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Film & Screen Media

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 Master’s Degree.

Unique Aspects of the 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.

Entry requirements

An applicant will have a 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 also 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.

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 administering 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

What are our graduates doing?

Teaching: Dr Abigail Keating "I enjoyed every aspect of the MA, and I’ll always look back on that year with great fondness. It introduced me to a diverse range of filmmakers and cinematic movements, and it gave me the opportunity to carry out research on and write about one of my greatest passions.

Undertaking an MA equips you with very general but very important skills in written communication and project management, developed through research and the scholarly writing of your thesis and assignments. In the period after completing the MA and before undertaking a PhD in Film Studies, I worked as a web content writer and in a legal service for asylum seekers—both of which required strong communication skills, in terms of an ability to convey complex information in a cogent, concise manner. I have also been working freelance as a video editor, videographer and web designer for a number of years. While the MA is not a practice-based degree, it is a visual studies degree, and I am a firm believer that the theoretical aids the practical.

I was awarded my PhD in 2014. So, the MA was of course perfect training for what I am now doing. Currently, I am lecturing in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. I have published widely on my areas of expertise, and I am co-founding editor (along with colleagues at UCC) and web designer of the open access journal Alphaville.”

Filmmaking: Shaun O’Connor "Since completing the Master in Film Studies, I have been working as a director and editor of short films and music videos. These have been screened all over the world and won awards at various festivals, including the DC Shorts Film Festival, the Corona Cork Film Festival, the Fastnet Short Film Festival, the Kerry Film Festival, the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival and the Irish Music Television Awards.

Most recently, I wrote and directed 'Disappear' which has had four Irish film festival screenings and will begin touring the international festival circuit soon. My short film 'Pat' is also touring internationally, screening recently at the Boston Irish Film Festival and at the Fastnet Film Festival where it was nominated for two awards.

In 2014 I directed ‘(R)onanism’, a short series for RTE / IFB Storyland, produced by the Oscar-winning Fantastic Films. My 2013 short film 'Uisce Beatha’ won the ‘Filmmaker’s Choice’ Award at DC Shorts, the biggest short film festival on the East Coast of the US. It was also selected to screen at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival 2014, the Helsinki Film Festival and Raindance London, the largest independent film festival in Europe.

In addition to my film work, I have extensive experience in directing and editing music videos, ranging from local bands to working with national stars like Julie Feeney and Declan Sinnott, and extensive corporate work. My work can be viewed at www.shaunoconnor.com "

Further enquiries

Dott Laura Rascaroli,
Film and Screen Media
E: uccfilmstudies@ucc.ie
T: +353 (0)21 490 2472
and
Dr Gwenda Young,
Film and Screen Media
E: uccfilmstudies@ucc.ie
T: +353(0)21 490 2776

Ms. Aisling O'Leary
Senior Executive Assistant
Room 1.12, First Floor, Block A,
O'Rahilly Building, UCC
Email: a.oleary@ucc.ie
Tel. 021 4902335

Subjects taught

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.

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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.

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 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

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

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE: €6,500

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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