MA in Filmmaking - Online / London - Raindance Film School

MA in Filmmaking

Your degree, on your terms.


Raindance’s MA in Filmmaking is unlike any other postgraduate filmmaking programme in the world.

The programme offers a flexible learning environment designed to enable you to follow a bespoke curriculum tailored to your creative and professional aspirations. This innovative degree allows you to set your own goals, to develop your own learning activities, and to benefit from the support and expertise from our award-winning team of industry mentors.

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Key facts:

  • Length: 2 years part time.
  • Tuition fees: £11,950
  • Location: London or online

Deadline to apply:

  • Next start date: May 2021
  • Deadline to apply: 15th April 2021

Find out about the application process.

Find out more:

It was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. But the support I got from the Raindance MA means that I’m now a screenwriter. I’m now a filmmaker.

Natasha Moore

The lessons learned in the Raindance MA in Filmmaking, both about film and life, are going to stick with me for a long time.

Raymond Morris

The Raindance MA in Filmmaking is like a dream factory and the hits just keep on coming!

Miles Crossman

What sets Raindance’s MA in Filmmaking apart.

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. You can attend the online MA in Filmmaking via distance learning from anywhere in the world, or in person in London. Students have joined us from over 30 countries in the world. This programme is delivered by Raindance in partnership with De Montfort University and recognised worldwide.

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 . 


Degree: MA in Filmmaking with Raindance

Accredited by: De Montfort University

Mentors: Working industry professionals (see our team page)

Venue: Raindance London / Online

Time commitment: 20 hours a week for 2 years.

Tuition Fees: £11,950, including a £500 application deposit.

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/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?

  • 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 industr-focused seminars
  • Raindance Open Courses (as selected)
Course Structure

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.


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.

Graduates include:

Raindance Postgraduate Team
Elliot Grove Rick Harvey, Programme Director, MA in Filmmaking Baptiste Charles, Registrar MA in Filmmaking

Elliot Grove

Programme Founder

Rick Harvey,

Programme Director

Baptiste Charles-Aubert

Programme Manager

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.

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements for this degree?

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:

      1. 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
      2. Your up-to-date employment CV or student resume
      3. A 500-essay, either reflecting on a project you were involved in, or analysing a film that you find inspirational.
      4. A written Learning Plan that briefly outlines your chosen focus of study, skills development, activities and resources to develop your knowledge.
      5. A sample or artifact of creative work in which you undertook a key creative role (writer, director, producer, cinematographer, composer, editor etc.)
      6. 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, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing (for students who have completed a degree outside UK, in another language)
      • Sample of academic writing (if requested by Registrar)

Please visit our application page for the full details.

How To 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: Please be advised that acknowledgement of your application may take between 3 to 5 business days.

How do I send the deposit*?

If you experience any problem with your online application please contact the Programme Registrar:

What Our Graduates Are Saying
“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

“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

“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, Brighton, UK

“Really appreciate having my MA film screen at the festival. It really boosted our award momentum, so thank you.” -Louise Salter, Producer, London, UK

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