I went on a campus tour in August before my course started in September, which was a great introduction to the University of Bradford. Coming from the Netherlands, I was impressed with both the campus and the facilities the School of Media, Design and Technology offers - especially as some of the equipment and technology is not available in my country. There are lots of things going on in Bradford concerning film, architecture, music and theatre - ideal for media students!
Learning and assessment
The MA Filmmaking programme uses a variety of learning and teaching strategies, all of which are intended to facilitate to development of independent learning. After some initial theoretical, research and creative modules, practice will be facilitated through a series of core and optional modules that help you develop your own project ideas in partnership with tutors and supervisors. A great deal of autonomy is integrated into this programme whilst maintaining as much of a taught component as is necessary for theoretical and contextual studies.
Learning and teaching strategies include formal lectures, practical workshops, seminar and tutorial work. The types of assessment that these strategies involve (discursive essays, oral presentations, assessment of practical videographic and photographic/still image projects etc.) will allow you to effectively and independently integrate theory, creativity and practice, a key aim of the programme. As is common practice in arts and media education, and due to the creative nature and negotiated aspects of the programme, formal examinations are not used as assessments.
As a student you will have free access to a variety of high-spec filming equipment, including; DSLR to HD4 cameras; editing labs open 24/7; photographic studios with green screen technology; sound recording studio. Depending on your production projects you may also have the opportunity to work with our state-of-the-art Outside Broadcast Truck, Television Studio and Motion Capture Suite.
The Programme Leader is the academic tutor responsible for each students enrolled onto the programme. Students are expected to meet twice per semester with their Programme Leader, in a timetabled slot, but have the opportunity to see them more often via a weekly drop-in office hour.
Most of our staff are research active, and contribute to the cutting edge of their disciplines. Our Academics have extensive industry experience and engage in film history research. Bradford has a strong pedigree of world leading research, and our aim is to ensure that students benefit from our staff’s insight into the future of their subject.
Filmmaking is taught by a team of active researchers that form part of the Communication, Culture and Media Research Group. The group hosts a seminar series with leading experts which students are invited to attend.