The MA Critical Screen Practice introduces you to a broad range of critical and analytical approaches to various aspects of media while also providing the opportunity to develop your practical skills. You will develop an advanced knowledge of media, film and television and apply it to industry-related practice, theory and research.
The programme will advance your understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political context of media production, and foster rigorous skills in research methods, analysis and the theoretical conceptualisation of media and cultural theory.
The philosophy which underpins the programme is a desire to provide you with a learning experience that encourages and stimulates your intellectual curiosity, supports your development, challenges you and equips you with the necessary skills and abilities to compete successfully for a wide variety of employment opportunities in the media industry.
The MA will be attractive to graduates who have studied an area of creative study/practice such as media, music, film, television or drama.
If you wish to acquire specialist craft skills, combined with reflexive engagement with the policy and practice of the media and film industries, then this is the programme for you.
What will I study?
The programme consists of three compulsory modules. These interrogate key film studies and media theories and methodologies across the twentieth century and develop your practical skills. The modules also include integrated research training which is designed to help contextualise your own research.
You will also select optional modules to develop new skills, or tailor the MA to your own specific expertise. Elective module themes may include transnational media, European cinema, screen genres, and the relationship between media, culture and identities.
Full-time students will complete taught modules at the end of the second semester and work on a compulsory dissertation/project over the summer, building on the skills and knowledge you have already acquired. If you opt to study the MA on a part-time basis, you will study the taught modules over two years and complete the compulsory dissertation/project at the end of Year 2.
How will I study?
The taught components of the MA will be delivered by means of small-group seminars, delivered over two 12-week semesters. While working on your project/dissertation during the summer you will meet with your supervisor regularly for one-to-one meetings.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a variety of methods, from the traditional academic essay to reports, research portfolios and practical projects. To a large extent, your choice of research topic will determine the type of assessment employed.
Who will be teaching me?
You will be based primarily in the Department of Media and will be taught by experts in their respective fields. There is a regular programme of visiting speakers, professors and industry professionals.
What are my career prospects?
Once you graduate, you will be equipped with a highly desirable portfolio of transferable skills that will make you highly employable. You will possess an ability to blend theory and practice, as well as an understanding of how to make your research accessible and of public benefit. With MediaCityUK on the doorstep, you will have an excellent opportunity to forge a career in industry.
Alternatively, the skills and experience acquired through successful completion of this MA also provide essential preparation for progressing to research qualifications, such as an MPhil or PhD.