Taught course

Film: Theory and Practice

Newcastle University · School of Modern Languages

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in film, media studies or a related subject such as English, modern languages, history, sociology, art or psychology. We will also consider applicants with a degree in a different subject alongside relevant professional experience, such as film journalism or teaching in film.

Months of entry


Course content

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

The course 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 which includes cinema management, screenwriting and filmmaking.

Your development

You will develop your own scholarly approaches to film through exploring a range of positions in film studies, and a range of historical periods and national/transnational cinemas.

By the end of the course you will have acquired knowledge of a range of analytical and theoretical principles in film studies and 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 will have explored either the complexity of designing and executing complex visual narrative or the demands of a modern commercial cinema and various film festivals. For your dissertation, you can choose to write a script, or make a short film, alongside a written research dissertation.

Whether you are looking to advance skills developed at undergraduate level, develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the creative industries, or establish the foundations for a PhD in film, the MA will challenge and engage you in developing insights into film as a crux of modern life and media.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 8 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Applications are accepted until early August, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Applicants who do not fulfil all the entry requirements for the Master's level may be registered as Diploma students and subsequently upgraded to the MA on successful completion of the taught elements.

Course contact details

School of Modern Languages
+44 (0) 191 208 5867