Film and Literature, M.A.

Film and Literature, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
Explore the relationship between literature and film in an exceptionally broad array of contemporary and historical contexts, and from a variety of different perspectives. You discover cutting-edge approaches to cinematic and literary aesthetics, adaptation, and relationships between different media, reception contexts, ethics, and interfaces between theory and practice. 

About

On our course you gain a deep understanding of the theoretical and practical interactions between literature and film, choosing specific areas of literary and cinema studies to complement your preparation for a creative practice or theoretical dissertation project of your choice. You will forge and develop connections between audio-visual and textual media. Focusing a variety of cultural productions and diverse forms of enlightenment, and entertainment, you will encounter parallel and sometimes more densely intertwined media histories, discovering the complex ways in which media anticipate, interfere with, and draw on one other.

Through weekly seminars, screenings and discussions of key cinematic and literary texts, you consider different ways that texts create their meanings. You study topics including:

  • Areas such as modernism, poetic practice, American prose, Caribbean literature, and African American literature
  • Documentary and fiction film production including screenwriting, pre-production, camera, lighting, sound, storyboarding and editing
  • Landmark directors and movements such as Expressionism and the avant-garde
  • Film theory including feminism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, haptic cinema
  • Adaptation and comparative media

You also benefit from a series of masterclasses conducted by invited industry professionals which focus on the craft of filmmaking: developing your technical understanding of cinematography, directing and editing/postproduction.

These also introduce you to potential employment routes and industry career pathways, from setting up your own production company, to identifying and tapping into distribution networks and preparing and marketing your completed films.

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Your future

We actively encourage and assist you to find appropriate internship and work placement opportunities during your studies, allowing you to practice and develop your skills and experience as well as enhancing your graduate employment prospects.

A number of our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies graduates have gone on to undertake successful careers as scholars, university lecturers, teachers, publishers, journalists, arts administrators, theatre artistic directors, drama advisers, filmmakers, film editors, and translators.

We also offer supervision for PhD, MPhil and MA by Dissertation in different literatures and various approaches to literature, covering most aspects of early modern and modern writing in English, plus a number of other languages.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

Year 1
  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis
  • Critical Moments in the Theory and History of Film
  • The New Nature Writing
  • Writing the Novel
  • Memory Maps: Practices in Psychogeography
  • Dramatic Structure
  • Adaptation
  • Documentary and the Avant-garde: Film, Video, Digital
  • Film and Video Production Workshop
  • United States Nationalism and Regionalism
  • African American Literature
  • Writing Magic
  • "There is a Continent Outside My Window" : United States and Caribbean Literatures in Dialogue
  • Literature and the Environmental Imagination: 19th to 21st Century Poetry and Prose

                            Detailed Programme Facts

                            • Programme intensity Full-time
                              • Full-time duration 12 months
                            • Languages
                              • English
                            • Delivery mode
                              On Campus

                            English Language Requirements

                            You need the following IELTS score:

                            • Minimum required score:

                              7

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                            Academic Requirements

                            You need the following GPA score:

                            Required score: Lower Second Class

                            Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                            Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                            UK entry requirements

                            • We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above.

                            International & EU entry requirements

                            • We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
                            Necessary documents
                            • Personal statement
                            • English language
                            • Transcripts
                            • CV
                            • References

                                  Tuition Fee

                                  • International Applies to you

                                    16225 GBP/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 16225 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                  • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                    7560 GBP/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 7560 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                                  Living costs for Colchester

                                  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
                                    Living Costs

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