University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Film and Television Studies

The MA in Film and Television Studies combines the textual, theoretical and historical study of film and television in both past and contemporary contexts. It provides you with in-depth knowledge of critical perspectives and research skills in the study of film and television. Guided by staff with expertise across a range of historical periods, national/transnational cinemas, and film practices, optional units explore subjects such as contemporary film, film theory and style, writing and directing for film and television, television drama, and national/transnational cinemas.You attend regular research seminars featuring visiting academics and filmmakers. A number of major research projects take place in the department, including Professor Sarah Street's ongoing work on colour and film, and Dr Kristian Moen's research on animation. The department also has a lively postgraduate culture, shared with students on the MA in Film and Television Production, and with postgraduate students across the Faculty of Arts.Bristol is an excellent city in which to study film and television, with its varied cinema, television and digital media spaces such as the Arnolfini, BBC Bristol, The Cube and the Watershed Media Centre, various multiplexes and one of the UK's oldest community cinemas - the Curzon Cinema, in nearby Clevedon. Bristol is also home to the annual international Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the Slapstick Festival and the Afrika Eye Film Festival. It is possible to undertake an industrial placement for your dissertation, and placements in the past include the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and the Curzon Cinema.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or international equivalent). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered. All applicants will be asked a set of questions as part of their online application.

Course modules

Core unit: screen forms and analysis; screen research methods. Optional units: optional units examine different facets of film and television, deepening knowledge of key areas such as: film theory, film and television history, contemporary cinema, television forms, national and transnational cinemas, and the aesthetics of film and television. A number of units are available from other programmes across the faculty of arts, including classics, film and television production, historical studies, modern languages, theatre and music.

Assessment methods

These include a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

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