Film, Television and Screen Industries MA

 
  

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Qualification:MA
Qualification name:Film, Television and Screen Industries
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:Entrants will normally be expected to hold at least an upper second class honours Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences.
Including:Entrants with other relevant professional qualifications and experience may also be considered
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Part time details:2-3 years part-time
Start date:October
Campus:University Park

Course Overview

Developed in consultation and partnership with film and television studios, industry organisations and leading filmmakers, this new masters programme is designed to ensure participants develop an in-depth working knowledge of the industry in all its key aspects. These include; market and government regulations, audiences’ modes and means of consumption, the logistics of production development and the global network of finance, production, distribution and exhibition.

Students have access to in-house experts who are engaged in cutting-edge industry-related projects, and also to the expertise and insider knowledge provided by our industry partners. Unique to the UK, this MA also offers students the opportunity to apply for highly competitive internships in leading studios and organisations in Hollywood and the UK.

The programme places a strong emphasis on the global dimension of the film and television sector and related screen industries, including the US, China, the UK and other nations and regions.  

This unique combination of expertise and industry links and opportunities makes the programme contemporary, relevant and an excellent primer for employment in this sector. The programme’s core aim is to help students develop a skillset that will allow them not simply to work in the industry, but to be an active part of it, developing as future leaders.

Students will have an opportunity to study in-depth topics such as audiences and consumption, production development and organisation, marketing and promotion, markets and regulation. Subjects are discussed within a framework that acknowledges the increasingly global nature of the industry, as well as the opportunities and challenges presented by new technologies and accompanying new entertainment formats (e.g. mobile viewing, second screens).

Alongside formal teaching and learning opportunities, the programme addresses the individual needs and aspirations of all students by ensuring all participants are be able to work on a year-long special project on an industry area/topic of specific interest to them. This will help each student develop materials and activities that will help them demonstrate to industry employers the skills and potential they can bring to their organisation and projects.

Part-time students complete the same components, but spread over two years.

 

Key facts

  • The only MA programme in the UK which offers the opportunity for students to apply for competitive, Los Angeles-based internships in leading Hollywood studios and organisations, including Fox Studios, Lionsgate Studios, the Art Director’s Guild of America and beyond.
  • A number of leading industry professionals will be available for a series of master-classes and visits. These include Oscar and Emmy Award winners as well as those working in key areas such as labour relations, technology development and adoption and beyond.
  • Students will be able to take advantage of a thriving postgraduate teaching and research culture of the highest quality, including opportunities to share their work and ideas with students in other related research programmes.
  • The programme will also take advantage of a number of industry speakers and other related projects and events organised by our own Creative Student Network, a body of students from all University departments and disciplines.

Course Details

The film and television industry is one of the most exciting and growing sectors in the world’s economies. This masters course is designed to provide participants with the necessary skillset to work in such a global, dynamic industry in a number of fields such as studio operations, production development, marketing & branding, audience intelligence, and international markets and regulations.

In particular, the programme provides students with working knowledge and understanding of real-life current industry dynamics including:

  • the place and role of film and television industries within a wider network of production and consumption (from studio and independent financing to ancillary industries, and from new technology to working practices)
  • key regulatory frameworks that inform and shape production locally and globally
  • the relationships between film/television makers and producers/studios and related labour practices
  • the emergence of new technologies for consumption of film and television products and their adoption and use by both audiences and film/television makers
  • the need to collect, analyse, synthesise and present information and ideas leading to industry solutions

The programme is designed to offer students a highly interactive learning experience. To this end, students will engage in a number of perspectives and learning methods, from traditional lectures to collaborative workshops and from industry professionals’ masterclasses to real-case scenarios and war-gaming.

The programme is studied full-time over 1 academic year, or part-time over two or three years. A total of 120 credits of taught modules are studied in the Autumn and Spring semesters. In addition, an individual project on a specific topic of interest to the students is undertaken across the year to allow them to focus their attention on the area of industry in which they are more likely to pursue a career in the industry. This project is worth 60 credits, giving a total course content of 180 credits.  

Modules

Modules offered include:

  • Development and Production
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Audiences and Consumption
  • Markets and Regulations
  • Industry Research Project

For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue.

Funding

If you choose to study with us, there are various sources of funding to which you can apply. Some are administered by the school, others by research bodies to which the school has links, and others by the University and central government sources. These opportunities are often specific to particular degree programmes, or to the fee-status of a student, so it is important to read all related information very carefully.

More information about funding can be found on the following web pages.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies funding pages

University of Nottingham Graduate School funding pages

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.


  

Careers

The main aim of the MA in Film, Television and Screen Industries is to provide students with the kind of skillset that studios, film/television makers, organisations and other relevant industry bodies have highlighted as essential to find employment in the industry today.

We have designed the entire programme with these in mind following an extensive period of consultation with industry organisations and leading professionals. As a consequence, we expect students to find employment in all areas of industry operations, including, though not exclusively:

  • Production (development)
  • Marketing (digital, print)
  • Acquisitions (production slates development, identifying relevant films/TV programme to purchase and distribute)
  • International (analysis of international markets, addressing cultural and regulatory issues involved in international agreements and collaborations)
  • Labour relations and education (developing training and other education opportunities for professionals, working with craft guilds and organisations)

We also expect that some students will wish to continue developing their research profile for future work in academia. For those who are so inclined there are of course opportunities for enrolling in a PhD programme and advice on how to develop a publication profile.

Average starting salary and career progression

According to independent research, Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and over 2,000 employers approach the University every year with a view to recruiting our students. Consequently – and owing to our reputation for excellence – more than 94% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts enter employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation**.

* The Graduate Market in 2013, 2014 and 2015, High Fliers Research.

** Data is taken from known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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