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FILM AND SCREEN MEDIA (WITH STUDY ABROAD) (MA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £8350.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This Master's degree in film and screen media explores the history, development and interaction of film, television and other screen media. You will have access to world-class postgraduate teaching and research at Birkbeck, and spend one term abroad at a leading university in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, or Canada. This is the only Master's degree in film and screen media in the UK that includes an international exchange with prestigious European and North American universities.

The course encourages you to explore a wide variety of screen media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms and, also, in a variety of cultural and national contexts.

You can personalise your MA studies and specialise in areas of film and screen media that match your intellectual interests and career goals, and for the study abroad element, you can choose the university with the specific strengths and specialisms that will help you develop and deepen your particular film and screen media interests. A work placement optionallows you to gain practical experience that may enhance your career prospects.

You will need to have good or very good knowledge of at least one European language in order to take full advantage of this course (for Montreal this language is French). Some universities offer language instruction for Birkbeck students, to help them improve their language skills. 

This course has three other pathways: MA Film and Screen Media, MA Film and Screen Media (with Television) and MA Film and Screen Media with Film Programming and Curating. 

This Master's degree in film and screen media explores the history, development and interaction of film, television and other screen media. You will have access to world-class postgraduate teaching and research at Birkbeck, and spend one term abroad at a leading university in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, or Canada. This is the only Master's degree...

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Course Content

The programme consists of two compulsory modules, including a research project or placement, a choice of option modules and a dissertation.

The compulsory module Screen Media: History, Technology and Culture introduces you to the basic methodologies and issues involved in the area concerned, as well as research skills and methods. Option modules allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research.

We are part of the Screen Studies Group and participate in the intercollegiate module exchange which involves SOAS, UCL, KCL, Queen Mary University and Goldsmiths. You may take one of your option modules at the participating colleges of the University of London.

A unique feature of the programme is the placement, which offers you the experience of working in a prominent media company or cultural institution. Alternatively you can complete a research project which gives you the chance to undertake independent research in the area of contemporary film and media practice and to reflect on research methodologies.

YEAR 1

  • Compulsory module (30 credits)
  • One option module (30 credits)
  • Either an advanced language module to prepare you for the term abroad, or a second option module (30 credits)
  • Research/placement project and report (30 credits)

YEAR 2

  • One option module abroad at the partner institution (30 credits)
  • One option module (30 credits) 
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

COMPULSORY MODULES

  • Research/Placement Project and Report MA Film and Screen Media
  • Screen Media: History, Technology and Culture

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • Artists' Film: the museum, the gallery and beyond
  • Audio-Visual Histories of Cinema
  • British Cinema and Television 1960-85
  • Contemporary American Cinema
  • Curating Film, Sharing Passions
  • Documentary: Filmmaking Histories and Digital Practices
  • Film Festivals
  • Screen Media and Archival Practices Today
  • Shaping Contemporary Film Culture B: Themes in Film Festivals
  • Shaping Contemporary Film Culture A: The Essay Film and the Archive
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Media
  • Transcultural Memory

MA FILM AND SCREEN MEDIA (WITH STUDY ABROAD) DISSERTATION

  • Dissertation MA Film and Screen Media

The programme consists of two compulsory modules, including a research project or placement, a choice of option modules and a dissertation. The compulsory module Screen Media: History, Technology and Culture introduces you to the basic methodologies and issues involved in the area concerned, as well as research skills and methods. Option modules allow you to pursue specific interests...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£8350.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject (eg humanities, modern languages or social sciences).

Knowledge of at least one other European language at a level to allow you to follow a postgraduate-level course at one of our partner institutions.

As part of the application process, you are required to complete a 700-1000-word written exercise by choosing a film or television programme which you have recently seen and explaining why you found it innovative.

Upon review of the application and the entrance task, admissions tutors will invite successful candidates to attend an interview.

After the interview, a final decision on the application will be made.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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