MA Film (Production Management)

This Production Management masters degree offers you the chance to kickstart a fast-track career in the world of film and TV production and production management. Learning from top industry professionals in the drama, film and factual TV industries, you will gain the skills and insight you need to manage a film production business successfully.

You will study in the heart of Cardiff, home to a thriving film and TV industry, including Pinewood Studio Wales and BBC Wales, where shows including Doctor Who and Sherlock are filmed. Industry masterclasses, guest lectures and an in-depth work experience opportunity at a Wales-based creative company will allow you to build your portfolio and network with industry professionals.

This course is subject to validation.

Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will study a number of specified modules, and then have the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest.

Modules include:

  • Industry Studies – this module will give you an overview of the current film & TV production landscape in Wales, UK and beyond
  • Specialist Craft Practice/Advanced Specialist Craft Practice – this module will allow you to develop their skills to industry standard in one key area of expertise
  • Industry Placement – you will undertake a four-week, in-depth placement with a key Wales-based production company
  • Collaborative Practice – this module will give you the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students from across the course and Faculty of Creative Industries on a short film
  • Production Project– you will work with industry professionals, practitioners, staff and fellow students from across USW on a substantial film project, utilising your chosen craft skill

 

Teaching

Students on the MA Film course will be taught via a mix of workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials, as well as guest lectures and masterclasses from industry professionals.

Assessment

Assessment will be via a series of practical assessments based around live briefs and production projects (70%), combined with written reflections and critical analysis of students’ work (30%).

Facilities

Students at USW Cardiff Campus benefit from industry-standard equipment, software and studio and production facilities. There is an on-site cinema, that is available to students to screen their work, as well as hosting guest lectures and master classes.

Lecturers

Pete Hodges (Academic Subject manager, Film & VFX)
Inga Burrows (Senior Lecturer, Film Directing)
Sally Lisk-Lewis (Senior Lecturer, Documentary Film)
Dewi Griffiths (Senior Lecturer, Film Production)
Jason Bevan (Senior Lecturer, VFX)

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a relevant discipline or appropriate professional qualification; or an HND/HNC and relevant experience; or equivalent international qualifications. Those without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, where prior experience will be taken into account.
 

All applicants will be invited to a portfolio-based interview, which should include a show reel of recent work. During the interview, applicants will be expected to outline and discuss any project proposals or ideas they wish to develop on the course.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £1000 - £2000
Optional purchase of personal laptop/PC and associated software, depending on technical requirements of specialism
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £500 - £1500
Optional purchase of Digital Video Camera depending on the student’s chosen specialism and expertise
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £500 - £1500
Optional purchase of Sound Recording Equipment depending on the student’s chosen specialism and expertise
Field Trips £0 - £100
There may be the opportunity for educational trips, such as visits to studios. In the main these will be local to the area and incur no or minimal cost. Any potential trips requiring significant travel cost will be communicated well in advance (All trips are subject to change and viability in relation to student numbers)

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Admissions statement

You will graduate as a highly informed and skilled practitioner, ready to work in the film industry and make a significant contribution to your chosen specialism.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty-based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.