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Course overview

Develop the essential knowledge and skills needed for a career in one of the most exciting and growing sectors in the world’s economy.

Designed using the expertise and insider knowledge provided by our industry partners and taught by our in-house experts who are themselves engaged in cutting-edge industry-related projects.

The core areas covered include:

  • the place and role of film and television industries within a wider network of production and consumption
  • key regulatory frameworks that shape production
  • relationships between film/television makers and producers/studios and related labour practices
  • the impact of new technologies of consumption and their use by both audiences and makers
  • the need to address industry challenges by collecting, analysing, synthesising and presenting information and ideas

By the end of the course you'll be well placed to develop a career in fields such as:

  • studio operations
  • production development
  • marketing and branding
  • audience intelligence
  • international markets and regulations

Unique internship opportunities

We're the only MA programme in the UK that offers opportunities to apply for internships in leading Hollywood studios and organisations such as Walt Disney Company and the Art Director’s Guild of America.

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Why choose this course?

Apply for internships

Apply for competitive Hollywood internships in leading studios and organisations, including Walt Disney Company, the Art Director’s Guild of America and beyond

Oscar and Emmy winners

Masterclasses and guest lectures with award winners and experts in key areas such as labour relations and technology development

Thriving community

Join a thriving postgraduate teaching and research community

Creative development

Build skills, get careers advice and network with our Creative Student Network

Over 90%

Students agree that "staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching"

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2018

Course content

You'll complete 180 credits worth of modules:

  • taught modules (120 credits) - covering the full spectrum of issues including development, audiences, marketing, regulation and practices
  • research project (60 credits) - focus on the area that interests you most

The programme can be taken either full-time over 12 months or part-time over 24 months.

Modules

Taught modules

Investigating Cultural Industries

Explore 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 digitalisation and globalisation.

 

This module is worth 20 credits.

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).

 

This module is worth 20 credits.

Audiences and Consumption

Operating on a global scale, and with often large budgets at stake, the film, television and screen industries want to ensure their products reach the widest audience possible. They also want to be able to measure the size of these audiences.

You will explore the main processes and people involved in researching and managing screen audiences.

In particular, we’ll cover:

  • Developing research for better industry solutions
  • Spaces and modes of consumption
  • Designing content for audiences
  • Distributing content to audiences

 

This module is worth 20 credits.

Marketing and Promotion

You'll explore the main processes and people involved in the global marketing of film, television and screen media and the associated promotional screen content.

In particular, we'll cover:

  • the companies and intermediaries that operate in the sector of marketing and promotion, their role and expertise
  • how marketing strategies are developed around screen content, and how this accounts for specific audiences and media environments
  • the textual and paratextual status of promotional content
  • the cultural or creative issues at stake in the production and distribution of this content
  • how marketing and promotion develops brand relationships/experiences/emotions

 

This module is worth 20 credits.

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

The film, television and screen industries offer a huge variety of areas of practice. Show running, producing, directing, below-the-line practices, and guilds and professional organisations are integral parts of the industry but not always understood without insider knowledge.

Using a combination of our staff expertise and industry speakers we’ll examine some of these areas and the many ways you can engage with them.

You’ll explore what is available in terms of jobs and employment, but also the debates and challenges they can face, such as gender bias and lack of diversity.

Running in the Spring semester, you’ll be able to focus on a particular area of practice that you’ve developed an interest in through your studies in the Autumn semester.

 

This module is worth 20 credits.

Research project

You will carry out a year long research project that focusses on any aspect of the industry you choose.

You'll get expert supervision and guidance from one of our staff.

This project will help you develop materials and activities that demonstrate to industry employers the skills and potential you can bring to their organisation and projects.

The above is a sample of the typical modules 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. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Thursday 01 July 2021.

Full-time

  • Taught modules - you'll take three in each of the Autumn and Spring semesters
  • Research project - you will develop this over the Autumn and Spring semesters and complete and write up over the summer

Part-time

  • Taught modules - you'll take three per year. There is flexibility over which are taken each year (subject to timetable scheduling)
  • Research project - you will work on this throughout the course with final completion and writing up in the summer of the second year

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Teaching and learning may be both in-person and online.

Most scheduled time is in workshops. The format varies according to the activity - typically lectures, task-based contributions and group work.

You may also take part in masterclasses from industry professionals and work through real-life case studies.

Online teaching will be in Moodle, the university's 24/7 virtual learning environment. It holds materials such as additional reading, lecture recordings, seminar tasks, online quizzes to assess learning and discussion forums.

How you will be assessed

  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Presentation

Most modules are assessed through coursework. Your research project will be an extended piece of work with the potential to tailor the output to the specific topic.

You must pass each module with a minimum pass grade of 50%.

Contact time and study hours

The nature of an advanced course is that you take greater responsibility for your learning than at undergraduate level. As well as scheduled teaching you’ll carry out extensive self-study such as reading set academic texts, preparation for seminar tasks, and writing assessments.

A typical 20 credit module involves two to three hours of workshops, or lectures and/or seminars per week and a further 15 hours of self-study time a week.

Your lecturers will usually be permanent academic staff from the School of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies.

Class sizes vary depending on topic and type but workshops and seminars are typically between 10 and 20 students. Lectures may be larger, but not usually more than 50 students.

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Undergraduate degree2:1 (or international equivalent)

Applying

Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.

How to apply

Fees

UK fees are set in line with the national UKRI maximum fee limit. We expect fees for 2022 entry to be confirmed in August 2021.

Additional information for international students

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will pay international tuition fees in most cases. If you are resident in the UK and have 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will be entitled to 'home' fee status.

Irish students will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our information for applicants from the EU.

These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time, you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).

Additional costs

There are no extra compulsory fees to be paid beyond your standard tuition fees.

You'll be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to buy your own copies of core texts. The Blackwell's bookshop on campus offers a year-round price match against any of the main retailers (i.e. Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith). They also offer second-hand books, as students from previous years sell their copies back to the bookshop.

Should you be selected for one of the prestigious Hollywood internships, you will have to cover living costs while in the US.

Funding

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.

We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.

Postgraduate funding

Careers

We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.

Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.

Each year 1,100 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.

International students who complete an eligible degree programme in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters and research degrees, and PGCE courses.

Graduate destinations

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.

Career progression

The average annual salary for postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Areas Studies was £21,855*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

You will have the opportunity to apply (on a competitive basis) for internships in leading studios and organisations in Hollywood and the UK.

Two masters graduates proudly holding their certificates
" 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. "
Laura Estrop, Film ,Television and Screen Industries MA

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This content was last updated on Thursday 01 July 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.