Raindance’s Postgraduate Programmes (Raindance MA in Filmmaking by Negotiated Learning, Raindance MA in Screenwriting) are unique learning environments. Not only will you develop your craft skills by developing your portfolio of work, but you will also be in an industry-facing ecosystem with the clear goal to make you outstanding practitioners as well as respected film professionals. All our postgraduate provisions are accredited by De Montfort University.
Because making the jump to pursuing postgraduate studies is a big leap to make, members of our postgraduate team are always happy to speak with potential candidates about career goals, creative aspirations, and help you discern how to make the best decision for the next step in your studies -for free, and no strings attached.
Why study at the Raindance Film School?
It’s not just that you’ll get a privileged access to the Raindance Film Festival. Any other school is so prescriptive you have to tick someone else’s boxes. Here you get the opportunity to build a portfolio of work, while developing your industry connections at the same time. Our courses are taught by working filmmakers who will give you world-class insight into the life of professional creatives. Our motto has been from the start “We don’t teach filmmaking. We make filmmakers.”
Our only aim is to empower you to become the filmmaker you aspire to be:
- jump-start your career,
- find a foothold in the industry,
- build your audience,
- strengthen your creative voice.
About the MA in Filmmaking
This negotiated learning environment follows a set framework and enables you to follow a bespoke curriculum, tailored to your creative and professional aspirations: you set your own goals, develop your own learning activities, and get the support that you need from our team of tutors.
As a student in this flexible learning degree, you will be designing your own pathway, develop your project, learn the skills that you need in order to progress, and find a foothold in the industry. When you graduate, you will not just have a degree, you will also have developed a strong creative voice and have made your film, a calling card to the next steps.
Graduates from the MA in Filmmaking have explored:
- feature film writing,
- developing proof-of-concept short films,
- producing low-budget films,
- exploring genre,
- creating virtual reality experiences,
- bringing genre screenwriting to gaming,
- directing short and features films,
- designing film festival strategies.
About the MA in Screenwriting
Alongside acquiring the foundational craft skills that will enable you to produce a varied portfolio of work (from a calling-card short screenplay to an original feature screenplay or TV pilot), you will develop an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the business of screenwriting from pitch presentations to commissioning. In accordance with the Raindance philosophy of learning through practice, you will have opportunities to collaborate with producers and directors both within and outside of the Raindance community to test and progress your writing at every stage of development.
The programme provides you with the resources to prepare for and build a career in screenwriting, with tailored professional guidance and training that will develop and hone your craft skills for the film and TV industries.
In addition to lectures and seminars dedicated to topics such as narratology, world-building, character development, and dialogue, you will receive instruction and mentorship from working screenwriting and filmmaking professionals to assist you with the development of your own film and TV projects.
Through workshopping, pitching, storylining, story editing, and negotiating sessions, you will be exposed to the rigours and realities of the life of the professional screenwriter, empowering you with a greater understanding of the pathways available to you.
As we believe in giving you the maximum of individual attention, you will be part of a small cohort of maximum 15 students.