Our expert staff offer an interdisciplinary approach to film studies on both the taught and research programmes. We work in a variety of national and transnational cinemas (Hollywood, British, French, Spanish, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Chinese) and we have particular strengths in stardom, gender, popular genres, the origins of cinema, audiences, and documentary film.
The Research Centre for Film and Digital Media brings together research-active staff and students from across the University. The Centre hosts visiting speaker events and workshops/seminars, providing regular opportunities for postgraduates to present their work and discuss and develop ideas.
Film research across the region is brought together via the North East Regional Film Seminar, whose annual conference connects postgraduates and researchers from the universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland, Durham, Teesside and York. We provide financial support for our research degree students to enable them to attend national and international conferences. For 2013 entry, students who undertake a film PhD with the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics may also be eligible for AHRC funding, which covers UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend.
The MA in Film: Theory and Practice allows students to specialise in film theory or film practice in both semesters and in the dissertation. Taught by specialists in these areas, the programme offers the possibility of moving on to a research degree if you wish to develop your interests further. Financial support in the form of AHRC funding and fees-only bursaries is available for this MA programme for 2013 entry.
Studying film at Newcastle includes unique opportunities for work experience in film exhibition and marketing via our links with the Tyneside Cinema and local film festivals, including the Northern Lights Film Festival and the AV Festival. Film production is undertaken and supported in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and the School of Modern Languages, and in the Culture Lab, an on-campus research facility for digital media production.
Our archives contain over 3,000 films and facilities include digital film cameras, Final Cut and Avid editing stations and software for obtaining clips and image-grabs, individual video stations and large-screen video-beam projectors in lecture theatres and seminar rooms.