FAQs

What is the difference between the Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree and Masters degrees from other universities?

What is the same:  This is an accredited university degree, awarded by Staffordshire University in the U.K. and carries the equivalent standing to other accredited university degrees from the U.K. Raindance has been validated to deliver this postgraduate programme in partnership with Staffordshire University.

What is different:  This is an innovative Negotiated Award Degree in which the student designs a unique learning pathway toward his/her stated goals. Raindance helps students identify their own skills gaps to develop a unique learning pathway to get to the next level as a filmmaker or industry professional. Through this programme, students work with industry mentors and advisors to negotiate up to 80% of the learning. This programme has a fixed framework and structure but self designed, negotiated content  for learning. It is NOT a traditional, course curriculum or pre-designed course that is taught to you or tells you what to do.

This programme offers you the possibility to study for a postgraduate degree, within the framework of the Raindance-Staffordshire University (SU) partnership. A distinguishing feature of the programme is that it provides the flexibility and freedom to drill down into the specific area of filmmaking that is of interest to you, allowing you to design a masters degree that meets your individual needs.

What are the underlying teaching and learning principles?

This programme draws inspiration from Schon’s (1987) notion of reflective practice and Kolb’s (1975) model of experiential learning, centered around the transformation of information into knowledge, and experience into understanding. Reflective practice in the context of this degree programme means the capacity to reflect on your choices and actions in filmmaking, as well as observing industry practice, in order to engage in a process of continuous learning. It’s about paying attention to the practical applications of what you think and do, contextualizing and relating them to theories of practice, and to understand your decisions and actions in relationship to theory and industry context.

How many hours per week?

Full time, approx. 38 hours per week for one year. This includes group study, individual tutorials, Raindance courses and independent study

Part time, approx. 18 hours per week for two years. This includes group study, individual tutorials, Raindance courses and independent study

When do study groups and other learning take place?

Mandatory Study Group sessions are scheduled weekly, typically on Sunday. Elective Raindance open courses and events take place evenings or weekends. Individual tutorials are negotiated to suit the schedule of both the student and the mentor. Monthly elective Project Skills Labs are typically scheduled on Saturdays.

When do the London-based and online cohorts start?

The London based cohort currently has two (2) start dates per year: September and March

The Online based cohort currently has two (2) start dates per year: June and November

What is the difference between full-time and part-time study?

There is no difference in the programme content or design, only in the length of time it takes to complete the degree. Full time study is quite intense and not easily achievable if you have a full time job and/or full family responsibilities. Full time and part time students start together in a cohort with the same deadlines, but after the second module, part time students have more time to complete the negotiated module assignments, and more flexibility with deadlines. Both full-time and part-time students meet together for the first 3 modules of the programme, then it’s typical in the later modules for students to move to more independent study and different deadlines. You should consult with the programme director if you are not sure which type of study is right for you.

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

Step 3:   Kindly follow up your submitted application by sending an email to: masters@raindance.org to notify Raindance 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:

* Note: Deposit payments are refunded in the event your application is not successful.

What supporting evidence do I need?

The following supporting documents are required to apply:

Specific documents will need to accompany your application, although these documents can be sent after you have filled out the online application and paid the deposit, but still before or on the application deadline. Please check deadline or email baptiste.charles@raindance.co.uk

The following supporting documents and entry requirements are necessary for ALL applicants:

      1. 1)    Diploma or certificate (may be more than one) from accredited university, college or post-secondary training programme together with the transcript
        2)    Your up-to-date employment CV or student resume
        3)    A written Reflective Essay, detailing your skills, experience and ability to succeed in a higher learning degree programme
        4)    A written Learning Plan that briefly outlines your chosen focus of study, skills development or activities for learning
        5)    A sample or artefact of creative work (film, trailer, script, treatment) in which you authored or undertook a key creative role (writer, director, producer, cinematographer, composer, editor etc.) Note: This sample is not being graded. It should indicate your approximate current level of skill. Other supporting evidence may be required for certain 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 the Registrar)
  • IELTS 6.5 score (for students who have completed a degree outside UK, in another language) – more information here
  • Sample of academic writing or sample of written work (if requested by Registrar)

You need to send all your supporting documents before or on the application deadline, but you might submit them later, after you have:
a)   Submitted the online application form
b)   Paid the deposit

When will I hear back?

We make best efforts to notify applicants within several weeks of the application closing date, if all supporting documents have been received in a timely manner and the applicant has completed the interviews.

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 written Reflective Essay, detailing your skills, experience and ability to successfully manage a self-study, postgraduate level programme in film and media arts (see guideline below)
      4. 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)
      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, 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: baptiste.charles@raindance.co.uk

What are the guidelines for writing a reflective CV?

Reflective Essay (RE) Requirements:

      • The essay should accompany an up-to-date CV or resume
      • The essay should be approximately 1,500 – 2,000 words

The Reflective Essay must address each of these topics:

      • Discuss briefly your goal for this M.A., why you wish to pursue this postgraduate degree and state why or how you believe this degree will help you.
      • Reflect how your specific past professional, creative or academic experience makes you suited toward this degree or your chosen area of focus in this programme
      • Explain with example(s) some transferrable skills you’ve acquired from other jobs or roles that demonstrate an ability to manage self-study and set and achieve goals for learning
      • Highlight jobs, employment roles, notable achievements and/or any participation in creative or research projects relevant to a film or media career.
      • Reflect on one film, filmmaker or industry professional who has personally influenced you and discuss his/her work

Please email your Reflective Essay to masters@raindance.org along with your supporting documents, after you have filled out the online application, but still before or on the application deadline.

The Raindance Postgraduate Film Degree is delivered in partnership with Staffordshire University. You can find more details of the Postgraduate Entry Requirements here under Taught Course

What if I do not have an honours degree?

We consider applicants both with an honours degree and without an honours degree, who can also demonstrate readiness and ability to manage postgraduate level work and independent study required of this programme. The Staffordshire University website describes an honours graduate equivalent as:

“Honours graduate equivalent will have developed an understanding of a complex body of knowledge, some of it at the current boundaries of an academic discipline. Through this the graduate will have developed analytical and problem-solving techniques that can be applied in many types of employment. The graduate will be able to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions, to reach sound judgements, and to communicate effectively. An Honours graduate should have the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, and decision-making in complex and unpredictable circumstances.”

We consider applicants from varied professional, technical and creative backgrounds, and consider evidence of prior learning and transferrable skills from other professional roles.

Can international students apply for the London based degree?

The London-based programme accepts applications from the following: All U.K. residents; all EU CITIZENS; any applicant who holds an existing RESIDENCE PERMIT  or a TIER 5 YOUTH MOBILITY VISA that covers the length/duration of this programme.

Can you help me with my visa?

Raindance is not able to assist international students to directly obtain a Tier 2 or Tier 4 Student Visa for the U.K.

MA or MSc?

The decision whether you should aim for a Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) award will depend on your subject area of study. Please contact the Programme Director to discuss the MSc. option for this programme:  tiska@raindance.org

p

Key Facts

Tuition fees: £11,950
Length: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time
Based: London or Online

Open Days & Info Sessions

  • Next London Open Days: 12 December
  • Join next Online Webinar: 16 October
  • Next Toronto Open Day: 14 November

Book an individual session by phone or Skype

l

Apply Online

Next online deadline: 27th August 2017  
Sign up here

Next London deadline: 27 January, 2017

You can apply online now here.

Contact Us

Email us at masters@raindance.org

UK or Europe call +44(0)207 930 3412

U.S. or Canada call 1.855.595.RAIN