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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 Years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Film and Screen Media at University College Cork

Overview

The MA in Film and Screen Media is a one-year taught course that offers advanced-level critical skills in the disciplines of Film and Screen Media, training in digital filmmaking, and transferrable IT/web skills. The 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 and supervision, and may also opt to take up placements in festivals, including the Cork Film Festival, offered throughout the programme year. 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. The MA's distinctive blend of theory, creative practice, and industry links is unique in Ireland

Course Details

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 option modules, and complete either a traditional research dissertation or a practice-based project under expert supervision.

Students will be guided into choosing one of two streams to tailor their MA.

Students opting for Stream One take core taught modules for 30 credits, plus three option modules (also 30 credits), and then complete a practice-based project (30 credits) instead of a traditional written dissertation.

Students choosing Stream Two will take the same core taught modules as in Stream One (30 credits) but select two option modules (20 credits) and write a 16,000-word research-based dissertation (40 credits). All students will graduate with the same Master's Degree.

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.

Students will avail of specialised tuition in the areas of film and screen media and digital filmmaking, and may also opt to take up placements in festivals, including the Cork Film Festival, offered throughout the programme year.

Students 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.

Details of the programme content and modules are in the Postgraduate College Calendar

Fact File

Course Code: CKE02 Full-time

Course Title: MA in Film and Screen Media

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration: 1 year Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MA

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE: EUR 6,500

2016 Entry Requirements: An applicant will have a 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 also 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.

Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

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. You may opt to take up placements in festivals, including the Cork Film Festival, offered throughout the programme year. You are required to attend all classes and to prepare for seminar discussion by reading assigned materials and by viewing prescribed films.

Assessment

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.

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.

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 (165kB)

Any additional enclosures mentioned in the SupplementaryAdditional/Questions (e.g. reviews, articles, videos, screenplays, etc)MUST be posted DIRECTLY to Dr. Gwenda Young, Course Coordinator, MA in Film and Screen Media, Course Coordinator, Room 1.74, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork (marked with your Name and PAC application number)

Non-UCC applicants must submit evidence of any qualification(s) (academic results and certificates/parchments) that were not completed in University College Cork and evidence of English Language proficiency (if applicable) either by UPLOAD via the PAC "Application Status" link orby post to thePostgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway (marked with your online Postgraduate Application Number)

Further Contact Information

Professor Laura Rascaroli,
Film and Screen Media
E: uccfilmstudies@ucc.ie

T: +353 (0)21 490 2472

and

Dr Gwenda Young,
Film and Screen Media
E: uccfilmstudies@ucc.ie
T: +353(0)21 490 2776

Ms. Aisling O'Leary
Senior Executive Assistant
Room 1.12, First Floor, Block A,
O'Rahilly Building, UCC
Email: a.oleary@ucc.ie
Tel. 021 4902335

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Notes about fees for this course

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU FEE: EUR 6,500

2016 Entry Requirements: An applicant will have a 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 also 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.

Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below

Next Intake: 11 September 2017

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University College Cork to find course entry requirements.

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