Course Overview

Please note: This programme is NOT on offer for entry 2021.

The MA in Film Production & Direction is a rigorous course that offers training in Directing, Producing, Camera, Sound, Lighting, and Editing. From the moment the programme begins, students are involved in collaborative filmmaking tasks which offer real-world training in a range of roles across the film production process. The practice-based modules are complemented by modules in screen writing and film theory and analysis to enrich and inform the creative process and to deepen critical reflection. Through a series of carefully designed short film projects, students practice and develop a range of creative skills. The demanding schedule insists students refine their facility for effective communication, organisation and collaboration. This course is for those who are committed and passionate about making films.

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Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

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Who Teaches this Course




Requirements and Assessment

Students on the programme are assessed on their creative practice and their understanding of film form by leading industry practitioners as well as film scholars. Assessments are designed to develop students’ creative and technical skills, as well as their ability to work collaboratively and to critically assess their own work and that of their peers. Production journals, blogs, essays and presentations form some of the diverse range of assessment tasks students will be asked to undertake over the course of the MA programme.



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.

Additional supporting documentation is required. For more details click here.

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

Not on offer for entry 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Not on offer for entry 2021.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

MA—90, PG Dip—60



Course code


Course Outline

Please note: This programme is undertaking a curriculum review for 2020–21 and there may be changes to the course content. 

The course is a full-time, 12-month programme, which runs from September to August of each year. Across a range of practice-based modules and practioner-led workshops, students will be given comprehensive training in Camera, Editing, Production, Direction and Sound. All students participate in core modules in screenwriting, film theory and practice and film making, and also have the opportunity to take modules in digital film and film administration. Students work on practical filmmaking projects across the year concluding in a final project where students pitch, develop and produce their end-of-year film projects over the final months of the programme.

Core Modules

  • Screenwriting Fundamentals
  • Production Project 1 & 2
  • Directing Film 
  • Film Theory and Practice

Optional modules may include:

  • Screenplay Development
  • Digital Film and Culture
  • Film Exhibition, Administration and Curation
  • Film History 2

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Why choose this course?

This programme is designed to give students a thorough practical and critical understanding of film making. The number of film projects undertaken over the year ensure that students have the opportunity to practice and develop a range of creative skills. This is an intensive course designed to engage and encourage emerging voices in film, and students are both urged and expected to take risks in their creative practice. Graduates of the MA in Film Production & Direction will be ready to begin film and television careers as creative professionals, having developed core technical and creative skills informed by a critical awareness of film history and analysis. Furthermore, as a student at the Huston School you will be part of a collaborative creative community, meeting with students across a range of MA programmes to develop your understanding of the history and craft of filmmaking. You will also have all the opportunities which come from studying at one of the world’s top Universities, including access to a range of seminars and high-profile guest speakers, who have in the past included Gabriel Byrne, Laura Mulvey, Lenny Abrahamson, Roddy Doyle, Donald Clarke and Stephen Frears.

Career opportunities 

Graduates have gone on to success in various areas of the film and television industry, finding employment in production companies, television studios, post-production facilities and as freelance crew. Many have won or been shortlisted for national and international awards including Brian Deane who won Babelgum Social/Environment Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 for his short film Without Words. In 2009 the final project film, FGM won a Radharc Award for its producers Richard Walsh and Julian Ulrichs, who went on to edit the recently released SING STREET. Other accolades include screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival and wins in various short film competitions both nationally and internationally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,716 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,576 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Levy

Student Levy: €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI. Further detail here

What Our Students Say


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.

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.

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2021 PDF (11.3MB)