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MA/Pgrad.Dip Production & Direction


On the MA Production and Direction making films is informed by and integrated with academic theory and analysis. Through a series of carefully designed fiction and non-fiction short film projects new filmmakers develop their own voices. The number of short film projects ensures that students have the opportunity to practice and develop a range of creative skills while the rigorous schedule demands students refi

ne their facility for effective communication, organisation and collaboration.  With a focus on directing and producing, students collaborate with those from other MA courses at Huston, as well as devising and making their own films to a professional standard. The workshops in directing, producing, camera, lighting, sound and editing are facilitated by visiting creative professionals sharing insight, experience and perspective gained from years of practice.  Today the ability to work in a variety of roles ensures professional viability. 

Academic modules include Creative Documentary, Film History, Theory of Film Practice and Imaginative Responses and are structured around screenings, discussion and analysis.  Students on the course will be concerned with making films that have a point of view, stories that are relevant and encourage both the filmmakers and their audiences to consider a subject from a new perspective.  This is an intensive course designed to engage and activate emerging voices in film, and where students are both urged and expected to take risks in their creative practice.

Why study this programme?

The programme is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the filmmaking process from both a practical and a critical perspective. Graduates of the MA in Production and Direction will be able to actively participate in the creative process of filmmaking having developed core technical and creative skills informed by a critical awareness of film history and analysis. The ethos of the programme is reflective practice.

Career Opportunities

Production and Direction students are prepared to begin film and television production as creative professionals. Recent graduates have found employment in production companies, television studios, post-production facilities and as freelance crew both in Ireland and abroad.

Visitors and Guest Seminars

The Huston School hosts an extensive range of special events and guest seminars during the year, which students are expected to attend. Visitors since 2003 have included: Gabriel Byrne, Seamus McGarvey, Fionnula Flanagan, James Cromwell, John Boorman, Roddy Doyle, Colin MacCabe, Laura Mulvey, Howard Rodman, Mike Figgis, Peter Sheridan, Liz Gill, Paddy Breathnach, Alan Gilsenan, Maryann DeLeo and others. Over the last three years the Huston School has also hosted a series of international conferences: Early Cinema, Women in the Picture, and New Perspectives on the Quiet Man and New Scottish Cinema.

ECTS weighting: MA-90 ECTS PDip-60 ECTS
Programme fee, academic year 2013-14 E.U. students: €6,005 Non-E.U. students: €13,250*
*Subject to ratification. Please note: fees are correct at the time of online publication, but are subject to change (E&EO); non-E.U. fees must be paid in full prior to registration.

Applications to this programme are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC).

Minimum entry requirements
The number of places is limited. You should have an honours primary degree (at least Second Class Honours in one subject, or a U.S. GPA 3.0). We also welcome applicants with substantial and relevant professional experience to apply. Such cases may be considered for exemption from the honours degree requirement, subject to appropriate arrangements such as a qualifying examination. These students will be required to register initially for a Postgraduate Diploma.

To supplement your online application you should include:

  • A sample of film-making accompanied by a description of your role in the production. (Post a DVD to the PAC office as well as supplying a link for online viewing.)
  • One idea (script, treatment or storyboard) for a short film.
  • One short critique (200-400 words) of a recent film or television programme.
  • An indication of your preference for production roles (producing, directing, camera, lighting, sound, and editing).
  • A personal statement indicating your interest and expectations of the course, and outlining your relevant experience.

Selection criteria
Above all, applicants should be driven by a passion to make films that may influence attitudes or change opinions. Applicants may also be invited to attend for interview.

Examination arrangements
The programme is assessed by a combination of essay and project work.

Programme Content (subject to change)

The Short Film
Creative Documentary
Practical Workshops 1 & 2
Production Exercises
Production Projects 1 & 2
Imaginative Responses
Theory of Film Practice

2014-15 Current Timetable


“There’s a good mix of practical and theory, and an emphasis on Irish Film. That’s important because we need to tell our own stories.”

Karen Murphy, MA 2013


2014-15 E.U. students: €6,005 Non-E.U. students: €13,250*  *Subject to ratification

Please note: fees are correct at the time of online publication, but are subject to change (E&EO); non-E.U. fees must be paid in full prior to registration.

PAC code: GYA63
NUIG code: 1MPD1 (MA); 1MPD3 (PDip)
Mode of study: full-time
Duration: one year
Places available: 15

Applications accepted from the 1st of  November, 2015
2016-17 commences:  5 September 2015

Programme Director: Emma Hogan

Tel.: 00 353 91 495920
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