The new 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 get involved in voluntary work for cultural projects and film festivals, such as the Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, 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. 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 programme reflects the broad spectrum of research profiles and interests of our staff and is designed to provide our students with advanced knowledge of the history, theory, and aesthetics of international film and the emerging field of screen media. With its combination of theory and practice, as well as its interface with the Industry, the MA offers students a programme of study that is simultaneously extensive, eclectic and in-depth.
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. 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.
In addition to the taught modules, students 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.
Students on the MA will also be given the opportunity to gain certification as a Final Cut Pro X editor in our specialised AppleTM Authorized Training Centre for Education.
The MA in Film and Screen Media is open to candidates with a BA degree in a Humanities subject, who have taken some undergraduate modules in Film and/or Media Studies and related subject areas, or who can demonstrate equivalent familiarity with and expertise in the subject.
An applicant will have a primary degree of at least Second Class Honours Grade I 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 applicants must submit two academic references. These should be forwarded by the referee to MA coordinator, Dr. Gwenda Young (email@example.com) on or before June 1st.
Course Code: CKE02 MA in Film and Screen Media (Full-time)
This statement must be completed as part of your application. It is very important that you complete it with care, and use it to tell us about your background, your profile and your motivation to study film with us.
Useful information on the supplementary statement is available from the file below (click the link to downlaod – PDF file).
FX6017 Film and Screen Cultures and Industries (20 credits) FX6018 Research Methodologies Seminar (10 credits)
plus 20 credits up to 30 credits from the following:
Note: Stream One students take 30 credits from the following list; Stream Two students take 20 credits from the following list:
CS6104 Digital Video Capture and Packaging (5 credits)* CS6504 Digital Video Project (5 credits)* FX6004 Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (10 credits) FX6014 Introduction to Creative Practice (Filmmaking) (10 credits) FX6010 Irish Cinema: History, Contexts, Aesthetics (10 credits) GE6020 Theories of Adaptation (10 credits) MU6037 Music and Cinema
Note: *CS6104 and CS6504 must be taken together. Maximum 6 FX students. Note: Not all optional modules may be available in a given year.
Stream One students: FX6015 Film and Screen Media Project (30 credits)
Stream Two students: FX6016 Dissertation in Film and Screen Media (40 credits)
FX6015 Film and Screen Media Project (30 credits)
The module consists of an intensive period of research and development of creative practice skills that will form the basis for a project on a on a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor (or co-supervisors).
FX6016 Dissertation in Film and Screen Media Studies (40 credits)
The dissertation consists of an intensive period of research on a specific topic and writing of dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor (or co-supervisors).
FX6017 Film and Screen Cultures and Industries (20 credits)
The course introduces students to different aspects of the study of Film and Screen Media cultures and industries, with a particular emphasis on the interface between modes of production and exhibition/dissemination. Some of the topics addressed may include: Conventions and practices (narrative and form; space and frame; alternative and avant-garde practices; genre); Archives and curatorship; new media; Cultural Industries; writing on film. As part of the study of cultural industries, this module may involve an optional placement.
FX6018 Research Methodologies Seminar (10 credits)
The objective of this module is to introduce students to the research skills and methodologies necessary for postgraduate work, with special emphasis on research in Film Studies, and to assist them in the identification and development of an MA dissertation topic.
FX6004 Film, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (10 credits)
The module's objective is to situate situate the work of a number of (mostly French) film-makers in relation to a range of post-modern theory. In particular, the course will examine the areas of voice, the auditory and the gaze in these films from the perspective of contemporary feminist and psychoanalytical theory.
The module's objectives are to provide students with an understanding of the evolution of film culture in Ireland within historical and contemporary discursive frameworks, and to develop abilities at understanding and analysing a series of indigenous films and foreign films about Ireland as cultural artefacts and artistic expressions.
FX6014 Introduction to Creative Practice (Filmmaking) (10 credits)
This module introduces students to the theory and practice of digital media production. Students will work within assigned groups on the production of a short film and a documentary.
CS6104 Digital Video Capture and Packaging (5 credits)
The objective of this module is to develop expertise in digital video capture, processing and packaging.
CS6504 Digital Video Project(5 credits)
The objective of this module is to apply and develop skills taugth in CS6104. The two modules must be take in conjunction.
GE6020 Questions of Adaptation and Adoption: Re-Writings/Re-Viewings/Re-Readings (10 credits)
The module objective is to introduce students to the burgeoning field of adaptation studies (also known as comparative adaptation theory) as a sub-discipline of comparative literature, and to apply existing scholarship in this field and its critical apparatus to a selection of literary, film and graphic texts. Students will gain a critical understanding of the "transmigration of ideas" across time, cultural, social, political and geographical boundaries, as well as back and forth across media. Relatedly, students will also be able to identify and apply the main principles of intertextual criticism.
MU6037 Music and Cinema (10 credits)
The course will offer an introduction to the rapidly emerging field of film music studies, providing students with the critical tools to address a number of key questions: what functions does music perform in film? How does it relate to image and dialogue? Do we actually notice music in the cinema?
Read on to find out what the graduates of the MA in Film Studies are doing, and how the MA has impacted on their lives and careers. You will also learn about their experience of the MA in Film Studies, and what they thought about the programme.
Angela Carew, MA in Film Studies (2014). Now an Executive Assistant with the Cork Film Festival.
I thoroughly enjoyed studying for the MA in Film Studies. There were several interesting module choices to choose from. I always looked forward to these modules and gaining a deep understanding of film in a variety of ways.
The most challenging part of the course for me was the thesis; however, it was definitely the most rewarding. All of the MA staff were very supportive and through their help I was able to complete my thesis of which I am proud.
I am currently working for the Cork Film Festival as an Executive Assistant. The skills I gained throughout the MA have served me well throughout my time there. A lot of what I do is research, and all of the essays and especially the thesis have given me a great background in research skills. I also need to use organisation and presentation skills, which I learned from preparing myself for my essays and thesis, and of course, the number of presentations we did with the use of PowerPoint.
I highly recommend the MA in Film at UCC.
Ruth Harrington, MA in Film Studies (2006). Now a Teacher
I knew upon entering into the MA that I wanted to be a secondary school teacher. I wanted to teach film which is now on the English course differently to how I was taught and I also wanted to come up with a film studies module for Transition Year. The MA provided me with ideas about how to choose films and how to analyse them, how to edit and how to present them.
After the MA I did the H.Dip. in Education and have been a secondary teacher ever since in a boys school. Every interview I did I was asked about the MA in Film Studies, and it has really helped me with teaching. The pupils connect with film and they love learning about the techniques a film employs. They also can express themselves a lot better using a film analogy.
The MA in Film Studies certainly lived up to my expectations. It was my favourite year in UCC having completed Arts, a H.Dip in Education and a counselling course. It was so interesting and informative and I have recommended it to everyone interested in film.
Shaun O’Connor, MA in Film Studies (2006). Now a filmmaker
Since completing the Master in Film Studies, I have been working as a director and editor of short films and music videos. My work has been screened and won awards at various film festivals. My film Nietzsche No. 5 won the award for Best Comedy at the Fastnet Short Film Festival 2011 and the Audience Choice Award at the Kerry Film Festival. Tearing Strips won the award for Best Comedy Under 5 Mins at the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival in Waterville, Co. Kerry. My music video for Conspiracy by Echogram won the award for 'Sexiest Video' at the 2011 Irish Music Television Awards. Also, I recently taught a weekend workshop in UCC on "Making DSLR Music Videos”. My work can be viewed at www.shaunoconnor.com
The MA in Film Studies lived up to my expectations; all the topics and films that were outlined at the beginning of the year were covered extensively. The MA gave me a good knowledge of film theory, which I have utilised when proposing video work to various clients. I thought that the exposure to and analysis of so many films that I’d never heard of was really great.
Abigail Keating, MA in Film Studies (2007). Now a PhD candidate in Film Studies at UCC
The MA went beyond my expectations. I enjoyed every aspect of it, and I’ll always look back on that year with great fondness.
The sections I found most enjoyable were the core module, Advanced Film Analysis and Theory, and the MA dissertation. Advanced Film Analysis and Theory was excellently structured, covered an impressive variety of films/movements, and was extremely well taught: I learned a lot from this module. Initially, I didn’t know what to expect with the dissertation (had heard several urban myths!). However, I genuinely loved working on it. It gave me the opportunity to carry out research on one of my favourite filmmakers, and in turn, brought with it a sense of academic independence. Also, I learned valuable lessons in terms of researching, scholarly writing, and project management.
Undertaking a thesis and MA assignments will equip you with very general skills: knowledge of referencing systems; punctuation rules; and, even though I did not notice at the time, my use of written English became tighter and more professional. All of this has proved useful to me through the various things I’ve done since graduating. On my year out (after MA, before PhD), I do think that having an MA in Film Studies on my CV attracted interest from employers, especially in areas with a strong emphasis on communication (I know that a couple of the job offers I received were definitely influenced by my Masters). On a larger scale, the MA was, of course, perfect training for what I am now doing. I entered the PhD confidently, and deeply familiar with my chosen area of research and with film studies as an academic field.
Jody Bartley, MA in Film Studies (2010). Now working at Dig Media Inc., Vancouver
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course. I loved the content, the classes, the syllabus. I learned so much—my friends hate going to the cinema with me now! The family atmosphere that the lecturers encourage was one of the highlights for me; entering into the Film Studies department, one really feels as if they are taking a huge step up from undergrad level.
In November 2010, I moved to Vancouver, bc as part of the Generation Emigration, as the Irish Times have labelled it! After six months I was hired by Dig Media Inc. I am now production coordinator for the Resource Investing News Network. I love my job and it challenges me every day, it is very relevant to the city asVancouver is a mining hub. We are currently rebranding to the Investing News Network to be launched in May. We base ourselves on the principle of producing original, unbiased content and provide education to investors. It isn’t the Arts section of The Times but it is one hell of a stepping stone.
They enquired about my MA in depth during my interview, so it was definitely my selling point. Rest assured, I haven’t given up on the North Hollywood film industry as of yet, I will keep chasing that rainbow!
Michael Twomey, MA in Film Studies (2010). Now a Teacher of English and a filmmaker
As a teacher of English I now use as much film as I can in class and find that students respond with great enthusiasm. I use film as a text but have also held film studies class exploring sound, lighting and camera work. I found it very encouraging how accessible film language is to young students and how comfortable they are with offering opinions on a wide range of film topics. I am currently shooting a film noir with first years, which encompasses scripting, acting, make-up, props and editing in a whole class project. I continue to recommend both the MA in Film Studies and the study of film as an education and career choice to the hundreds of students that I encounter.
In a more direct context related to learning from the MA I have taken a lot of inspiration into my own filmmaking and have been influenced by the films I watched on the course. Lighting, sound and in particular, space has played a major role throughout the editing process. I feel I now have a confidence with the language of film that previously had its source in instinct only and while instinct is the purest form from which art is driven, ultimately knowledge gives it direction.
Mikey Shinnick, MA in Film Studies (2011). Now working in an insurance company, and planning further study at graduate level
I chose to do the MA in Film Studies because I wanted to further my experience in the field of film and I wanted to further my education to achieve an MA.
The quality of the teaching and delivery of programme were excellent. All the teaching and delivery were detailed and extremely enjoyable. Each lecturer was very open and appreciative of debate and comments with regards to all topics which we studied.
I found the freedom of choice with what a student chose to study particularly liberating and extremely rewarding. The amount of guidance given to us on what thesis topic to chose was perfect because it led us to consider all the options on our own berth.
The MA was everything I hoped it would be. It opened my appreciation and love for film to a whole new level. The education that it has provided me will provide a set of skills I will no doubtedly be using for the rest of my life. From the research methods to the analytical reading of all cinematic movements, it will be a lesson greatly learned. I would recommend the MA to anyone who’s interested in the medium of film. It is a great MA that spans across many disciplines of study. Film can often be the most informative type of media we have in our world today, as it can provide an eye into a life or lives we would never see.
Sarah Owens, MA in Film Studies (2006). Now working in manufacturing
The most rewarding aspect of the MA was the structure of the course. Being inter-departmental, there was a great deal of variety in terms of the syllabus and the choice of subjects. I found this useful when deciding upon an area of research for my dissertation as it allowed me to explore a broad range of topics in film, both in terms of film theory and the practical side of film, i.e. production.
The MA more than lived up to my expectations. I feel that the modules offered (both mandatory and optional) gave me a good grasp of film theory, which helped me to prepare for the dissertation. Unfortunately, I am not working in a film-related area. I am, however, as passionate as ever about film. It is one of my main leisure activities, and I think that I am more appreciative of this art form as a result of choosing the MA programme.
Brid Buckley, MA in Film Studies (2007). Now studying for an MA in Creative Writing
I was very happy with the quality of the teaching and the delivery of the programme. I thought there was a broad range of areas of film theory covered. A good chronological basis on the history of the development of film was covered. I appreciated that we were allowed audit extra classes if we liked. I am doing an MA in Creative Writing at the moment and I think the MA in Film Studies helped me develop analytical skills which I can now utilise in this course.
Gemma McCarthy, MA in Film Studies (2005). Now working in retail in Cork
I was really looking forward to the course, and I came away satisfied. It encouraged me to continue to pursue my interest in film one way or another. Before I began the MA, I was worried that I would not know as much as others in the class, as an MA is so much more specific than a general degree, and it was also a small class. However, I had nothing to worry about, as we were all at pretty much the same level, and there was an opportunity for everyone to have their say whenever we discussed topics in the class.
Probably the most rewarding aspect of the whole MA was finally completing my dissertation. It’s so rewarding when you finally see it bound and complete. I actually really enjoyed the research process itself, particularly as I was writing on a topic I was truly interested in. I do think that completing a dissertation gave me new confidence in myself and the belief that I could achieve other things, be they study related or not, if I put my mind to it. You learn to work by yourself and become quite self-disciplined.
At the moment, I’m working in retail in Cork. However, I have continued to get involved in different projects and events related to film. I helped out on a number of short Irish films, and learned a lot about the practical side of filmmaking. I also have a film related blog called The Stub, and have contributed film reviews to some magazines.
John, MA in Film Studies (2005). Now studying psychiatric nursing
The MA lived up to my expectations and it was a very enjoyable year. I have since moved on to a different discipline but find the research skills I developed to be currently indispensible. Also, my critical skills have been developed and I have discovered films and areas of interest I would never have encountered before.
I am now studying psychiatric nursing. Several of the skills learned during the masters benefit my studies—group therapy sessions often involve cinema, and research topics I encounter are easier to deal with due to the skills I learned.
David Mullane, MA in Film Studies (2009). Now film festival programmer
I joined the Corona Cork Film Festival staff in my final year of my BA and have remained there since in two positions: OutLook Programmer (programming the LGBT strand of the festival) and Jury Liaison Officer (responsible for the jury members and the awards process). I have also worked for two years as the festival's Industry Officer, liaising with MEDIA Desk Ireland. In March 2012, I became Festival Programmer of GAZE Film Festival, Dublin and delivered the twentieth edition of Dublin's LGBT film festival, which was its most successful festival to date. I am still in this position and continue to work for Corona Cork Film Festival also.
I was satisfied with what I achieved and gained from the MA in Film Studies. There was a large team of lecturers and tutors, with varied teaching styles and approaches and there was a generous choice of modules offered which allowed you to tailor your experience of the course to suit you.
The most rewarding aspect of the MA was the coursework and the rigours of same, especially the presentations we made, which really served to improve our public speaking and presentation skills. I often use these skills in my work now. Also, my knowledge base of film history is invaluable in my film programming profession.
Shane Twomey, MA in Film Studies (2008). Now a teacher
Last year I did the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from UCC, and I taught for the year while doing that. This year I’m doing some substitution in the same school, and trying to do a couple of courses in things that I’ve always wanted to do: filmmaking and production. In terms of teaching English in secondary school, media studies is on the Leaving Cert curriculum, so the MA in Film Studies definitely helps with that.
Aside from the hands-on filming aspect, I got everything I could want out of the course, and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. I expected an informative, worthwhile, enjoyable year and that’s exactly what I got.
If you are a graduate of the MA in Film Studies, please get in touch and let us know how you're doing! Email: UCCFilmStudies@ucc.ie
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