Film Studies

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520
CAO Points Range 2018: 381
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 350

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

Media literacy is a vital 21st century skill and the cultivation of such literacy stands at the centre of this degree path. Students are encouraged to make connections between literary, cinematic and televisual forms, to deepen their knowledge of screen cultures and, in particular, to ask serious questions about how representation, culture and politics interrelate. If you have a passion for media, this degree provides a unique opportunity for you to acquire key interpretive skills and hone your ability to make critically reasoned arguments.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates have pursued careers in every strand of media and media culture, including film festivals and arts curation, archive work, education (schools and universities), media journalism and television and film production. Graduate study opportunities include MA and PhD degree programmes in Media Studies.

What Will I Study

In Film, you will study classical and contemporary film, television and other media, and engage with relevant critical writing, building awareness of media in social, cultural, historical and theoretical contexts. Modules may include:

First Year

  • Perspectives on Film I & II.

Second Year

  • Action-Adventure Cinema
  • Hollywood
  • Irish Cinema and Television
  • History of Television
  • Documentary Film.

Third Year

  • Film Animation
  • Contemporary Alternative and Independent Cinemas
  • Social and Digital Media
  • Television Genres.

Students attend lectures and tutorials and may undertake independent study.

Assessment is through end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment, such as written assignments, presentations and group projects. In third year, students attend small group seminars, which are assessed via a variety of essays and projects.

How Will I Study

International Study Opportunities

Opportunities may include:

  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
  • Université Sorbonne (Paris IV), France
  • University of Turin, Italy
  • University of Verona, Italy
  • University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Miami, USA
  • University of Otago, New Zealand


“When deciding what I wanted to study at university I had one simple criteria: I wanted to love what I studied. I have loved every minute of Film Studies at UCD. The course beautifully combines academic literature with artistic texts to interlink both the critical and the creative. It covers everything from European cinema, to digital and social media studies. Additionally, I had the chance to spend the third year of my BA studying abroad in Amsterdam, which allowed me to experience a whole new culture. This year, I have received offers from various news publications and media outlets and this would never have been possible without the incredible tutelage I have received from the Film Department in UCD.”

Anna Joyce English and Film Studies Graduate 2018

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