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The MA Producing course 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.
The producing course is designed to be skill specific (budgeting, production management, raising finance, idea development, pitching) and interdisciplinary (group productions, brainstorming, team building). Threaded through the programme are opportunities for you to meet and collaborate with students on complementary pathways and to build your own professional profile. We want you not only to understand your own role, but to get the bigger picture – how do others think, how does industry work?
Why Take the Course?
Why Take the Course?
- Practical: Producers lead teams of directors, cinematographers, screenwriters, and editors on a variety of projects. Networking and pitching skills are also developed throughout the course, with students pitching to high-level film industry professionals, TV commissioning executives, and business investors.
- Comprehensive: During their time on the course, students are given opportunities to visit major film festivals and companies. Past examples include festivals like the Berlinale, Cannes, or London, and companies such as Disney, World Productions, Sky Television, Channel 5, and The Imaginarium.
- Industry-facing: Some of our guest tutors have included: Victoria Pile (Creator – Green Wing), Tony Orsten (CEO – The Imaginarium), Dr. Jo Twist (CEO – UKIE), Zai Bennett (Managing Director, Content – Sky Channels) and Caroline Levy (Director of Current Drama, BBC Television).
- Real-life Experience: Students find and produce content for external industry clients, with previous examples including HM Treasury, Transport for London, Time Out, Nespresso, DHL, Mind, and Stonewall.
- Professional tutors: Many of our teaching staff are currently working in the industry as: TV and film directors, broadcast journalists, producers, writers, and more*.
*Due to the nature of their work patterns, named staff on programmes are subject to change, and are also dependent on the programme and modules selected for study by the student. For a selection of the tutors who teach across our campuses, please see Our People.
Our outstanding credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies. 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.
What You Will Study
What You Will Study
Over three trimesters you will gain advanced insight into not only the work of a producer but also into the implications of creating and delivering screen content to a wide variety of audiences and contexts.
Trimester 1 focuses on the creative and financial elements of producing. Alongside that you will explore your own qualities as you build a career profile that will develop as the course – and your understanding – increases.
In Trimester 2 you will put your understanding into practice through an ambitious production exercise that you will lead. You will also gain insight into the entrepreneurial essence of producing and explore in depth the role of research in both your academic and professional development.
In Trimester 3 you will draw together your practical, theoretical and industrial understanding into the creation and delivery of a written, filmed or presented artefact and complete your career plan as part of your progression into real world employment.
The overview below is not a complete list of MA Producing modules. For the complete list, please download the full Course Specification below.
Producing Craft and Industry
During the early weeks of the module you will work with students from other pathways to make a short video using a camera phone based on something that you want to say. Using the video as a starting point you will evidence your developing understanding of content, industry and audiences, to pitch a feature film or television project to an industry panel.
Financing Film and Television
You will gain insight into the commissioning and financing of film and television projects including the different types of money available, and the increasing convergence between film and television investment in the era of the streamers.
You will develop authentic and detailed career paperwork and supporting materials including a CV and personal profile. As part of the module you will be offered Elective Upskilling sessions – opportunities to develop screen industry skills outside of your chosen discipline or as part of your multi-skilling profile.
Production Management and Practical Production
This module aims to synthesise the knowledge and skills gained from previous modules by bringing students from all disciplines together to work collaboratively in teams to create and deliver screen content for a range of external clients. Unlike the collaborations of the first module, here producing students lead all teams, using industry-standard production models to gain first-hand understanding of how the creative producer operates on a production.
Creative Business Models and Methods
As part of your deepening awareness of producing and industry, this module synthesises the knowledge and skills already gained towards understanding how businesses are created and developed within the creative media sector.
Building on the work of previous and concurrent modules, you will gain a deeper insight into current theories, principles, and discussions relating to issues of diversity, sustainability, and ethics within the screen industries.
Final Project and Career Plan
Your project is an opportunity to deliver work that is distinctive, industry-aware, based in research and reflects awareness of a diverse and inclusive world. You will also present your career plan, including evidence of new skills to be assessed by industry employers as you prepare to enter or re-enter the screen industries on graduation.
Teaching, Learning & Assessment
We include a diverse range of teaching methods which include:
- seminars in smaller groups;
- small group tutorials;
- practical group work;
- formative feedback through critiques/screening and reflective sessions;
- screen labs – a reflection of ‘real world’ experiences; and
- enhancement activities.
We use a wide range of assessment which include portfolios, performances, research, presentations, and reflective work. Please download the Course Specification below for more information.
Entry Requirements for London and Berlin
Standard Entry Requirements
- Age: All applicants must be 18 years or older at the time the programme begins.
- Education: A 2:1 honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent.
Applicants must also submit:
A personal statement of at least 500 words. The MetFilm School online application form details the information that your personal statement must include.
Students Not Meeting Academic Requirements
Students without a degree, but who can demonstrate relevant industry experience or a degree below a 2:1 equivalent are still able to apply. They will need to submit the following:
- A professional industry reference.
- A professional CV.
- A 750 word statement of why you wish to enter the screen industries, indicating the ways in which you think they are changing.
Students receive the Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud License for the duration of their course. For more information, please check Equipment in the Study with Us section for your chosen course, and the Location sections for the range of equipment and learning resources available on each of our campuses.
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