Film and Screen Media

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How to study film & screen media at UCC?

You can study Film and Screen Media at University College Cork from BA to PhD level.

Led by internationally recognised experts, and with a thriving visiting speakers and guest practitioners component, UCC's BA in Film and Screen Media is a unique, Major degree that offers students a thorough education on the history, theory, values, aesthetics and ideology of the moving image, from its origins to the age of Internet. The philosophy of our BA is that theory, analysis and history must be informed by practice, and that practice must, in turn, be informed by a deep understanding of how cinema and ideas about the moving image have developed. Hence, the programme innovatively combines the study of film and screen media (Internet, mobile social media, e-publishing) and practical modules and workshops in digital filmmaking and in writing for the screen.The BA equips students with the skills for careers in the media, the culture and creative industries, teaching, journalism, or for further study and research at postgraduate level.

The MA in Film and Screen Media is a one-year taught course that offers students advanced-level critical skills in the discipline of Film and Screen Media, training in digital filmmaking, and transferrable IT/web skills. This exciting new 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 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. 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.

The MRes in Film and Screen Media is a one-year, stand-alone graduate degree based on coursework and generic training, and a major research project. It offers training in project management, research skills, digital and editing skills, or qualitative data analysis, combined with a thesis developed under the supervision of staff in Film and Screen Media.

The Discipline also offers a PhD in Film and Screen Media, a 3-year degree based on a programme of study and research whose main focus is the writing of a major dissertation, and a PhD in Film and Screen Media (Creative Practice), whose main focus is a body of practice-based work designed for exhibition.

More information about all our programmes is available from this website.


Why study film and screen media at UCC?

Film and Screen Media at University College Cork is a vibrant community of lecturers, researchers and graduate students; it publishes the international, peer-reviewed, open-access Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media and it regularly organises talks by filmmakers and scholars, masterclasses with professionals, conferences and workshops. Film and Screen Media staff at University College Cork is passionately committed to film and media, to education and to innovation.

Cork hosts a lively community of filmmakers, and the city and region are home to a number of local, national and international film festivals, with which the Discipline has forged important links.

UCC Film and Screen Media is a Discipline in both the School of English and in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.


Why study film today?

We live in times that are deeply shaped by the pervasiveness of the image, and by the prominence of the audiovisual media—from the cinema and television to computers, mobile phones, DVD players and videogame consoles. The digital revolution has exponentially increased the presence and relevance of images and of audiovisual products in our lives, so much so that we fully depend on them for both work and entertainment. It has also produced a relocation of the film theatre experience to other screens—TV, computers, portable players and consoles, mobile phones, monitors and urban screens. Indeed, the cinematographic image, which so accurately captured the spirit of the last century, has today been completely and imperceptibly assimilated into everyday life.

It is evident that audiovisual communication is the present and future of our society; the cultural and financial prominence of the global entertainment industry (cinema, television, gaming) is also apparent. Consequently, the need is strongly felt today for a specific education to the history, values, aesthetic and ideology of the moving image—an education capable of preparing students for the challenges of our society and our evolving technologies, as well as for careers in the media, or further study and research at postgraduate level.

Film Studies is the guiding, founding discipline for all visual, audiovisual, media and new media studies. This is because all the questions that are central to these fields today—what is an image, what is a screen, what is the frame, what is an audiovisual narrative, what is a spectator—have been first posed, probed and answered within the discipline of Film Studies. Questions about identity, representation, ideology, communication, medium, affect, identification, projection, reflectivity, reality and virtuality, have first emerged within Film Studies since its inception and its academic establishment fifty years ago, and continue to be fully relevant today. In a society that cannot do without a critical engagement with the moving image in all its guises, old and new, Film Studies is still the most important and complete frame of reference and enquiry. At UCC, we combine and extend the study of film with the study of screen media theory and practice.


Heads of Discipline, Prof. Laura Rascaroli and Dr Gwenda Young


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