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Film: Theory and Practice MA

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Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film / Video Production Film Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Film: Theory and Practice MA will give you a sophisticated understanding of films as systems of meaning and practice.

The course covers four areas:

film theory: history and approaches, narrative and aesthetics, authorship, stardom, national cinema
cinema management: film festival, exhibition culture, marketing

You can specialise in areas of film theory, and/or in film practice which includes cinema management, screenwriting and filmmaking.

Your development

You will develop your own scholarly approaches to film through exploring a range of positions in film studies, and a range of historical periods and national/transnational cinemas.

By the end of the course you will have acquired knowledge of a range of analytical and theoretical principles in film studies and an array of national/transnational cinemas, including:

North African
Spanish and Latin American

If you choose to specialise in film practice, you will have explored either the complexity of designing and executing complex visual narrative or the demands of a modern commercial cinema and various film festivals. For your dissertation, you can choose to write a script, or make a short film, alongside a written research dissertation.

Whether you are looking to advance skills developed at undergraduate level, develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the creative industries, or establish the foundations for a PhD in film, the MA will challenge and engage you in developing insights into film as a crux of modern life and media.


This module aims to: provide students with research skills required for an independent researcher, include developing their own research questions, bibliographies and references and other aspects of academic writing; familiarise students with methodological issues specific to film studies and prepare student for the planning and writing of their final dissertation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in film, media studies or a related subject such as: English; modern languages; history; sociology; art; psychology. We will also consider applicants with a degree in a different subject alongside relevant professional experience, such as film journalism or teaching in film.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more