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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Explore film from a variety of critical perspectives and understand film’s unique position in the media landscape.

On this MA, we examine the aesthetic, industrial, cultural, and political dimensions of a diverse range of film practices. You will develop your skills in research and critical thinking through an exciting range of innovative options. You also research a topic of your choice in the supervised dissertation project.

We offer an advanced introduction to theoretical debates associated with the study of cinema, and contemporary approaches that are reshaping the field.

You’re taught by experts specialising in areas such as:

  • gender and sexuality
  • global cinema
  • popular culture
  • documentary and experimental film
  • animals and the media
  • audience studies.

Brighton has a vibrant film culture, playing host to the annual CINECITY Film Festival. It is also home to one of the UK's oldest purpose-built cinemas - the Duke of York’s.


Brighton offers one of the largest concentrations of film, digital and new media industries outside of London.

Our graduates are well prepared for further study and careers in:

  • the media industries
  • secondary education
  • sales and marketing
  • information services.

Graduate destinations

Recent Film Studies MA graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • English teacher, Save the Children
  • publicity, Gabby Jerrard PR
  • media executive, All Response Media.


This module presents you with a mapping of the intellectual histories, key approaches and theoretical debates within the field of film studies. You will begin with early debates around realism and auteurism, moving to genre theory and ideological and structuralist approaches. Later sessions deal with psychoanalytic and feminist approaches. The module finishes with contemporary critiques of both the textual focus of traditional film studies and the concept of representation itself. Throughout, the concern is to link theoretical approaches with methodologies inviting you to explore, critique and reflect on the discipline's intellectual history.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in film studies, media studies or another subject in the social sciences or humanities. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.