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4039f - Film: Theory and Practice MA

Film: Theory and Practice MA

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Start in: September 2022

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

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This master's in Film Theory and Practice 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. Film practice includes cinema management, screenwriting and filmmaking.

This master's could be suitable for you if you're interested in:

  • advancing skills developed at undergraduate-level
  • developing the skills needed to pursue a career in the creative industries
  • establishing the foundations for a PhD in film

It will challenge and engage you in developing insights into film as a crux of modern life and media.

This course is co-delivered by researchers and filmmakers from the:

The study of film has a long history at Newcastle. Our community of film scholars share specialisms in:

  • film genre
  • film stardom
  • gender and ethnic identities in cinema
  • writing on film
  • documentary film

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

Industry professionals and practitioners from outside of the University will also teach you. 

Tina Gharavi is an award-winning film-maker. She brings a wealth of professional experience to the teaching of screenwriting.

Our partners provide in-depth knowledge in film production, exhibition and distribution and work experience (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). Partners include:

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


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What you'll learn

You'll explore:

  • a range of positions in film studies
  • a range of historical periods and national/transnational cinemas

Through this, you'll develop your own scholarly approaches to film.

You'll study a variety of analytical and theoretical principles in film studies. You'll examine 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'll explore either:

  • the complexity of designing and executing complex visual narrative or
  • the demands of a modern commercial cinema and various film festivals


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Work placements

Work placements, including opportunities to get involved in organising conferences and film festivals, are currently subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Research skills

You'll join a thriving research culture in film. We lead major international research projects, including the AHRC-funded Chinese Independent Film Network UK and Screening Violence.

The Research Centre for Film organises a diverse range of activities such as:

  • visiting speaker series
  • student or staff-oriented conferences and symposiums
  • Chinese and Spanish film festivals

Your future

In two optional modules: Exhibition Culture and Professional Placement, we collaborate with a range of local and national film institutions. This provides opportunities for industry networking.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


A Senior Common Room provides access to:

  • computers
  • workspaces
  • a kitchen

The Language Resource Centre and University Library hold large collections of international films and film magazines. This includes over 8000 films and TV programmes available via our streaming service.

For the Film Practice module, subject to Covid-19 restrictions, you'll have access to cameras and editing software.

There are fantastic and unique local film facilities including:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Questions about this course?

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School of Modern Languages
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