- Taught by leading academics and guest industry tutors at Exeter alongside industry practitioners and specialist tutors at the London Film School
- Learn about the independent film industry of the 21st century: its practice, history, structure, innovations and challenges
- Become equipped with the business, production, financial and programming knowledge for a successful career in the international film business
- Experience split site study between London and Exeter and attend field trips to the London Film Festival and Berlin for the International Film Festival and the European Film market
- Receive one-to-one support from an academic supervisor and an industry mentor for your dissertation
Develop transferable skills, specialist knowledge and professional experience through interdisciplinary teaching
The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum – The biggest film-related archive in the UK outside the British Film Institute
Opportunities for industry networking via masterclasses, Q&As and mentoring for final dissertation
Opportunities for study in the field
Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree.
Applications should include a personal statement clearly indicating the applicant’s motivation for studying this programme, and long-term career goals within the international film business market.
Applications from industry professionals, or applicants with relevant work experience seeking academic qualification or the opportunity to enhance skills or knowledge in this field will also be considered. Any relevant work experience should be highlighted in the application.
I chose to study the MAIFB programme because it tackles all the processes of the international film business such as marketing, distribution, pitching and networking, business planning, and executive production.
The course increased my confidence and helped me develop the key skills to get into the business side of the industry.
The University’s campus, people, facilities, lecturers and cohorts were a perfect mix of excellence. My favourite thing about the programme was the combination of two cities, London and Exeter, which exposed me to very different lifestyles and perspectives.
MA International Film Business
The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Berlin International Film Festival
In your second term you will take part in our field trip to the Berlin International Film Festival, including access to the European Film Market, which is a business to business event not open to the public.
The Berlinale takes place in February and is one of the world's oldest and most important international film festivals. About 400 films from all around the world are screened each year at the festival, most of which are international or European premieres.
As well as the excitement of premieres and the films in competition, the Berlinale is an important place for film industry executives to do business. The Berlinale hosts both the European Film Market and the International co-production market, where around 400 companies are represented. The festival also organises a variety of workshops, panel discussions and film programmes. As an accredited visitor you will be able to take advantage of many of these events.
Your expenses for accommodation, travel and accreditation are included in the cost of the programme.
You can find out more about the Berlinale from the festival website.
At Exeter you will have access to world-class university resources and facilities including the world-renowned Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. The museum holds a unique archival collection with particular strengths in the area of British Film Producers. In your first term you will design and deliver a Pop-Up Cinema event in the museum. Housed in the University’s state-of-the-art Research Commons study facility the museum houses more than 70,000 artefacts and includes extensive archival material on selected British film producers. The main University Library also has significant holdings in the area of film studies including books, journals and more than 10,000 films and television programmes on videotape and DVD. Our Audio-Visual collection in the University library comprises over 12,000 film titles, in addition to books and recordings of American music of all kinds. All our postgraduate students enjoy access to excellent computing facilities. The Postgraduate Common Room in the Queen’s Building provides a relaxing space where postgraduate students can meet and work together in reading and discussion groups.
While in London you will have access to the British Film Institute library and National Film Theatre as well as some of the facilities and expertise of the London Film School. For instance, there are weekly sessions on film aesthetics which you will be able to take part in as well as the industry mentoring programme for your dissertation, and opportunity to work as a producer for an LFS graduation film.
Fees per year:
All students: £22,800
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
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. You will also be taught by industry experts and guest tutors, ensuring that the teaching you receive is highly relevant to the sector.
During your first term at the University of Exeter you will engage in a wide-ranging exploration of key markets in the international film business; analysing themes relating to distribution and exhibition, the role of festivals and the marketing of stars, event cinema and the notion of the producer as entrepreneur. Taught by leading academics and industry professionals, you will also learn about theoretical and practical concepts related to finance, investment, intellectual property, and business strategy - applying these concepts directly to the international film business.
During your second term at the London Film School you will study two modules exploring the innovative models being applied to 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 participate in talks, seminars, master classes and question and answer sessions with film industry professionals; providing you with both the knowledge and contacts that few programmes can offer. You will learn about the entertainment value chain and, through a series of intensive full-day seminars, explore film business innovation.
Alongside essays and research reports, we use a range of innovative methods of assessment. You will give presentations and make pitches, take part in negotiation exercises and deliver a pop-up cinema event in the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. In your final term you will work on your 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.
Making a film
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 London Film School students who are studying on the MA screenwriting or MA Filmmaking.
The MA in International Film Business is directed by Professor Will Higbee at the University of Exeter and in partnership with The London Film School.
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.
You will be guided through an intensive year that goes beyond the course content and into the reality of working in the international film industry.
Professor Will Higbee
One of the key benefits of the MA in International Film Business is the opportunity it gives you to create a network of contacts. You will be working alongside fellow students and established industry professionals with opportunities to meet big players in a variety of industry fields. The film industry more than any other is about contacts, as a graduate of our programme you will have built a good network of your own.
As part of the wider College of Humanities at Exeter you will have the chance to use our Career Zone which can help you gain the skills, experience and expertise employers are looking for.
There are a wide range of opportunities to enhance your employability, along with the support you need to make important career decisions. You will be encouraged to speak to your personal tutor and academic staff about your future career, as they may be able to offer advice and guidance to assist your decision making to help you achieve your goals.
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