On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
- Developing & Selling Ideas: Develop ideas as viable projects. You'll learn how to achieve a balance between creative and business needs in devising and selling a film or television programme. This is achieved by looking at how to generate ideas, write proposals, create treatments and pitch to commissioning editors and investors. You'll identify a project to research and develop over the course of the unit to equip you with entrepreneurial competencies required for selling in a highly competitive marketplace.
- Narrative Constructions: Establishing a social, cultural and intellectual context for production work on the course, in combination with the other practical and professional skills taught, this unit offers a foundation for the effective completion of production work. You'll collectively engage with narrative theory in a critical and analytical forum.
- Production Management: Synthesise the critical, conceptual, managerial and professional skills needed for managing production artefacts as a producer, production manager, location manager and first assistant director. You'll work alongside MA Directing Film & Television students to plan and produce projects following set production management processes. There's an opportunity to undertake paid production management work with real corporate clients through BU's production company.
- Professional Practice: An introduction to key concepts, skills and knowledge you'll need for employment in the media industries.
Option units (choose one)*
- Master's Production Project: This is where you can create a calling card for the industry by showing your abilities in developing and managing a project from idea to screen. Working with writers, directors and editors, you'll plan and produce a project which will be negotiated with a tutor.
- Master's Research Project: You can produce a practice-based research artefact supported by a written analysis, or an individually or collaboratively written paper. The latter consists of a written investigation into an aspect of practice, supported by media artefacts. Which option you choose, you'll present your findings at a final exhibition.
*Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
- Develop skills for originating, developing and selling ideas
- Develop production management skills
- Work in a collaborative environment that reflects industry practice
- Develop critical thinking and intellectual skills to reflect, learn and grow as a successful practitioner
- Graduate from the UK’s only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and a recognised Skillset Screen and Media Academy, with an excellent track record in graduate employment and industry reputation.
Programme specifications provide definitive records of the university's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.
Download the programme specification for Producing Film & Television.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background and experience
For MA Producing Film and Television we are looking for applicants who
- Have some work experience within a media environment, ideally producing their own work
- Display the ambition, commitment, organisational flair and team working skills required to work in their chosen media production specialism
- Are creative and enthusiastic
- Can adapt to varying demands/workloads.
We'll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their applications. We may also interview applicants, either at the university or over Skype for international students.
The interviewer will mark you on the following criteria which you can request feedback on afterwards:
- Potential for further development
- Professional understanding / ambition
- Appreciation of producer’s role
- Collaborative ability
- Capacity for Master's level inquiry.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent
- Applications are also welcome from experienced professionals working within the media industry
- Applicants are encouraged to provide details of relevant work experience
- An interview may be required
- Applicants without a first degree but with significant industry experience may be considered in exceptional circumstances.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the Future Students Enquiry Team for more information.
Although all subjects are considered, applications are particularly welcomed from the following groups:
- Recent graduates with an undergraduate degree, typically 2:2 or above, in any discipline who want to take their expertise and apply it within the media context.
- We particularly welcome applicants with an undergraduate degree in the area of media practice (e.g. television production, video production, interactive media production, script-writing, music design, journalism, advertising).
- Applications are also welcome from experienced professionals working within the media industry.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our study postgraduate entry requirements page.
This course equips you with the skills to help you to succeed in a variety of production roles. Our graduates have gone on to prosper in careers with cutting-edge production companies and media organisations, utilising the practical experience and industry understanding they have developed during their studies.
This course is accredited by Creative Skillset and carries the Creative Skillset Tick. In achieving the Creative Skillset Tick this course joins the ranks of the top creative training and education this country has to offer, you can be sure that it has undergone a rigorous assessment process conducted by experts working in the creative industries. The Tick is only given to those courses that have the strongest links with industry giving you the best possible chance of a successful career.
Producing Film & Television graduates have undertaken roles such as*:
- Personal assistant
- Motion graphics editor
- Film producer
- Camera assistant
- TV producer
“I’ve found great potential for growth through the support and teaching offered by lecturers with vast experience in their specialisations. BU combines all this with the latest industry-standard facilities – I couldn’t have imagined learning from better masters of the art.”
Dhaval Malavia, BA (Hons) Computer Animation Arts and MA Producing Film & Television graduate, and Junior Production Manager at Outpost VFX – read Dhaval’s story
Industries Worked In
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
*All information shown has been taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) or BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the producing film and television sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
James began writing film and book reviews for his local newspaper as a teenager and, by the age of 22, had directed and produced a series of documentaries about nightshift workers for Channel Four. He graduated from Bournemouth University and University College Dublin with degrees in film and television production, and specialises in alternative models of film production.
He demonstrated his work by shooting, editing and then screening feature films in seventy-two hours as part of major film festivals; ‘Watching & Waiting’ was screened at Galway Film Fleadh (2008) and ‘The Ballad of Des & Mo’ was in the Audience Top Ten at the Melbourne International Film Festival (2010). In 2012, he completed ‘Saharan Diary‘, a feature documentary about the desert in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya. He recently completed another feature project in 72 hours called 'The Confusion of Tongues' in Birmingham. He has been a guest contributor to Ted Hope’s blog ‘Hope For Film’ and has completed consultancy for international companies such as Fremantle Media and Panasonic.
The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.
Changes to this course
Where the change was made
We do not require a show reel as part of the selection criteria for this course, this information was incorrect on the website previously.
Selection criteria and full entry requirements
Showreel - We'll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their application and show-reels. We ask you to submit a short show-reel of your work exhibiting what you perceive as being the best examples of your craft, along with your application form.