MA/Postgraduate Diploma (Production and Direction)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The programme offers advanced training in filmmaking integrated with courses in film history and analysis and is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the filmmaking process from both a professional and a critical perspective. Film criticism comprises approximately half of the course, with the rest of the time devoted to production practice and hands-on filmmaking experience.

Huston School of Film and Digital Media

The Huston School of Film and Digital Media was established in 2003 under the active patronage of the (John) Huston family. The School offers a dynamic approach to film and digital media training, with a strong emphasis on critical studies. As well as offering postgraduate programmes, the Huston School also hosts a range of guest seminars during the year with academics and practitioners of film. Visitors have included Gabriel Byrne, Seamus McGarvey, Lenny Abrahamson, Mark O’Halloran, James Cromwell, John Boorman, Roddy Doyle, Colin MacCabe, Laura Mulvey and Mike Figgis.

Key facts

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.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: MA—90, PG Dip—60

Average intake: 15

Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The Production Practice module covers Camera, Editing, Production, Direction, and Sound. In the first semester, students take part in directing workshops where they learn techniques such as blocking actors for camera. These are taught as hands-on exercises where all students block and shoot a scene from a feature film as a workshop exercise.


Academic modules include Creative Documentary, Imaginative Reponses, and Theory of Film Practice. These classes involve regular screenings, discussion, and analysis. In the second semester, students realise two short films, collaborating with teams from the MA (Public Advocacy) on one of them, and should be prepared to work flexibly in the various roles involved in the production process.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Dr. Seán Crosson, MPhil, PhD
  • Dr. Mary Watson Seoighe, PhD
  • James Finlan, MA
  • Patsy Murphy, MA
  • Rod Stoneman, BA, PG. Dip

Requirements and assessment

Students will be assessed on the various modules by a combination of film projects, essays, and presentations. Working within a team structure, students will make two short films as their final project within the programme.

Find out more

Connie Farrell/Dr. Rod Stoneman /
T 353 91 495 920 / 492 999
E info@filmschool.ie  
http://www.filmschool.ie/programmes/mapgrad.dip-production-direction

PAC code

GYA63

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

M.A. EU Full time programme:  €6,015 (inclusive of Levy €224)

P.Dip. EU Full time programme:  €5,965 (inclusive of Levy €224)

Current students



Kyle Kroszner

"I decided to come to NUI Galway to study Film because of the atmosphere. Galway's reputation for the arts is known around the world, but I wanted a school whose expectations were as high and achievable as my own. 

NUI Galway has that, but it also has much more. I wanted to learn more about Irish culture, storytelling, and the Irish language and I found it not only in the school, but in the city centre, outside of Galway City, and Connemara."

Past students



Niall McCann

"The MA in Production & Directioin was everything I was looking for and more. The library offered me the chance to immerse myself in filmmakers and films I would not have ordinarily have come into contact with. Guest lecturers and Trips to film events can only serve to set further light to any enthusiasm for film a student has. The course consists of a strong emphasis on technique, structure and form, wherein the practical and theoretical combine offering a new and unique way of approaching the art form. I am currently in production on my first feature documentary titled ART WILL SAVE THE WORLD with Happy Ending Productions and I was actively encouraged and helped in every way by the staff to make this film a reality whilst studying in Huston. The MA changed my life or at least gave me the confidence I needed to change it."