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The producer’s role is a business-orientated one and the MA in Film Producing, at Aberystwyth University, focuses on exactly that: the business of film producing.
You will learn how the role requires the development of an integrated portfolio of skills that facilitates engagement with all aspects of the film making process. It is this accumulation of varied and various skills that equips the producer to function effectively and responsibly as the ultimate decision-maker. By the end of this course, you will understand the structure of a script, how that script lives and breathes and more importantly how it can be costed and scheduled.
The majority of modules will be taught by academic staff from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. The single business-related module, in Financial Analysis and Decision Making, will be taught by academic staff from the Aberystwyth Business School.
- Enjoy a stimulating Masters course that will help you understand all of the aspects of film producing so that you can make key, informed decisions with regard to value and cost that are fundamental to any film’s financial success;
- Learn from leading industry experts • We will invite industry professionals to host masterclasses in the department, providing you with exceptional networking opportunities that no other University in the UK can match;
- This course will prepare you for a career in the film industry, particularly in film producing;
- We have constructed a viewing, dubbing and grading theatre which will allow you to produce, complete and screen your film production project in a professional environment, ensuring that you can achieve the best result;
- Our department has superb facilities and resources for practical work in film and television: o 3 camera High Definition television studio and gallery with chroma key and auto-cue capability; o 33 editing systems with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro software; o 50 industry standard HD cameras – P2 and AVCHD formats; DSLR and GoPro cameras available; o 3 rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; o 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; o Costume and wardrobe facilities.
- The Sound and Screen archive at the National Library of Wales offers an unrivalled source of material relating to Wales and its people.
- The Aberystwyth Arts Centre is situated on the main campus and is a popular venue where you can enjoy performances and screenings of all kinds.
All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.
Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.
Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
The Masters course is supported by an industry panel of people who have extensive experience in their respective fields. They will oversee aspects of the course that require their specialisms, including film production.
The panel consists of:
• Julie Baines: Producer;
• Simon Moseley: Line Producer;
• Colin Nicolson: Production Sound Recordist;
• Suzanna Wyatt: Production Accountant and Former Head of Production at Pathé;
• Simon West: Director;
• John Stephenson: Director;
• Sheila Fraser Milne: Completion Guarantor;
• Patrick Fischer: Creativity Media;
• Hannah Leader: Media Lawyer/Producer
• Allison Small: CEO, the Production Guild of the UK.
What employability options are available to you?
From studying this course you could pursue a career in:
• Assistant Directing;
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
On the MA in Film Producing you will learn how producers negotiate the relationship between cost and value and understand how key that relationship is to any film’s artistic and financial success in the market place.
The course will also enable you to master the core array of skills around film-producing; budgeting, financial accounting, scheduling, communication, negotiation, media law, sales, marketing and distribution.
It is these transferable skills that make successful producers and that is why they are at the heart of this unique MA.
How will I be taught?
The course structure will run over one academic year, broken down into three semesters:
• Semester 1: Modules in Film Producing, Case Studies in Film History, and Aspects of Media Law
• Semester 2: Modules in Film Producing (continued), Film Distribution and Exhibition, Financial Analysis and Decision Making
• Semester 3: Film Production Project*
* For the Final Production Project, assessment will be based on producing the film as opposed to making the film and this will be made clear in the assessment criteria. The Producer will be responsible for pulling all the elements together and ultimately responsible for the overall success of the film, the production bible in addition to the reflective essay should set out the film making process.