Master of Arts in Film Studies

Master of Arts in Film Studies

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Course title Master of Arts in Film Studies
Course code PMAFLMPET5
Postnominal M.A.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Gloria Lauri Lucente
Delivered by Faculty of Arts
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 six compulsory units, a choice of elective units, and a dissertation, or a short film. The compulsory units will cover transitional moments in the history of film, research methods in visual analysis, cinematography, 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; the representation of otherness; 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, students will be given the opportunity to draw on both the acquired theoretical and practical knowledge imparted to them during the first two years of the programme through the structuring, the visualization, and the actual shooting of a short film.

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.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Second Class or better in the same or in a closely related area of study as the area of study applied for,
provided that the Board may consider applicants in possession of the Degree with Third Class Honours only if it is satisfied that such applicants 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 55% 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 paragraphs (a) and (b) above. This comparability may, in exceptional cases, extend to applicants proposing a research topic which in itself bridges the area of study of the first degree and the one being applied for. In such cases, applicants would be required to attend an interview to assess their suitability, in accordance with procedures established by the Board.

Depending on the nature of the programme, the Board may allow applicants possessing a degree other than those specified in 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.

The Admissions Board may admit up to two applicants not in possession of a first cycle degree, if it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of professional qualifications or experience closely related to the area of study, which in the judgement of the interviewing board enable such applicants to follow the Course with profit. The admission of such applicants shall not be subject to the selection criteria approved by Senate in terms of the bye-laws for the Course. If there are more than two such applicants, selection shall be based on the length of the relevant experience or the quality of relevant output.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,800
Fee per semester: Eur 800

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL
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, 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 narratological 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.

Students writing a dissertation will formally articulate the research results on a specific area in a coherent and systematic fashion. Alternatively, in shooting a short film, students will apply the basic techniques of scriptwriting required in the planning and development of a screenplay and will then transform their script into an audio-visual text.
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 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.
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Last Updated: 22 March 2019

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