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30/05/2002

Surrey college launch 'innovative' MA for film students

The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College have announced the introduction, from October 2002, of a new Masters degree in European Film Production.
Offering an area of specialism not delivered elsewhere within British higher education, the MA will encompass study of the European film industry, including funding processes, co-production arrangements and pan-European structures for media support.
Designed to achieve both professional and academic outcomes, the introduction of this post-graduate programme is timed to coincide with key developments within the industry. The Film Council has guaranteed, for example, that 20% of its production funds would be dedicated to European co-productions.
Led by Barrie Ellis-Jones, the former Executive Secretary of EURIMAGES, Council of Europe, and previously head of Funding and Development and Acting Deputy Director at the British Film Institute, the new course will be supported by a team of staff recognised for their research at national and international levels.
Visiting lecturers such as Carolyn Lambert, Carole Tongue, Robert Jones and David Hancock will provide additional expertise and insight into the nature of European film.
Manuel Alvarado, the Institute’s Professor of Media Research, said: “For the first time people who want to break into film-making with a European focus will be able to study for an MA which concentrates on all aspects of how to raise funding, negotiate contracts and generally navigate their way round the complexities of the film industries of Europe. This innovative course marks and exciting and unique first in British higher education.”
Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College, www.surrart.ac.uk
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