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MA Producing Film & Television

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This ground-breaking course is for those who want to turn their ideas and aspirations into success. Whether you plan to manage the next generation of film and television programmes, shape a career as a researcher, associate producer or production manager, or even run your own independent production company, the course will give you the practical training and theoretical grounding to help you to achieve your ambitions in the dynamic world of media production.

You may have an undergraduate qualification in a related subject or may be able to show your suitability for this programme of study through associated work-experience or evidence of and outputs from other related activities.

You will learn how to develop your ideas as viable projects and sell them in a highly competitive marketplace. Thanks to expert tuition from professionals with experience from across industry, you will become accomplished in managing productions as a producer, production manager, location manager and first assistant director. You’ll be working from a base room which provides a production office environment for planning work and seminars.

Working collaboratively with other students in related subjects, you will plan and produce your own projects and learn how to work collaboratively within a creative environment. The final production project will serve as evidence of your abilities to develop, plan and manage a project from concept to screen, and there is also an option to develop an alternative research-focused project if you prefer. The course has been awarded the ‘Creative Skillset Tick’, the industry kitemark of quality, which is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year


Creative Skillset

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. Applications are also welcome from experienced professionals working within the media industry. For more information check out our full entry requirements

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

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.

Core units

  • 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.

Key points

  • 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 specification

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.

Selection criteria

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 flexible with time and energy levels
  • Are creative, and enthusiastic
  • Can adapt to varying demands/workloads.

Selection methods

We'll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their application and show-reels. 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.


It is assumed that, prior to embarking upon this course, you will have engaged with the editing process at a practical level. Therefore, 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.

Wherever possible, we would prefer you to submit the show-reel via a web-link on our online application form. However, if this is not possible we will also accept the show-reel submitted on DVD/CD.

Show-reels should last no more than 20 minutes, as we are not able to view many long-form edits and expect the ethos of editing to be applied to the submission.

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
  • A show-reel should be submitted with the application form
  • 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
Dhaval Malavia, BU alumni

“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

  • TV
  • Film
  • Media
  • Production.

Further Study

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.

Your lecturers

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 Fair

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.

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • A contribution to filming related expenses (e.g. travel, subsistence) of up to £25 for projects in semester one and £50 for projects in semester two

Production costs

The cost of making films and television programmes on the course can vary according to what the student wishes to do. For some, the costs can be very little while others may wish to spend more: how much you spend doesn't affect the assessment of your work and some good productions are often produced for very little money. The focus and attention on the course is developing your learning, and your projects are the vehicles for that to flourish. And of course the university provides all the kit and facilities you need to undertake your work.

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsidised travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU pages.
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay additional fees equivalent to one ninth of the tuition fee per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

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