About the MSc. Digital Feature Film Production

Masters in Film – MSc Digital Feature Film Production

Real Film Education

Filmbase MSc Students on RED Camera Shoot

Filmbase, in association with Staffordshire University, offers a unique, industry-facing masters-level course aimed at preparing filmmakers for the reality of writing, developing, pitching, producing, shooting, editing, posting and distributing feature films in digital formats.

Key features

  • Our MSc. in Digital Feature Film Production is a flexible course designed to develop industry professionals interested in feature film production.
  • Our students learn directly from experienced film makers in Ireland and the UK.
  • Our students use latest industry standard equipment.
  • Industry integration is a core feature of this programme.

What it’s about

The MSc. Digital Feature Film Production is an exciting and innovative course that equips students with both creative and technological skills for future roles in digital film production and the creative industries.

Our philosophy is to nurture technical specialism and creative professionalism through research and practical production.

We aim to produce innovative thinkers that have the ability to create original film productions, enabled through a growing and enhanced understanding of digital technology.

Student access to digital cameras, film making equipment and post production facilities will assist this blend of contemporary technical skill and techniques, which will inform and prepare students for a future in practical film production.

Masters in Digital Feature Film Production Crew

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What you do

Digital techniques have removed many of the barriers between traditional film, video and computer systems, creating new platforms for digital production. Recent Irish successes such as the IFTA winning One Hundred Mornings and Rewind, produced through the Filmbase and Irish Film Board supported Catalyst Project, have proven that creative filmmakers can produce original and distinctive work at much lower budgets than traditionally possible. Building on the opportunities offered by this radical change in model, this innovative course equips film students with the core skills for future roles in digital film production.

The digital film-making component of the course studies the theory and practice of digital film-making and is designed to be extremely hands-on and practical. Students will produce a number of individual and group film based projects across a variety of modules, culminating in the production of a full feature-length film. These programmes are designed to contribute to a high quality portfolio of work upon graduation.

The MSc. Digital Feature Film Production requires evidence of the ability to achieve advanced production standards. Supervisors with feature film production experience will assist students in achieving their aims of creating a full-length film. Students will clearly demonstrate their increased knowledge of technology and their understanding of feature film creation as well as marketing and distribution strategies. In order to achieve these outcomes, the degree is reliant on a production crew functioning as an autonomous and independent unit.

Your work throughout the duration of this MSc. programme will require a significant element of independent development and research, allied with group and individual project work as required. Along with your ongoing assignment work you will attend formal lectures offered by film academics, expert practioners, industry strategists and key figures from the world of film and broadcasting in Ireland and abroad.

Course modules will be supported through Blackboard, Staffordshire University’s virtual learning space.

Students will have full library access and lending rights through the Dublin Business School (Aungier Street campus) and the Irish Film Institute resource library.

Additional Opportunities

Students will have the option of undertaking an optional industry visit to London in order to visit and make connections with key industry strategists, distributors, sales agents and post production facilities.

Opportunities to visit the European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2013 will be facilitated. This will provide students with a unique opportunity to meet key industry professionals from around the world and to see the film marketplace in action.

Students will have access to industry events and panels at a selection of Irish film festivals. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the additional learning and networking opportunities offered at these events.

Filmbase MSc. Students attending the European Film Market in Berlin

 Fact File

Qualification: MSc. Digital Feature Film Production
Awarding Body
Staffordshire University
Location: Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Course Start: September 2014
Course Length: 1 year full-time
Attendance: FT
Entry Requirements: Normal requirements are at least a second class honours degree or equivalent. If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work.
Application: Applicants should apply directly to Filmbase.
Please see the How To Apply page for more details.
Fees: €6,250 (inc. registration fees)
Other Notes: Application does not guarantee entry to the programme.The application process may include an interview stage. A limited number of industry places are available for filmmakers who have already completed professional feature films and wish to accredit their prior work for academic purposes. All applications are subject to final approval by Staffordshire University.

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