Postgraduate study
Media & Journalism

MA Producing for Film and Television

Good producers are thin on the ground, and in high demand. They are crucial to the UK’s screen-based creative economy. This specialist course meets a strategic industry need for skilled producers who can deliver projects efficiently and creatively at a time when the producer's role is evolving and expanding far beyond its traditional boundaries.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

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September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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  • On video

    6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia (2014)

    A film directed by Mark Cousins and produced by MA Producing senior lecturer Samm Haillay.

    Ashes to Ashes

    A BBC series produced by MA Producing visiting professor Howard Burch in 2010.

    Better Things (2008)

    An award-winning film directed by Duane Hopkins and produced by MA Producing senior lecturer Samm Haillay.

  • Facilities

    Journalism at Teesside University

    We are ranked top in the region and 8th in the country for our journalism courses (Guardian university league tables 2016)

 

The course is delivered by practising professionals with established high profile track records. Direct industry engagement is integrated into a project-driven learning experience designed to support authorial producers: people who are capable of shepherding the collaborative swirl of project through development,, production and beyond with strong creative and practical intent.

Behind every successful moving image project is a strategically nimble and creatively insightful producer. This course is for those people - the ones who get it made.

Course structure

Core modules

Anatomy of a Producer

This module develops your research skills to prepare you for successful master’s level study in the context of the critical exploration and historical development of the producer. You explore recent scholarship, professional reports and cinematic depictions of the producer as well as primary research. This exploration provides the basis for you to reflect on your own abilities and those of the successful producer to plan your professional development.

Funding and Finance

This module introduces you to funding models and strategies that clearly and effectively support the development process of any given project. You consider how the three key areas of production finance – institutional (organisations such as the British Film Institute and Creative England; market or industry (broadcasters, sales, studios, distributors, pre sales) and private (tax incentives and S/EIS, producers, rich individuals and companies, crowdfunding) operate, and how they attach to projects.

Major Development Project

This module is your diving board into the industry. How will you ignite your path toward professional work? You could use this module to write a business plan, fully package your first project so you are ready to apply for funding, option an existing work and negotiate the chain of title, develop a long-form project with a collaborator, or produce a work with funding secured. It could be something you negotiate with tutors to launch you as a producer into the industry.

It’s important that you use everything you’ve learnt in the previous six modules in your major project. You are expected to start your planning throughout the other modules, using your learning to help shape the longer term plan for this final project.

Marketing, Distribution and Exhibition

Using a project you developed in previous modules, you plan precise and responsive marketing, distribution and exhibition strategies. Your strategies focus on you and your collaborators’ short and medium-term career goals. This module approaches marketing, distribution and exhibition as wholly integrated creative and practical components of the filmmaking and televisual process. You consider the importance of the producer agency within and beyond established professional channels to the success of early career projects.

Negotiated Project

Put your learning into practice in a real production setting to develop your expertise as a producer. With the support of your tutors, you work within the production team of a live project as a way of exploring your learning through direct experience.

Production Management

This module develops your understanding of the physical production process. You examine how budgets are spent and logistics put together for long-form and short-form work. You are expected to work through the rationale of budgeting strategies – how the choices of a producer shape a project – including reference to case studies.

Story and Talent Development

You are introduced to the interwoven processes of story and talent development. This module helps you to forge sustainable working relationships with writers, directors and others to help launch your career. The module focuses on the creative producer's role as mentor, collaborator, conduit and advocate.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you are assessed

This course uses a variety of assessment methods to develop the knowledge and skills required by a successful producer – reports, presentations, project packages, strategy documents. Central to the course is discussing and presenting work in progress.

Career opportunities

Once you graduate you are well placed to work in a production department in TV and/or film as well as in creative project management roles in related sectors.

Entry requirements

You should normally have a good honours degree (at least a 2.2) in a subject related to the field of study.

International applicants should have an IELTS score of 6.5.

All applicants are interviewed.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information