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Screen Academy Scotland, A Skillset Film & Media Academy

actualización 28/03/2011

Screen Academy Scotland, A Skillset Film & Media Academy

Presentation & Philosophy:

Screen Academy Scotland, a Skillset Film and Media Academy is one of only three dual-status Skillset Film & Media Academies in the UK and a collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art (eca). The Academy offers an integrated suite of undergraduate programmes ranging from undergraduate animation, film, photography, journalism and television to specialist postgraduate programmes in animation, screenwriting, production and direction. Screen Academy Scotland, a Skillset Film and Media Academy also offers short courses in Screenwriting as well as other specialist training in sound and image editing.

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In the past year, the Academy provided over 600 days of Continuing Professional Development courses for practitioners including the international programme ENGAGE in partnership with the national film schools of Ireland, Estonia and Finland. This project funded by the EU MEDIA Programme is running again in 2011.

Number of students/ full-time/ part-time workshops: FT 293 PT 10

Number of students in film/animation studies: 350

Number of international students: 80

Number of teachers: 15

Degree category / length of studies:

Bachelor (4-year) in: Photography and Film; Television; Animation; Film and TV; Animation

Master (1-year) in: Film; Screenwriting; Screen Project Development; Film Directing; Animation

Master of Fine Arts (2-year): Film Directing; Animation; Advanced Film Practice

Programme objective and content:

BA in Photography and Film: This course offers a unique opportunity to reflect life through a lens in either or both photography and film. This course provides an in-depth grounding in the technical processes, skills, production and collaborative practices necessary for a career in the arts and creative industries. Students are encouraged to strive to be creative and intelligent image-makers / film-makers.

BA in Visual Communication (Film and Television): The course provides students with a broad spectrum of practical experience, enabling them to use film and video as a means of creative expression. Students may work in established formats such as documentary, drama and commercials, or may make experimental films in which students seek to define their own creative agenda. The emphasis is firmly on projects as the means by which learning occurs.

MA in Film: A year-long Master’s for filmmakers with a BA and some previous experience. Teaching is by specialism and students are expected to apply as directors, cinematographers, sound designers or editors. During the year students will work on 1, 2, 5 and 10-minute fiction films, using state-of-the-art digital cinematography equipment and super 16mm film.

MA and MFA in Film Directing: The MA & MFA programmes in Film Directing take a project-led, practice-based collaborative approach. Students choose either documentary or fiction and also collaborate on an experimental film. While allowing them to explore their creativity, the course encourages ways of working that foster the exchange of ideas. The course encourages a fresh approach to changing technologies.

MA and MFA in Animation: Using a creative studio approach to cutting-edge narrative animation, the course provides resources that enable students to work to a high professional standard. Digital technology plays an important part in most students’ work and, as well as computers, the school provides a variety of film and video equipment for creating 2D and 3D stop-frame animation.

Entry requirements:
MA: A postgraduate online application form; a Study Proposal or critical reflection; a portfolio; a letter of financial guarantee; two letters of satisfactory academic reference; international students may be required to submit proof of their competency in the English language.


Edinburgh Napier University
2A Merchiston Avenue
Edinburgh EH10 4NU
T +44 (0) 131 455 2572
F +44 (0) 131 455 2538

Edinburgh College of Art
Lauriston Place
Edinburgh EH3 9DF
T +44 (0) 131 221 6138
F +44 (0) 131 221 6100


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