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MA Film Studies


Course Description

Aberystwyth University’s MA in Film Studies focuses upon the advanced study of cinema. Normally, you will already have attained a degree of expertise in film studies or in a cognate area before starting the course and you will be ready to study film at a more advanced level by mastering theoretical, historical and empirical approaches to the subject.

This MA in Film Studies course is designed to give you a comprehensive overview of the development of film and film theory, taking in the development and intersections of both Hollywood and European cinemas and popular and 'alternative' cinemas. You will also have the opportunity to study specific movements within cinema, such as the changing manifestations of German Expressionism, American film noir and avant-garde movements; you will do so by studying philosophical, aesthetic, social and cultural influences.

This course will enable you to interrogate a wide range of factors which inform the production, distribution and reception of film, including a range of cultural and aesthetic contexts, the representation of class, ethnicity and gender, changing and shifting film marketing and distribution practices, and the study of a range of film fans and audiences. You will also receive a thorough grounding in key theoretical traditions and research methods within film studies which will prepare you for the production of a 15,000 word dissertation (on a topic of your choice) at the end of the course.

The MA in Film Studies will provide you with essential research, historical and analytical skills designed to support your future career progression either in the cultural and critical industries or in academia. Throughout the MA, staff will be happy to advise you on potential progression, after your MA, to PhD study. For profiles of previous MA Film Studies students, which outline their experiences on the MA and their subsequent career progression, see: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/tfts/study-with-us/masters/former-ma-profiles/

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 60% of research submitted being rated world-leading.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/film-studies-masters/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

- If you wish to engage in the advanced study of cinema.
- If you are ready to take on the subject in theoretical, historical and empirical terms;
- If you aim to pursue a career in film journalism, criticism or analysis, film historical work or arts administration, or if you wish to progress to PhD study;
- If you wish to sharpen your academic rigour and develop a cache of critical evaluative, communication, and time and project management skills.

Course detail

The MA in Film Studies focuses on the importance of film within an ever-changing global environment. As a student, you will be encouraged to investigate the ways in which technologies and social changes have impacted, and continue to impact upon different aspects of film, including filmic representation and the ways in which film has been taken up within broader cultural contexts. You will also receive a thorough grounding in key theoretical traditions and research methods within film studies, and will be alerted to the historical developments that have marked film as a medium, focusing on historical case studies in order to think about changes and continuities throughout film history. While you will be introduced to a broad array of filmmaking traditions, you will focus particularly on the interrelations between Hollywood and European cinemas.

The MA will introduce you to different ways of understanding film: as entertainment, as art, as an industry, and as a cultural medium through which identities, histories and ideologies are both represented and negotiated. You will be taught by active researchers in the field of film studies, with a broad array of expertise and knowledge particularly in British, French, Russian and Hollywood cinemas, avant-garde, experimental and cult film, film history and representation, film genre and star studies, and fan, audience and reception studies. As such, the MA aims to enrich your knowledge of film’s importance through different methodological and theoretical approaches to the subject, and to sharpen your own research and study skills in the process.

The MA in Film Studies is run by the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, one of the largest and most significant departments of its kind in the UK, and has a particularly vibrant postgraduate and research culture (including an annual postgraduate conference). Based in Aberystwyth University’s Parry-Williams Building, the Department boasts superb facilities including: 36 digital and HD editing suites; over 40 industry standard HD and digital cameras: a new HD, digital television studio; three fully-equipped theatre spaces (seating approximately 100 people each); and much more. We also maintain close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre's digital 3D cinema. The cinema has a vibrant and lively film programme including the annual Abertoir horror film festival of Wales.

Format

The course is taught over one year (if taken full time), and three years (if taken part time). The MA encompasses a total of six (out of a choice of seven) taught modules (120 credits in total) covering film theory, research methods, film history, film representation, documentary and avant-garde film, film marketing and distribution, and film audiences. In order to complete your MA, you will then apply your learning in the individual dissertation worth an additional 60 credits. The dissertation is a substantial piece of scholarly research totalling no more than 15,000 words. It will be on a subject of your own choice, informed by discussions with your designated dissertation supervisor in the Department.

Assessment

The taught part of the course is delivered and assessed through lectures, seminars, oral presentations and essays. Successful completion of your dissertation leads to the award of an MA.

Employability

Every aspect of the Aberystwyth Master’s in Film Studies programme is designed to enhance your employability. The benefits of the course for employment are twofold: not only will you possess first-rate, subject-specific knowledge of film history and theory, but you will also be equipped with widely applicable skills and abilities that will suit many employment contexts.

Alongside the development of your subject-specific knowledge, an especially noteworthy strength of this course is its emphasis on group discussion and individual student presentations (which will enable you to develop your team work and communication skills). As an emerging film academic your strengthened research and critical faculties will make you a strong candidate for any post where ideas and topics need research, analysis, discussion, expansion and classification. The pattern of research and analysis you will undertake in this course creates highly marketable skills which will, upon graduation, stand you in excellent stead for entry into employment. The course will also provide you with the training and skills you will need if you decide to progress to PhD study.

The dissertation element of the course will enable you to develop and demonstrate an array of professional qualities and skills. You will do this by reflecting on the methods and approaches you have encountered in the study programme and then identifying and creating appropriate methodologies for your own research work. Success in this area of study proves to prospective employers that you take the initiative to develop and improve your research and project management skills.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the MA Film Studies page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Stephanie Jones

2018.jpg Some years after finishing my BA in Film and Television Studies (at the University Wales Aberystwyth) I won a bursary from the department of Theatre Film and Television Studies to do an MA in Film Studies. Taking part in the MA was a remarkably enriching experience. Part one of the course provided me with the opportunity to gain really useful skills. The first semester covered close textual analysis while the second semester dealt with approaches to the cultural and historical contextualisation of films. The MA in Film Studies dealt with a wide range of films and theoretical approaches to films. What was remarkable about this was the perfect balance between intensive and extensive approaches to film analysis. The first semester taught me the value of the film text and theoretical approaches to analysing it – we intensively watched the Alien series while applying different theoretical approaches. While in the second semester I learned the importance of cultural, historical and social context (involving a wide variety of films from different countries, in different styles and genres). Also during this time, the course prepared me to undertake my own research project in the form of a 20,000 word dissertation in part two of the MA.


The research training for the dissertation was as enjoyable as it was instructive. As well as learning from the many tutors and lecturers who helped me to formulate my research question, I learned from experienced researchers how to go about tasks as varied as close film analysis, archival research and audience research, and had lively debates with my fellow MA students on the same topics. Aberystwyth is a wonderful place to do research. As well as the University’s own libraries, the town is also home to National Library of Wales – which is a brilliant resource. I got a small allowance to go to my first academic conference while doing the MA which gave me the opportunity to meet other post-grads and keep up with new developments.
Doing the MA in film studies also helped me to get a chance to continue to do film research. I am now a (funded) PhD student in the department researching James Bond films. The MA not only gave me the qualifications to do this but the skills to do it confidently.

(Student Profile)

Nia Edwards Behi

2019.jpg I knew in my third year of undergraduate study that I wanted to pursue postgraduate study, and because of the rewarding experience I'd had studying at Aberystwyth, the Theatre, Film and Television department provided the perfect opportunity to do so. The MA in Film Studies helped develop and enrich the skills and knowledge I'd learnt as an undergraduate, while equally providing new skills with which to approach film. An incredibly broad range of theoretical approaches to film were presented, and varied in their approach to film texts and to film contexts. Taught modules included in-depth approaches to film representation, film culture, and specific historical case studies. All of the modules on offer provided the key preparations for designing and embarking on my own 20,000 word research project. The specific module designed to provide in-depth overviews of research traditions was not only instructive in its usefulness to my development as a researcher, it was also incredibly enjoyable and rewarding. The seminar-based teaching offers astounding opportunity to discuss at length the topics at hand with tutors and lecturers, and, crucially, with fellow MA students.

In addition to the classroom-bound experience, studying in the TFTS department in Aberystwyth is wholly rewarding due to its incredibly broad range of research activity, which is not only evident in its expert instructors, but in the range of visiting speakers and productions that take place. Additionally, while studying on the MA I was able to attend my first academic conference, which was a valuable experience not only to meet other academics, both established and burgeoning, but to see the sort of cutting-edge work being done in my field first hand, as well as to experience and learn about a different sort of forum for personal development. The MA Film Studies fantastically prepared me to continue my postgraduate study as a PhD student in the department.


(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth International Excellence Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Up to 100 scholarships worth £2000 from tuition fees of full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2013.
This will be an open competition (i.e. no departmental or faculty quotas)
Separate application forms will not be required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place [see http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/web/apply.htm] be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2013.
Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/Comparability.html.
Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award) or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards and the 10% Aber-grad Discount.
Scholarships cannot be deferred to future intakes.
This scholarship scheme is subject to annual review.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000 towards tuition fees

Eligibility

Non-EU applicants only. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or overseas equivalent, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university). In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31 July 2013

Application Procedure

Separate application forms will not be required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place [see http://www.aber.ac.uk/pga/web/apply.htm] be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2013.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/international/scholarships/summary/


(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/taught/


(Scholarship)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above in a related subject. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

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