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Who is the MA in Film Studies for?
This MA is aimed primarily but not exclusively at those who have done some formal study of screen cultural practices at undergraduate level. This MA would be good preparation for research work.
What will I learn?
This MA gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of film from within and beyond the canon in a variety of genres, periods and forms. You will acquire transferable analytical and practical skills which will be of benefit to you in whatever career path you may choose.
How will I benefit?
You will acquire critical media literacy skills and put these into use in the writing of essays and in the writing and presentation of a minor thesis.
What is the programme about?
The focus is on film history and critical studies with an emphasis on issues of gender, class, race/ethnicity, consumerism and citizenship within national, international and transnational contexts. The aim of the course is not to provide you with a superficial knowledge of the entire spectrum of film and screen culture but an in-depth knowledge of selected areas and also to provide you with an opportunity to identify, pursue and develop your own particular research interest.
Semester One includes a core module in film theory and culture.
In semesters one and two you will follow a second core module in research skills to equip you to write and present a minor thesis on a topic devised in consultation with your thesis supervisor.
Other modules include Screenwriting, Chick Flicks, Documentary, Irish and Postwar Italian cinema (this list may change).
Where can I go?
Some students will see this MA as a preparation for PhD research and an academic career in film/television/screen and cultural studies. Most will see it as a way of acquiring knowledge and skills which will help further their careers in the public and private sectors, in areas including archives and libraries, arts administration, second-level teaching, journalism, broadcast media and the film industry.
If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.
MA Film Studies
You will need: