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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

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.

Tuition fees

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£ 17,900per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    41st

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    11th out of 102 5

    39th out of 106 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    118 62%

    77th

    37
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    85 85%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.57 91%

    2nd

    1
  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    114 56%

    55th

    12
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%

    32nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%

    69th

    27

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