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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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

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. 


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.

Modules 2018-2019


  • 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.



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.


General Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will normally possess a good honours degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences or an equivalent qualification.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Assessment by Interview

Candidates should note that an interview is part of the selection process for this programme. Shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be able to book their interview through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) website (

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit

  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable

Non Native English Speakers

  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link


Dates for Submission of Applications

 EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC  Applications will be reviewed and offers will be made on an onging basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 14 August 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.

Non-EU Applicants

  • Please apply through PAC .  Applicants will be reviewed and offers will be made on an ongoing basis.  Should places still be available on this programme, the final date for receipt of applications will be 10 July 2018 for entry in Autumn 2018.  

  • Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.  If you need a study visa and are a Non Eu student, you are not eligible to apply for part time programmes as study visas are only granted for full time programmes.

  • To apply for this programme use the PAC code DC602 (full time) and DC603 (part time).

  • Queries on completed applications should be forwarded to