Dean’s Address at media briefing on commencement of M.Sc. Film Production course 

Gentlemen of the Press

Our special guests from the Nigerian film industry

Ladies and gentlemen

Enrolment commences as SMC starts Msc Film Production in September 2019

Thank you, one and all, for honouring our invitation. 

It is no news to anyone that the Nigerian creative industries have made great strides.  And the Nigerian film industry stands out in a particular way. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review points to Nollywood as a market-leading innovation, and profiles it as one of three innovations that have helped create entirely new (frontier) markets. 

According to the authors of the article, Nollywood is among scores of entities that have realised enormous growth by creating entirely new markets in the least expected places. They call it the power of market-creating innovation. 

The Nigerian film industry is a striking phenomenon in the way its practitioners have faced up to the existing challenges and built an empire out of nothing. They have found solutions to challenges of funding and distribution, thereby creating a model that is now being emulated in so many other countries. What the practitioners have achieved is a notable case study for scholars given the contribution to knowledge in the area of routes to market, product development and market entry.

The Pan-Atlantic University, I am proud to say, has through its School of Media and Communication, has been involved with the industry from early days. We have followed the development of the industry closely and have sought, through various activities and initiatives, to contribute to the development of the industry. Of particular note here are the various training programmes and the establishment of the Nollywoood Studies Centre, a resource and archival centre that has in its holdings over 10, 000 Nollywood films from the early days to the newer worksWe are also the educational partners of Multichoice in the recently established Multichoice Talent Factory Academy. All of this goes to manifest our confidencein this industry and its tremendous potential. And we believe that it deserves all the support it can get towards furthering its development.

A key part of this required development is training. There still remains a gap in this area because the number of available outlets for training do not match the great number of persons wanting to enter this industry. It is for this reason, that the School of Media and Communication of Pan Atlantic University is instituting the Master’s in Film Production course. SMC will be the first to offer this level of certificationin film studies in Nigeria. 

The MSc Film Production course joins other MSccourses in Communication. SMC commenced life with graduate degree courses in communication. A decade later, the School of Media and Communication has earned its pips as a foremost institution for graduate studies in communication

The SMC MSc in Film Production will cover four key knowledge areas. These are: Scripting and Directing for the Screen; Cinematography; Editing for the Screen and Sound Design for the Screen. 

The course offers specialisation options in seven major film production areas of short film; documentary; interview and feature film. Others are serial drama, commercial filmlet and the music video

The MSc Film Production seeks to inculcate in the students the knowledge and the skills required for a successful career either in filmmaking or as an academic specialising in film. It will work to animate the intersection of theory and practice in the philosophical, the entrepreneurial, the technological and aesthetic dimensions of cinema. 

Please note the following.

1. MSc Film production is a combination theory and practice course.
2. The MSc Film Production will produce industry-ready graduates. 
3. The course prepares students for the New Nollywood of global standards.
4. MSc Film Production links professionalism with integrity based on our traditional focus on ethics in Pan Atlantic University.

The many professional associations in film and associated industries will be glad to have a programme that blends theory and practice. We will continually partner with you all to ensure the courses remain best-in-class and relevant to your needs. 

Persons aspiring to enter the industry will be glad to know that world-class training in this field is now available in Nigeria. 

What does it cost? Costs are Fee per semester: N896, 558 (Eight hundred and ninety-six thousand, five hundred and fifty-eight naira only). and Application fee of N10, 000

The duration of the programme shall be FIVE semesters in full time mode; and SEVEN semesters in part time mode. This duration, in either case, shall be inclusive of Internship/Industrial Attachment.


SMC has excellent facilities to deliver tuition in Film Production. They include

a. studios for audio-visual, sound and engineering
b. Four editing suites 
c. Fifty units Apple and 50 units of Windows workstations graphics and animation suite. 

There are many and growing opportunities in this sector. The Digital Switchover (DSO) in broadcasting in Nigeria is going to lead to increased demand for content. This means that more trained persons will be required to work in content creation, production and marketing. The skills and capabilities that the MFP willteach will contribute towards meeting this need

We have put together a world-class curriculum and a first-rate faculty to commence teaching this course.   Prospective students can bank on the knowledge that they would be studying at a School renowned for graduate study of communication. 

Enrolment has commenced for this course, and I hope that the market and prospective participants will greet our offering with as much excitement as we have found in putting it together.

Thank you for listening.

Dr Ikechukwu Obiaya