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Masters in Film and Theatre Studies

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Film represents the final product of the cinematographic art and industry. Film industry can be divided into two sectors: film production and film distribution. The value of a film is usually assessed by film critics. This art manifestation is possible through the understanding and combination of physics, optics, electrotechnic, electronics and chemistry even.

Dating back to 1880, films have evolved over the past century and a half into one of the most popular forms of entertainment. That is why the film industry is a growing employment sector that offers various types of jobs from acting, directing and producing to editing, design and special effects and even translation and adaption.

Theatre on the other hand is a much older form of art, dating back to antiquity. Based on drama, a particular type of fiction that is to be depicted in human performance, theatre is a complex art that combines different elements to transmit a certain feeling, idea or state to the audience. This can be achieved through the text of the theatrical play and also through music, dance or mimic.

Theatrical production involves the effort of a team, most of it not visible to the spectator, like technicians, make-up artists, choreographers, costume designers and many others.

Studying Film and Theatre requires approaching the two art forms from an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international perspective. A student of this discipline manages to understand the manifestation and evolution of film and theatre and the factors that influence that. A career in this filed can mean anything from the popular view of the actor-star to very technical jobs such as lighting expert.

Suggested Study Programmes

  • Master in Writing for Screen & Stage

    This part-time, flexible-learning programme in Writing for Screen & Stage will help you develop the script writing skills essential for the screen industry and the theatre. You willl explore the art of storytelling, the Aristotelian origins of drama, narrative structure, character function and creation, the exploitation of arena, decisions on location and key narrative tricks and devices.

  • Master in Shakespeare

    Taught by a team of world-class Shakespeare scholars and a director famous for his pioneering Shakespeare productions, this MA offers the opportunity to study a unique combination of practical and theoretical approaches to Shakespeare in the context of two of the world's most-celebrated Shakespeare theatres – the Rose Theatre Kingston and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London.

  • Master in Film Studies

    The Film Studies MA provides an exciting intellectual challenge in the way it focuses on what continues to be arguably the most significant and popular modern mass media. It approaches the medium in an original cross-disciplinary fashion. The course draws insights from diverse disciplines as history, sociology, art history, comparative studies and aesthetics and from major intellectual perspectives as feminism, postmodernism, postcolonial theory, semiotics and psychoanalysis.

  • Master in Film Making

    The Film Making MA at Kingston University has been carefully developed during a 10-year period based on the direct experiences and practices of the staff and students within the growing and inclusive Kingston film making community. Our first principle is that film is a uniquely collective art form.

  • Master in Foundation Programme in Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

    The Master’s Foundation Programme is available as a one, two or three-term programme, with guaranteed progression to a wide range of Law, Humanities and Social Sceinces Master’s degrees at UCLan. You will live and study your Foundation programme at our state-of-the-art Centre located at the heart of the UCLan campus.

  • Master in Sound and Image

    The MA Sound and Image programme is designed by, and will be delivered as, an interdisciplinary collaboration between Fine Art and Music. This MA focuses on the creation and analysis of audio-visual works, taking into account major artistic developments over the past few decades.

  • Master in Visual Arts Management and Curating

    The MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating is dually accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and validated by The Open University. Richmond’s MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating equips students with the knowledge and skills required to critically engage with global visual cultures of the twenty-first century and become leaders in their fields.

  • Master in Art History and Visual Culture

    The Richmond MA in Art History and Visual Culture is an exciting, challenging and cutting-edge academic program, completed over one year in a central London location. The programme builds on the success of Richmonds MA in Art History which, over more than a decade, established an international reputation for its innovative, intercultural curriculum and successful record of student placement in world-class museums, galleries and PhD programs.



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