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Study production abroad

An in-depth guide to studying production as an international student.

Production degrees abroad

A degree in production will give you the skills you’ll need to take on roles in film, television and other media production. You can study a wide range of production programs covering things like music and theater, but many programs focus on the film and television industry.

As a production student, you need to have a strong passion for storytelling and filmmaking. You will develop skills in filming and editing, while building on your research and analysis skills. The best production programs will give you a mix of technical production skills and theoretical knowledge.

Countries all over the world offer film production programs, and by studying abroad you’ll get a unique perspective on the subject. Every country has a different approach to filmmaking, so as an international student you'll have a great opportunity to broaden your experience and knowledge.

Production program structure

You can study for a range of production qualifications at undergraduate level, including diplomas, certificates and BAs. At bachelor’s level, you will study production over three or four years, and if you attend a university in the US, you can choose production as a major or minor concentration.

At postgraduate level, you can study an MA, MSc or PgDp (Postgraduate Diploma) in production or production-related subjects. Which qualification is right for you will depend on where you are in your education or career, and what precise area of production you want to study.

Production programs usually including a large amount of practical classes and workshops where you can hone your skills and gain experience using the latest equipment. You will also learn through lectures and seminars, and many programs will include placements where you’ll get the opportunity to put the skills you’ve learned into practice.

The precise program content and curriculum you will study will depend on the course you choose to take. It will also vary depending on the country and university you study at, but some common production modules include:

  • Storytelling
  • Scriptwriting
  • Cinematography
  • Production design
  • Sound and camera
  • Digital practice
  • Film and TV industry
  • Pre-production
  • Post-production

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Production study abroad programs

Production undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in production

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    Music Technology, Entrepreneurship & Production - BFA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Communication and Media Studies - Video Production - BA Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Film (Film and Media Production) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,434 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Theatre Design Production and Technology - BA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Broadcasting: Media Production - BJour University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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Diploma in production

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    Music Industry (Sound Production), Advanced - AdvDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    20,500 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Film and Television Production - AdvDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,840 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Horticulture Technology: Sustainable Production Horticulture Specialization - UGDip Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,383 CAD
    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Animation – Digital Production - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,907 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Associate in production

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    Screen and Media Production - AASc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,760 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Pathway in production

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    Music Performance & Production (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Production graduate programs

Master's in production

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    Television Content Development and Production - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Post Production Editing - MA Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    14,500 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Electronic Media Production - MA Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,300 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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    Editing and Post Production - MA London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Theatre Arts: Theatre Production Specialization - MA Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,007 USD
    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in production

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    Production and Manufacturing Engineering - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,780 GBP
    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
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Diploma in production

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    Theatre Arts - Technical Production - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,052 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Video Production - OCDip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,457 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in production

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    Costume Production - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    12,440 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future production careers

A degree in production will open up a host of exciting and creative opportunities in a wide range of industries. Some of the most popular roles for production graduates include:

  • Film/video editor
  • Film director
  • Lighting technician
  • Media producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Broadcast researcher
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Showrunner

Careers in film and TV are still a common route for production graduates, but new opportunities are also available in other sectors that need moving images for their websites, social media platforms and adverts.

Use your time at university to build up your experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Joining related student clubs and organizations is a great way to hone your skills, and show future employers your passion and dedication.