PG Certificate Film Distribution is open to applicants who are enterprising, agile thinkers who can demonstrate an interest in film and developing marketing and distribution strategy.
You must be a graduate with a 2.2 degree or above. If you do not have a degree, you may be accepted if you can demonstrate equivalent experience and / or qualifications.
You may have existing qualifications in: film / production, business studies, marketing, multimedia / digital content creation, advertising,media and communications and/or you may have work experience in the sector, such as: freelance filmmaking / production,working as a runner, production coordinator, producing / directing.
Months of entry
The PG Certificate Film Distribution course is designed for working students and budding entrepreneurs eager for a career in the film business. As a one-year, part-time distance-learning course it offers students a chance to study Film Distribution as they pursue their career goals.
This course is part of Birmingham City University’s Film Futures suite, designed with industry to reflect the growing need for entrepreneurial producers and distribution experts. Students will gain a postgraduate certificate qualification equivalent to core modules from the full-time MA Film Distribution and Marketing course.
Students will be taught by a team including Oscar-nominated producer, Lee Thomas, and film industry expert, Eugenio Triana. This course examines old and new business models spanning all aspects of the film development cycle. It embraces advances in technology, digital communication channels and opportunities to monetize content across a variety of platforms outside traditional cinema.
Students will receive tuition through structured learning packages comprising of recorded materials, self-study tasks and practical exercises. Live video conferences are scheduled with industry tutors to pick up on key topics and enable real-time discussion between tutors and students. These are recorded to accommodate the variable schedules of a working and international student group.
This course is based on a 9-month calendar year. The content and approach of the curriculum is informed by current industry business practices and processes. Learning will simulate real world practices and foster the practical application of skills with a strong emphasis on business strategy, analytics and monetization.
Modules are structured so that taught materials and collaborative exercises are front-loaded to be flexibly completed by you each week to suit your own schedule. During these weeks, there will be between four and five hours worth of taught, structured activity which will include watching screencast lectures, completing practical exercises, participating in forum discussions with your peers and contributing to group research. In addition to this there will also be around 8 hours of directed and self-directed study each week.
Assignments are coursework based and designed to reflect industry work, with assessments around individual proposals, pitches and film packages, all with an emphasis on critical evaluation. If students are working in industry in parallel to their studies they will be given the option to respond to module assignments in the context of their real professional practice.
Information for international students
English - IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any bands). We do also accept students who have TOEFL or Pearsons.