Postgraduate

Film: Theory and Practice MA

Film: Theory and Practice MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

The Film: Theory and Practice MA will give you a sophisticated understanding of films as systems of meaning and practice.

The course covers four areas:

  • film theory: history and approaches, narrative and aesthetics, authorship, stardom, national cinema
  • cinema management: film festival, exhibition culture, marketing
  • filmmaking
  • screenwriting

You can specialise in areas of film theory, and/or in film practice which includes cinema management, screenwriting and filmmaking.

Your development

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 specialise in film practice, you will have explored either the complexity of designing and executing complex visual narrative or the demands of a modern commercial cinema and various film festivals. For your dissertation, you can choose to write a script, or make a short film, alongside a written research dissertation.

Whether you are looking to advance skills developed at undergraduate level, develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the creative industries, or establish the foundations for a PhD in film, the MA will challenge and engage you in developing insights into film as a crux of modern life and media.

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2020 entry will be available from the end of May 2020.

Careers

Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Career development

Our graduates have progressed into a variety of careers, including:

  • academia
  • media
  • journalism
  • cinema management
  • film production

Many of our MA students go on to PhD research.

Graduate destinations

Careers Service

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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.

MA

UK

Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705

EU

Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705

International

Full time: £17,370

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 and 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

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
  • 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.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

The course starts in September. We accept applications until early August, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.