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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MA Film and Screen Studies

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMA Film and Screen Studies Programme codePTA1EGLEGL16
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MA Film and Screen Studies will enable you to delve into the latest methodologies, concepts and research trends at the intersection of film, television and media studies. You will benefit from innovative, research-led teaching, varied modules and an interdisciplinary approach. You will be engaging with a broad range of topics, drawing on our strengths in teaching and research across film theory and philosophy, film history and archival studies, transnational and world cinemas, feminist, queer and gender studies. A wide choice of optional modules will enable you to tailor your programme to your research or career interests. Our research-led taught modules will prepare you to develop an MA dissertation project catering to your research interests with the support of a dissertation supervisor, workshop lectures and a dissertation conference. You will also have the opportunity to design a project embedded in the material cultures of film and screen studies linked to the distinctive collections of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.  As a PGT student within the Department of English and Film & TV studies, you will be joining a vibrant research community through The Exeter Screen Studies Centre.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The educational intentions of the programme are as follows:

  • to provide an intellectually stimulating and engaging experience of learning, study and research in film, TV and media studies;
  • to introduce you to a wide range of critical and theoretical approaches to film, TV and media;
  • to offer you an internationally exceptional educational experience by providing you with hands on experience and training within our unique and world-leading research facilities such as the Bill Dougls Cinema Museum and the Digital Humanities Lab;
  • to encourage you to acquire critical tools which will both reflect upon the production and reception of film, TV and media texts;
  • to provide a basis for extended independent research in film, TV and media through the Dissertation module;
  • to contribute to the development of your employability by helping you to develop key transferable skills in research, writing and analysis;
  • to deliver research-inspired learning through unique modules led by staff research expertise;
  • to enable you to make a positive difference in the world by fostering advanced level transferable skills in analysis, communication and research applicable beyond academia alone.

4. Programme Structure

The MA Film & Screen Studies is a 1-year full-time or 2-year part time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Please note that MA Film & Screen Studies and MA English Literary Studies Film Pathway are distinct MA programmes.

Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College website:

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/postgraduatetaught/modules/ 

Stage 1


Stage 1 : 60 credits of compulsory modules, 120 credits of optional modules 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EAFM911 Dissertation 60Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
MA Film and Screen Studies Option Modules 2023-4
EAFM081 Hearing Film: Film Sound and Music 30 No
EAFM088 Sense, Sensation and Cinema 30 No
EAFM089 Archival Encounters: Material Film Histories 30 No
EAFM910 Stars, Stardom and Celebrity From the Classical Era to the Contemporary 30 No
EASM122 Writing for the Screen 30 No
EASM167 World Cinema / World Literature 30 No
EASM171 Expanding Queerness: Critical Debates in Theory, Literature, Film and Television 30 No
SMLM236 Latin American Cinema: Race, Nation and Representation 30 No
CMMM003 Gaming in Everyday Life: A Global Perspective 30 No
CMMM004 Investigating Media Infrastructure 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of key theories and debates in Film, TV and Media Studies
2. demonstrate sophisticated critical understanding of the historical and political contexts of texts and theories explored in the various modules

The development of Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge are supported via a variety of learning and teaching methods employed across the MA. These include seminars, study groups, and web-based learning. Seminars constitute a core teaching method at MA level in this discipline. Within seminars, students are encouraged to lead discussion at a high level with the support of their seminar tutor. To do so, students are expected to prepare for seminar sessions by undertaking critical readings and viewings of film and media texts to be discussed each week.

The MA will be supported by the use of an online learning platform called Exeter Learning Environment, or ELE (http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/). Relevant course materials (including core and suggested further readings, links to audio visual material, assessment information and discussion topics) will be placed on ELE as an easily accessible format to support student learning on each individual module.

MA degrees in the Department of English and Film are awarded through the accumulation of credits during a one (Full-time) or two year (Part-time) period of study. Students must complete 4 x 30 credit modules, and a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge are assessed via individual formative and summative assessment points within each module. The assessment profile of the Department of English and Film & TV Studies degree programmes is planned to meet Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies Benchmark requirements, and to encourage as well as test students' acquisition of key skills in conjunction with subject-specific knowledge. The assessment processes are subject to regular review through the Department's Board of Examiners, Education Group, Postgraduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee, the College of Humanities Education Strategy Group, feedback from students, external examiners' reports, and internal/external Quality Assurance audits. As stipulated by the QAA benchmark statement, short and long essays remain an essential part of assessment in the discipline, and substantial work is invested in raising students' awareness of research and writing skills. The full criteria for assessment are available on the Department of English and Film & TV Studies postgraduate web-pages:

http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

3. demonstrate the ability to engage in a sophisticated and confident manner with advanced critical and theoretical approaches to the study of film, TV and media texts;
4. demonstrate high level bibliographic and research skills developed through written assignments;
5. demonstrate independent research skills, building on skills in core research methodologies developed on all modules.

Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge will be developed via seminar preparation and teaching, guided independent study time, and student engagement with Core and suggested further reading and viewing materials accessible via ELE platforms supporting each module on the MA.

Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge will be assessed via individual formative and summative assessment points within each module.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. demonstrate high level skills in communication and critical debate in both oral and written forms;
7. demonstrate advanced skills in retrieval of appropriate information from complex research resources and primary materials;
8. demonstrate an advance understanding and application of contemporary theoretical and critical texts in Film, TV and Media Studies.

Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge will be developed via seminar participation and oral feedback within seminar sessions from peers and seminar tutors. These aspects will also be developed via participation in the Dissertation Conference as a component of the core Dissertation module. They will further be developed through guided independent study activities, and student engagement with Core and suggested further reading and viewing materials, and support for essay writing, planning and research offered within individual modules and through workshop sessions attached to the Dissertation module.

Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge  are assessed via individual formative and summative assessment points within each module.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Exeter has various specialist film, TV and media related research resources available to postgraduate students. These include the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum (BDCM), which is located on the University of Exeter’s Streatham campus where the MA is based.  The BDCM is the largest film-related archive in the UK outside the British Film Institute. We are the only UK university with a Film Museum on campus. We also have an expansive collection of film, TV and media resources in the Forum Library, including an extensive DVD and Bluray collection and substantial scholarly print and digital resources. We are also home to a state of the art Digital Humanities Lab, where students have access to resources include 3D printing, 3D modelling, professional audio recording equipment, and facilities to scan and photograph research artefacts.

For further information about research in our English and Film & TV Department, please see the English and Film Research webpages: https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/research/about/

Programme handbooks for student learning are accessible via the Departmental webpages and linked through module ELE sites. All students enrolled on the degree will also be assigned a Personal Tutor, who will offer pastoral support throughout their time at Exeter.

On the Streatham campus where the MA is based, students have access to a range of computer and printer resources, including computer and print and copy spaces within in the Forum Library and the Queens Building.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MA Film and Screen Studies

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Communication, media, film and cultural studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

15/03/2022

Date of last revision

27/04/2022