MA in Producing Film and Television


Program Description

This ground-breaking course is for those who want to turn their ideas and aspirations into success. Whether you plan to manage the next generation of film and television programmes, shape a career as a researcher, associate producer or production manager, or even run your own independent production company, the course will give you the practical training and theoretical grounding to help you to achieve your ambitions in the dynamic world of media production.

You may have an undergraduate qualification in a related subject or may be able to show your suitability for this programme of study through associated work-experience or evidence of and outputs from other related activities.

You will learn how to develop your ideas as viable projects and sell them in a highly competitive marketplace. Thanks to expert tuition from professionals with experience from across industry, you will become accomplished in managing productions as a producer, production manager, location manager and first assistant director. You’ll be working from a base room which provides a production office environment for planning work and seminars.

Working collaboratively with other students in related subjects, you will plan and produce your own projects and learn how to work collaboratively within a creative environment. The final production project will serve as evidence of your abilities to develop, plan and manage a project from concept to screen, and there is also an option to develop an alternative research-focused project if you prefer. The course has been awarded the ‘Creative Skillset Tick’, the industry kitemark of quality, which is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. Applications are also welcome from experienced professionals working within the media industry.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above.

Course details

On this course, you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Core units

  • Developing & Selling Ideas: Develop ideas as viable projects. You'll learn how to achieve a balance between creative and business needs in devising and selling a film or television programme. This is achieved by looking at how to generate ideas, write proposals, create treatments and pitch to commissioning editors and investors. You'll identify a project to research and develop over the course of the unit to equip you with entrepreneurial competencies required for selling in a highly competitive marketplace.
  • Narrative Constructions: Establishing a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course, in combination with the other practical and professional skills taught, this unit offers a foundation for the effective completion of production work. You'll collectively engage with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
  • Production Management: Synthesise the critical, conceptual, managerial and professional skills needed for managing production artifacts as a producer, production manager, location manager and first assistant director. You'll work alongside MA Directing Film & Television students to plan and produce projects following set production management processes. There's an opportunity to undertake paid production management work with real corporate clients through BU's production company.
  • Professional Practice: An introduction to key concepts, skills, and knowledge you'll need for employment in the media industries.

Option units (choose one)*

  • Master's Production Project: This is where you can create a calling card for the industry by showing your abilities in developing and managing a project from idea to screen. Working with writers, directors, and editors, you'll plan and produce a project which will be negotiated with a tutor.
  • Master's Research Project: You can produce a practice-based research artifact supported by a written analysis, or an individually or collaboratively written paper. The latter consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artifacts. Which option you choose, you'll present your findings at a final exhibition.

*Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Key points

  • Develop skills for originating, developing and selling ideas
  • Develop production management skills
  • Work in a collaborative environment that reflects industry practice
  • Develop critical thinking and intellectual skills to reflect, learn and grow as a successful practitioner
  • Graduate from the UK’s only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and a recognized Skillset Screen and Media Academy, with an excellent track record in graduate employment and industry reputation.

Programme specification

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This course equips you with the skills to help you to succeed in a variety of production roles. Our graduates have gone on to prosper in careers with cutting-edge production companies and media organizations, utilizing the practical experience and industry understanding they have developed during their studies.

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset and carries the Creative Skillset Tick. In achieving the Creative Skillset Tick this course joins the ranks of the top creative training and education this country has to offer, you can be sure that it has undergone a rigorous assessment process conducted by experts working in the creative industries. The Tick is only given to those courses that have the strongest links with industry giving you the best possible chance of a successful career.

Producing Film & Television graduates have undertaken roles such as*:

  • Personal assistant
  • Motion graphics editor
  • Film producer
  • Camera assistant
  • TV producer

Industries Worked In

  • TV
  • Film
  • Media
  • Production.

Further Study

If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.

Last updated Mar 2018

About the School

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