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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Film Studies








Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening


This is a flexible programme designed to reach students from different academic backgrounds with a strong interest in the theory and practice of film. It combines the theoretical aspects in Film Studies with a practical component and will enable productive interaction between the academia and the film industry.

Students will benefit from the taught component which will help them gain new insights and hone their skills in the critical analysis of Film and its relationship to the other Arts. Students will be introduced to the key moments in the history of cinema and the principal interpretive approaches to film, to be explored in relation to specific genres, auteurs, contexts of production as well as spectatorship.

The programme will also provide students with the necessary techniques to successfully plan and shoot a short film and to develop it in all of its stages from the script to the screen.

The programme consists of five compulsory units, a choice of elective units, and a dissertation, or, when possible, a placement. The compulsory units will cover transitional moments in the history of film, research methods, screenwriting, and the production of a short film. Elective modules will allow participants to follow specific areas of study which include the following: world cinema; auteur theory; comics, the graphic novel and cinema; location-based filming; the rapport between film, literature and the other Arts; and audio-visual translation strategies. The dissertation offers students the opportunity to undertake independent research and to produce work of a high academic standard. Alternatively, the placement offers students the experience of working within a media company.

Because of the programme’s unique combination of theory and practice, enrolment will be open to a maximum of 15 students. This will ensure one-to-one supervision.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By offering a broad understanding of how film has developed over the years, the theoretical component will train students how to read individual films within a precise historical context and as part of an intricate web of intertextual and cultural relationships. Students will analyse the interaction of image and sound from the 'silent' era to the contemporary age of multimedia expression and will be equipped with a wide knowledge of specific genre forms. They will be able to apply key theoretical approaches to film such as Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Marxism and to discuss questions of remediation of literary texts through film, television and other media. They will be able to explore issues of spectatorship in the light of cognitive, psychological and sociological frameworks. In writing their assignments and the dissertation, students' research skills and methods will be developed and refined.

The programme will also provide participants with a broad overview of how to create an innovative story and to plan its treatment in all the necessary stages from the page to the screen. After having become acquainted with the basic narratorial strategies of scriptwriting, students will be introduced to the practical aspects of film, which include the structuring, the pre-visualization, and the actual shooting of a screenplay as well as its production and post-production. Students will work as part of a team and will be taught how to identify roles and take on specific responsibilities.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The taught Master’s programme in Film Studies will enable holders of the degree to pursue their postgraduate studies at a doctoral level in film, television, and other screen media. Other work opportunities for students who are more interested in the practical aspects of film may include a career in one of the numerous areas of the media industries such as scriptwriting, editing, and production.
COURSE INTENDED FOR This new programme has been specifically designed to meet the growing demand for a Master’s degree entirely dedicated to Film Studies. It should attract students who are interested in taking up an academic career by eventually pursuing their studies in Film at a Ph.D level. It should also appeal to students who would like to seek employment in one of the numerous areas of the film, television and media industries. Moreover, the degree is intended for candidates who are already working in the screen media industry but who would like to enhance their skills by acquiring a more formal training.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,
provided that applicants in possession of the Degree with Third Class Honours shall satisfy the Board that they are in possession of other qualifications, including relevant experience, obtained following the first cycle degree or

(b) the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the same or in a closely related area of study as that applied for, with an average mark of not less than 65% in that area or

(c) a degree from this or from another university which the Board considers as comparable to any of the degrees indicated in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b).

The Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) to join the Course subject to an interview to establish whether they have sufficient proficiency and background to be able to profit from the Course. In certain such instances the Course Co-ordinator may recommend that applicants follow part or all of the relevant preparatory programme.

Applicants for this course are required to sit for an interview which will be held on 28 July 2015. This date cannot be changed.

The Board shall announce the number of available places, and the criteria for selection of applicants at the time of the call for applications. The maximum number of applicants that can be admitted into the course is 15 students.

The selection criteria is available here.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated above were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

Preparatory Programme

Applicants admitted under sub-paragraph (b) and if necessary (c) shall be required to complete a preparatory programme, comprising not less than 30 and not more than 60 credits as directed by the Board, depending on the number of credits already obtained in that area of study, with an overall average mark of 55% or better, prior to their registration as regular students on the Course.

The Board may grant applicants full or partial exemption from the requirement of the preparatory programme if it is satisfied that the applicant possesses post first cycle degree work experience that is relevant to the area of study applied for.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 27 September 2017
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