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International Film Production MA

Develop professional film production management skills while building up a rich portfolio. From recent graduates to established filmmakers seeking to further their career, this course is suitable for anyone with a passion for film production.

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Overview

This course will underpin your learning with industry-led insight and expertise, mixing professional knowledge and skills with academic critical thinking about films, audiences and the film industry.

You will enhance your filmmaking skills while developing a range of core skills and expertise in business and production management. These include scriptwriting, lighting and cinematography, directing and post-production, pitching, budgeting and management.

Further your knowledge of key roles in the film industry and the production process by learning about screenwriting and digital film and audio capture. As your studies progress you will develop your own projects under the guidance of our expert staff, with modules covering pre-production and production, equipping you for your final dissertation or individual film project.

You will benefit from the expertise of research groups such as the Cinema and Television History Research Institute (CATHI) and the Institute of Creative Technologies. The specialist skills you will develop are ideal for opening up careers in film, TV and media.

Key features

  • Tailor your learning towards your career aspirations with your final semester project. Choose between writing a traditional dissertation or submitting an individual film project. This work is an opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed on the course and will form the basis of your professional portfolio.
  • Access our  Creative Technology Studios, equipped with industry-standard video, audio and radio production suites. These studios provide facilities for the acquisition, editing and distribution of video, audio and computer-generated materials, 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.
  • DMU is home to the Cinema and Television History Research Institute (CATHI) which houses archives from a range of leading UK production companies. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, 100 per cent of CATHI’s research impact was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
  • Enhance your learning and network with professionals at our guest lectures and workshops, featuring speakers from across the industry.
  • Meet like-minded people and get hands-on experience by joining our student societies, including our award-winning media society, Demon Media, and Film Debate, who meet weekly to screen movies and debate related topics.
  • Prepare for a career in industry or for future study. This MA, with its focus on individual research, provides ideal preparation for progression to a PhD.

News stories/case studies

Rebekah Whelan, graduate 

Having worked as scriptwriter and production designer for her final semester project, Rebekah went on to land a role with the BBC’s Art Department and has worked on several feature film productions. The MA film that Rebekah wrote the script for has since been selected by several film festivals, winning Best Drama Film at the Nexus Film Awards 2019. 

  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time 

Start date: September

Course code: P31371

Fees and funding:

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £8,170

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Duration: One year full-time

Start Date: September

Fees and funding:

2021/22 tuition fees for EU and international students: £15,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

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

Facilities

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

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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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Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.

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The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate events to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, as well as fees and funding opportunities such as scholarships. They're also an opportunity to speak with current students and academics to really get a feel for studying your course. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.

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Research at DMU

The Cinema and Television History Research Institute (CATHI) specialises in evidence-based methods and oral history approaches to inform ground-breaking interdisciplinary research archival screen heritage. The institute home to the cross-faculty Centre for Adaptations, and houses unique collections including the Hammer Script Archive, the Cinema Museum’s Indian Cinemas Archive, the Sir Norman Wisdom Collection and the Peter Whitehead Archive. It also hosts the annual UK Asian Film Festival and the BFI British Silent Film Festival.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, CATHI research outputs were described as ‘world-leading’, while 100 per cent of its impact and 90 per cent of its environment was judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. 

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