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Film: Theory and Practice MA

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

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If you are planning to move into a career in film or related occupations, or to progress to a PhD, this Master's in Film Theory and Practice is for you. It is suitable for students across the globe, and you don’t need a background in film in order to join.

This Master’s will challenge you to develop insights into film as: a crux of modern life, a way to understand specific societies and moments, and a dynamic form of expression in a rapidly evolving media landscape.

The MA Film: Theory and Practice will give you a firm foundation in how to research and analyse film, and in key aspects of film theory and history. It also provides the flexibility to allow you to focus your studies on film practice or film studies.

Film practice options include:

  • an introduction to digital filmmaking
  • screenwriting
  • cinema management, film festivals, exhibition cultures, and marketing

You will benefit from the input of industry professionals and practitioners. BAFTA-nominated, award-winning filmmaker, Tina Gharavi brings a wealth of professional experience to the teaching of screenwriting.

Guest classes and work experience are offered by experts in film production, exhibition, and distribution from partner organisations such as:

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Bridge+Tunnel
  • Star & Shadow
  • Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

The study of film has a long history at Newcastle. You will benefit from the expertise of researchers and filmmakers from the:

Our approach to film studies is thoroughly international. Our community of film scholars specialises in East Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Caribbean, French, and Anglophone cinemas. They have expertise in:

  • film genre
  • film stardom
  • film authorship
  • gender, ethnic, and national identities in cinema
  • film and the environment
  • writing on film
  • documentary film


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