UCC Postgraduate courses

Film and Screen Media

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Film and Screen Media

  • Code

    CKE02 Full-time

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2020

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2020


  • Entry Requirements

    Honours Primary degree at 2H1 level or equivalent in the Humanities. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Applications now closed - closed 6th September

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June

  • Start Date

    28 September 2020

Course Outline

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 MA combines theory, analysis, history and practice, with an emphasis on encouraging students’ academic skills and creativity (in critical writing; filmmaking; film/media journalism; cultural administration). Students will benefit from specialised tuition in the areas of film and screen media and digital filmmaking and may also avail of voluntary work for cultural projects and film festivals, such as the Fastnet Film Festival, Schull. With its annual seminar series of visiting speakers and guest practitioners, as well as mentorship by resident UCC/Arts Council Film Artist, UCC Film and Screen Media gives students ample opportunities to meet and be taught by professionals and experts. We are also the only Irish partner in the European University Film Award — an award of the European Film Academy (EFA) and Filmfest Hamburg presented and voted for by university students across Europe — with one student gaining the opportunity to travel to Germany to participate in the Awards.

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


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.

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.  Students may have opportunities to avail of voluntary work in film festivals or cultural events.  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, (see the Department website https://www.ucc.ie/en/fmt/ for more details), as well as mentorship by our resident UCC/Arts Council Film Artist, UCC Film and Screen Media gives students ample opportunities to meet and be taught by professionals and experts.

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 have opportunities to avail of volunteering work with one of our Industry partners (Cork Film Festival; Schull Fastnet Film Festival; European University Film Award (EUFA)). 

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 administration work with 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 "


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, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €6,670.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €13,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 


For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKE02AdditionalQuestions

Two references must be supplied: these can be uploaded with your PAC application or emailed directly to the MA coordinator, Dr. Lara Rascaroli (l.rascaroli@ucc.ie)

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

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