Taught course

Feature Film Development

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Media

Entry requirements

MA Feature Film Development is open to all applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • A background in film-making alongside a portfolio and showreel demonstrating your best work.
  • Core Art skills - including drawing, anatomy, composition, value and colour theory.
  • Skills within 2D and 3D software.
  • Animation skills, focused on performance.

Months of entry


Course content


MA Feature Film Development will help you to understand what is required to make sure a major film is ready to be pitched to investors. You’ll learn all about the extensive pre-production activities all big-budget movies currently go through before they are green-lit. You’ll be taken through each stage of pre-production development to navigate, understand and avoid common problems.
You will create, as part of a team, a full feature film story and pre-visualisation reel, demonstrating all the film's narrative and action elements. You will learn how to workshop the essential narrative from a screenplay in order to create a believable, immersive animatic that plays out the core story in full, including all key performance and action components.

Semester 1 - PG Cert
  • Story Research & Concept 20 credits
  • Story Development & Planning 40 credits
Semester 2 - PG Diploma
  • Asset Production 20 credits
  • Film Festivals, Marketing and PR 20 credits
  • Digital Production in Practice 20 credits
  • Professional Animation Practice 40 credits
Semester 3 - Masters
  • Final Major Project 60 credits

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
8 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

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