Taught course

Film Studies:Theory History Practice

Institution
Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Drama, Film and Music
Qualifications
MPhil

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Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good honors 1st class or 2.1 B.A. degree (minimum "B", average 3.0 or above for North American students) or equivalent qualification with a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band below 6. Applicants to the Screenwriting strand are required to include a sample of creative writing in lieu of a sample of academic writing in their application.

The M.Phil. in Film Studies extended application deadline 31st July 2020.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The M.Phil. in Film Studies at Trinity offers two interesting ways to pursue further analysis of film and the film industry at university:
1. The Theory, History, Practice strand is a unique opportunity to embark upon a detailed investigation into the intellectual currents and aesthetic concerns surrounding the study and practice of film and digital media.
2. The Screenwriting strand offers the opportunity to focus on writing for different screens in a critically informed and creative context.
At every step of the way your progress will be informed by an emphasis on independent study, critical thinking and creative practice. In addition, the course aims to develop the key transferable skills required for postgraduate study. These include research preparation, time management and oral and written presentation skills.

MPhil in Film Studies -Theory, History Practice strand is also offered part time over two years. It comprises 60 ECTS of taught modules and a 30-ECTS research component. It is a unique opportunity to embark upon a detailed investigation into the intellectual currents and aesthetic concerns surrounding the study of film and digital media. . From the outset, questions of history, theory and context are brought to bear on issues of close analysis and interpretation. Modules in Screenwriting, Creative Documentary Practice and Editing allow students to balance film theory and history with practice.

The Screenwriting strand is also offered part time over two years and allows students to develop the skills required to write successfully for a range of different screens in a critically informed and creative context. It comprises 60 ECTS of taught modules and a 30-ECTS research component. The objective of the Screenwriting strand is to prepare screenwriters who can adapt to an industry that recreates itself regularly around technological advances. Students will select their chosen platform(s) when preparing their portfolio, bring their writing to industry standard and complete their studies with a research project screenplay in their chosen area of interest: feature film, television, on-demand broadcast, documentary, or adaptation.

The full-time programme consists of two elements:
1. 6 compulsory taught modules (10 ECTS each) delivered equally across two semesters (60 ECTS)
2. Research Project and Research Methodologies Module (30 ECTS)

The part-time programme consists of two elements:
1. Year 1 (40ECTS) = 3 Core modules (30 ECTS) + 1 Elective Module (10ECTS)
2. Year 2 (50ECTS) = 2 Elective Modules (20ECTS) + Research Project and Research Methodologies Module (30 ECTS)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Dr Paula Quigley
Email
pquigley@tcd.ie
Phone
+353 1 896 3512