Course information

Length

1 year full-time

Scholarship information

Funding available

Course overview

This MA will enhance your narrative skills as an editor of fiction for film and television.

This Masters is a pathway of MA Filmmaking, so that in addition to your specialised training you will collaborate with students across all specialisms on a variety of film projects.

Experienced tutors and guests provide expert guidance designed to enhance the flow of your individual research, experimentation and artistic achievement.

You will complete your degree by working in your specialist role on a major production in the final term.

Editing

What we offer

The programme is housed in a new purpose-built media facility equipped with state-of-the art teaching spaces including a film studio equipped with Arri lighting and Green Screen facilities. Edit suites are equipped with Avid Media Composer and tuition is offered, giving the opportunity to gain Avid Certified User accreditation (Media Composer 101 and 110). Edit suites, screening rooms and sound studios are linked via Avid’s industry standard ISIS storage area network. 

You will work to professional standards using high-end digital formats. You will also learn sophisticated postproduction workflow techniques, gaining a wealth of experience in off-line editing and an understanding of how this fits in with on-line editing, visual effects and picture grading. 

In addition to your specialist area, you can attend classes in related disciplines. This framework is designed to stimulate collaborative practice by providing you with a breadth of filmmaking knowledge combined with a high level of expertise in your chosen filmmaking discipline.


Our students say...

"The degree was the first time that I studied and socialised with very like-minded students. The facilities were fantastic, and the teachers were highly skilled and had in-depth knowledge about the industry."

"It’s not just about planning sophisticated camera moves or complex editing; its about linking creative techniques to telling a powerful story in ways that people can experience for themselves and literally ‘feel’."


Expert guidance

Tutors on the MA Filmaking course have a wealth of experience in the film and television industry. We maintain close links with the industry – the editing department has, for the last few years, had a strong relationship with the Guild of British Film and Television Editors who have provided mentors for our students.

The Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies has been ranked 2nd in the UK for 'world-leading or internationally excellent' research (Research Excellence Framework, 2021) and 12th in the world (2nd in the UK) in the 2022 QS World Rankings for communication and media studies.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Jamie McCoan.

What you'll study

In your first two terms, you will spend a full day a week in specialised contact with your specific programme convenor. These sessions include:

  • practical demonstrations and exercises
  • lectures
  • screenings
  • small group seminars
  • workshops

You will also take three option modules, taught through practical workshops and hands-on experiences, as well as critical discussion and essay writing.

The third term will be taken up with your final substantive project and you will take part in a series of progress and feedback meetings.

Screen Lab

You will also advance your collaborative skills by working in teams with fiction and documentary producers and directors, cinematography and sound students, on a variety of projects and at least three scheduled films across the year.

You will leave the programme with a diverse portfolio of moving-image work that may span a variety of formats – music video, web series drama, documentary, campaign/commercial, experimental art pieces and short fiction films.

Compulsory modules

You will take the following modules:

Module title Credits
Editing: Specialist Skills 30 credits
Contemporary Screen Narratives in Practice and Theory 15 credits

You will also complete a Final Project (90 credits), assessed by a portfolio of work and a viva that reflects your practice.

Screen School options

As well as your Editing specialism, you will choose three 15-credit option modules to enhance your other skills and critical approaches. Options include:

Module title Credits
Social Activist Film 15 credits
Adaptation and Script Editing 30 credits
Archaeology of the Moving Image 15 credits
Camera Fundamentals 15 credits
Experimental Media 30 credits or 15 credits
Filmmakers Make Theory 15 credits
Film Producing Fundamentals 15 credits
Representing Reality 15 credits
Sound Design Fundamentals 15 credits
The Ascent of the Image 15 credits
Visual Storytelling 30 credits
Doctor Holby: Writing for Existing Continuing TV Drama Series 15 credits
Media Law and Ethics 15 credits
Practical Law for Film-makers 15 credits

Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject as well as a level of practical experience from work in the arts or the media.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Because funding deadlines and requirements vary around the world, applications are considered on a rolling basis from February onwards and places on the programme fill up across the recruitment cycle. For this reason, we strongly advise you to submit your completed application as early as you can.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5 to study this programme.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2022/2023 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £13330
  • International - full-time: £25560

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships

Find out more about funding opportunities on .

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have completed the following and uploaded the details/documents to your application:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online. Please tell us about your passion and aptitude for Filmmaking. What are your dreams and aspirations? How did your engagement with visual media develop, and how has it developed in terms of professional, voluntary and personal work?

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • Examples of your recent work (eg moving image samples), preferably via a web link to your online portfolio – please upload this under 'additional' in your online application (NB the maximum file size you can upload is 20MB)
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
  • IELTS 7.0 at the point of application (if you are from a non-majority English-speaking country)
  • Download and complete the Editing questionnaire

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

References

Our departmental preference is for referees to upload a confidential reference to the on-line admissions system. Please make sure to select the option for your referees to be automatically notified of the need for them to submit a reference on your behalf.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.

Application deadline: 26th May

Applications are considered from February onwards and are only considered when complete; we strongly recommend applying as early as you are able to, as decisions will take longer the later in the year you apply.

We will only be able to consider late applications if there are vacancies remaining. Please note, assessment of MA Filmmaking applications can take several months as there are a limited number of places on the programme. Due to the unique selection process, we ask that all applicants wait to be contacted by the Admissions Team regarding their application.

We encourage you to complete your application even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.

If you're applying for funding and have an early deadline, please apply as early as possible and get in touch to let us know your funding deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Please be aware that this pathway of MA Filmmaking tends to be heavily subscribed, so you are encouraged to apply for more than one pathway to increase your chances of being offered a place. Please indicate in your personal statement your preferred pathway.

Find out more about applying.

Careers

If you are passionate about fashioning an exciting career for yourself as an editor in an environment that promotes innovative filmmaking, this course is for you.

Skills and careers

On completing the programme, you will be equipped to enter the global job market, armed with an enhanced understanding of your practical, intellectual and creative capacities as a film editor.

Possibly the most important skill we furnish you with is the rigorous discipline of working collaboratively under pressure as part of a creative team on challenging projects not only in film and television, but also in online, web, multi-media, animation, games and other hybrid forms.

In addition to your practical filmmaking skills, we enable you to develop a variety of transferable intellectual, organisational and communication skills to equip you for a broad range of employment opportunities across the arts and media landscape (film, television, online, the creative arts, advertising and related hybrid forms).

Our graduates

Our alumni are active in the film, media and cultural industries around the world as fiction and documentary editors.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Student work

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True Love, a Team 3 final project

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