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.
- 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, 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.