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MA in Contemporary Screen Industries

MA in Contemporary Screen Industries

  • PAC CodeDC602(Full Time), DC603(Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration 1 Year FT 2 Years PT
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Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€0
  • EU Status Fee€6,750
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

The School of Communications is excited announce our new MA in Contemporary Screen Industries. Building on over thirty years of expertise in research and teaching in film and television studies, the new Masters Degree adds a practice dimension to the School’s established theory-focused screen modules.

The new MA in Contemporary Screen Industries will:

  • provide students with an intensive and rigorous grounding in film and television studies from a contemporary cultural perspective
  • explore the inner workings of Irish and international film and television industries from a political and economic perspective
  • allow students to combine theoretical perspectives with extensive practice-based modules on content creation for the screen industries

DCU’s School of Communications has just been ranked in the top 200 communications schools internationally. The only ranked Irish media/communications School in the QS ranking. 

Programme

This programme is offered full-time over one year and part-time over two years. Students take a combination of core and option modules in areas such as Film Theory and History; the Politics and Economics of the Screen Industries; Audio and Sound Design; Moving Image, Screenwriting; Television Drama; Documentary in Film and TV; Media Audiences and Consumption; Sexuality and Popular Culture; Research Methods. All students complete either a Dissertation or a Production Project as the final element of their assessment.

Why Do this programme?

  • To provide students with an intensive and rigorous grounding in film and television studies from a contemporary cultural perspective.
  • To analyse the impact on Ireland of audiovisual policy in Europe and 'national cinema' developments in Europe, Australia and developing countries.
  • To understand how and why Ireland and the Irish have appeared as they do on screen.
  • To gain an insight into the inner workings of the Irish film and television industries and how this relates to the increasingly globalised international audiovisual arena.
  • To bring critical perspectives into line with recent major developments in film studies, which have emphasised film-making and television production as social and economic institutions.
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Why DCU

  • The course is unique in that it treats film and television simultaneously, recognising the web of connections between the two screen industries.
  • The course is also unique in Ireland in its treatment of film and television as both art forms and industries. Filmic and televisual texts are thus studied as texts and as commodities.
  • The course also offers practical skills-based modules on digital video and audio production, and in screen-writing.
  • The MA in Film and Television is taught through one of the handful of Irish university departments which is exclusively focused on the study of media and communications. As a consequence our modules are taught by specialists in the field using state-of-the-art production technologies, teaching methodologies and course materials.

Fees: www.dcu.ie/fees/index.shtml

Careers

Graduates from the course can expect to find employment in a range of media-related industries. Past graduates are employed in media institutions including RTE, TV3, the Irish Film Board and the European Union Media Desk. A number have gone into production companies either as employees or, in some cases, after having established their own production companies. A significant number of graduates have also remained in academia, to complete doctoral degrees (in DCU and elsewhere), and from there to working as film/media studies lecturers.

School of Communications

The MA in Contemporary Screen Industries is located in the School of Communications at DCU, which has an internationally recognised reputation for teaching and research excellence in media, communications and journalism. Staff include leading academic scholars and experienced industry professionals. Their innovative peer-reviewed and internationally ranked research, which is shared in a classroom environment, also helps shape policy decisions about the worlds of media, communications and journalism both in Ireland and internationally. With a tradition stretching back almost 40 years, today the School is home to almost 1,000 students studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as undertaking doctoral research.

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

For admission to the MA in Contemporary Screen Industries programme, successful applicants will have - 

  • A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.2 or above) or equivalent,
  • Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.
  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.  More information about the English language requirements for DCU's School of Communications can be found here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

To apply for this programme:

  • All applicants should apply through www.pac.ie
  • Search for course code DC602 for Full-Time or DC603 for Part-Time.
  • Provide Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable.
  • Please include your CV and details of relevant experience.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link https://www.dcu.ie/registry/english.shtml

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until the following dates:

  • Closing date for non EU applicants is 12th July 2019.
  • Closing date for EU applicants is 16th September 2019.

Note applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of studying at DCU, are advised to apply as early as possible.

Queries

Queries from EU applicants should be directed to registry@dcu.ie

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to international.office@dcu.ie

Commencement of Programme

The programme commences in September 2019.

 

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

For more information, please contact fees@dcu.ie.


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MA in Contemporary Screen Industries Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €0 €6,750 €15,000
Part Time €0 €3,600 €7,400