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FilmPart of HumanitiesPostgraduate study

MA Film, Screen and Digital Media (1 year)

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MA Film, Screen and Digital Media will enable you to understand media production processes and practices. You will gain industry relevant knowledge and skills through both critical and practice-led research, and learn approaches to media production environments that will enable you to prepare for a career in the media, cultural or creative industries.

Introducing your degree

Engage with critical approaches to film cultures through the study of aesthetic conventions, industrial forms, and production processes.

Enhance your project development skills and learn how to work with both creative and funding sources to bring media projects (such as film, television and games) to their audiences.

You will be encouraged to develop your own production interests, applying the skills and resources you acquire during the programme to shape your degree. At the same time, we foster a collaborative ethos in which students exchange knowledge and ideas.

Programme Structure

The programme has two possible pathways:

  • production development
  • research

You will make the decision about which pathway is best for you towards the end of semester one.

The production development module has four core modules, two compulsory modules and two option modules. This pathway is designed to allow you to develop your own projects and to prepare you for your final production development project.

The research pathway has three core modules, one compulsory module and four option modules. This pathway is designed for you to develop research skills focused through an advanced understanding of media industry practices.

Full time students will take all taught modules during two semesters and complete their dissertation by the following September. Part time students will take taught modules during four semesters, and complete their dissertation or final project by the September of Year 2.

Students may also consider taking a 'free elective' in semester one or semester two, but need to contact their MA convenor if they wish to take a subject outside of Film.

Typical entry requirements

For 2021 Entry
QualificationGrade
English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements

Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

Degree
First- or upper second class honours degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in an arts-related subject.

English Language
IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Intake: 15

Average applications per place: 4

Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in an arts-related subject.

English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process: Online application

Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The programme has two possible pathways:

  • production development
  • research

You will make the decision about which pathway is best for you towards the end of semester one.

Year 1

Semester One

Semester one:

Core modules:

Research in Film Studies

Script Development for Screen Media

Digital Media: Arts and Culture

Optional:

Techniques of Analysis of Screen Style and Form

Individually. Negotiated Topic

Auteur Filmmakers

Screen Stars in Context

Semester Two

Semester Two

Production Development Pathway

Compulsory:

Digital Media: Communication and Society

Industry Practices: Post Production

Research pathway

Compulsory:

Preparing for the Dissertation

Optional:

Individually. Negotiated Topic

Auteur Filmmakers

East Asian Action Cinema

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Study locations

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