Master of Arts in Film Studies

Master of Arts in Film Studies

Course Title

Master of Arts in Film Studies

MQF Level

7

Duration and Credits

6 Semesters

90 ECTS

Mode of Study

Part-time Evening

Information for International applicants

Applicants must be in possession of:

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  1. 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/li>
  2. 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
  3. 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.

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. 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.

Supplementary and Preparatory Programme

  1. the Board may require applicants admitted under paragraphs (b) and if necessary (c) to follow and pass supplementary study-units and/li>
  2. applicants in possession of a degree with Third Class Honours or Category III shall be required to complete a preparatory programme.

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The Master's in Film Studies combines theoretical and practical aspects of film and enables productive interaction between academia and the film industry. Whatever your academic background, this taught programme invites you to explore your love of film in a professional capacity. The M.A. will test your practical capabilities and provides you with the necessary techniques to successfully plan and shoot a short film, and to develop it in all its stages from the script to the screen. By analysing the interaction of image and sound and combining it with research, history, academia, and narrative, you will be appositely prepared to tell your story through the medium of film.

In addition to the compulsory study-units, students are required to choose a study-unit to the value of 5 ECTS credits from the elective study-units on offer during semester 1 and two study-units to the value of 10 ECTS credits from the elective study-units on offer during semester 2.
 
Semester 1
 
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
 
ATS5026 An Introduction to Cinematography: Theory and Practice 5 ECTS    
ATS5039 Methods of Research: Critical Approaches to Film Studies 5 ECTS    
 
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
 
ATS5102 Film Adaptation, the Literary Tradition and the Other Arts 5 ECTS    
ATS5112 Representing Otherness on Film: Gender, Disability, Sexuality and Ethnicity in the Cinema 5 ECTS    

 
 
Semester 2
 
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
 
ATS5401 Screenwriting and the Art of Dramaturgy (Part 1) 5 ECTS    
 
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
 
ATS5002 Film, Technology and the Literary Canon 5 ECTS    
ATS5004 Basic Post-Production 5 ECTS    
ATS5080 Celluloid Balloons: Film Adaptations of Comics & Comic Book Adaptations of Films, from the Silent Era to the Digital Age 5 ECTS    

 

In addition to the compulsory study-unit, students are required to choose a study-unit to the value of 5 ECTS credits from the elective study-units on offer during semester 1 and a study-unit to the value of 5 ECTS credits each from the elective study-units on offer during semester 2.
 
Semester 1
 
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
 
ATS5025 Image and Sound: An Introduction to Film Analysis 5 ECTS    
ATS5402 Screenwriting and the Art of Dramaturgy (Part 2) 5 ECTS    
 
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
 
ATS5102 Film Adaptation, the Literary Tradition and the Other Arts 5 ECTS    
ATS5112 Representing Otherness on Film: Gender, Disability, Sexuality and Ethnicity in the Cinema 5 ECTS    
ATS5161 Udine-Gorizia, International Film Studies Spring School 5 ECTS    

 
 
Semester 2
 
Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)
 
ATS5214 The Practice of Filmmaking: From the Set to the Screen (Part 3) 10 ECTS    
 
Elective Units (Elective units are offered subject to availability, a minimum number of student registrations and time-table constraints)
 
ATS5002 Film, Technology and the Literary Canon 5 ECTS    
ATS5004 Basic Post-Production 5 ECTS    
ATS5080 Celluloid Balloons: Film Adaptations of Comics & Comic Book Adaptations of Films, from the Silent Era to the Digital Age 5 ECTS    


 

 
Year   (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)
 
Compulsory Units

Students are required to register for ONE of the following study-units:
 
ATS5009 Dissertation 30 ECTS    
ATS5062 Short Film 30 ECTS    

 

This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Postgraduate Awards, 2021 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of the degree of Master of Arts - M.A. - under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Read individual films within historical and academic contexts
  • Apply key theoretical approaches to film
  • Create an innovative story and plan its treatment in all stages from the page to the screen
  • Articulate research results in a specific area in a coherent manner
  • Apply the basic techniques of scriptwriting
  • Explore issues of spectatorship in the light of cognitive, psychological, and sociological frame-works

Non EU Applicants:

Total Tuition Fees: Eur 10,800
Yr 1: Eur 5,400 - Yr 2: Eur 5,400 - Yr 3: NIL

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The taught Master's Programme in Film Studies will enable you to further your postgraduate studies at a doctoral level in film, television, and other screen media. Other work opportunities are also available if you are more interested in the practical aspects of film, and the skill acquired from this course may enable you to pursue a career in media industries as a scriptwriter, editor, and producer.

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