Film Studies

Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN520
CAO Points Range 2020: 310-625
Length of Course: 3 Years (4 years BA International)
Average Intake: 420

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.

Film Studies will give you the tools to better understand how all the things we think of as entertainment actually create the world in which we live.

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.

Graduates are prepared for a wide range of master’s courses offered in the School of English, Drama & Film, including: Creative Writing, Literature & Culture (with strands in American; Gender, Sexuality & Culture; Medieval; Modern & Contemporary; Renaissance); Film Studies, Writing for Stage & Screen. See www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/ postgraduate for more details.

What Will I Study

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 include:

First Year

  • Introductions to Film & Media (including case studies in digital innovation, film, television, and other media forms)
  • Global Media
  • Cinema History
  • Entertainment Industry Studies.

Second Year

  • Horror or Action/Adventure
  • Documentary & Social Change
  • TV History
  • Irish Film & TV
  • Global Bollywood
  • The French New Wave

Third Year

  • Film Animation
  • Contemporary Alternative and Independent Cinemas
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Cinema & the City
  • Digital Media Cultures
  • Wellness & Happiness Media
  • Global Science Fiction
  • The Irish Gothic
  • Medieval Celluloid

Students attend lectures and tutorials and may undertake independent study.

Assessment takes different forms such as written assignments, presentations, group projects and end-of-trimester examinations. You might present a poster, create storyboards, make a video or record a podcast. In third year, all teaching takes the form of small group seminars.

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

Testimonial

“Film Studies in UCD is something I always wanted to study. Although I love discussing television, I was unaware how many other areas of study this would introduce to me along the way. I have crossed paths with truly fascinating elements of film, television and digital media under the guidance of passionate lecturers and peers. Each trimester has presented me with a fresh area of interest. I am no longer just a television show fan because I am now a television, film and digital media enthusiast.”

Elliott Salmon, Student

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