Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Arts, English and Languages
* 1 year full-time or up to a maximum of 31 months part-time.
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Speaker - Dr Gary Rhodes, Programme Director
Film is the most important mass medium and art form of modern times. Shaping our modes of perception and communication, it is popular in its appeal and radical in its practices. It has transformed our ways of seeing and storytelling.
Filmmaking and criticism is an area of immense interest, pleasure, and creativity. Supported by state-of-the-art new film teaching and production facilities, the MA in Film and Visual Studies at Queen's aims to offer a rich, diverse curriculum designed to enable students to specialise 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.
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- State-of-the-art digital production and post-production facilities, as well as substantial lighting and grips kits, and a new purpose-built 'black box', giving students the opportunity to film in a multi-purpose, professionally equipped studio.
- Strong contacts with the local film and broadcast industry, enabling us to organise regular meetings with industry professionals, workshops, and placements for students interested in a career in film and the creative industries.
- We are an Avid Learning Partner, and Film 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 CV.
- Screenings, lectures, and seminars are held in Screen 2 of the Drama and Film Centre - the newly refurbished cinema we share with Northern Ireland's leading independent cinema, the Queen's Film Theatre (QFT).
Students will take a number of compulsory and optional modules, a sample of which are listed below:
- Major Creative Project or Dissertation (Double weighted)
- Postgraduate Training: 'Making Knowledge Work'
- Research Methods in Critical and Creative Practice
- Cinema, History, Memory
- Film Censorship, Regulation, and Audiences
- Film Industries and Digital Cultures
- Film Practice Workshops and Project Development
- Photographic Practice
- Political Film: Form and Conflict
Assessment & Feedback
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).
Learning and Teaching
Afternoon and Evening.
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences or a cognate discipline.
A 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University may be considered if an applicant can demonstrate recent professional/exhibition experience in filmmaking, photography, or video arts, subject to portfolio submission and interview.
Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:
- English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Dr Des O'Rawe
School of Creative Arts
Tel: 9097 3677
Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
This MA programme provides a qualification and professional development opportunities ideally suited to a career in film, television and other moving-image and broadcast media. It is also popular with students intending to or already working in education, research, and the wider creative industries sector. Recent graduates from this programme have gone on to work as script editors, assistant producers, programme researchers, schedule coordinators, and teaching posts in Film and Moving Image Arts.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
For details of any funding opportunities available, please visit the School website. For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy
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