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MA in Film and Screen Media at UCC Open for Applications
20 Dec 2017 :
The MA in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork is now open for applications through PAC.

This exciting new programme offers those passionate about film and screen media the chance to learn more about cinema, digital media and visual culture, and to create their own film and media work.

UCC offer a unique MA that combines theory and practice, with an emphasis on encouraging students’ academic skills and creativity in filmmaking; film/media journalism; and cultural administration.

Specialised tuition in the areas of film and screen media and digital filmmaking is complemented by ample opportunities to meet and be taught by professionals and experts, visiting speakers and guest practitioners. This year, Film and Screen Media is delighted to be hosting writer and actor Mark O'Halloran as its 2017-18 UCC/Arts Council Film Artist in Residence.

UCC 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 — and one of their students will have the opportunity to travel to Germany to participate in the Awards.

Students can also benefit from their links to Festivals, including the Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull; from their involvement in a variety of cultural projects; and can avail of tailored courses in their Apple certified training centre.

The content of the MA reflects the broad spectrum of research profiles and interests of Film and Screen Media staff and is designed to provide 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 MA offers a range of learning methods and choice that allow students greater flexibility in shaping the kind of programme they want, and the scope to pursue their particular interests, whether they be theoretical and cultural studies, creative practice, critical writing or the culture industry. Students can avail of a selection of modules in film studies, screen media, filmmaking and cultural/visual studies. Some of the topics covered in the programme include: the study of amateur filmmaking: theory and practice; the essay film; archives and curatorship; music, sound and film; writing on cinema; screenwriting; mobile filmmaking; new media & new technologies: theory and practice; feminism/gender studies and film; national cinemas; cinema from the periphery; and 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.

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 the UCC Film and Screen Media website:


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