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Duration3 or 4 years
Teaching ModeFull-time
QualificationsBA (Hons)
NFQ LevelLevel 8
FeesStudent Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.
CAO Points2023: 420
CAO Points Range2023: 420-591

Course Outline

University College Cork's BA in Film & Screen Media is a unique, major degree that offers students a thorough film studies education on the history, theory, values, aesthetics and ideology of the moving image.

Our philosophy, at the Department of Film and Screen Media, 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, our programme innovatively combines the study of film and of screen media (Internet, mobile social media, e-publishing) and practical filmmaking modules and workshops in digital filmmaking and in writing for the screen.

Led by internationally recognised experts, this BA in Film & Screen Media will immerse you in the history and theory of film and screen media from around the world, from the birth of cinema to the age of the Internet. With a thriving component of visiting speakers, guest practitioners and artists in residence, our students have the chance to meet and be taught by professionals of the film industry and by expert speakers from universities and archives from around the world.

You also have the opportunity to make films under the guidance of experienced practitioners, and avail of professionalising opportunities provided by the programme's partnership with film festivals such as Schull's Fastnet Short Film Festival.

Students may opt into the International Pathway of the BA, and spend Year 3 studying film and screen media, as well as their second subject, at one of our partner universities abroad. (See our BA page for an indicative list of participating universities.)

This BA will equip you with skills that will work across a broad variety of careers including the media, culture and creative industries, teaching, journalism, or for further study and research at postgraduate level.

Programme Structure and Modules

Our BA in Film & Screen Media is a major degree programme that lasts 3 years. Students take 60 credits each year, as follows:

Year 1 BA Film & Screen Media (30 credits) + two other subjects (15 credits each)
Year 2 BA Film & Screen Media (40 credits) + one other subject (20 credits)
Year 3 BA Film & Screen Media (40 credits) + one other subject (20 credits)

You can also take the International Pathway, and spend Year 3 studying Film and your other subject at a partner university abroad before returning to UCC to complete your programme in Year 4. See our Go Abroad with UCC page for more information.

In Year 1 you take core courses in film studies including the theory, history, and aesthetics of film and screen media, as well as a module in practical filmmaking.

Year 1 Modules Title
FX1001  Introduction to Film Studies (10 credits)
FX1002 Introduction to Screen Media and Culture (5 credits)
FX1003  Early Cinema: From the Magic Lantern to the Pioneers (5 credits)
FX1004  Introduction to Digital Media (10 credits)

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year-to-year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules. For the International Pathway, see the BA Film & Screen Media (International) Pathway page.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours: The course is a full-time, three-year BA degree. The minimum number of lectures and seminars each week will be six hours, to take place on campus. Canvas, UCC’s learning management system, will be utilised as a support to seminars and lectures. In some cases, courses will include compulsory screenings of films.

Expected lab/practical hours: The practical modules will involve some extra hours of self-directed filming and editing. The module Screen Industries (with Placement), which will not be on offer every year, includes a short approved placement within the film, media or cultural industries. 

Teaching faculty

Our teaching faculty and team include:

We also welcome leading figures from the worlds of film, media and television in our acclaimed masterclasses and public lectures

Why Choose This Course

It opens the door to an entire different type of job set...

Dan Webb, BA Film & Screen Media

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I was drawn to the course because it allowed me to learn about the breadth of the film and media industry and history and equipped me with transferable skills...

Anna Garcea, Education & Engagement Coordinator, Cork International Film Festival

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The BA Film & Screen Media has a wonderful balance of practical work that helps us to explore our creative sides and theoretical work that keeps us engaged in our academic studies.

Emma O'Byrne, BA Film & Screen Media

This course is unique in its combination of film studies and screen media: you will get the chance to work with a resident filmmaker and collaborate on short films and promos. You will have the opportunity of working on a treatment and a short script under the tutelage of an accredited expert.

Leading figures from both Ireland and further afield will give guest lectures on film-making, film producing, screenwriting, acting, film history, and marketing of films, continuing our strong record in attracting notable speakers, including Oscar-nominated filmmakers, producers and actors.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

Our Year 3 Film & Screen Media - International Pathway is spent in an approved foreign university where students will study approved courses/modules to the equivalent value of 60 credits. All courses will be assessed by the approved Host University. See our Go Abroad with UCC page for more information.

The undergraduate Work-Experience Recognition Module (PX3000) for the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences is a final-year module that offers students the opportunity to gain retrospective recognition for professional work experience undertaken during the course of their studies.

Skills and Careers Information

With masterclasses given by practitioners from the industry, and modules in practical filmmaking/digital video, the BA will aid those seeking jobs in the film/media industry and in creative/culture industries.

The strong emphasis on developing analytical and writing skills will benefit those interested in pursuing a career in arts journalism. Furthermore, you will develop high levels of visual literacy that will ideally complement further studies (e.g. UCC’s MA in Film & Screen Media), or career paths in a wide variety of design and visual communications areas, including advertising, web and graphic design, television, multimedia, computer gaming and publishing.


Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

EnglishIrishOther Language
O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7
EU/EFTA/UK Qualifications

EU/EFTA/UK applicants presenting an equivalent school-leaving qualification should review the EU/EFTA/UK Applicants page for information on equivalent grades and how to prove their level of English.

Mature Students

To compete through the mature entry route, applicants must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the application year and apply online via the CAO by 1 February. The application should include a statement of interest, and prospective students must also apply for and sit the Mature Student Evaluation (MSE) test. Applicants may also be called for interview. 

Further information on applying as a mature student is available on the Mature Applicants and Mature Student Entry support pages. 


Applicants who meet the required level of distinctions in required subjects can apply for entry to this course using specific QQI FET qualifications. Please review the Programme Requirements on our Information for QQI FET Applicants page for information on related QQI courses, and visit Access UCC’s QQI/FET Entry section for further support. 

Non-EU Applicants

Non-EU applicants are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such applicants are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page and refer to our International Office page for more information.

Fees and Costs

  • Whether you are an EU or Non-EU student will affect the course fees applicable to you. See more information on EU Fees, Non-EU Fees, or Free Fees Status.
  • The State will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student contribution and capitation fees are payable by the student.
  • See the Fee Schedule to find out the course fee.
  • Check out scholarships that may be available to you.
  • Explore our Nurturing Bright Futures free online course (Module 5) to learn about managing your money as a student and budgeting for university life.

How To Apply

Irish and European (EU/EFTA/UK) Applicants

Apply via the CAO. See the CAO Handbook for useful information on applying through the CAO. 

Mature Applicants 

Apply via the CAO by 1 February. To apply for a place as a mature student, you must be 23 years of age on or before 1 January of the year of entry.

QQI/FET Applicants 

Apply via the CAOSee our QQI/FET Applicants page for information on the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Further Education and Training (FET) application process. 

Non-EU Applicants 

If you are from outside the EU/EFTA/UK, apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page for more information. 

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