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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Due to high demand, this programme is now closed for applications to those wishing to begin the course in the 2019/20 academic year.

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 visit and work with leading film industry training providers in a studio environment. The course was developed with Creative Media Skills (CMS) based at Pinewood Studios UK, and course tutors have experience working in 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:

Full time: £8500

Part time: £4250 per year

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

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

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

Start Date: September

Fees and funding: £14,100

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 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


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 – 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.
  • 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.
  • Screenwriting – working with experienced practitioners, on this module you will produce a short script to develop as your major project.
  • 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.

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 – you will pitch and develop a proposed production. One - three projects developed during the first and second semesters will be selected to go into pre-production by a panel of industry experts, for production in semester three.
  • Fine Skills – you will gain a very broad range of potential areas of expertise, such as art direction, continuity management, script supervision, risk assessment, budgeting, and more.


Third semester (June to September)

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. 


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 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

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

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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