The MA in Film and Screen Media is a one year taught course that offers advanced-level critical skills in the disciplines of Film and Screen Media, training in digital filmmaking, and transferrable IT/web skills. The MA combines theory and practice, with an emphasis on encouraging students academic skills and creativity (in filmmaking; film/media journalism; cultural administration). Students will avail of specialised tuition and supervision, and may also opt to take up placements in festivals, including the Cork Film Festival, offered throughout the programme year. The unique 'stream' approach and range of learning methods of the MA means that students have greater flexibility in shaping the kind of programme they want, and can pursue their interests in theoretical and cultural studies, creative practice, critical writing, or the culture industry. The MA distinctive blend of theory, creative practice, and industry links is unique in Ireland
The MA in Film and Screen Media is a 90-credit programme with both a taught and a research component. Students take core modules and a selection of option modules, and complete either a traditional research dissertation or a practice-based project under expert supervision.
Students will be guided into choosing one of two streams to tailor their MA.
Students opting for Stream One take core taught modules for 30 credits, plus three option modules (also 30 credits), and then complete a practice-based project (30 credits) instead of a traditional written dissertation.
Students choosing Stream Two will take the same core taught modules as in Stream One (30 credits) but select two option modules (20 credits) and write a 16,000-word research-based dissertation (40 credits). All students will graduate with the same Masters Degree.
Unique Aspects of the Course
The MA in Film and Screen Medias distinctive blend of theory, creative practice, and industry links is unique in Ireland. Students on the MA will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, that include large screen and surround sound system; Apple lab; digital cameras and industry-standard filmmaking equipment; and teaching and performance space, all located in the heart of one of the most beautiful University campuses in Ireland. Students can also avail of specialised Apple training in our newly established Apple Authorised Training Centre for Education.