MA Film Studies

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Program Description

MA Film Studies

University of East Anglia Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We live in a world that, more than ever, is mediated by moving images produced by a diverse range of media industries. Whether our priority is to preserve moving images, engage in the creative activity of making them, or learn more about their role in shaping or reproducing social and cultural values, we need to explore the history, development and character of these important audio-visual cultures.

The MA in Film Studies at UEA is one of the longest-established programmes of its kind in the UK. With a broad range of modules that explore the history, political significance and formal qualities of sound and image, we offer a programme specially designed to deepen students’ knowledge and skill in understanding film, catering to those who have studied media in depth before and those who are newer to the subject area. Graduates from our MA programmes have gone on to a variety of careers in the media, archiving, journalism and teaching.

Why Study Film at UEA?

We offer an exciting and in-depth exploration of the moving image, giving students access to leading scholars and a thriving graduate community.

82% of research in Film, Television and Media Studies was rated 4 (world leading) or 3 (internationally excellent) according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Additionally, our research output was rated 4th in the UK in the Times Higher Education REF2014 rankings.

We have launched innovative module options on national cinema, genre, television studies, and film and television production, supported by research staff who are experts in these fields. This range of options allows students to extend or deepen their knowledge of the field, or ‘retrain’ in a new discipline.

Our graduate community offers a thriving peer group experience, which is augmented by regular symposia and conferences, research seminars and talks from media professionals.We also work extensively with the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA), a major resource for archive material, located in Norwich.

Course Content and Structure

The MA in Film Studies is taught as either a one-year full-time course or a two-year part-time course. This course is intended to provide students with a range of expertise and training.

The MA in Film Studies offers students the chance to choose their own pathway through the degree. Through individual module choice, students can opt for historical, theoretical or practical modules, choosing from topics as diverse as genre, national cinema or reception studies.

Teaching is mainly in the form of seminars and screenings, although the compulsory module ‘Film Studies: History, Theory, Criticism’ taken in the Autumn semester will have a lecture component. There will also be opportunities to attend additional talks and discussion groups on a wide variety of film, television and media topics.

Module options currently on offer include:

Fantasy Genres

Women and Film

Effects, Audiences and Media

British Cinema: Realism and Spectacle

Transferable Skills

In addition to the areas of skills outlined above, students will also learn more generally applicable skills, including the ability to research, select, and analyse from a variety of archive and textual materials; present evidence in verbal and written form (including public speaking); select and justify appropriate methodological approaches; be able to write accurately and grammatically (using appropriate conventions); construct coherent and independent arguments; manage a large and disparate body of information; use IT effectively; develop inter-personal skills and how to work well in teams.

Individual Supervision / Final Dissertation

Students begin researching the 12,000-15,000 word dissertation in the Spring semester and work on it through the summer, for submission at the beginning of September.

In the Dissertation module, students pursue an area of specialist study which will allow them to investigate a particular academic methodology or topic (e.g. genre, authorship, reception studies). Each student will be assigned a member of staff as a supervisor to advise them on the research and writing up of this dissertation.

Course Assessment

There is no written examination for any of the Film Studies MA courses. Assessment is on the basis of coursework: including, but not limited to, essays and seminar papers, presentation reports, reflective learning journals, and the final dissertation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
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1 - 2 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Norwich, England
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