MA Film and Television Industries

Entry year
Course code
Creative and Cultural Industries
City Campus
One year full-time
Full-time, starts January
Programme leader
Professor Andrew Spicer and Dr Steve Presence

This course is open for applications.

Page last updated 15 June 2022


Learn from world-class researchers, tap into Bristol's vibrant creative sector and gain the knowledge, skills and networks you need to forge a career in the film and television industries.

Why study the film and television industries?

There has never been a more exciting time to study the screen industries. The UK's screen industries are booming. Streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon are investing huge sums in original drama and documentary. This is transforming the way programmes are commissioned and how they reach audiences, and has major implications for the production, distribution and exhibition of both commercial and independent film and television. These changes pose a range of new opportunities as well as unprecedented challenges for audiences and industry professionals alike.

This MA Film and Television Industries course equips students with cutting-edge knowledge of the key drivers of change in the film and television industries. You'll study new and emerging structures and business practices, and learn how leading industry professionals are navigating the changes across finance, production, distribution, marketing and exhibition. You'll also gain the entrepreneurial skills needed to set up a screen business of your own, whichever sector you wish to work in. For those interested in pursuing PhD research, the course also provides the knowledge and skills required to study at that level, or to pursue a teaching career.

Why UWE Bristol?

You'll learn from world-class researchers and will study in the heart of Bristol, a UNESCO City of Film and home to world-famous institutions such as Aardman Animations, the BBC's Natural History Unit, Channel 4's Creative Hub and a Netflix production base. Bristol is also home to nearly 200 production companies in what is now the largest independent production sector in the UK outside London. Bristol is truly one of the best locations in the world to study the structure and operation of the screen industries.

The MA Film and Television Industries course is delivered in partnership with Watershed, one of the UK's leading independent cinemas and the home of the British Film Institute's (BFI's) Film Hub South West. Our students network with leading industry professionals across production, distribution, marketing and exhibition, learning what it takes to be a creative entrepreneur and the practicalities of establishing a successful screen business. You'll work alongside students on our other MA Screen Production courses (Documentary and Screenwriting) and will share modules, ideas and perspectives. You'll also be able to build valuable networks with the next generation of screen industry creatives and executives. 

This MA also offers a trip to a major European film festival, which provides students with first-hand, practical experience of how this critical part of the industry works. Please note that the film festival trip will be at additional cost.

A series of company visits and guest lectures by leading screen industry professionals also takes place throughout the course.

Where can it take me?

The MA is aimed at graduates looking to build careers in the film and television industries, as well as existing industry professionals seeking to further their knowledge or build towards PhD-level research.

For those at the start of their careers, the programme equips students with the knowledge and skills required to work in a range of roles across the screen industries. This might be in one of the less technically specific roles in production (such as a producer, researcher, talent executive or commissioner), in the marketing, sales, film festival or exhibition sectors, or in the development of your own production business.



You will study:

  • Developing a Screen Business Concept for the Marketplace
  • Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy
  • Global Screen Industries
  • Issues and Debates in the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Regional, National and International Screen Industries: A Case Study of Bristol
  • Screen Criticism and Analysis
  • Screen Research Final Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you. 

Learning and Teaching

The MA Film and Television Industries course runs for three terms over 12 months, from January until December.

You will take part in seminars, workshops, group activities and one-to-one tutorials as you learn about the screen industries, build networks and entrepreneurial skills and develop your ability to organise, research and undertake a self-directed final project, that will help prepare you for your future career.

As a UWE Bristol film student, you will also be able to attend film screenings and events throughout Bristol's busy screen sector calendar, including Afrika Eye, Cinema Rediscovered, Bristol Radical Film Festival, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, and Wildscreen.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Terms one and two involve a greater level of teaching and scheduled learning, with approximately two days per week of contact time and three days of individual study.

In term three, the focus will be on your individually chosen projects, with 12 hours of individual tutorial contact time and group work-in-progress tutorials.


Assessment is mainly by essay, presentation and case studies/portfolios with requirements varying for each module.

See our information and guidance on assessments at UWE Bristol.



The MA Film and Television course offers a trip to a major European Film Festival at an additional cost.

The programme is delivered in partnership with Watershed, one of the UK's leading independent cinemas and the home of the British Film Institute's (BFI's) Film Hub South West. There will be opportunities throughout the course to attend festivals and events across Bristol, including those at our UWE Bristol sites such as the Watershed.

Study facilities

The MA Film and Television Industries course is delivered at Bush House, which also houses the Arnolfini International Arts Centre and there will be sessions at Watershed Cultural Cinema. Both are part of UWE Bristol's City Campus in the centre. You will also have access to the libraries and other facilities at the Bower Ashton and Frenchay campuses.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources


Careers / Further study

The course will provide skills and expertise that will put you in a strong position to secure work in various sectors across the screen industries, including in production, distribution, film festivals, marketing, and exhibition.

You will also gain the knowledge required to set up your own business. For those that have already established careers in the industry, the course will provide the means to enhance and deepen your knowledge of a particular field or issue, or to progress on to further studies, doctoral research, or into teaching.


Supplementary fee information

The international film festival will cost approximately £400. This is not included in the course fees.

See our funding pages for more information.


Entry requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as film production, film studies, business studies or related fields. We are looking for highly motivated students with a passion for cinema, business acumen, and an entrepreneurial interest in the international screen industries.

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements, please find your country on the Country Information pages.

International applicants who do not meet the academic requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Selection process

Applicants will be asked to provide an essay or report of between 1,500 and 3,000 words that analyses any aspect of contemporary screen media (film and television). If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an online interview on Microsoft Teams where you will be asked to describe your past experience in film or business and your relevant work experience.

English Language Requirement

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. To find details of acceptable tests and the required grades please visit English Language requirements.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our pre-sessional English programme.

How to apply

Read more about postgraduate applications.

We accept applications throughout the year, but if you are working to a funding deadline you should build this into your application process.

For further information