Our 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 you the chance to study Film Distribution as you pursue your 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. You will gain a postgraduate certificate qualification equivalent to core modules from the full-time MA Film Distribution and Marketing course.
You will be taught by a team including Oscar-nominated producer, Lee Thomas, and film industry expert, Eugenio Triana. You'll develop the strategic skills needed to apply new and emergent models of film financing to market and engage audiences in a competitive, fast changing, global entertainment business.
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.
You will receive tuition through structured learning packages comprising of recorded materials, self-study tasks and practical exercises. These participatory exercises will engage you deeply with the material and connect you with your peers through active research and asynchronous discussion.
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.
As modules progress there is a greater emphasis on you self–managing your time as the structure is loosened while you apply your learning to research and completing your assignments.
You will be given the option to respond to assignments in the context of your real professional industry practice or in response to set challenges around positioning, market interest, budgets/film finance and the international film marketplace, to form strategic business proposals.
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,280 available for postgraduate study.
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
Multimedia / digital content creation
Media and communications
|And/or you may have work experience in the sector, such as:|
Freelance filmmaking / production
Working as a runner, production coordinator
English - IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any bands). We do also accept students who have TOEFL or Pearsons.
For information on equivalence scores and pre-sessional language courses please visit English Language provision
Please note, it is not a requirement to have previous experience working in the sector or to have studied a film related undergraduate programme, as the course will provide a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles and basic core knowledge of film marketing and distribution.
Shortlisted applicants will then be invited for an interview at NTI Birmingham or for EU/International students via Skype or telephone.
|PgCert||Sep 2017||DL||9 months||£2,970|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
|PgCert||Sep 2017||DL||9 months||£4,000|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
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The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
We offer discounts on our fees to help you with your financial costs which could give you either 10 or 20 per cent discount on your tuition fee.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
This course is delivered 100% online. You must have easy access to a personal computer with a secure, reliable Internet connection to participate.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. As a distance learner you have access to an extensive digital library providing access to a range of eBooks, journals and research databases. In addition to this, you will be supplied with a hard copy of the primary course textbook as part of your fee. While you may choose to purchase hard copies of additional texts, key readings associated with your study will be available from our library or online (subject to normal online access arrangements).
As aspirational film industry practitioners we expect students to regularly watch films. Occasionally we may suggest a case-study film to facilitate your self-directed study or group discussion and debate. While participation is encouraged, the purchase and viewing of such a title is not compulsory. Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £70 to cover the cost of purchasing or viewing such films, general stationery and study materials.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.
Interviews are normally conducted at University House (home to NTI Birmingham) but can be done over Skype if it's more suitable for the applicant.
For general information about applying to study at Birmingham City University, please head to to the University's general How to Apply section.
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We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?
Film Audiences and the Distribution Landscape
This module will be an introduction to the structure of the film industry: how it is organized, its different players and how business models have evolved over the last 100 years. It will point to how these structures might change in the future or are already changing.
If you have no previous background in the film industry this module will provide you with grounding in the business models, which facilitate the funding, communication and distribution of film products. It will also introduce the working practices of the studios, and how these differ from the independent film sector.
The Film Value Chain
This module will give you a deep insight into the skills necessary for a career in film distribution. It will cover all aspects of the sector from learning the intricacies of finance, to a close look at contracts, audience research and the landscape of distribution.
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.
Live video conferences are scheduled during each module to reinforce learning, connect the group and engage with industry.
As modules progress there is a greater emphasis on you self-managing your time and independent study while you apply your learning to research and completing your assignments. Students are offered one-to-one tutorial opportunities during this period.
Assignments are coursework based and designed to reflect work you would be doing in industry, with assessments around individual proposals, pitches and film packages, all with an emphasis on critical evaluation. If you are working in industry in parallel to your studies you will be given the option to respond to module assignments in the context of your real professional practice.
There are no residential periods of study, requiring travel to the UK.
There will be around 4 to 5 hours of structured work packages per week. In addition to this there will also be around 8 hours of directed and self-directed study each week.
After completing the PG Certificate in Film Distribution you may be interested in continuing your study and gaining a Master's award with our MA Film Distribution and Marketing course.
This course is specifically designed to prepare market-ready, entrepreneurial graduates that are able to meet the challenges of the new film distribution and funding environment.
Our intention is that students will play a key role in production teams of the future in emerging roles such as Producer of Marketing and Distribution. The course's strong emphasis on commercial awareness, market awareness and technological innovation in the sector also provides students with the opportunity to pursue careers in a wide variety of positions and company types.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
In distribution, you could work as a distributor, marketing and publicity manager, marketing assistant, publicist or publicity assistant. In the production field, you could work as a producer, packaging consultant, producer’s assistant or assistant producer. Alternatively, you could work in sales as a sales agent, sales assistant, delivery manager or assistant or a marketing manager or assistant.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Our School is popular with students from across the globe.
Students are attracted by the industry-focused, practical nature of the course. The opportunity to see how the industry works and find out more about distribution, festivals and pitching, gives you a better idea of how to break into what is often a difficult industry to enter.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
The New Technology Institute (NTI) is a part of Birmingham City University's City Centre Campus at University House.
We help you learn a specific discipline such as digital marketing, programming or art and put that discipline into practice by offering flexible teaching space, dedicated development studios and open access work areas for group projects, as well as course-specific facilities.
All Distance Learners have access to:
Distance Learners within the locality of Birmingham can also utilise the onsite library, open access study areas and production studio facilities available on campus.
Our £180 million production studio resources at Parkside Media House include:
Film Producer and Senior Lecturer Lee Thomas is the primary industry tutor for all distance-learning students. He leads or hosts the live video conferencing sessions during the course. These provide you with the opportunity to connect with a number of other industry tutors and guests, as well as other students.
The distance-learning course is managed by Course Leader and Lecturer Rebecca Tullener, who has a background working across the digital/interactive media landscape in production and management, and now specialises in Education.
Pip has been producing films for over 15 years from corporate to music videos to documentary and feature film.
His debut feature film 'The Insatiable Moon', which he produced with Tim Sanders (Lord of the Rings / Whale Rider) and shot in NZ in late 2009, won Best Foreign Film at Moondance in the US and Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the NZ film awards.
Pip's latest documentary film 'Last Shop Standing', released in September 2012, has received wide critical acclaim and is being distributed across the globe. Pip is CEO of the Producers Forum, a members based film organisation focused on development, networking and campaigning.