UCC Undergraduate courses

Film and Screen Media

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Film and Screen Media

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3 or 4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2017: 422

Course Outline

The BA Film and Screen Media provides a thorough education in the theories, history and practice of the moving image, from the beginnings of cinema to the present day.

The course is at the cutting edge of international studies in the moving image. You will study films from around the world and topics such as Hollywood cinema, film and new media, genre cinema, art film, silent cinema and national cinemas.

You will also study the theories and practice behind contemporary screen media (the Internet, social media, e-publishing) and have the chance to make short films and promos, collaborate on group projects, and develop short screen plays with our award-winning filmmaker and our film artist in residence.

Students also study two additional subjects in Year 1 selected from a list of 26 and continue with one of these in Years 2 and 3.

This BA course has a strong emphasis on developing your skills in the area of critical/theoretical analysis of film and media texts. You will acquire practical and transferable skills in digital filmmaking, collaborating on group projects (promos/short films), working on treatments and a short screenplay, and compiling a portfolio.

You will take a combination of courses on the theory and aesthetics of cinema and screen media and practical workshops on digital filmmaking and screenwriting. A short placement with the film or culture industries may also be offered (subject to availability).


Year 1 Modules:


  • 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)


plus two other First Arts subjects (15 credits each) from Groups 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Year 2 Modules:


Film Theory;  Studies in Cinema;  Making Digital Media;  Writing and the Screen;  Special Studies in Film;  American Cinema to 1960;  Special Studies in Screen Media


Sound and the Moving Image;  Modernism in European Cinema;  Cinema and Identity in Spain and Latin America plus one other Arts subject (20 credits) continued from First Year

Year 3 Modules:


Contemporary Cinema;  Ireland on Screen;  Special Studies in Filmmaking/New Media;  Screen Industries;  Postmodernism in European Cinema;  Special Studies in Film


European Cinema;  German Film in focus;  Arts Subject continued from Second Year

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

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. Blackboard, 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. 

Why Choose This Course

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

Dan Webb

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...has a wonderful balance of practical work that helps us to explore our creative sides, and theoretical work that keeps us engaged in...

Emma O'Byrne

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This course is unique in its combination of film studies and screen media. In the course of your degree, you 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

Third Arts (Film and 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.

UCC’s College of Arts offers two bespoke work-placement modules to its students. The first module, PX2000, is a second-year module that offers a College-approved mentored placement in a variety of professional settings, both paid and unpaid.PX3000 is a final-year module which 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 and 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 Cert entry requirements:

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:



Other Language




Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must apply for and sit the MSAP test.  Approximately three places are available for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC applicants: entry to the first year of this programme is available on a competitive basis to students who achieve a minimum of 4 Distinctions (i.e. greater than 80%) from any of the FETAC programmes listed on our FETAC pages: FETAC Requirements.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates 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 for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for the receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

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. 

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