MA Producing

MA Producing

OVERVIEW

MA Producing

The MA Producing Programme offers students a unique opportunity to develop the necessary skills to become the next generation of entrepreneurs in the screen business world. The programme aims to provide insight into, and mastery of, creative development, physical production and business and finance in relation to the creative screen industries. Specific topics will range from story craft and script analysis to budgeting and scheduling, from marketing and distribution to finance strategies and business leadership principles. 

This programme is for students who are passionate about the moving image, love to lead, and have the ambition to become professionals in the screen trade 

Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT and the QAA. This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries. 

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WHY TAKE THE COURSE?

Studying MA Producing at MetFilm School allows students to fast-track their creative career and gain a job in today’s ever changing creative industries. 

  • Practical. Students find and produce content for external industry clients working to a professional brief. Clients have included Shell UK, Transport for London, Saatchi, Time Out, Nespresso, DHL, Mind, Mencap, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and Stonewall. Producers lead teams of directors, cinematographers, screenwriters and editors on both the Industry Project and Master’s Projects. Networking and pitching skills are developed throughout the course with students pitching to high level film industry professionals, TV commissioning executives and business investors.
  • Get Employed. Since this course launched in 2014, 100% of graduates have gone on to work in the screen industries at a range of organisations or have launched their own companies. Employers of our graduates includeBBC Studios, Paramount Pictures, Firecracker Films, Knucklehead, All3 Media, The EureauHBO and Netflix. Find out more about our alumni success. 
  • Immerse yourself in the industry. During their time on the course, students are given opportunities to visit a major film festival including Berlinale, Cannes, London or Sheffield Doc Fest, as well as companies such as Disney, Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One, AMVBBDO, ShoeBox Films, Avalon TV, Channel 5, World Productions, The Imaginariumand Rattling Stick. View student work.
  • Industry-Facing. Some of our guest tutors have included: Victoria Pile (Creator – Green Wing), Tony Orsten (CEO – The Imaginarium), Paul Brazier (Chairman – AMVBBDO), Dr. Jo Twist (CEO – UKIE), Christopher Bingham (Vlogger -YouTube), Lucy Banks (‎Head of Content Solutions; Brand Solutions & Innovation – Google), Jo Strevens (Executive Producer – Carnival Films), Zai Bennett (Managing Director, Content  – Sky Channels), Priscilla Parish (Executive Producer, World Productions), and Caroline Levy, (Director of Current Drama, BBC Television). Learn more about our Guest Tutors. 
  • Practical. Students find and produce content for external industry clients working to a professional brief. Clients have included Shell UK, Transport for London, Saatchi, Time Out, Nespresso, DHL, Mind, Mencap, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and Stonewall. Producers lead teams of directors, cinematographers, screenwriters and editors on both the Industry Project and Master’s Projects. Networking and pitching skills are developed throughout the course with students pitching to high level film industry professionals, TV commissioning executives and business investors. 

 

MA Alumni Stories

Sienna Beckman


Producer specialising in creative development and production management. Read more.

Augustin Hardy


Producer with over a dozen credits in short films and commercials. Read more.

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WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

  • Screen Induction Lab.  A combined learning experience across all five programmes covering key aspects of the filmmaking process, this module explores the life cycle of a screen content from conception to delivery. Through seminars and practical workshops, students will also engage with critical analysis of key theoretical and conceptual frameworks, and explore cultural, historical, ethical and aesthetic perspectives on filmmaking.
  • Producing Boot Camp.  This module will cover the key organisational principles and knowledge that inform the role of producing in today’s screen industries with a particular emphasis on feature film production. Through seminars, case studies and workshops the module will cover topics, including: the structure of the industry, the roles of the producer, basics of film finance, marketing and distribution, the role of agents, festivals and media outlets, and pitching theory and practice. 
  • Finance, Commissioning Project Management.  This module further develops the students’ understanding of film and television financing from the perspective of financiers, distributors and other media professionals. It introduces the traditional and emerging SVOD television industries and platforms and examines commissioning, tendering, series production and the role of broadcasters and independent production companies in the television ecology. The module further explores the mechanics of production management including Movie Magic and Excel budgeting and scheduling. 
  • Practical Projects: Client & Team Management.  This module synthesises the knowledge and skills of the previous modules through the Industry Project. This exercise in practical producing sees the students finding clients, developing a brief and working collaboratively with students from the other MA programmes, to deliver short-form content to commercial and non-commercial businesses. Through the projects, students gain insight into the practicalities of producing, the business of managing people and resources, the role of the producer in development, production and post production and the editorial skills needed to deliver coherent, engaging, screen content that meets or exceeds the expectations of its intended audience(s).
  • Creating Value in the Contemporary Screen World.  This module explores the role of the producer as a creative entrepreneur in the evolving online screen content world of short form video and social media. Alongside this exploration, students are given insight into establishing and running a media business and spend two weeks at a media company. Throughout the module, students develop and refine ideas for their Master’s project, so that it becomes part of a process of their developing career ambitions in the screen industry.  
  • Research in Screen Practice.  This module is delivered in a ‘long and thin’ delivery pattern comprising three hours per week. During this module students from all five programmes will explore key research methods including: defining problems, identifying areas of academic enquiry, formulating hypotheses, collecting, organising and evaluating data; developing and assessing conclusions as well as theoretical frameworks and discourse related to their practice.
  • Master’s Project.  This is a largely self-directed module during which students will work independently on the production of either a short form film or video for a platform of their choice or a business plan and proposal including video/visual materials for a proposed project. Students are supported by a project advisor throughout. 

METFILM SCHOOL TUTORS

Steve Pinhay, MetFilm School London

Steve Pinhay

DEPUTY SCHOOL DIRECTOR, MA PROGRAMME LEADER, AND PRODUCING TUTOR

We have a range of permanent and contract tutors who teach across all of our courses. Check our Tutors page to find out more.

Dates & Prices

  • 4 October 2021 — 28 October 2022 3 places left
  • 26 September 2022 — 20 October 2023
  • Price

    £19,000*

    Course fees include:
    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post-production facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding
    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.

    -Voices That Matter Scholarship 2021. Find out more.

    *Subject to annual price review

  • Price

    £20,000*

    Course fees include:
    Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post-production facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.

    Duration: One Year, Full-Time

    Funding
    You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.

    -Voices That Matter Scholarship 2021. Find out more.

    *Subject to annual price review

CAREERS

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at MetFilm School, we concentrate on employability. Students and graduates of MetFilm School will gain access to our dedicated careers advice department MetFilm Futures, who focus on supporting you and ensuring you develop the skills needed to succeed in the industry.  

MetFilm Production, our sister production company, offers 3-4 in house work experience placements per year for MetFilm School graduates. Selected graduates work in a variety of capacities on all of MetFilm Production’s films such as award-winning The Reason I Jump, 23 Walks and Swimming with Men.   

Our graduates work across the industry as Producers, Editors, Screenwriters, Camera Assistants, VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and many more besides. Below are just some of the companies they’ve gone onto work for. 

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STUDENT WORK

We proudly present some of the course graduates’ works. These projects will give you an idea of what you should be able to produce by the end of the course.

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MA Producing Graduate Story

Isadora Laban

“While I was at Met I had a fantastic experience working for Jamie Oliver´s Food Tube during my work experience which gave me a greater view of the web content and how this part of the industry works.  I also produced three videos for the Mayhew Animal Home that were featured on the BBC website, Daily Mail and a few other places. All of this was great because not only I had the chance to work directly with a real client, but my work had an impact I couldn’t ever imagine.  At the moment, I´m living in Brazil and working as an Executive Producer’s Assistant for the 3rd biggest production house in Brazil, called Mixer. One of the shows we produce is “The Business” for HBO, which is going to the 4th season.”

Hear more graduate stories.

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WHY METFILM SCHOOL?

  • Based in the world-famous Ealing Studios.MetFilm School is based within Ealing Studios, along with numerous other companies and businesses. Our location creates a great screen industry context for the School but does not bring access to shoots or other studio activities. Watch our London Campus Tour 
  • Occasionally opportunities do arise for our students which are advertised through our career’s advice department, MetFilm Futures. MetFilm School does have its own studio space; Stage 5 – which is mostly used by those studying on our MA Cinematography course. It is also accessible on a case-by-case basis to students shooting films and other kinds of project but has to be booked in advance.  
  • Award-winning tutors.MetFilm School’s tutors are working screen professionals – TV and film directors, producers, screenwriters, editors, animators and other industry specialists with numerous awards, including BAFTA, Emmy and Oscar nominations. 
  • Connected. Through working closely with our sister companies MetFilm Production and MetFilm Sales, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. These provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. 
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and ScreenSkills Select 

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