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 skills to work in such a global, dynamic industry in a number of fields such as studio operations, production development, marketing and branding, audience intelligence, and international markets and regulations.
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.
You will 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. This unique combination of expertise and industry links and opportunities makes the programme contemporary, relevant and an excellent primer for employment in this sector.
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
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 you develop materials and activities that will help them demonstrate to industry employers the skills and potential they can bring to their organisation and projects.
- This is the only MA programme in the UK that offers the opportunity for students to apply for competitive Hollywood internships in leading studios and organisations, including Walt Disney Company, the Art Director’s Guild of America and beyond
- We host a series of masterclasses and guest lectures, including with Oscar and Emmy Award winners as well as those working in key areas such as labour relations, technology development and adoption
- You will be part of a thriving postgraduate teaching and research community, including opportunities to share your work and ideas with students in other related fields
- You can also take part in the broad range of events organised by our own Creative Student Network
You will have the opportunity to apply (on a competitive basis) for internships in leading studios and organisations in Hollywood and the UK.
Film, Television and Screen Industries Project
This module allows you to develop in-depth understanding of a section/aspect of the industry of your choice by researching, under supervision and guidance, a topic of your choosing.
Audiences and Consumption
This module considers the main processes and people involved in the distribution and circulation of of film, television programmes and related screen products in contemporary film, television and screen industries. In particular, you will examine the following areas: Designing content for audiences; Distributing content to audiences.
Development and Production
This module considers the main processes and people involved in the development and production of screen content. In particular, it will cover the following areas: People (talent development and management); Ideas (development and content creation); Money (financing and assets); Places (global production trends).
Investigating Cultural Industries
This module outlines the specific characteristics of the cultural industries and the main dynamics which shape the operations of those industries. You will be introduced to key critical perspectives on the cultural industries:
- the processes of cultural production
- distinctions between cultural industries and 'creative industries'
- the concept of 'cultural economy'
- matters of industry structure and cultural markets
- the specificities of cultural work and the challenges confronting employment in the cultural industries
- the role and importance of intellectual property rights in the cultural industries
- the impacts of digitalization and globalization.
This module is worth 20 credits.
Marketing and Promotion
This module considers the main processes and people involved in the global marketing of film, television and screen media and in the associated production of promotional screen content. In particular, it will cover the following areas: Promotional Screen Industries (what companies and intermediaries operate in the sector of marketing and promotion, and what is their role and expertise?); Marketing Strategies (how are marketing strategies developed around screen content and how does this account for, and respond to, specific audiences and media environments?); Promotion as content (what is the textual and paratextual status of promotional content? What cultural or creative issues are at stake in the production and distribution of this content?); Branding (How does marketing and promotion develop brand relationships/experiences/emotions?).
Markets and Regulation
This module considers contemporary market conditions/regulatory environments and their historical antecedents and related developments. In particular, it will cover the following areas: People; Ideas; Money; Places.
Screen Industries Practices
This module will provide you with a grounded understanding of both i) the core areas of practice available in the screen industries and ii) the many ways in which you can engage with them. A combination of staff-led workshops, industry speakers and individual supervision will ensure you get a balanced set of perspectives not merely on what is available in terms of jobs and employment, but also the relative debates and challenges that those areas distinctively face. From gender bias to lack of diversity, to name but two crucial areas of debate on practice and jobs, this module will afford you the opportunity to focus on one specific area of practice in which you will have developed an interest in the first semester. Topics discussed will involve areas of practice such as show running, producing, directing, below-the-line practices, and guilds and professional organisations.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
This course offers a highly interactive learning experience. You will study via a range of mediums, from traditional lectures to collaborative workshops and from industry professionals’ masterclasses to real-case scenarios.
The programme is studied full-time over one 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 is undertaken across the year to allow you to focus your attention on the area of industry that most interests you. This project is worth 60 credits.
During my masters, I was on the executive committee for two student societies. Although this was a big commitment, it was thoroughly worth it. I gained first-hand experience of creating and executing marketing materials and campaigns.
Careers and professional development
This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge that studios, film/television makers, organisations and other relevant industry bodies have highlighted as essential to the industry.
This programme was designed in 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 programmes 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 develop their research by pursuing a research degree.
Average starting salary and career progression
For postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Areas Studies, six months after graduation:
- 94.7% were in employment or further study
- the average salary was £20,000
Source: known destinations and salary data for full-time, home, postgraduates extracted from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
Fees and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
Securing funding for postgraduate study can be a complicated and competitive process, but there are many opportunities available to support your studies. Our step-by-step guide to funding sets out all of the different stages and avenues to explore.
The latest information about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies is available on the school website.
The Graduate School provides information on university-wide and national sources of postgraduate funding.
Tuition fees and funding may be affected by UK Government policy following the outcome of any negotiations regarding the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Students with a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty (for example dyslexia) may apply for a Disabled Students’ Allowance.
EU and international students
The UK government has confirmed that EU students who begin full-time courses in 2020-21 will continue to have access to the same fees and funding options as in previous years, for the full duration of their course of study. For information about how the UK’s exit from the European Union could affect EU students studying in Britain, please refer to our Brexit information for future students.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.
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