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Film & Screen Media

Course Outline
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 voluntary placements in festivals, offered throughout the programme year. The unique theory and practice blended programme and the range of learning methods offered by the Department 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. This 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 optional modules and complete either a traditional research dissertation or a practice-based project under expert supervision.

Students can opt to complete a practice-based project, incorporating a short film/visual project and a reflective piece (40 credits) or a 16,000-word research-based dissertation (40 credits). All students will graduate with the same Master's Degree.

Students will avail of specialised tuition in the areas of film and screen media and digital filmmaking, and 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.

Students can avail of a selection of option modules, in film studies, in filmmaking, in cultural/film studies, as well as a core module that offers advanced-level studies in film and screen media. Topics covered in the programme include:
amateur filmmaking
theory and practice
the essay film
archives and curatorship
music and cinema
writing on cinema
mobile filmmaking
new media & new technologies
theory and practice
feminism/gender studies and film
national cinemas
independent cinema

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Why Choose This Course
The MA in Film and Screen Media's 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.

Placement or Study Abroad Information
Students may avail of an optional placement with one of our Industry partners (Cork Film Festival; Schull Fastnet Film Festival; European University Film Award (EUFA)).

Entry requirements

Requirements
An applicant will have an honours primary degree of at least Second Class Honours Grade I or equivalent in the Humanities. Successful applicants will normally have evidence of successful performance in undergraduate modules taken in Film Studies and/or Media Studies and/or practical/professional expertise or qualification in the area.

Applications from students with a Second Class Honours Grade II degree in a suitable subject may be considered. These applicants may be requested to submit a proposal and/or attend an interview. All candidates must satisfy a Selection Committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Students of the MA in Film and Screen Media will avail of a range of modules that combine theory/analysis with practice. The emphasis is on equipping students with transferrable skills in digital filmmaking, IT, and writing. Film and Screen Media offers a dynamic interface with the Industry and students can avail of cultural industry placements and masterclasses and tuition from Industry professionals.

What can I do after I graduate with an MA in Film Studies?
Graduates of our master's degree have developed careers in media and filmmaking, in cultural industries (including the programming and adminstering of major Film Festivals); second and third level teaching/lecturing; journalism (national and international); library information. While studying on the MA in Film and Screen Media students have the opportunity to avail of Apple certified training and placements within the Industry that will equip them with transferable skills and professional experience.

Occupations associated with the MA in Film Studies degree:
Film and Media Industries
Cultural industries
Journalism
Teaching
Academia
Event management
Public Sector

Further enquiries

Dr Gwenda Young
e: g.young@ucc.ie
t: + 353 21 4902776
https://www.ucc.ie/en/filmstudies/ma/

Ms Linda Murphy
e: uccfilmstudies@ucc.ie
t: +353 (0)21 490 3863

Subjects taught

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 Master's Degree.

Students can avail of a selection of option modules, in film studies, in filmmaking, in cultural/film studies, as well as a core module that offers advanced-level studies in film and screen media. Topics covered in the programme include: amateur filmmaking: theory and practice; the essay film; archives and curatorship; music and cinema; writing on cinema; mobile filmmaking; new media & new technologies: theory and practice; feminism/gender studies and film; national cinemas; independent cinema.

Students will avail of specialised tuition in the areas of film and screen media and digital filmmaking, and may also opt to take up placements in festivals, including the Cork Film Festival, offered throughout the programme year.

Students 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.

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar.

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Course Practicalities
This full-time, one-year degree adopts a range of teaching methods and techniques, including traditional lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials, film screenings, practical labs, group work. You attend taught modules throughout the two teaching semesters (September to March), then focus entirely on your dissertation/project during the summer months. Some modules may involve some extra hours of self-directed filming and editing. You may opt to take up placements in festivals, including the Cork Film Festival, offered throughout the programme year. You are required to attend all classes and to prepare for seminar discussion by reading assigned materials and by viewing prescribed films.

Modules use a variety of forms of assessment including essay writing, oral presentations with technological support, portfolios, treatments, films and creative/practical projects. By being exposed to diverse forms of assessment, you acquire a broad set of discipline-specific as well as transferable skills that prepare you for different professions or for further study at postgraduate level in film or related areas. In addition to the taught modules, you can choose what kind of final project to undertake under expert one-to-one supervision, be it a research-focused dissertation or a creative practice-based portfolio.

The MA is taught by Film and Screen Media lecturers based in the Department of Film and Screen Media, School of Film, Music and Theatre; by PhD and Post-doctoral Researchers in Film and Screen Media at UCC; and by lecturers based in other Schools and Departments including Computer Science, French, German, Hispanic Studies, and Music.

With its annual seminar series of visiting speakers and guest practitioners, as well its resident UCC/Arts Council Film Artist on campus, UCC Film and Screen Media gives students ample opportunities to meet and be taught by professionals and experts.

Assessment method

Modules use a variety of forms of assessment including essay writing, oral presentations with technological support, portfolios, treatments, films and creative/practical projects. By being exposed to diverse forms of assessment, you acquire a broad set of discipline-specific as well as transferable skills that prepare you for different professions or for further study at postgraduate level in film or related areas. In addition to the taught modules, you can choose what kind of final project to undertake under expert one-to-one supervision, be it a research-focused dissertation or a creative practice-based portfolio.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

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