Film and Media - Master
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Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

Film and Media - Master

The Master’s Programme in Film and Media is aimed at applicants who are active within art, performing arts, film and media and want to broaden and deepen their knowledge. A new feature of the 2018 Master’s programme is that we can proudly present the three course profiles: "Narrative Space – Production Design for Film and Media", "The Art of Impact" and "Documentary Processes". Here you can read about the content and structure of the programme and the course profiles and how to apply.

The Master’s Programme in Film and Media prepares students for future research and consists of two years of full-time studies at second-cycle level, in which you choose to study one of the three course profiles. You will find out about current film and media research and deepen your knowledge of processes and methods that are relevant to your artistic practice. You will work theoretically and practically and conduct production exercises. The programme is headed by the university’s professors and assistant professors. We also cooperate with other higher education institutions, both nationally and internationally.

Narrative Space – Production Design for Film and Media

The course profile Narrative Space – Production Design for Film and Media is aimed at applicants with a visual imagination and a strong interest in the art of designing environments for moving image storytelling using space, place, architecture and objects as narrative tools.  

The Art of Impact

The course profile The Art of Impact is an international and interdisciplinary course aimed at applicants who want to develop their professional role, critically reflect on their artistic approach and that of others, and, through seminars and labs with the aid of new technology, develop and broaden our subject areas. We strongly focus on the narrative and on audience, distribution and participation.

Documentary Processes

The course profile Documentary Processes is aimed at documentary makers, artists and journalists who want to deepen and develop their knowledge of contemporary reality storytelling in theory and practice.

The Master’s Programme in Film and Media

The Master’s Programme in Film and Media consists of lectures, seminars, production work, travel and study visits. Alongside an ongoing practical project, you will discuss artistic courage and an ethical approach, relate your own practice to that of others, study various artistic methods and formulate your own.

The teaching language is English. Some language adjustments may be made for the student group so that, for example, Swedish can be used in certain situations during the programme. In the written parts of the programme, students can usually choose to write in English or Swedish.

Part of the programme consists of compulsory modules, which are common to all students regardless of course profile.

The course Reflections on practical knowledge gives students the tools to critically review and describe the artistic work that they create and that of others through more in-depth study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of the artistic field of knowledge.

Another part of the programme consists of Elective courses. The students here identify their need for further knowledge and take responsibility for their knowledge development.

The Independent degree project comprises the equivalent of one semester’s total work. The point of departure for the project is a research question, such as a study of an artistic method or the examination of an artistic process. The work is individual and is presented in the form of examples of practical work and written text.

Within the Production course, the students formulate and solve advanced artistic and interpretative (figuration) problems and demonstrate the ability to conduct experiments in storytelling and/or interpretation (figuration). They also plan and, using adequate methods, carry out qualified artistic tasks within given schedules.

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    Narrative space - production design for film and media

    he Master’s programme course profile Narrative Space – Production Design for Film and Media is aimed at applicants with a visual imagination and a strong interest in the art of designing environments for the moving image. Production design is moving image storytelling using space, place, architecture and objects as narrative tools.  

    The production designer of the future will play a vital role in creating visual worlds for all kinds of screens and moving image experiences. The Master’s programme course profile Narrative Space – Production Design for Film and Media develops individual creativity and investigates the methods, processes and the technical skills needed to achieve this. Effective use of interiors and exteriors, the dynamic quality of moving through a space, period research and the understanding of cultures, the use of props to help an audience understand a character, the impact of computer generated imagery, the opportunities that virtual and augmented realities offer, as well as the appreciation of traditional construction methods, building materials and paint finishes - and ultimately the team-work and leadership skills involved are all areas that are examined on this MA course.

    Each of the four terms have a different focus

    Spatial narratives: Storytelling, architecture, place, space and scale.

    Location - drawing - model making - research

    Introduction to the film studio: How sets are spatial representations of the characters that inhabit them

    Designing – building – experimenting – camera – light

    Developing drama: Visual ideas development

    Storyboards - beat boards - concept design - pre-visualisation

    Building worlds: Environments for moving image narrative as well as for research communities and networks

    World building - exposition

    Valuable prior knowledge

    The programme is open to students from a wide variety of visual backgrounds, including theatre, architecture, illustration, video games, costume, fine art, building, interior design, 3D design and production. Our applicants will hold a BA and/or will have had team working experience from film, media, video games, stage or other relevant disciplines. They will apply with a project or research area they wish to explore.

    Course leader

    Eli Bø, Professor of Production Design

    The Art of Impact

    The course profile The Art of Impact is aimed at applicants who want to deepen their knowledge base and seek new collaborative practices. Through augmented realities, we will enhance our awareness of the existing reality – but who’s reality? Methodology courses and practical fieldwork will interlink with seminars on literature and the study of knowledge philosophy and critical theory. Will art ever be the same again? We believe collaboration is essential in order for us to understand our world of the past, our present-day world – and what is at stake.

    360° cameras and binaural sound design will be tools for understanding conflicts. We will have a strong focus on narrative and audience, distribution and participation. We will create projects for public spaces, artistic projects based on research methods from a documentary tradition. The Art of Impact has an international approach and will include travels abroad in 2019.

    Themes for the semesters in the programme

    • World-building methodology (collaborative storytelling)
    • The political body (the world around us)
    • Digitality & change (social innovation)
    • The impact producer (artistic entrepreneurship)

    Profile leaders

    The course profile leaders are interdepartmental.

    Ulrika Malmgren, Assistant Professor of Scenic Figuration

    Tinna Joné, Assistant Professor of Documentary Narration

    Documentary processes

    Experimentation in reality

    The course profile Documentary processes is aimed at documentary makers, artists and journalists who want to deepen and develop their knowledge of contemporary reality storytelling in theory and practice.

    The emphasis of the course profile is on students investigating and deepening their own artistic processes in a personal narrative and independently reflecting on and describing their work in the form of documented questions and analyses.

    Documentary processes contribute to the development of ideas and practices in various aspects of artistic exploration and narrative. The students will seek their own tone, presence and expression. The course uses the experimentation and reflection as a method of developing new thoughts in the work and the depiction of reality and ideas about forms of documentary expression.

    Course profile structure

    Alongside a continuous artistic development project, the students will discuss artistic courage, idea work and an ethical approach. The students will put their own practice in relation to others, study various artistic methods and formulate their own. Critical reflection will give the students the foundation for deepening their own practical work and their ambition to develop the art form. The studies will mostly be conducted individually.

    Like the other course profiles on the Master’s Programme in Film and Media, Documentary processes includes four longer courses: Practical knowledge, Elective courses, Independent project and Production.

    In Documentary processes the independent project may constitute a detailed study of a process in the students’ own practical artistic work. To explore a development in their own narrative. The study may also contain comparisons with the work and methods of others and reflections on this. The project is based on a research question and is presented in the form of practical work and written text.

    Within the Production course, the students complete a work process with an artistic idea. The work, which must be investigative and assessment and process oriented, spans all four semesters. Under supervision, the students will develop their creative processes and formulate and solve advanced artistic and interpretative (figuration) problems. The central part of the course is the process in which the students will demonstrate their ability to experiment in storytelling and interpretation (figuration).

    Course profile leaders

    Bengt Bok, Professor of Radio Production

    Erik Gandini, Professor of Documentary Film

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the second cycle or the equivalent and

    Specific entry requirement:

    - Documented experience of at least one year of artistic work relevant  within the field of education

    - English 5 or the equivalent

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    See the respective course profile description under “Read more”.

  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed.

    In your application you must specify which one of the three course profiles you wish to study.

    • A copy of your valid passport or valid national identity card (if applicable for you) - Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. In order to find out which group you belong to, you need to show your citizenship. Therefore, you must upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. But don't forget to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.
    • A degree certificate (for a degree of bachelor, or the equivalent degree, including a transcript of records) - Upload your degree certificate for a degree of bachelor, or the equivalent degree, including a transcript of records. Grades and certificates should primarily be in Swedish, but Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Spanish are accepted too. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.
    • Certificate from university about current studies (if applicable for you) - If you attend last term at a bachelor programme you have to send in a transcript of courses and grades that shows the completed studies. A certificate for a degree of bachelor or the equivalent degree should be at SADA at the latest at the start of the autumn term (before registration).
    • Application of recognition of prior learning/exemption from entry requirements (if applicable for you) - If you do not fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme, you may apply for recognition of prior learning. In other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. You will be asked in your application to explain why you think that you will cope with the studies even though you do not fulfil the general and/or specific entry requirements. You also need to upload signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter.
    • Documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 5, or the equivalent) - You need to upload documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 5, or the equivalent) defined in the specific entry requirement. English 5 is a course at the Swedish upper secondary school. You have to show that you have the equivalent knowledge. You should upload your grades from upper secondary school/high school, or the equivalent from adult education at upper secondary level. You can also demonstrate your English abilities through an internationally recognized English test (TOEFEL, IELTS Michigan English Language Assessment Battery or University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations). We need to have your test results no later than 21 June 2018. Students, who have studied at university level with English as the language of instruction, may meet the English language requirements through certain exemptions.
    • Documentation that shows that you have at least one year of artistic work relevant  within the field of education - You need to upload documentation that shows that you have at least one year of artistic work relevant within the field of education. For example, you can upload copies of contracts, copies of reviews from print publications, links to online publications, copies of signed affidavits from colleagues, collaborators, as a complement to your CV. 
    • Your CV  - Upload your CV that describes your education and professional experience in chronological order.
    • A letter of motivation - You need to upload a letter of motivation (no more than 2 pages of A4 size (8000 characters), in which the applicant explains why he or she would like to take the programme.
    • A proposal for a project idea -  You need to upload a proposal for a project idea, artistic exploration or research topic (no more than 3 pages of A4 size) in the field of film and media that the applicant would like to investigate and analyse within the framework of the independent project

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail: support@varbi.com

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    E-mail: support@varbi.com 
    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    1. The selection of candidates will be carried out in several steps. A first assessment will be made of the uploaded document in the application by an admissions group consisting of teachers and professionals from the fields. A student representative will also participate in the admissions group, but will not take part in the assessment.

    Part 2. interviews are carried out at SADA or via SKYPE.

    PART 3 (if required) - A practical test.

    After each step a decision will be made regarding which candidates will proceed to the next step. Every candidate will receive notification of whether they have proceeded to the next part of the process or not.

     

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. Uniarts has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    Tuition fee for the Master program in Film and Media  starting autumn term 2018:  1128000 SEK for the whole programme.

    Scholarships to Cover the Tuition Fee

    If you are obliged to pay a tuition fee you can apply for a scholarship which covers the tuition fee. The scholarship does not cover any private costs during your studies. Please note that you still need to pay an application fee (900 SEK). The application fee is non-refundable.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.

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