MA Screen Business

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

This course is open to applications from the UK - there are no further vacancies for International/EU applicants.

Page last updated 24 January 2022


Explore the screen industry, tap into Bristol's vibrant creative sector, and build an excellent foundation for working on documentaries, feature films, TV and new platforms.

Why study screen business?

The UK screen industry is booming, with companies like Netflix and Amazon investing huge amounts in creating original UK dramas and content.

New platforms are also opening up new opportunities, and producers are needed to meet the ongoing demand for high-quality screen-based content in the digital space, animations and video games, as well as in TV and films.

Why UWE Bristol?

MA Screen Business is firmly embedded in Bristol's vibrant creative sector and is delivered in partnership with Watershed, the leading film culture and digital media centre in the South West.

Exploring the structure and operations that make up the contemporary global screen industries, you'll learn about areas such as production, distribution and exhibition, as well as the marketing and reception of film and TV.

Studying this in Bristol, a UNESCO City of Film, means you'll be part of the city's rapidly expanding screen business sector, the third largest in the UK.

Bristol is home to the BBC's world-famous Natural History Unit, Aardman Animations, the Bottle Yard Studios, and many leading independent production companies, as well as being one of two Channel 4 regional hubs, and the new production base for Netflix.

The course draws on UWE Bristol's strong reputation in film studies and filmmaking, and the renowned research of our film and cultural studies staff.

You'll learn about creative entrepreneurship and the practicalities of establishing yourself as a successful producer.

There'll be opportunities to network with other future creative leaders, working alongside students on our other postgraduate screen courses.

We hope to arrange a field trip to an international film festival, subject to Covid restrictions.

Where possible, the course will include company visits and guest lectures by leading industry experts.

Where can it take me?

You'll develop the skills to work on documentaries, feature films, TV and new platforms, as a production manager, line producer or production assistant.

You could go into areas such as finance, distribution or exhibition in an established screen business, or set up your own start-up. Or progress onto further research or teaching. 



You will study:

  • Global Screen Industries
  • Regional, National and International Screen Industries: A Case Study of Bristol
  • Screen Criticism and Analysis
  • Screen Industries Issues and Debates
  • Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy
  • Developing a Screen Business Concept for the Marketplace
  • 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 course runs for three semesters over 12 months.

With a strong emphasis on practice-based work running through the course, you'll learn about the industrial and business context of film and TV, and build valuable enterprise skills, working with students on our other postgraduate screen MAs.

Take part in seminars, workshops, group activities and tutorials, to embed your contextual and theoretical studies and develop your own business and production projects.

Attend film screenings and events within Bristol's vibrant film and TV sector, such as the Watershed Cinema and Encounters Film Festival.

Work on a major project or dissertation in semester 3, to express yourself within your field and prepare for your career.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Semesters 1 and 2 involve a higher level of teaching and scheduled learning, with approximately three days per week of contact time and two days of individual study.

In semester 3, the focus will be on project work, with 36 hours of tutorial contact time.


Assessment is mainly by essay, presentation and portfolio, with requirements varying for each module. 

See our full glossary of assessment terms.



Take part in Bristol film events such as the Watershed Cinema and Encounters Film Festival.

There may be an opportunity to go on a field trip to an international film festival.

Study facilities

You'll find everything you need for your studies in our specially-built film studio facility at Bower Ashton.

Our shared production hub for graduate students offers dedicated space to collaborate on business projects.

Bower Ashton is part of our City Campus, a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, which spans Bristol and also includes renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

You'll have access to all the facilities on our Frenchay Campus as well, including the library and our £55m Bristol Business School.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources


Careers / Further study

The course will put you in a strong position to secure work as a production manager, line producer or production assistant, working on documentaries, feature films, TV or new platforms.

You could move into areas such as finance, distribution or exhibition within an existing screen business or set up your own start-up. Or progress onto further research or 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

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to interview where you will be asked to describe your past experience in film or business and your relevant work experience. Skype or telephone interviews will be arranged for international applicants.

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