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Screen Studies MA

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Course description

The Manchester MA in Screen Studies is a diverse and flexible programme of study, providing students with opportunities to study areas of screen theory, practice, history and culture. It caters for students wishing to enhance their artistic and professional careers as well as those seeking to prepare for doctoral study. The course provides opportunities for students who are new to the subject area to establish a foundation in the discipline as well as those who wish to pursue further study. It prepares students for doctoral study and/or employment in the screen, media and creative industries. This is an interdisciplinary MA, taught collaboratively between the Drama subject area and other subject areas across the Faculty.

The course builds on links between the University of Manchester and professional contexts and communities in Greater Manchester and beyond. It encourages the research and practice of screen culture that is creative, engages in non-traditional and/or community sites, and combines artistic exploration with a social focus. We support cultural research that engages with issues relating to transformation, critique and social responsibility.

Module details

The MA Screen Studies is a flexible programme, with 60 credits of taught and structured delivery and a range of opportunities for students to construct a bespoke programme from within the specialist areas of Drama and Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. The programme is intellectually challenging and practically diverse, providing an ideal pathway for continuing professional work and/or preparation for doctoral study. Building on local and regional links to professional partners, it offers students an opportunity to engage in and benefit from ongoing research in the subject area.

Core elements include a research methods course and an advanced screen theory and practice course (totalling 60 credits). You then select a further 60 credits drawn from combinations of the following: a `Professional Practices' course, offering an opportunity to gain experience in a `real-world' screen and media industry context; a number of MA study options; and a `directed reading' course. Finally, you complete a 12-15,000-word dissertation on an area of your choice. Your dissertation can involve practical research, with a shorter written component accompanied by a practical project.

Previous students have conducted research in a range of subjects, including representations of the body in contemporary `death media'; music and rock operas; ideology in contemporary science fiction film; French horror; spirituality in Japanese anime; and practice-based research in the use of subjective cinema and the single-shot film.

Manchester offers the prospective student unparalleled opportunities to develop their skills in a range of screen media contexts and creative industries. In the North West, we have established connections with the Cornerhouse, the BBC at MediaCityUK and independent production companies. Our unique `Professional Practices' option allows students to gain experience in a professional environment.

Scholarships and bursaries

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What our students say

'A really excellent course, both practically and theoretically. The chance to do a course unit with a strong vocational element was brilliant.'

'The MA in Screen Studies programme was an excellent environment in which to explore different approaches to film and television in more depth. It provided me with the time and tools to develop a fuller understanding of who I am as a screen researcher and how I approach the medium.'

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