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MA Film and Television Production with Producing

Learn the business of film and television production, and meet the challenges of a changing industry

Year of entry: 2020

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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Learn the business, creative, technical and logistical perspectives of producing for film and television with our practical course. 

You will study all aspects of producing and managing projects — from identifying and developing story ideas, to packaging and pitching projects, to planning and managing shoots, as well as distribution and marketing strategies — through a mix of lectures, workshops, screenings and masterclasses with leading academics and industry professionals.

You'll complete innovative professional-calibre work, while using our industry-standard equipment in a creative and supportive environment. You'll work collaboratively to realise your creative vision for single-camera film and television projects. When you’ve finished, you’ll have essential expertise for a career in film and television as well as key skills that also transfer to other industries. 

Our graduates work in production roles across the globe from the UK and Europe, to North and Latin America, to China and the Middle East.

Accreditation

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This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK's Film, TV and video games industries, and carries the ScreenSkills quality mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries. The accreditation means that our students learn professional skills on courses approved and supported by the industry; and it gives access to various schemes, eg internships and traineeships with the BBC, ITV and other broadcasters, as well as independent production companies in British film and television.

Distinguished visiting speakers

We have a wide range of industry connections and regularly host visiting speakers and masterclasses.

Unique creative environment

Bringing together world-leading researchers, dynamic teachers and industry professionals in a vibrant community.

Employment prospects

Experience industry-standard training and creative practice, and use the latest professional kit to advance your skills for your future career.

Course content

Our course is highly practical yet underpinned by theory. There is an emphasis on working in a group environment that mimics current industry practice. You’ll gain a rich understanding of the creative, business and management aspects of producing as well as essential knowledge of the tools typically used in single-camera production and postproduction.

In Term 1 you will gain core producing skills and then apply these in the creation of a short fiction film.

In Term 2, you will expand your understanding of producing methods and use them to create a more complex film involving visual effects and spatialised sound.

In Term 3, you will have the opportunity to produce a film with full control as producer through an extended project worth half of the credits for this course.

You’ll also develop transferable skills applicable beyond the world of media, such as marketing, project planning and budgeting, resource management and communication.

Modules

You'll study modules worth a total of 180 credits: 90 credits through taught modules in the first two terms, with the remaining 90 credits gained through an extended project where you produce a short dramatic or documentary film and write an accompanying report. 

You’ll advance your knowledge of various areas of script development, from pitching and story creation, to narrative structure and character development, to balancing creative and logistical needs. In the Group Project modules, you’ll work with other film and television production students to create films to briefs similar to those from industry.

We’ll provide you with insights into the current film and television business landscape, and you’ll learn about creating proposals, client relationship techniques, legal issues, marketing, scheduling and resource management.

Term 1

Term 2

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

Term 3 and summer

The final term is dedicated to the design and development of individual piece of work and accompanying report. This module accounts for half of all credits in the course, reflecting that it's the most important and also the most challenging part of the course.

Individual Project (90 credits).

You will create a short film: a work of fiction or non-fiction that may be a stand-alone film or work as a piece of episodic television. You may want to make an adaptation, a personal story or a genre piece. Deciding early will allow you time to prepare for the module by exploring what permission, access and background information you'll need. You may find you build upon the development and preproduction work you did in the Script Development module.

You'll devise a concept in consultation with staff; the final film concept, schedule and running time will be agreed with your supervisor. All preproduction and postproduction work will be done on campus, although you may find you need to be away from campus for principal photography.

The completed film, mastered to professional specification, will be submitted along with a formal project report of around 10,000 words. You'll be able to attend a screening of your work and meet with examiners to discuss the work. This isn't assessed, but allows the examiners a chance to ask questions about the film.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Carry out single-camera film and television production to a professional standard by employing an in-depth knowledge of the producing process to create effective screen-based stories.
  • Exercise critical judgement and intellectual rigour in approaching complex creative challenges and opportunities. Be able to communicate clearly and persuasively using appropriate written, oral and visual media.
  • Work independently in initiating and developing high quality works by applying a range of creative, technical and practical skills – including treatment, script and project development.
  • Work collaboratively – as leader or team member – in producing high quality works, in line with current industry practices and standards.
  • Deploy confidently a range of industry standard digital technologies to produce creative works initiated by yourself and others.
  • Creatively apply the practical and technical components of producing – with an understanding of how it relates to and informs different component parts of production (eg writing and directing) – to the art of cinematic fiction and non-fiction storytelling.
  • Apply transferrable skills in a range of contexts relevant beyond media production.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

Department scholarship information

Further details of department specific funding.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Creative collaboration

You'll have the chance to work collaboratively with other students from all our film and TV Masters courses. Group project work will develop your skills to prepare you for an industry where you will often work with others to achieve your creative vision.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with worldā€leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

The course involves a range of different teaching styles. Most modules will include lectures to give you a fundamental understanding of the subject and then lead on to practical work. The practical work will primarily involve workshops where you can become familiar with industry techniques and equipment, including lighting, grips and cameras. You may also attend film screenings.

You'll also have the opportunity to attend events such as talks, productions and festivals.

You'll be assigned a personal supervisor for the duration of the course. They are there to give advice on academic matters as well as other areas of University life.

Facilities

Our equipment is among the highest quality used for professional film-making.

You'll have access to Red and Sony digital cinema cameras with Angenieux and Zeiss lenses, industry-standard lighting, grips and sound production kit, dedicated picture finishing and audio postproduction suites (including Foley and ADR) that have been used on many commercial projects, as well as fully equipped sound stages (including green screen), TV studios, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, a props store and workshop. 

You'll also have 24/7 access to a postproduction lab exclusively for postgraduate students.

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Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television on Campus East.

Most of your contact hours will be in Theatre, Film and Television, with some additional teaching elsewhere on Campus East.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You'll be assessed throughout your course and receive detailed feedback regularly. Some modules spread assessments across the term to give you an opportunity to check your progress.

Types of assessment vary depending on the module and include the following:

  • Practical production work including finished films
  • Presentations and pitches
  • Written work including development documents, draft scripts, production plans and production paperwork as well as reflective and technical reports (including a 10,000 word report for your final project)
  • In-class tests

 

Careers and skills

A large number of TFTV graduates have made striking progress in their careers since completing their course. There’s a wide variety of possible career paths open to you after completing this MA, both across industry and academia. While you train to be a professional in television and film you'll also develop skills that are useful in any industry.

Career opportunities

  • Production (including production management)
  • Commercial distribution
  • Film and television script development and supervision
  • Editing for television and online distribution
  • Directing
  • Lighting and camera work

Transferable skills

  • Collaborative working
  • Problem-solving
  • Investigative research
  • Time management and organisation
  • Technical analysis
  • Critical evaluation
  • Reflective learning

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Undergraduate degree 2:1 or equivalent, and evidence of professional experience or a commitment to film making.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

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