- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: High Wycombe / BNU based at Pinewood Studios
- Duration: One Year
- Start Date: September 2022
Are you looking to take your undergraduate degree to the next level? Or maybe you’re an existing professional looking to move into the area of producing or production management? Whatever the reason if you have a passion for film then our MA Film Producing and Production Management course could be for you.
Discover how to advance your career whilst learning from guest speakers and industry professionals with a track record of success in the film industry. Split between our High Wycombe campus and BNU teaching base at Pinewood Studios, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge you need for your future, all whilst studying right in the heart of the famous creative hub.
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Why study this subject?
An MA in Film Producing and Production Management will not only provide you with the opportunity to explore your creativity to the fullest but also gain a combination of skills to make you highly valuable in this competitive industry.
There is always room for growth in film and the deep understanding of film production and management that this course provides, along with a determination to succeed in the industry, is a recipe for a successful career.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Studying Film Producing and Production Management at BNU will not only give you insights and strategies to help you succeed, but you will be in the right kind of supportive and creative environment to develop and flourish as a film producer.
You'll have the chance to learn not only on our High Wycombe campus but also at our teaching base in the heart of Pinewood Studios. This makes this MA unique in that you will have access to some of the film industry’s top directors, production companies and studios. Giving you the opportunity to get a feel for first-hand industry life, whilst gaining a postgraduate degree and networking with the best in the game.
What will I study?
The course has been carefully designed by industry professionals to ensure your taught real industry skills that will equip you with the knowledge and problem solving tools necessary for employment in the industry after you graduate.
From researching market trends and project’s commercial potential, to scheduling, budgeting and dealing with contracts, the lessons learnt on this course will ensure upon graduation you are ready to take your first step on set.
You’ll be supported by tutors and lecturers as you learn in your small and close-knit class group.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be supported with workshops, lectures and seminars that introduce you to a range of topics, from your role and responsibility as a producer and 1st AD to how to work alongside crews, agents and directors.
You will also attend professional masterclasses, and related sessions that will act as transferable skills as a later date, such as reading colleagues’ work and visualisation of proposed material.
Throughout your time studying you will be assessed in a range of different ways, including;
- essays where you will be required to present research material in specific subjects and edit it to fit desired outcomes as well as write in depth about particular topics
- reports where you will be encouraged to document your entire learning progress throughout the degree
- portfolio which is an essential part of the course in order to present yourself visually to prospective employers. You will be taught on the different processes involved in producing industry-standard portfolio and assessed on the outcomes
- practical skills which is one of the most important elements of the degree and you will be assessed on the quality of your finished pieces throughout the course.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Graduate entrants to the programme will normally hold an Honours degree or equivalent and be able to demonstrate an interest in production and filmmaking.
Personal statements should indicate a passion and interest in cinema and a working knowledge of the production process.
The University also welcomes applicants who have significant industry experience and no formal qualifications. These applicants will be assessed through a recruitment process based on an interview.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Producing in the Film Industry
Producing for Production
Professional and Personal Skills
Final Project and Dissertation
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,800 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£14,300 per year
What are my career prospects?
On completion of the MA, you might start as a freelance Producer, 1st or 2nd Assistant Director, Line Producer, a Production Secretary, or a Production Manager for film or TV.
As part of the course is delivered at Pinewood Studios, you will be surrounded by opportunities for employment and students are actively encouraged to independently take advantage of this environment.
When you leave, you will feel confident in working with industry-standard kit and will feel prepared for your first role within the industry.