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MA in Film & Visual Studies



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MA: Film & Visual Studies 

Duration / Mode of study: Both full-time and part-time

Number of places: 20

Teaching Times: Afternoon & Evening

Film is the most important mass medium and art form of modern times, popular in its appeal and radical in its practices. Shaping our modes of perception and communication, it has transformed our ways of seeing and storytelling, and continues to have an impact on all the contemporary arts. Filmmaking and criticism is an area of immense interest, pleasure, and creativity.

Supported by state-of-the-art film teaching and production facilities, the MA in Film and Visual Studies at Queen’s aims to offer a rich, diverse curriculum, enabling students to specialize in practice-based and critical approaches to film, and other media arts.


In particular, students will develop skills in the analysis of film and media arts and apply these skills in the production of creative projects, and critical work. Throughout the programme, students will acquire basic or enhanced film production skills. They will also acquire transferable skills valued by employers: creative thinking, verbal and visual communication, problem solving, project management, and teamwork.


Programme Content

Students take a number of compulsory and optional modules, a sample of which are listed below:


Compulsory Modules: 
AHS7001: Postgraduate Training: 'Making Knowledge Work' (20 CAT)
SCA7001: Research Methods in Critical and Creative Practice (20 CAT)
FLM7005: Major Creative Project or Dissertation (60 CAT)
Optional Modules:
FLM7004: Cinema, History, Memory (20 CAT/G. Rhodes)
FLM7010: Screenwriting (20 CAT/S. Baschiera)
FLM7008: Film Practice Workshops and Project Development (20 CAT/D. Keeney)
FLM7013: Film Industries and Digital Cultures (20 CAT/S. Baschiera)
FLM7017: Film Censorship, Regulation, and Audiences (20 CAT/S. Barber)
FLM7020: Political Film: Form and Conflict (20 CAT/D.O'Rawe)
FLM7012: Photographic Practice (20 CAT/subject to availability)



The range of assessment methods includes written assignments, presentations, and reports as well as practice-based exercises and projects. These tasks culminate in the dissertation/major creative project, which is assessed as follows:
Creative Project: a short film accompanied by a written component theorising the work (not exceeding 5,000 words), or other creative project agreed with programme convenor and designated supervisor (for example, a script, exhibition, or relevant creative industry placement).
Critical Project (Written): Project topic to be agreed with programme convenor and designated supervisor, (not exceeding 15,000 words).




Special Features 

  • State-of-the-art digital production and post-production facilities, and a new purpose-built ‘black box’, giving students the opportunity to film in a professionally equipped studio.
  • Strong contacts with the local industry that facilitate regular workshops with professional filmmakers and producers, and placements for students interested in a career in film and the creative industries.
  • Screenings, lectures, and seminars held in Screen 2 of the Drama and Film Centre – the newly refurbished cinema we share with the Queen’s Film Theatre, Ireland’s leading independent art cinema.
  • As well as teaching practice at MA level through Apple Final Cut Pro X, we are an Avid Learning Partner, and students are offered the opportunity to become certified in the use of both Media Composer video editing and Pro Tools audio editing, an industry qualification and valuable addition to any C.V.


Opportunities for Careers 

This MA programme provides a highly regarded academic qualification and professional development opportunities ideally suited to a career in film, television and other moving-image and broadcast media. This MA is also popular with students intending to – or already – employed in education, research, or the wider creative industries sector.


For further enquiries, contact the Programme Convenor:

Dr. Des O’Rawe

School of Creative Arts

T: +44 (0)28 90973677





M.Phil in Film & Visual Studies


Aim: To offer students the opportunity to undertake advances research via traditional film scholarship or via a creative practice route in one of the department’s areas of specialisation.

Duration:  2 years full-time, 4 years part-time.

Entrance Requirements:  Normally a good upper second class degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent professional experience and attainment).

Current Research Areas

  • Documentary and Experimental Film Practice
  • Film Aesthetics and History
  • Relationships between Film and Visual Arts
  • World Cinema and Comparative Film Cultures
  • Ireland and Cinema.

Title of Research area:  Film and Visual Studies.

Content:  Normally 1 research methods module + specified area of research.  This can include a practical component.

Funding:  DEL, some university funding opportunities.  Click here to view the school funding/scholarships pages

Special Features:  Combination of practice and critical methodologies; opportunities for mentoring by professional filmmakers and photographers. 

Careers:  Media/Journalism; Arts Management and Curation:  Academic/Teaching

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