MA Film & Screen Media

Portia Ameyalli Garcia Cruz, MA Film & Screen Media

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Amy O'Callaghan, MA and BA in Film & Screen Media

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Benjamin Rupprecht, MA Film & Screen Media

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Casey Hynes, MA and BA in Film & Screen Media

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Shaun O'Connor, MA Film & Screen Media

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Rachel Gough, MA and BA in Film & Screen Media

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MA in Film and Screen Media, CKE02 (Full-time)

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; in 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 involvement 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 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 creative reuse; nonhuman animals on screen; 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. Check out a selection of our graduates' work here: MA creative practice playlist.

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.

For further information visit the MA online prospectus: or contact:

Watch our promo video HERE

Check out a blog, written by MA student, Gabrielle Ulubay, who detailed her time on the course, and her experiences in Ireland as an International Student HERE



Closing Date for non-EU Applicants: June 30th

Closing Date for EU applications: UCC operates a rolling system of applications and offers. Please see dates below.

a. Round 1:  January 16th

b. Round 2:  March 7th

c. Round 3:  May 3rd

d. Round 4:  August 1st

Keep an eye on our website for updates on all application dates.

Entry Requirements

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 references, one of which should be from an academic mentor or lecturer. These should be uploaded with your application.

Application Details

Course Code: CKE02 MA in Film and Screen Media (Full-time)

Application for our postgraduate programmes is online at Please check out the closing dates and entry requirements at Courses | University College Cork ( before making your application. The application fee is €50 (for up to two postgraduate programmes). You will be asked to upload documents, including two references (one of which must be academic), to support your application as part of the application process. You can upload documents to the application portal once you have submitted your application. If you have any questions on the application process, please contact us through our web enquiry form.

The supplementary candidate's statement

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 download). Your statement can be uploaded with your application. If you wish to submit usbs/disks etc. you can submit them directly to the MA coordinator.

Supplementary statement: information


Information on Programme Requirements and Module Descriptions can be found in the Academic Programme Catalogue.


Scholarships and Prizes

Fee discount 25% for returning international students

UCC's College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences is pleased to welcome back international students who may have attended UCC and taken modules in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences in the past and now wish to return to UCC to pursue a taught Masters programme in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

As an incentive, Non-EU graduates (with at least a Second Class Honours grade 1 (or equivalent) who attended UCC in the past (for a semester, a year, or longer) and are now progressing to a taught Masters programme in UCC's College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences are eligible for a 25% discount on the usual Non-EU taught Masters programme fee.

If you think you might be eligible for the 25% discount, please contact

For more details on other funding schemes, please check out:

Department of Film and Screen Media

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