The Raindance Postgraduate Degree at LMA

Starting in September 2018, undergraduates at LMA will be eligible to apply to this unique, tailored programme at preferential conditions.

Apply to the Raindance MA

The Raindance Postgraduate Degree is now available for the first time at the Liverpool Media Academy.

Starting in September 2018, undergraduates at LMA will be eligible to apply to this unique, tailored programme at preferential conditions. This programme has been running since 2011. Raindance is now joining forces to enable creatives in the Liverpool area to push their creative projects forward and make their place in the creatives industries in Liverpool.

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

Natasha Moore

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

Raymond Morris

The Raindance Postgraduate Degree is like a dream factory and the hits just keep on coming!

Miles Crossman

Key facts
  • Length: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
  • Location: Liverpool Media Academy
  • Tuition fees: £10,609 (SFE-eligible)
How to apply
  • Step 1: Fill in the application form.

The programme’s administration needs your information to enrol you onto the course. Click here to apply.


  • Step 2: Send in supporting documentation.

The required documents for your application file to be considered complete are as follows. They should be sent to

  1. Your Diploma or certificate of prior learning from and accredited UK university or international equivalent, higher education institution, college or training programme together with the transcript
  2. 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)
  3. A written Learning Plan that briefly outlines your chosen focus of study, skills development, activities and resources to develop your knowledge (Download learning plan here)
  4. A sample or artefact of creative work in which you undertook a key creative role (writer, director, producer, cinematographer, composer, editor etc.) This sample is not being evaluated or graded. It is meant to indicate an approximate current level of skill.

Other supporting evidence may be required for some students, in addition to the above, and could 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 the UK, in another language) – more information here
  • Sample of academic writing (if requested by Registrar)

The reflective 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 for this degree or your chosen area of focus in this programme;
  • Explain with example(s) some transferable 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.


  • Step 3: Application interview

Once the Programme Registrar confirms that your application file is complete, you will be called to an interview with the faculty.



Course structure

The Raindance Postgraduate Degree provides you with a structure to formalise your goals and aspirations, both in terms of career and skill-learning. The degree comprises six modules.

  • Approaches to Flexible Learning (15 credits): the student is expected to do a skills audit and develop a learning pathway by devising learning activities. The final written Learning Contract will be the link between the student’s goals and the programme’s structure, and will act as a roadmap for their studies.
  • Research Methods (15 credits): this 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.
  • Negotiated Projects 1, 2 and 3 (30 credits 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.
  • Negotiated Master’s Project (60 credits): The final Master’s Project is the culmination of the student’s work in the Programme and brings together the learning done in the previous modules.