Taught course (will run subject to approval)

International Film Production

De Montfort University · Faculty of Technology

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject. We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world. If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Starting in September 2017 (Subject to Validation), This course is ideally suited for students progressing from undergraduate study, or professionals seeking to develop their career in filmmaking. This course gives students the opportunity to develop the skills and establish the connections that the international film industry demands.

The content of the course has been developed in partnership with Creative Media Skills at Pinewood Studios, meaning you can be assured that what you are learning is directly relevant to current industry practice. Creative Media Skills also acts as a base for teaching at Pinewood Studios where you can see what you are learning being used in practice. Throughout the course your time will be divided between Pinewood Studios in West London, and on campus at DMU, with one semester being taught at each location, and a third semester of guided independent study.

Over the last 20 years, the UK has become a leading worldwide hub for the production of major fiction films, and UK trained specialists are some of the most respected in the world. You will gain professional practical skills by working with highly experienced film industry personnel and senior academic staff, and you will learn your trade at the heart of international film production in the UK.

During the course, you will pursue specialisation in areas including production design, art direction, directing, cinematography, prosthetics and production management. You will also develop a professional-standard portfolio of film work.


First Semester

During the first semester, you will work at DMU. This semester involves developing core skills in storytelling, screenwriting, directing, producing, image processing, sound recording and other filmmaking skills. You will take four, 15 credit modules during semester one:

  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Technical Production Skills

Each module is designed to familiarise you with the key creative roles involved in producing high-end film and TV content. You will be taught by DMU’s team of production experts and filmmakers in our studio space, and you will begin the process of developing a major project, and specialising in a production role.

Second Semester

During the second semester, you will work on location in the Creative Media Skills centre, based at Pinewood Studios. Here you will finesse your skills in a more diverse range of areas, including Production management & Coordination, Pitching, Skills, Assistant Directing, Unit Production Management, Script Supervision, Soft skills such as: Hair, Makeup, Costume, Art Department; Working with Actors and Working in Teams. You will also develop your own production, and will enter pre-production under the guidance of our expert staff. At Creative Media Skills, you will take two, 30 credit modules, which cover these various areas:

o Production development
o Fine skills

During the second semester you will be expected to pitch film ideas to a panel of industry experts. The best will be selected as the major projects, which will become your focus in the third semester. During this time you will work more independently at DMU to manage and deliver your final film project, with an accompanying reflective commentary. This project will demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed on the course, and will form the basis of your professional portfolio. You also have the option of taking an academic dissertation.

In addition to the major project, assessments take the form of practical coursework, written reports and presentations.

Information for international students

Useful information: International Home

  • If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential
  • On-site accommodation
  • A number of English Language courses are run for international students before courses begin in September

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We are delighted to offer the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000 to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. Head to dmu.ac.uk/sports to see eligibility and how you can apply.

Please visit our website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Technology Admissions
0116 257 7456