Taught course

Film and Literature

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A mid 2.2 degree in Creative Writing, Theatre/Drama Studies, Literature, Film and Media Studies, Modern Languages and Art History.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Explore the relationship between literature and film in an exceptionally broad array of contemporary and historical contexts, and from a variety of different perspectives. You discover cutting-edge approaches to cinematic and literary aesthetics, adaptation, and relationships between different media, reception contexts, ethics, and interfaces between theory and practice.

On our course you gain a deep understanding of the theoretical and practical interactions between literature and film, choosing specific areas of literary and cinema studies to complement your preparation for a creative practice or theoretical dissertation project of your choice. You will forge and develop connections between audio-visual and textual media. Focusing a variety of cultural productions and diverse forms of enlightenment, and entertainment, you will encounter parallel and sometimes more densely intertwined media histories, discovering the complex ways in which media anticipate, interfere with, and draw on one other.

Through weekly seminars, screenings and discussions of key cinematic and literary texts, you consider different ways that texts create their meanings. You study topics including:

  • Areas such as modernism, poetic practice, American prose, Caribbean literature, and African American literature
  • Documentary and fiction film production including screenwriting, pre-production, camera, lighting, sound, storyboarding and editing
  • Landmark directors and movements such as Expressionism and the avant-garde
  • Film theory including feminism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, haptic cinema
  • Adaptation and comparative media.

You also benefit from a series of masterclasses conducted by invited industry professionals which focus on the craft of filmmaking: developing your technical understanding of cinematography, directing and editing/postproduction.

These also introduce you to potential employment routes and industry career pathways, from setting up your own production company, to identifying and tapping into distribution networks and preparing and marketing your completed films.

We are ranked 3rd in the UK for film studies (Dance, Drama and Cinematics, Times Good University Guide 2018), and three-quarters of our research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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