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Masters degrees in Film Studies explore the history and cultural impact of cinema, film production and other aspects of motion picture technology or related media. Specialised courses may focus on specific genres, directors or national traditions.
Most programmes award an MA (Master of Arts) but opportunities also exist to carry out postgraduate research through an MRes or MPhil in Film Studies.
These Masters degrees will train you to understand, appreciate and analyse some of the most important cultural media of the modern area.
Programmes will provide opportunities for advanced study of Film Studies as a general topic, along with the chance to specialise in specific areas such as Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ movies, documentary filmmaking or cinema as propaganda – to name a few.
Some courses may also include practical elements, focussing on the technical aspects of filmmaking, screenwriting and cinematic production.
Watching films may not sound like the most productive route through postgraduate study, but these courses can have a range of rewarding career outcomes.
Film is a significant cultural industry, with opportunities to work in the production and promotion of a range of projects. Journalism also focusses heavily on film, in both traditional print and online forms. Finally, film heritage is also a growing area, with many national and international museums and organisations dedicated to cinematic preservation and restoration.
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The MLitt in Film Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Film Studies. The programme approaches the study of film through a varied intellectual approach, exploring cinema in a global context. Read more
This course combines the theory and history of cinema with the study of the industry and craft of filmmaking, and gives you the opportunity to explore your interests in the history of film, global cinema, and contemporary film and its key role in modern society. Read more
The MA in Screen Studies is designed for you if you have an interest in both the industrial and economic aspects of contemporary screen based media (especially film and television) and in the complex ways in which they interact with societies and cultures on a global level. Read more
Explore film from a variety of critical perspectives and understand film’s unique position in the media landscape. On this MA, we examine the aesthetic, industrial, cultural and political dimensions of a diverse range of film practices. Read more
The Masters of Design (MDes) in Sound for the Moving Image offers the opportunity for postgraduate students to engage with the craft and creative practice of sound production and sound design applied to film, animation, television, new media, electronic games and visual art, as well as equipping students with the tools required to develop a research project within this field. Read more
This MA offers you the opportunity to explore key aspects of film analysis, theory, history and practice. Through a range of different approaches to the study of film, including genre and textual analysis, audience studies, and media archaeology, you will be exposed to some of the most pressing debates about film today. Read more
This course has been designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world cinemas. It offers an extensive range of options covering all aspects of film including theory, style, representation, spectatorship and philosophical dimensions. Read more
Explore and make creative connections between film analysis and film practice. Our course has a distinctive focus on international, alternative, and documentary cinemas, while also providing a solid foundation in key elements of film history and theory, including Hollywood. Read more
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. Read more
UCL was the first university to establish a Film Studies Programme in the UK. We have particular research strengths in cinema history and in an exceptionally broad range of cinemas. Read more