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Film - Theory and Practice

12 months
20400 GBP/year
9600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Film - Theory and Practice programme from Newcastle University will give you a sophisticated understanding of films as systems of meaning and practice.


The Film - Theory and Practice programme from Newcastle University covers four areas:

  • film theory: history and approaches, narrative and aesthetics, authorship, stardom, national cinema
  • cinema management: film festival, exhibition culture, marketing
  • filmmaking
  • screenwriting

You can specialise in areas of film theory, and/or in film practice which includes cinema management, screenwriting and filmmaking.

Your development

You will develop your own scholarly approaches to film through exploring a range of positions in film studies, and a range of historical periods and national/transnational cinemas.

By the end of the course you will have acquired knowledge of a range of analytical and theoretical principles in film studies and an array of national/transnational cinemas, including:

  • British
  • Chinese
  • French
  • American
  • North African
  • Spanish and Latin American

If you choose to specialise in film practice, you will have explored either the complexity of designing and executing complex visual narrative or the demands of a modern commercial cinema and various film festivals. For your dissertation, you can choose to write a script, or make a short film, alongside a written research dissertation.

Whether you are looking to advance skills developed at undergraduate level, develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the creative industries, or establish the foundations for a PhD in film, the MA will challenge and engage you in developing insights into film as a crux of modern life and media.


Based at the University’s central Newcastle campus and delivered in late afternoon, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, during term time. This course is co-delivered by researchers and filmmakers from the School of Modern Languages, the School of Arts and Cultures, and the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, as well as industry professionals and practitioners outside of the University.

You take a total of 180 credits during either a 12 or 24 month study period.

The compulsory modules help you to develop skills in handling the dense texture underpinning film meaning and isolating the forces at work in the production and consumption of films.

Optional modules reflect four pathways in this programme including film theory, filmmaking, screenwriting, cinema management/film exhibition. You can also undertake a professional placement at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the leading documentary film festival in the world, or Bridge&Tunnel, a BAFTA-nominated film production company.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaches to Film Theory and History
  • Dissertation
  • Screen Aesthetics
  • Researching Film: Skills and Methods
  • Screenwriting
  • Stars: Systems, Theories, Nations
  • Exhibition Cultures

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in film, media studies or a related subject such as:

  • English
  • modern languages
  • history
  • sociology
  • art
  • psychology

We will also consider applicants with a degree in a different subject alongside relevant professional experience, such as film journalism or teaching in film.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9600 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK Part time: £4,800

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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