International Film Business, M.A.

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  • 12 months
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We will teach you about film finance and sales, distribution and marketing, creative management and development, digital strategy and festival curation and programming.

You will learn about the impact technology is having on the industry and gain insider access to a range of events including the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market.

The London Film School is a world leading postgraduate filmmaking school and you will have the opportunity to access their extensive expertise, attend master-classes and industry events organised by the school as well as the opportunity to benefit from working with an industry mentor as part of the dissertation.

As you might expect from a ground breaking programme of study, assessment will be more than just essays. Instead you will give presentations, pitch ideas, and take on negotiation exercises. During your first term at the University of Exeter you will design, promote, and deliver a pop-up cinema event in the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.

If you’re serious about pursuing a career in the film business this MA will give you the chance to develop the key business skills and networks you will need, and benefit from mentoring by leading UK and European industry professionals.

Programme Directors

The MA in International Film Business at The University of Exeter is co-directed by Angus Finney, of The London Film School and Professor Will Higbee at the University of Exeter.

Angus is the author of The International Film Business, Project Manager of the Film London Production Finance Market, and a former Director of Renaissance Films. A well-known authority on the industry, he has executive producer credits for films such as Candy (2006), Dear Frankie (2004), and Disco Pigs (2001).

Professor Higbee has particular expertise in French and African cinema as well as broader issues in national and international film. His research has been widely published and he is a regular participant in film festivals and events around the world.

Together they will guide you through an intensive year that goes beyond the course content and into the reality of working in the international film industry.


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Programme Structure

Learning and teaching

As an MA International Film Business student you will have access to the world-renowned expertise of the London Film School and the academic excellence and research resources of the University of Exeter.

Your first term will be taught by leading film and business academics at Exeter where you will undertake a global survey of international film production, distribution and exhibition strategies and trends, and study business strategy, accounting and finance, intellectual property and entertainment economics. You will have the opportunity to examine innovative business models and the rapidly changing digital landscape of independent film.

During your second term in London as well as studying two modules that look at the innovative models being applied and challenges facing the contemporary international film business . you will also visit the Berlinale (Berlin Film festival and European Film Market) as part of an organised field trip where you will gain experience of a major European Film Festival and film market.

At the London Film School you will take part in talks, master classes and question and answer sessions with film makers, as a graduate of the MA you will have access to the knowledge and contacts few programmes can offer their alumni. You’ll study the entertainment value chain through seminars delivered by London Film School staff and industry professionals, and a further series of intensive full-day seminars exploring film business innovation.

We use innovative methods of assessment so alongside essays and research reports, you will give presentations and make pitches, take part in negotiation exercises, and deliver a Pop-up Cinema event in the University’s Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. In your final term you work on your written dissertation or dissertation project under the supervision of an industry mentor who will meet with you regularly to discuss your work, your ambitions and the development of your project.

While there is no requirement to make a film as part of the MA, you can take the initiative in the second and third term to work independently, outside of the programme, with other LFS students who are studying on the MA screenwriting or filmmaking.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The entry requirements for taught degrees vary between programmes and can be found in the right hand navigation of each programme description within the subject entries. For Masters degrees, as a general rule you will be required to have, or expect to obtain, a minimum 2.1 Honours degree, or international equivalent. For details of international equivalencies, please see the In Your Country section of our website.

International students will also need to satisfy our English language entry requirements

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 19000 International
Tuition fees per year 2016/17:
  • All students: £19,000 full-time


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