Film Studies - Theory & Practice

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The MA in Film Studies: Theory and Practice is a pioneering programme that prepares students for a range of careers in film, screenwriting and media-related areas. Film today offers a broad mix of employment opportunities, including in academia, film and media practice and arts administration. This programme combines a strong academic focus on the critical and historical study of film, with modules addressing digital film practice, screenwriting, film administration, education and festival curation.

The programme allows students to pursue either an academic focused pathway or a practice-based approach to film, including the possibility of completing a feature-length screenplay during the academic year.

The full-time programme comprises four core seminar courses during the academic year and a choice from up to six options over two 12- week semesters, from which students must choose one option each semester. Part-time students will take half of these modules each year.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Duration options: The course may be taken as a full-time, one-year degree OR as a part-time degree taken over a two-year period.

2. Film School: It is offered within the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, which was established in 2003 under the patronage of the (John) Huston family. The school offers a dynamic approach to film and digital media education in a leading centre for cinema and digital culture, recognised as a Unesco City of Film.

3. The programme provides students with a range of important skills for both academic and professional positions and is delivered by leading Film Studies academics and practitioners.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent, H2.2. GPA 3.0 or equivalent international qualification. Students who do not meet the honours degree requirement but have a Level 7 degree (Merit 1) may be admitted to the PDip course with the possibility of progressing to the MA if they receive a minimum of 60% in their course work during the year. Applicants are required to submit a writing sample, consisting of either a graded academic essay or a review essay of a recent film (1,000 words), and a personal statement with their application.

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MA, PDip: Students may apply for the MA in Film Studies. Those who do not meet the minimum entry requirements may be admitted with relevant professional experience via a qualifying exam, or be admitted to the PDip.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

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Career opportunities
Graduates have gone on to further research at PhD level and have acquired positions as lecturers and researchers in third level institutions. Graduates have also found employment in a range of film festival, film and media production, and journalism roles, including university lecturer, television producer, publisher's production assistant, film producer and director, newspaper editor, journalist, teacher, theatre administrator, and film festival programmer.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Part time

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