that acknowledgement of your application may take up to 4 business days.
How do I send the deposit*?
For UK students there are several options:
- You can pay the deposit in person by cash or cheque in London at: The Raindance Film Centre, 10 Craven St. London WC2N 5PE
- You can pay online with Paypal or by Credit Card directly. Please click here to make a payment
- You can pay by Credit Card over the phone. Please call: +44 (0)20 7930 3412
For North American students:
- You can pay the deposit in person by cash or cheque in Toronto, at: Raindance Canada, 276 Carlaw Ave. Suite 222, Toronto M4M 3L1
- You can pay by Credit Card over the phone. Please call: 1.855.595.RAIN (7246)
For International Students outside UK or North America:
- Please pay with Paypal or by Credit Card directly. Please click here to make a payment
- You can pay by Credit Card over the phone. Please call: +44 (0)20 7930 3412
"This programme is like a dream factory and the hits just keep on coming!"
- M. Crossman, Canada
" 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."
- C. Obi, UK
"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, Raindance M.A. Student
"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, Raindance M.A. Program
"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