MA Film Studies

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Our students are provided with the option to study a range of topics, from science fiction cinema to television comedy, animation to popular music. Our courses are taught by scholars with a reputation for world-leading research – as well as by creative practitioners who have made award-winning BBC documentaries and written scripts for Hollywood movies.

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Key facts

(Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Our MA in Film Studies is one of the longest-established and most prestigious postgraduate degrees of its kind in the UK, drawing on the expertise of staff whose research has been assessed as world-leading.

This carefully-tailored degree programme enables students to explore the history, political significance and aesthetic qualities of a global range of cinema. It caters both to those who have previously studied media as well as those who are newer to the subject area.

Our research specialisms in gender studies and film, British cinema, genre, and audience studies, are reflected in the modules we offer.

Our thriving postgraduate community benefits from regular conferences on campus, use of the East Anglian Film Archive, as well as workshops from visiting media professionals.

Graduates from our MA programmes frequently progress to PhD study and have gone on to rewarding careers in various fields including archiving, academia, journalism, and in the film and television industries.

Overview

Our MA in Film Studies is one of the longest-established and most prestigious postgraduate degrees of its kind in the UK, drawing on the expertise of staff whose research has been assessed as ‘world-leading’.

This carefully-tailored degree programme enables students to explore the history, political significance and aesthetic qualities of a global range of cinema. It caters both to those who have previously studied media as well as those who are newer to the subject area.

Our research specialisms in gender studies and film, British cinema, genre, and audience studies, are reflected in the modules we offer.

Our thriving postgraduate community benefits from regular conferences on campus, use of the East Anglian Film Archive, as well as workshops from visiting media professionals. Graduates from our MA programmes frequently progress to PhD study and have gone on to rewarding careers in various fields including archiving, academia, journalism, and in the film and television industries.

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.

The MA in Film Studies offers students the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading researchers about specialist topics from feminist film and television studies through to transnational and British cinema.

The degree is structured to ensure that the compulsory modules provide students with advanced understanding of cultural contexts in which films are made, distributed and consumed around the world. Modules are normally taught through seminars and screenings.

Individual Supervision / Final Dissertation

In the Dissertation module, students pursue an area of specialist study investigating a particular academic methodology or topic (e.g. feminist film production, genre, authorship, national cinema 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: such as essays and seminar papers, presentation reports, reflective learning journals, and the final dissertation.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

BRITISH CINEMA: REALISM AND SPECTACLE

Discussions around the structure and aesthetic nature of British cinema often rely on claims of "quality", emotional restraint, and documentary realism. The influence of the 1930s British documentary filmmaking movement is seen as infusing elements of national visual production, including (but not limited to) narrative, style, acting, genre and industrial promotion. Applied across the history of British cinema, this approach has privileged only one strand of production and ignored other (potentially more potent) visual alternatives, notably ideas around the spectacular. This module will challenge the primacy of realism in British cinema by examining the ways that spectacle has been at the forefront of the British film industry for over a hundred years, despite its neglect within the critical establishment. Individual films, directors and movements within British cinema history will form specific case studies that offer further exploration of these concepts. There will be a consideration of the close relationship of the British film and television industries, and how aspects of realism and fantasy have moved across these different screens. Crucially, the module will also investigate the often disregarded trend towards British technological innovation (specifically colour filmmaking, widescreen, 3-D, video and digital production), creating an alternative heritage of British film spectacle.

AMAM7012A

20

FILM STUDIES: HISTORY, THEORY, CRITICISM

The module is designed to provide students with diverse intellectual backgrounds and skills with a firm grounding in key approaches to the study of film and, to a lesser extent, television. It therefore provides a broad coverage of the range of methods employed within the study of these two media. Using American and British cinema of the 1940s as its focal point, this module will provide students with an overview of the main debates over the shape of film history, the processes of production, mediation and consumption, and different techniques of textual analysis. This national and historical focus is intended to provide an insight into the complex networks of competing and intersecting debates and factors that must be considered in undertaking MA research. Furthermore, extensive emphasis will be placed on the use and analysis of primary archival documents, some included in the reading pack, others distributed before or during seminars. The module is not intended to be exhaustive but is intended not only to help students learn about existing research on film and television but also to undertake their own analyses. This can be focused on 1940s American and/ or British cinema, but students are encouraged to apply the approaches and debates encountered within this module to other media (particularly television), national cinemas and eras.

AMAM7002A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ASIAN CINEMA

'Asian Cinema' is a category of films increasingly in evidence in diverse places ranging from cinemas to high street shops. Recent years have seen a variety of Asian cinema incursions into global film culture, from Bollywood in UK multiplexes to Hong Kong action styles used in the Hollywood blockbuster. Inherent within the label are debates of resistance, industry, art, technology and aesthetics that have held sway since the dawn of cinema worldwide. In this module we break down these discourses and address the significant cultural, economic and political influences that Asian cinemas have had, and indeed still have, within world culture.

AMAM7000B

20

FANTASY GENRES

This module will develop students' engagement with genre studies through the analysis of a range of fantasy genres, focusing particularly on science fiction film and television, and its overlaps with horror, anime, blockbuster Hollywood franchises, etc. In the process it will require students to think about how these genres work in terms of their historical contexts of production and consumption, and analyse a range of texts in relation to a variety of social/cultural and political issues. In the process, the students will engage with a range of theories and methods, which will also be grounded through the examination of specific texts and historical case studies.

AMAM7001B

20

MEDIA AUDIENCES

The module is designed to explore the debates over media effects. It will challenge the effects tradition, which motivates many of the concerns with media censorship and regulation, and suggest alternative ways of understanding the ways in which audiences consume contemporary media. In the process, it will examine a range of approaches to the understanding of media consumption.

AMAM7006B

20

THE BIG PICTURE: CONTEMPORARY HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

Hollywood has remained a dominant force in film production, distribution and exhibition in recent decades, despite competition from other local and transnational cinemas. This module aims to explore the success of the Hollywood system through a focus on the industry itself, and the films it produces, particularly those that have been most successful at the domestic and international box office. The module will, therefore, cover a range of relevant topics that may include: what kind of films does Hollywood invest in? Is financial gain the best lens to judge issues of 'popularity'? Who are the target audiences for those films? What is the role of the audience in receiving and popularising these hit movies? What is the relationship between domestic theatrical release, circulation in foreign markets and distribution in other media such as television, film, and DVD?

AMAM7011B

20

VIDEO PRODUCTION

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR STUDENTS ON THE MA FILM TELEVISION AND CREATIVE PRACTICE and MA FILM STUDIES This module introduces students to key skills in video production and provides them with the opportunity to take an idea from conception through to the final product while also learning about the processes and procedures behind the camera. Students will engage with questions about narrative, sound and cinematography and explore them in relation to their practical work. Students wishing to take this module must have previous experience of video production.

AMAM7010B

20

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

FILM STUDIES DISSERTATION

This module involves the production of a 15,000 word piece of work, or a practical project, which focuses upon a suitable topic of your own choosing. You will be assigned a supervisor to advise you on your research and writing of the dissertation.

AMAM7014X

60

WOMEN AND FILM

This module intends to explore and critically reflect upon the relationship between women and film whilst focusing on issues such as women's cinema as counter cinema; women's cinema as minor cinema; women filmmakers; international women's film festivals; the representation of women in film; female spectatorship, (fe)male gaze; sexuality; feminism and post-feminism in film; female subjectivity; female desire, feminist filmmaking. The module will focus on analysing contemporary films from a variety of national and transnational cinemas that may include Hollywood, British, Turkish, Japanese, Argentina, Palestine, India, Greece, Portugal, Africa and Brazil.

AMAM7008A

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

ASIAN CINEMA

'Asian Cinema' is a category of films increasingly in evidence in diverse places ranging from cinemas to high street shops. Recent years have seen a variety of Asian cinema incursions into global film culture, from Bollywood in UK multiplexes to Hong Kong action styles used in the Hollywood blockbuster. Inherent within the label are debates of resistance, industry, art, technology and aesthetics that have held sway since the dawn of cinema worldwide. In this module we break down these discourses and address the significant cultural, economic and political influences that Asian cinemas have had, and indeed still have, within world culture.

AMAM7000B

20

BEYOND NATIONAL CINEMA

Beyond National Cinema links to work undertaken in Semester 1 of the MA Film Studies degree, to expand our definitions of cinema beyond the confines and borders of the nation. We examine a series of case studies that think through different methods and means by which films can be categorised, and what is at stake when those categories are enacted. Topics may include things like: flows and trafficking in national cinemas, transnational cinemas, world cinema, postcolonial cinemas, regional and local cinemas and global cinema. Within these topics we will study a wide range of cinemas from around the globe including things such as: Middle-Eastern cinema, British cinema abroad, Bollywood, Women's cinema, Asian "extreme" cinema and transnational Hollywood cinema. In examining these topics we will introduce students to a wide range theories and methods useful in the study of films beyond national borders including thing such as historical methods, gender studies, audience studies, political economics, industrial studies and more. The aim of the modules is to encourage students to think beyond the normative definitions of films within national categories, to shift their view to the global, regional and political aspects of filmmaking and consumption.

AMAM7013B

20

FANTASY GENRES

This module will develop students' engagement with genre studies through the analysis of a range of fantasy genres, focusing particularly on science fiction film and television, and its overlaps with horror, anime, blockbuster Hollywood franchises, etc. In the process it will require students to think about how these genres work in terms of their historical contexts of production and consumption, and analyse a range of texts in relation to a variety of social/cultural and political issues. In the process, the students will engage with a range of theories and methods, which will also be grounded through the examination of specific texts and historical case studies.

AMAM7001B

20

MEDIA AUDIENCES

The module is designed to explore the debates over media effects. It will challenge the effects tradition, which motivates many of the concerns with media censorship and regulation, and suggest alternative ways of understanding the ways in which audiences consume contemporary media. In the process, it will examine a range of approaches to the understanding of media consumption.

AMAM7006B

20

THE BIG PICTURE: CONTEMPORARY HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

Hollywood has remained a dominant force in film production, distribution and exhibition in recent decades, despite competition from other local and transnational cinemas. This module aims to explore the success of the Hollywood system through a focus on the industry itself, and the films it produces, particularly those that have been most successful at the domestic and international box office. The module will, therefore, cover a range of relevant topics that may include: what kind of films does Hollywood invest in? Is financial gain the best lens to judge issues of 'popularity'? Who are the target audiences for those films? What is the role of the audience in receiving and popularising these hit movies? What is the relationship between domestic theatrical release, circulation in foreign markets and distribution in other media such as television, film, and DVD?

AMAM7011B

20

VIDEO PRODUCTION

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR STUDENTS ON THE MA FILM TELEVISION AND CREATIVE PRACTICE and MA FILM STUDIES This module introduces students to key skills in video production and provides them with the opportunity to take an idea from conception through to the final product while also learning about the processes and procedures behind the camera. Students will engage with questions about narrative, sound and cinematography and explore them in relation to their practical work. Students wishing to take this module must have previous experience of video production.

AMAM7010B

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the university directly for further information.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Faculty Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300 (full time)
  • International Students: £14,800 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships and Awards:

For details of all the scholarships available to postgraduate applicants to Film, Television and Media Studies, please click here.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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