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Film, Media & Society (MA)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 24 months (part-time)

Overview

* Apply now for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

MA Film, Media & Society at Liverpool Hope is underpinned by critical and creative practice attuned to key global issues. It is critical because of its intellectual rigour, and it is creative because you have the opportunity to produce an original portfolio of work.  It is unusual for an MA to offer modules in both theory and practice, but MA Film, Media and Society is equally suited for students who prefer to specialise exclusively in either theoretical study or practical work, or who wish to combine the two areas.  Thus students may have the benefit of co-teaching from academics and practitioners, which will inform their theoretical understanding and research with insights amplified by experience of the applied creative process, and, symbiotically, illuminate their practice with rigorous scholarly contextualisation.

Whatever your specialism, you will be taught by staff who are international experts in their field with either extensive current peer-reviewed publications, or multiple award-winning productions. The course is also highly career-focussed, and from the outset you will have opportunities to enhance your CV with workplace opportunities with independent entrepreneurs as well as multinational companies.

Why choose this subject?

  • A critical and creative MA in Film, Media and Society that enables you to focus exclusively on theoretical or practical work, or to combine the two.
  • Working with tutors who are publishing academics and award winning producers
  • A superb academic library (including thousands of DVDs) and professional equipment purchased to support developing practice needs
  • A vibrant research culture to which postgraduate research is integral
  • Dedicated support for developing your career including opportunities for  a range of media industry work placements
  • Studying in a beautiful ‘garden campus’ collegial environment with teaching rooms, library, studios, and all support services close at hand
  • Masterclasses from international figures
  • Local, National and international field trips.

For further information download the Film, Media & Society MA Leaflet

Curriculum

The curriculum delivery will be enhanced, where appropriate, by masterclasses and guest sessions from leading industry and academic figures.

Whether studied in one year full-time or two years part-time, the curriculum will have three essential components:

  • A core 30 credit course in theoretical research methods and writing, and professional practice organisation and technique.
  • Three 30 credit optional courses, choice being governed by student expertise and career intentions. Students may mix theory and practical choices, or specialise in either field. Not all options will necessarily be available each year, and the range will depend upon staff availability and student numbers.
  • Cinema and society compulsory course

Theory courses may include:

  • Film music and sound
  • Film, propaganda and nationalism
  • National film industries

Professional practice courses may include:

  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Filmmaking
  • A 60 credit Dissertation or Advanced Professional Practice Portfolio.

 

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section of the website.


Teaching & Research

All teaching at Liverpool Hope is informed by research whether it is peer-reviewed publications or creative practice. Film, Media & Society at Liverpool Hope fosters an exciting research culture and is the home of the Popular Culture Research Group. The group hosts a monthly series of research seminars, featuring papers from colleagues at Hope and the wider national and international scholarly community.

MA students will not only be encouraged to attend research seminars, but will also have the opportunity to give talks. Additionally, the annual international conference at Hope, Theorising the Popular (2014 will be the fifth consecutive conference) has always encouraged proposals from graduate students, and has specifically facilitated opportunities for Hope students taking Masters in Business & Management, Creative Practice, and Popular Literatures. MA Film, Media and Society students will be required to attend the conference papers may form part of assessment. The department already has several PhD and MPhil students who will be able to act as exemplar mentors for MA students seeking to progress their research capacity.

Employability

The Film, Media & Society team place employability as a key outcome of your studies. To this end, we liaise closely with colleagues from Hope’s Careers, Enterprise, and Employability departments to bring students every possible career opportunity, including funding to establish creative industry start-ups, networking events with employers, as well as CV writing and interview training.

Our reputation for academic and professional standards means that companies in the area come directly to us in seeking students for paid positions, including filmmaking and research posts. Consequently, our students have built significant competitive career advantages as an aspect of their postgraduate study.

Overview

* Apply now for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

MA Film, Media & Society at Liverpool Hope is underpinned by critical and creative practice attuned to key global issues. It is critical because of its intellectual rigour, and it is creative because you have the opportunity to produce an original portfolio of work.  It is unusual for an MA to offer modules in both theory and practice, but MA Film, Media and Society is equally suited for students who prefer to specialise exclusively in either theoretical study or practical work, or who wish to combine the two areas.  Thus students may have the benefit of co-teaching from academics and practitioners, which will inform their theoretical understanding and research with insights amplified by experience of the applied creative process, and, symbiotically, illuminate their practice with rigorous scholarly contextualisation.

Whatever your specialism, you will be taught by staff who are international experts in their field with either extensive current peer-reviewed publications, or multiple award-winning productions. The course is also highly career-focussed, and from the outset you will have opportunities to enhance your CV with workplace opportunities with independent entrepreneurs as well as multinational companies.

Why choose this subject?

  • A critical and creative MA in Film, Media and Society that enables you to focus exclusively on theoretical or practical work, or to combine the two.
  • Working with tutors who are publishing academics and award winning producers
  • A superb academic library (including thousands of DVDs) and professional equipment purchased to support developing practice needs
  • A vibrant research culture to which postgraduate research is integral
  • Dedicated support for developing your career including opportunities for  a range of media industry work placements
  • Studying in a beautiful ‘garden campus’ collegial environment with teaching rooms, library, studios, and all support services close at hand
  • Masterclasses from international figures
  • Local, National and international field trips.

For further information download the Film, Media & Society MA Leaflet

Curriculum

The curriculum delivery will be enhanced, where appropriate, by masterclasses and guest sessions from leading industry and academic figures.

Whether studied in one year full-time or two years part-time, the curriculum will have three essential components:

  • A core 30 credit course in theoretical research methods and writing, and professional practice organisation and technique.
  • Three 30 credit optional courses, choice being governed by student expertise and career intentions. Students may mix theory and practical choices, or specialise in either field. Not all options will necessarily be available each year, and the range will depend upon staff availability and student numbers.
  • Cinema and society compulsory course

Theory courses may include:

  • Film music and sound
  • Film, propaganda and nationalism
  • National film industries

Professional practice courses may include:

  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Filmmaking
  • A 60 credit Dissertation or Advanced Professional Practice Portfolio.

 

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section of the website.


Teaching & Research

All teaching at Liverpool Hope is informed by research whether it is peer-reviewed publications or creative practice. Film, Media & Society at Liverpool Hope fosters an exciting research culture and is the home of the Popular Culture Research Group. The group hosts a monthly series of research seminars, featuring papers from colleagues at Hope and the wider national and international scholarly community.

MA students will not only be encouraged to attend research seminars, but will also have the opportunity to give talks. Additionally, the annual international conference at Hope, Theorising the Popular (2014 will be the fifth consecutive conference) has always encouraged proposals from graduate students, and has specifically facilitated opportunities for Hope students taking Masters in Business & Management, Creative Practice, and Popular Literatures. MA Film, Media and Society students will be required to attend the conference papers may form part of assessment. The department already has several PhD and MPhil students who will be able to act as exemplar mentors for MA students seeking to progress their research capacity.

Employability

The Film, Media & Society team place employability as a key outcome of your studies. To this end, we liaise closely with colleagues from Hope’s Careers, Enterprise, and Employability departments to bring students every possible career opportunity, including funding to establish creative industry start-ups, networking events with employers, as well as CV writing and interview training.

Our reputation for academic and professional standards means that companies in the area come directly to us in seeking students for paid positions, including filmmaking and research posts. Consequently, our students have built significant competitive career advantages as an aspect of their postgraduate study.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Dr Jacqui Miller

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3548

e: millerj@hope.ac.uk

Department: Media & Communication

Start date: January & September

How to Apply