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International Film Production MA

The International Film Production MA is an exciting programme which allows you to develop your production management skills to a professional level. This course gives students the opportunity to develop a portfolio of film production related skills and it is ideally suited for graduates progressing from undergraduate study, or professionals seeking to develop their career.

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Reasons to study International Film Production at De Montfort University:


  • DMU has worked with industry partners in developing and delivering the programme, and you will have the opportunity to interact with leading film industry figures and training providers. The course has been shaped to underpin your learning experience with industry led insight and expertise, and to mix industry knowledge and skills with academic critical thinking about films, audiences, and the film industry.
  • You will develop a range of production management skills: These include scriptwriting, lighting and cinematography; image processing, camera-based work more generally, directing and post production; focus on pitching, budgeting, production management, and fine skills; you will also gain core business expertise, such as an understanding of research and development, and wider careers planning.

  • At DMU, you will benefit from our outstanding studio spaces, and the skills and expertise of  stablished research groups such as Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre and Institute Of Creative Technologies (IOCT). During your second semester, you will work towards developing a film project, with the option of further production work or research in semester three.


  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time with optional one-year placement available.

Start date: September

Course code: P31371

Fees and funding:

2020/21 full-time: £8,500


EU Students: Find out about student loan information and scholarships.

Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time with optional one year placement available.

Start Date: September

Fees and funding:

2020/21 full-time: £14,600

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it. 

As part of your application you will be required to:

  • provide a 250-word summary of the particular aspects of the industry or film production roles that you are interested in and why
  • provide a 400-word proposal outlining your plans for a film production of which you hope to develop on the course (or provide a portfolio or show reel of relevant work)

Further to the written application, there may also be a panel interview conducted with the course team, as part of the admissions process. 

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise


First semester (September to January)

The first semester involves developing core skills in storytelling, screenwriting, directing, producing, image processing, sound recording and other filmmaking skills. You will take four, 15 credit modules during semester one:

  • Key Roles in the Film Industry – introduces you to the current structures and practices of film productions in terms of personnel. You will develop your awareness of the key creative, operational, and craft department roles in the UK film industry.
  • The Production Process – teaches you how to plan and pitch a production, and gives you a professional understanding of the whole production cycle in relation to the current structure of the UK and other film industries, and the UK’s place as a production base. In particular, the module focuses on the development and pre-production process. You will produce a development portfolio which documents the planning and development of the project you are developing for the screenwriting module, and which will form the basis of your pitch in Semester Two. 
  • Screenwriting – covers all aspects of the screenwriting process, from generating ideas, developing story structure, and creating characters to pitching and submitting your story.  You will have the opportunity to work with experienced practitioners to produce a short script, which you’ll then have the opportunity to pitch, for the group film projects in Semester Two. 
  • Realisation – develops your practical production and camera skills. You will gain professional-level skills in digital film and audio capture, and get experience in managing the practical activities required for a live shoot.

Second semester (February to May)

During the second semester, you will finesse your skills in a more diverse range of areas, and continue to develop your own projects under the guidance of our expert staff. You will take two, 30 credit modules, which cover these various areas:

  • Pre-Production – gives you the opportunity to pitch and develop a proposed production. A panel of tutors and industry experts will select two or three of these proposals to go into production towards the end of Semester Two. 
  • Production – gives you the opportunity to produce the film you developed in Pre-Production. You will gain a broad range of experience in potential areas of expertise, such as art direction, continuity management, script supervision, risk assessment, budgeting, and more.


Third semester (June to September)

Your Individual Film Project or Dissertation can be either a traditional, written dissertation or a film project with an accompanying reflective commentary. There are a few different options for the film project beyond just delivering a fully produced film, the plan for which should be mapped out with your project supervisor. You will work more independently to manage and deliver this work, which will demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed on the course, and will form the basis of your professional portfolio.


You will normally attend around 10-15 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week during term time. You can also expect to typically undertake a further 20 hours of independent study and assignments per week. 


DMU staff include: producer Rachel Carter, director/writer Rhys Davies, scriptwriting experts Chris Walker and Prof. Jason Lee, as well as industry historian Dr James Russell. DMU is also home to the Cinema and Television History centre (CATH) which houses production archives from a range of leading UK production companies. Visiting lecturers and workshops will feature speakers from across the industry.


Facilities and features


At DMU you will have access to our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios (CTS), which feature a host of industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites and two fully-equipped recording studios featuring analogue and digital recording systems and surround sound monitoring. The CTS studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials and files can be shared throughout the studios via a fast computer network, enabling a seamless mixed-media workflow. You will also have access to a range of specialist film production equipment through our audio-visual loans service.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Opportunities and careers




Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



Graduate Careers

The course is structured around developing skills in production management, development and other skills related to the film production process. Graduates will leave with an enhanced awareness of the specialist skills required in the international film industry, and commensurate skills. These may lead to careers in the media as well as other opportunities.

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