Taught course

Film Studies

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 and make creative connections between film analysis and film practice.

Our course has a distinctive focus on international, alternative, and documentary cinemas, while also providing a solid foundation in key elements of film history and theory, including Hollywood. This critical appraisal of such a wide range of genres gives you a solid understanding of what makes film work well, enabling you to improve your own production skills in camerawork, editing, lighting, screenwriting and production management.

You gain a strong sense of independent filmmaking practice, and learn to apply your academic knowledge of film through exploring topics including:

  • The formal, social, cultural and political dimensions of films from both within and beyond Hollywood
  • Fiction film production, including pre-production, camera, lighting and sound
  • Classics of the documentary form , docufictions and mockumentaries
  • Collective and individual filmmaking projects
  • Storyboarding and editing.

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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Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk