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Course Summary

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.

Course Highlights

  • Our tutors are industry professionals with knowledge and experience of contemporary industry practice and trends.

  • The course involves a relatively higher level if practical and professional skills covered on the programme.

  • Students experience working with the support and guidance of experienced producers to help realise their vision.

  • Students will develop and pitch their final graduation project with the help and support of a mentor from the very start of their course.

  • Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class time


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.

Student Films

Course Timeline

MODULE 1 - Film Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

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.


Subject to validation

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.

module 3 - Distribution structure

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. 

MODULE 4 - emerging distribution platform

Emerging Distribution Platforms - includes an overview 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.

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 validation for the University of Gloucestershire. Therefore, some aspects of the programme may change. Please contact the School for further details.

Course Fees

Home / EU - £9,500
International student - £16,950

Duration: 1 year
Start date: October 2019

In addition to tuition fees, you will incur a further costs of £500 to cover the Graduation film.  You will also need Production hard drive for your work and travel expenses.  The School will cover Actors costs, shooting kit and Production costs for module exercises.

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:


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  • BA(Hons) Practical Filmmaking

  • BA(Hons) Screenwriting

  • MA Directing Fiction

  • MA Filmmaking

  • MA Sales and Distribution

  • MA Visual Effects

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 £3,000 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.