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Creative Production + Screen Finance

Learn what it means to be a creative producer working in film, television and animation on this unique new course, supported by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ The Irish Film Board, and Screen Producers Ireland.

This MA is your opportunity to learn how projects are assessed, selected, developed, financed, made and distributed. It's also a chance to make contacts with leading Irish and international producers and experts in screen business, law, and script development. You will learn about project acquisition and development, business plans, legal issues, co-productions, contracts, sales, distribution, marketing and cross-platform exhibition. By the end of the course, you will have produced a detailed business plan for a major screen project or for a new production company.

Entrants on this course need entrepreneurial skills and/ or a background in business or law or experience in the screen industries as a script editor, production manager, associate producer or line producer. Alternatively, you may be a practice-based media graduate, who has worked in the industry for at least two years post-qualification.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
• Undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree level

• Portfolio submission, as part of your application, see guidelines below.

• Applicants may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process. Applicants in this category will be required to submit a qualifying essay of a standard that demonstrates their ability to undertake work at MA level.

• Two references must also support your application.

Please note
Portfolio: Applicants must submit a portfolio for assessment. This should include one page of A4 explaining your future ambitions in the industry and why your experience is suitable for the course. In addition, include a detailed CV and two ideas for projects that you would like to develop during the course.


1 year (full-time).

When do classes take place?
Attendance is in three intensive blocks, two in Ireland and one abroad, as well as weekly lectures/seminars and meetings with mentors.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Future careers
Opportunities exist in the screen industries (film, television and animation) both within existing production companies and for setting up new ventures.

Further enquiries

Jean Rice, Course Co-ordinator

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
Creative Production + Development
Law, Finance + Company Development
Practice Research/ Case Studies
Industry Internship + Line Production
Pitching + Production or Academic Thesis.

Application date

Application Date: 25 May 2018, 4pm.
Second round: 22 August 2018, 4pm where places are available.

Course fee


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