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Film Production & Direction

Your course
This is a rigorous, skills-based MA offering training in directing, producing, camera, sound and editing by leading industry practitioners. As well as the practical filmmaking skills acquired on this course, students are exposed to the history and diversity of film as an art form through weekly screenings and lectures. From the moment the programme begins, students are involved in collaborative filmmaking tasks which offer real-world training in a range of roles across the film production process. Throughout the year-long programme, students will develop their creative skills in a supportive environment whilst also having the opportunity to take modules in areas such as television drama, digital film and film administration.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Opportunities exist for students to collaborate with those from other MA courses at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media.

2. Production and Direction graduates are prepared to begin film and television production as creative professionals.

3. Students can attend on-campus international conferences; those recently hosted by the Huston School include Early Cinema, Women in the Picture, New Perspectives on the Quiet Man, and New Scottish Cinema.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
NQAI Level 8 degree or equivalent H2.2, GPA 3.0, or international qualification. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 (Merit 2) degree may be admitted to the PDip course, with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year.


1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates have gone on to success in various areas of the film and television industry, finding employment in production companies, television studios, post-production facilities and as freelance crew. Many have won or been shortlisted for national and international awards, including Brian Deane who won Babelgum Social/Environment Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 for his short film Without Words. In 2009 the final project film, FGM, won a Radharc Award for its producers Richard Walsh and Julian Ulrichs, who went on to edit the recently released Sing Street. Other accolades include screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival and wins in various short film competitions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Tony Tracy
T: +353 91 492 999

Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Course Instance(s): 1MFT1

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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