Oxford Brookes University

Film Studies: Popular Cinema (MA)

On the MA in Film Studies: Popular Cinema you will develop a historically-informed and critically aware understanding of film as an industry, art form, and cultural product. Through this course, you will build a broad portfolio of writing and research skills by combining academic and professional writing projects. We cover the history and theory of popular cinema in the US (classical and contemporary Hollywood), Europe and East Asia (especially Japanese cinema). Through modules on story development and research methods you will sharpen your writing skills in preparation for your dissertation project.

You will develop skills central to a career in either academia or the media industries. You will be taught by a diverse team of film specialists with different national and cultural backgrounds, as well as by industry professional guest speakers.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good honours degree (2.1 or above), or its equivalent, in an Arts and Humanities subject or similar discipline. Previous study of film is desirable but not essential. Selection will be normally made following an interview. . If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS requirement of 7.0 overall with 6.0 in all components.

Course modules

Core modules: narration in classical Hollywood cinema and research methods; dissertation; elective modules on a range of topics including: producers and consumers in popular European cinema; popular cinema in East Asia; film criticism and reviewing; story development.

Assessment methods

Assessment activities include writing academic essays and a dissertation, plus professional writing activities - film reviews, feature articles, and screenplays.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2017 - 24 months
PgCert Full-time September 2017 - 4 months
PgCert Part-time September 2017 - 9 months
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 8 months
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 15 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Headington Campus Oxford OX3 0BP South East

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