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International Film Production MA

This exciting programme allows you to develop your filmmaking skills to a professional level, by working closely with the Creative Media Skills training centre at Pinewood Studios; one of the UK’s most important production facilities

Overview

This course is ideally suited for students progressing from undergraduate study, or professionals seeking to develop their career in filmmaking. 

This course gives students the opportunity to develop a portfolio of production related skills by studying at DMU in Leicester and at Creative Media Skills (CMS), an independent training provider based at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire

Reasons to study International Film Production at
De Montfort University:

  • Developed in partnership with Creative Media Skills (CMS)
    CMS is DMU’s partner in developing and delivering the programme. It works hand in hand with government organisations, as well as the industry, to identify skills gaps and provide high-level targeted training in many areas of the film industry. CMS bring professionals and department heads into the classroom, and provides students with access to the UK film industry’s most valuable knowledge base – its staff
  • Develop a range of production management skills
    At DMU, these skills include scriptwriting, lighting and cinematography, image processing, directing and post production. At CMS you will focus on pitching, budgeting, production development, and fine skills. You will also gain core business expertise, such as an understanding of research and development, and wider careers planning
  • Benefit from DMU’s expertise
    At DMU, you will develop your filmmaking and camera based skills, learn about the UK film industry and shoot your major production. You will benefit from our outstanding studio spaces, and the skills and expertise of established research groups such as Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre and Institute Of Creative Technologies (IOCT)
  • Learning off campus at CMS
    The second semester of your learning will take place in the Creative Media Skills centre. While there, you will manage the development of a production and receive masterclasses on a range of fine skills from the CMS team and respected professionals actively working in the film industry.

Over the last 20 years, the UK has become a leading hub for the production of major fiction films, and UK trained specialists are some of the most respected in the world. You will gain production management skills by working with experienced film industry personnel and senior academic staff.

The content of the course has been developed in partnership with Creative Media Skills, meaning you can be assured that what you are learning is directly relevant to current industry practice. Throughout the course your time will be divided between campus at DMU in Leicester, and the CMS centre in Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire with one semester being taught at each location, and a third semester of guided independent study based at DMU.

During the course, you will be given the opportunity to pursue specialisation in a range of areas, including production design, art direction, directing, assistant directing, cinematography, hair and makeup, prosthetics and production management. You will be expected to work collaboratively in developing and realising a production by taking on a head of department role, which will be allocated by tutors.

Terry Bamber, Assistant Director on 'Luther', Production Manager on five James Bond films, Visiting Professor in the Leicester Media School at DMU, said: “This new programme, taught with my colleagues at CMS, ensures students gain direct professional experience.”

  • 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: 

For 2017/2018 entry - £12,000

EU Students: Find out about student loan information and scholarships for 2017.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's 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

This course is not currently available for international applicants.

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 6.5 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 write a 400 word proposal outlining your plans for a film production of which you hope to develop on the course, or provide a portfolio of relevant work.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

If you feel you would like to talk to us about your qualifications before submitting an application please do not hesitate to call or email using the contact details below.

Structure and assessment

 

Semesters

Timetable 

Staff 

 

During the first semester, you will work at DMU. This semester involves developing core skills in storytelling, screenwriting, directing, producing, image processing, sound recording and other camera based skills. You will take four, 15 credit modules during semester one: 

  • Screenwriting - working with experienced practitioners, on this module you will produce a short script to develop as your major project.
  • The Production Process - on this module you will learn how to plan and pitch a production, and you will gain a professional understanding of the development process. At the end of the module you will have produced a development portfolio to work on at Pinewood.
  • Key Roles in the Film Industry - you will learn about the current structure of the global film industry and the UK’s place as a production base. We will focus on developing your awareness of the key creative and operational roles in the UK film industry.
  • Realisation - this module focuses on your practical production and camera skills. You will gain professional-level skills in digital film and audio capture, and managing the practical activities required for a live shoot.

You will be taught by DMU’s team of production experts and filmmakers in our multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios, and you will begin the process of developing a major project, and specialising in a production role. 

During the second semester, you will work in the Creative Media Skills centre. Here you will finesse your skills in a more diverse range of areas, including production management and coordination, pitching, assistant directing, production management, script supervision, hair, make-up, costume, art department; working with actors and working in teams. You will also enter pre-production under the guidance of our expert staff. At Creative Media Skills, you will take two, 30 credit modules, which cover these various areas: 

  • Pre-Production - working with CMS at Pinewood, you will pitch and develop a proposed production. 1-3 projects developed during the first semester will be selected to go into pre-production by a panel of industry experts.
  • Fine skills - working with CMS at Pinewood, you will gain a very broad range of potential areas of expertise, such as hair and make-up, costume, art direction, continuity management, script supervision, risk assessment, budgeting, and more.

During this semester you will be expected to pitch film ideas to a panel of industry experts. The best of which will be selected as the major projects, which will become your focus in the third semester.

During the third semester you will work more independently at DMU to manage and deliver your final film project, with an accompanying reflective commentary. This project will demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed on the course, and will form the basis of your professional portfolio. You also have the option of taking an academic dissertation. 

In addition to the major project, assessments take the form of practical coursework, written reports and presentations. 

 

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. 

Timetabled sessions at all sites will usually be scheduled for two full consecutive days per week during the first two semesters, with further time available for independent study and project development. 

As in the film industry, you should be prepared to travel. In the first and third semesters, you will be expected to attend sessions on the vibrant Leicester city campus of De Montfort University, while the second semester is based in the CMS centre in Buckinghamshire. DMU will provide advice, but students are expected to organise their own travel and accommodation when commuting between DMU and CMS.

 

Please be aware that students are required to organise their own travel arrangements between DMU and Leicester, and accommodation options at either site. DMU’s accommodation office and the programme team will provide advice, and timetabling is organised to facilitate easy commuting. However, the cost of travel and accommodation could be as much as £1700 during the second and third semester if travelling by rail.

 

 

At DMU you will be taught by our academic team specialising in film production and the contemporary film industry. 

At CMS, teaching staff includes permanent tutors and visiting lecturers from the film industry. 

For over five years CMS’s staff team have been looking into ways of sustaining and passing on the skills and traditions that continue to make the film crews in the UK the best in the world. Their training opportunities are specifically designed and targeted at key departments in the film industry.

Creative Media Skills is led by Ailie Smith, who won an Oscar for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road, and teaching is delivered by a range of professional staff, including production manager and assistant director Terry Bamber (Luther, World War Z, The Man from UNCLE). DMU staff include: producer Simon Walsh, director Rhys Davis, scriptwriter Chris Walker, and 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 where you work on filmmaking skills and completing your major project, 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.

During the second term, you will be based in the Creative Media Skills training centre, which will act as a hub for your studies. Here you will work in CMS’s four studios, where your teaching will be primarily involve workshops and masterclasses.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

In addition to your training at CMS and DMU, 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.

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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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