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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 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 Stand Up Comedy (subject to Approval)

    Postgraduate Drama and Theatre studies at Kent has a very strong reputation for research and supervision in contemporary performance processes, applied performance and European theatre. The wide-ranging interests of our international team of leading and emerging researchers (from the UK, Australia, Malta, Greece, Germany and other countries) also include research strengths in Shakespeare, 18th-century theatre, multimedia performance, and in the history of comedy and popular performance.

  • Master in Filmmaking - Cinematography

    Filmmaking - Cinematography : The programme is led by experienced filmmaking practitioners, including directors, writers, producers, editors, and post-production picture and sound specialists, and consists of a series of modules dedicated to each pathway. Each student on the programme will complete a portfolio of filmmaking projects, plus a final Masters research or production project.

  • Master in Filmmaking - Post-Production

    Filmmaking - Post-Production : The programme is led by experienced filmmaking practitioners, including directors, writers, producers, editors, and post-production picture and sound specialists, and consists of a series of modules dedicated to each pathway. Each student on the programme will complete a portfolio of filmmaking projects, plus a final Masters research or production project.

  • Master in Filmmaking - Business & Producing

    Filmmaking - Business & Producing : The programme is led by experienced filmmaking practitioners, including directors, writers, producers, editors, and post-production picture and sound specialists, and consists of a series of modules dedicated to each pathway. Each student on the programme will complete a portfolio of filmmaking projects, plus a final Masters research or production project.

  • Master in International Media Management

    The creative industries play a vital role in economic growth worldwide, accounting for some 7% of gross domestic product across Europe, over 11% in the US and up to 17-20% elsewhere.

  • 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.

  • Master in Film with Practice

    The Film department at the University of Kent is known for its excellence in research and teaching. It was ranked second for ‘research power’ in the UK in the most recent research assessment. It is one of the largest European centres for the study of film and has an established reputation going back over 30 years. We see film as a dynamic part of our cultural experience and encourage thinking about film as art, document and entertainment.

  • Master in Film and Cultural Management

    The MA Film and Cultural Management is designed for students who wish to combine study of film at postgraduate level with a knowledge of cultural management. This course provides a framework through which the contemporary cultural sector can be analysed and understood; it situates the film industry in that context and at the same time provides theoretical knowledge of film and its industrial dimensions.



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