Course Overview

The MA in Production & Direction is a rigorous, skills-based course offering training in Directing, Producing, Camera, Sound and Editing by leading industry practitioners. As well as the practical filmmaking skills acquired on this course, students are exposed to the history and diversity of film as an art form through weekly screenings and lectures. 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. Throughout the year-long programme, students will develop their creative skills in a supportive environment whilst being offered the chance to specialise in areas such as television drama or short film making.

Applications and Selections

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

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Who Teaches this Course

Emma Hogan

Emma is the Programme Director of the MA in Production & Direction and the MA in Digital Media. She has worked as a practitioner and educator in the Creative Industries for over 15 years. 

Jill Beardsworth

Documentary filmmaker, Jill Beardsworth has been working in the industry for 15 years and has made films in Kosovo, Belarus, India, the Golan Heights, India and Ireland; her award winning feature documentary “Apples of the Golan”, made in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights was critically acclaimed in the Irish Times. Alongside her own work, she edits in the independent sector and has cut over 50 documentaries for national broadcast, as well as working as a sound recordist and producer on other projects. 

Dieter Auner
Dieter Auner has worked in the Irish Film Industry for almost 20 years. Dieter’s award winning documentaries have the power to resonate and encourage the viewers to think, and his passion for cinema is reflected in the collaboration with directors and producers of the acclaimed New Romanian Wave. Dieter also holds an MA in Screenwriting from the Huston School. 

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 Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

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

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting

MA—90, PG Dip—60



PAC code


Course Outline

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 a core module exploring film form and history, and also have the opportunity to take modules in digital film and film administration. Students work on practical filmmaking projects across the year, collaborating with students on the MA in Screenwriting to develop and produce a short film in Semester 1, and working to a brief devised by students on the MA in Advocacy and Activism in Semester 2. Students pitch, develop and produce their end-of-year film projects over the final months of the programme.



  • Short Film Making
  • Production Project 1 & 2
  • Film Practice
  • Practical Workshops
  • Imaginative Responses

Options include:

  • Writing for the Small Screen
  • Digital Film and Culture
  • Film Exhibition, Administration and Curation

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 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, working 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

€6,015 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€5,791 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2016/17

M.A. EU Full time programme:  €6,015 (inclusive of Levy €224); P.Dip. EU Full time programme:  €5,965 (inclusive of Levy €224).

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Emma Hogan
T 353 91 495 920


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.