The Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies at the University of Barcelona is an international master’s that has the aim of promoting research and reflection on contemporary audiovisual culture and the history and evolution of moving images.
The scope of the master’s degree includes both cinema – its most diverse forms (fiction, documentaries, experimental, auteur and mainstream cinema, etc.), from different perspectives (historical, aesthetic, and industrial as well as in terms of cultural studies, gender studies, and reception studies), and addressing innovation in the said field (virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree cinema, XR cinema, etc.) –and the ever-changing ‘multi-screen the universe in which contemporary society is immersed: TV series, video games, interactive content, and content created especially for the internet expanded cinema, video art, etc.
Its focus is multidisciplinary and places special emphasis on the intersection between audiovisuals and cultural studies.
The degree, dedicated to research and reflection on film and contemporary audio-visual culture is taught mainly in English and is therefore aimed at both national and international students.
The Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies is an international master’s that has the aim of promoting research and reflection on contemporary audiovisual culture and the history and evolution of moving images.
The objective of the Official Master’s Degree in Film Studies and Visual Cultures is to provide a more specific and, at the same time, more transversal training to the numerous graduates in Cinematography, Audiovisual Communication or similar degrees (from Fine Arts to Humanities) who wish to become researchers, teachers, critics of film and other formats of audiovisual creation, as well as festival programmers or content generators for cultural and exhibition institutions.
One of the possible opportunities for students upon successful completion of the Master would be to enroll in a doctoral program -national or international- that would allow them to develop a doctoral thesis in any of the areas of research on film and audiovisuals addressed in the Master.
To identify the basic parameters of the narrative and iconographic analysis of audiovisual pieces in order to be able to explore, from a personal, critical, and creative point of view, the perspective they provide.
To gain specialized knowledge on the history of film and audiovisual media in order to properly contextualize the knowledge acquired.
To develop and communicate discourse based on research into theoretical texts and audiovisuals related to a subject, creator, or trend. To master the operation of non-linear editing systems as well as programs for the treatment, manipulation, and retouching of digital images.
To design and undertake projects based on different contemporary audiovisual languages.
To demonstrate creative abilities in information management and project development.
To integrate new knowledge and skills based on creativity in the cinematographic field and visual cultures.
To develop specialized knowledge in the area of humanities and cultural studies for use in the analysis and interpretation of screen culture phenomena.
Graduates in Cinematography, Audiovisual Communication, the Humanities, Fine Arts, Design and similar fields, interested in researching and producing spaces for reflection and creation related to the various formats and products of the ever-changing contemporary audiovisual world, which does not only include film, television, and video games but also online content, transmedia storytelling, video art and expanded cinema, among others.
The Master’s Degree consists of 120 credits and is studied over the course of two academic years.
Compulsory subjects comprise 78 credits
Elective subjects, 24 credits
End-of-master’s project, 18 credits
Introduction to Film Studies I and II
Research Methodologies in Film and Audiovisual I and II
Gender and Media
Creation on the Internet
Introduction to Screen Studies I y II
Trends in contemporary cinema
Trends in contemporary documentary filmmaking
Media and Cultural Studies
Contemporary TV Studies
Cinema and avant-garde
Genres of contemporary cinema
The Audiovisual Essay
Introduction to Immersive Experiences and Storytelling
Star and Performance Studies
The photographic image in the digital era
End of Master's Project
The End-of-Master’s Project will consist of a project tutored by one of the professors of the Master, ideally. This project can be an academic project, around a theme that must be outlined, proposed, and accepted before the end of the first year. The End-of master's project can also be a creative project, an audiovisual piece, a work of one’s own creation, always accompanied by an academic report and whose proposal must be previously accepted by the tutors of the Master’s program.
ESCAC is an associate member of CILECT (The International Association of Film and Television Schools), an organization formed by the best film schools in the world.
Terrassa, 30 km from Barcelona. The ESCAC campus is located in the university zone, very near to the center of Terrassa. Terrassa was recently chosen as a “City of Film” as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
There are two railway stations near the school: FGC: Vallparadís – Universitat; and RENFE: Terrassa Nord. The SARBUS bus company also offers the Barcelona-Terrassa the route, leaving from Sagrera (BCN)
With more than 12,000 students, Terrassa is the second-largest university town in Catalonia, with a wide range of leisure activities and services to cater to students’ needs while they’re here.
Documentation required for pre-enrolment The following documents must be submitted:
Copy of degree certificate or equivalent In case of admission, foreign degrees requiring translation must be submitted translated and legalized by appropriate diplomatic channels
English level B1 certificate
Portfolio: a selection of documents or work that defines the candidate These may be audiovisual pieces as well as academic articles, film reviews, video essays, and others.
Research proposal or project that you would like to develop as the end of my master's project. The proposal’s strength and originality will be particularly assessed as well as indications of the candidate’s research abilities and their knowledge of academic methodologies.
Letters of recommendation (optional)
Academic curriculum 25%
Personal statement 15%
Research proposal or project that you would like to develop as the end of master's project 30%
A panel of master’s degree supervisors and teachers will grade each one of the documents in order to provide a final assessment to determine whether they have been successful or not. Candidates may be requested to attend an interview before the selection is confirmed.
Data of interest
Face-to-face All classes will take place at ESCAC’s different locations in Terrassa (Barcelona). *In the case of extraordinary circumstances that may arise during the course, the master’s degree may include streaming content.
Two academic years
Start date 20 September 2021
English (main language), Spanish
Monday to Thursday from 4 pm to 8.30 pm
10.800€ Price 1st edition 8.700€ (4.350€ per year)