October 2019


One Year


Course Fees
£9,500 per year


£16,950 per year



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Final Project

MA Film Sales & Distribution


This Masters degree is designed for students who already have completed undergraduate studies in film or related disciplines and want an advanced perspective on the business side of the film industry, or those with a business/ finance background who are looking to move into the film industry. The programme will focus on the sales and distribution sectors and how each sector operates globally. Students will acquire the necessary skills needed to write a business plan and package a feature film project from the development stage in order to raise financing.



Long-term employment opportunities exist in traditional international sales companies and distribution companies where entry level positions as Sales Coordinator or Distribution Assistant, are readily achievable whilst merging platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime demonstrate the constantly developing nature of content distribution and the increasingly global reach of new platforms.


Course Structure

The programme is one year in duration over three terms of study. A visit to an international film market and a short work placement for students will be integrated into the course.


Entry Requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree, in a relevant field, or equivalent industry experience

  • International students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent

  • Applicants for this course will be invited to attend an interview

  • This programme is subject to for the University of Gloucestershire. Therefore some aspects of the programme may change. Contact The School for more information.


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Course Timeline

This module will act as an introduction to the film industry from a business perspective, providing a historical and cultural context for how the industry works today. The module will also introduce the idea of entrepreneurship in the film industry as a hygiene factor for commercial success.

An overview of the Domestic and International landscape for Sales Agents, past and present. How to develop sales and marketing strategies for independent films and the understanding of sales contracts, sales reports & deliverables.

An overview of the Domestic & international landscape for Distributors, past & present. How to develop distribution & marketing strategies for studio films and also understanding & preparing for film markets from a producer’s perspective. This module will include a field trip to a film market such London UK Film Focus (LUFF), the Berlinale or Cannes.

Emerging Distribution Platforms - includes anoverview on platforms and strategies for online self- distribution, games marketing and distribution and future innovations for in the distribution and exhibition sectors and how they affect audiences.

This module guides students in the preparation and planning of research projects including: writing a research proposal, literature review, research paradigms, methods and techniques, project planning and management, ethical issues, writing research papers and dissertations, and oral presentations.

Choose an area of personal interest and undertake in-depth research and analysis. This can be presented as either a dissertation (10,000 words) or a practical project with an appropriate industry company with accompanying reflective and research materials.



Merit Scholarship

Central Film School is pleased to reward academic excellence. We have a number of up to 50% merit scholarships for high-achieving students entering the following courses in 2018:

  • BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking
  • BA(Hons) Screenwriting
  • MA Directing Fiction

No application for scholarship required. Students will be automatically considered for the merit scholarship upon receiving an offer for the above courses and will be notified by the admissions team if successful. Successful students will then have 28 days in order to pay a £3000 advance tuition fee payment to secure the award. Limited availability- Scholarships issued on a first come, first served basis.  It should be noted that this discount applies to new students only and cannot be cumulated with any other the Central Film School scholarship.