Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Film Studies

This course is designed to give students a holistic overview of the development of film, taking in the development and intersections of both Hollywood and European cinemas, and popular and alternative cinemas. Students also have the opportunity to study specific movements within cinema, such as the changing manifestations of German Expressionism, American film noir or neo-noir, and they do so by studying both aesthetic influences and technological developments which affect these movements (such as the impact of different film formats). The course pushes students to interrogate a wide range of factors which direct the production and presentation of film, including the representation of class, ethnicity, gender and the construction of social reality. Students also engage with a number of other representational issues: space, place, historical accuracy and the importance of costume, design and geography. Throughout the course students develop their own methods for analysis whilst studying established methodological approaches including semiotic theory and theories of discourse. In short, by completing this course, students gain a systematic knowledge of theories and perspectives in the study of film and graduate confident in their improved abilities in the research and critical analysis of film, its cultural contexts and historical significance.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (2nd Class with at least 56 per cent or above) in a related subject or equivalent relevant experience. IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 (internet-based) for international students where relevant.

Course modules

Core modules include: film and representation; research methods in film and television studies; theories and traditions in film studies; dissertation. Optional modules include: audience cultures and practices; from Avant Garde to documentary; screening cinema.

Assessment methods

The taught part of the course is delivered and assessed through lectures, seminars, oral presentations and essays.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,750 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,875 per Year 1 (International) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penglais Campus Aberystwyth SY23 3AR Wales

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Telephone number: 
01970 622828