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Film: Theory and Practice MA

Course Description

The Film: Theory and Practice MA provides you with a sophisticated understanding of films as systems of meaning. Your study covers areas such as film-making, historical cinema, screenwriting and narrative.

The course will advance your knowledge of the musculature of cinematography and editing, and the nerve system of narrative conventions, authorship, genre, power, aesthetics, stardom and nationality. You can specialise in areas of film theory, or in film practice; the latter including screenwriting, film-making and cinema management.

You will develop your own scholarly approaches to film through exploring a range of positions in film studies, and a range of historical periods and national/transnational cinemas.

By the end of the course you will have acquired knowledge of a range of analytical and theoretical principles in film studies and an array of national/transnational cinemas, including: British; Chinese; French; American; North African; Spanish and Latin American.

If you choose to work in film production you will usually have a finished film within 12 weeks.

Our graduates have progressed into a variety of careers, including: academia, media and journalism, cinema management, and film production. Many of our MA students go on to PhD research.

The study of film has a long history at Newcastle. Our community of film scholars shares specialisms in: film genre; film stardom; gender and ethnic identities in cinema; writing on film.

Our research interests also range widely in Anglophone, French, Hispanic, East Asian and Middle Eastern cinemas.


For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/film-theory-practice-ma/#modules

How to Apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/film-theory-practice-ma/#howtoapply

Visit the Film: Theory and Practice MA page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in film, media studies or a related subject such as English, modern languages, history, sociology, art or psychology. We will also consider applicants with a degree in a different subject alongside relevant professional experience, such as film journalism or teaching in film. If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other sub-skills).

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