The Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies is an Official Master’s Degree whose main objective is research and reflection on contemporary audiovisual culture and the history and evolution of moving images.
Its field of action will be both cinema – in its most diverse meanings (fiction, documentary, experimental, auteur cinema, popular cinema…), from different perspectives (historical, aesthetic and industrial but also from the area of cultural studies, gender studies or reception studies) and taking into account the innovations in this field (virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 cinema, XR cinema, etc.) and the changing “multiscreen” universe in which contemporary society is immersed: television series, video games, interactive content or content created specifically for the Internet, expanded cinema, video art, etc. ) as well as the changing “multi-screen” universe in which contemporary society is immersed: television series, video games, interactive content or content created specifically for the Internet, expanded cinema, video art, etc.
Its transversal approach, its special emphasis on the intersection between audiovisual and cultural studies, is one of the main novelties it brings to the offer of training studies in Catalonia.
The aim of the Official Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies is to provide a more specific and, at the same time, more transversal training to the numerous graduates in Film, Audiovisual Communication or similar degrees (from Fine Arts to Humanities) who wish to become researchers, teachers, critics of film and other audiovisual creation formats, as well as festival programmers or content generators for cultural and exhibition institutions.
Graduates in Film, Audiovisual Communication, Humanities, Fine Arts, Design or similar, interested in researching and generating spaces for reflection and creation related to the various formats and products of the changing contemporary audiovisual universe: not only film, television and video games but also online content, transmedia fiction, video art or expanded cinema, among others.
In accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, in order to access official university master’s degrees, it is necessary to hold one of the following qualifications:
Degrees in Cinematography, Audiovisual Communication, Audiovisual Media, Fine Arts, History of Art and similar subjects. Please consult the possibility of validating credits.
Pre-registration calendar for the 22-23 course:
First period: 2 May to 17 June 2022.
Resolution: 27 June 2022.
Second period: 4 July to 16 September 2022.
Resolution: 23 September 2022.
Documentation required for pre-registration:
How to apply:
Candidates must fill in the pre-registration form provided by the admissions team. It is essential to include the documentation required for admission and to provide an email address and telephone number where they can be contacted.
Academic CV 35%
Letter of presentation 25%.
Proposal of the research or project to be carried out as a TFM (Master’s Degree Final Project) 40%.
A selection board made up of the Master’s degree’s directors and teaching staff will assess each of the documents, reaching a final evaluation of each candidate that will determine their access to the Master’s degree. There is the possibility of a personal interview with each candidate before confirming their selection.
Enrolment calendar: 27 and 28 September 2022
You can consult the scholarships and grants for university master’s degree students, find out about the requirements, procedures and deadlines for applying for a scholarship or grant at the following link.
Scholarships and grants are available for all types of students at all stages of their university studies: for research, exchange programmes, summer courses, further studies or research abroad, work as a lecturer, work placements in other countries, and so on. All this information is available on the UB World grants portal.
Monday to Friday, from 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Teaching and evaluation calendar academic year 22-23
Teaching: from 4 October 2022 to 10 February 2023.
Assessment: 14 February to 3 March 2023.
Teaching: 7 March to 23 June 2023.
Assessment: 27 June to 14 July 2023.
Teaching and evaluation calendar academic year 23 – 24
Teaching: October 2nd 2023 to February 9, 2024
Evaluation: February 12th to March 1st, 2024
Teaching: 4th March to June 21st, 2024
Evaluation: 24th June to July 12th, 2024
First semester: September 18th to December 22nd, 2023
Second semester: January 8th to April 5th
First semester ratings: before May 26th
Second semester ratings: before June 2nd
Calendar of holidays and public holidays academic year 22-23
Public Holidays: 12 October, 31 October, 1 November, 6 and 8 December 2022, 1 May 2023
Christmas holidays: from 26 December 2022 to 8 January 2023
Easter Holidays: 3 to 10 April 2023
Title of studies: Official Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies
Title on passing the Master’s Degree: University Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies from the University of Barcelona.
Minimum duration of studies and ECTS credits: Two academic years and 120 ECTS credits.
The Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies consists of 120 credits and takes place over two academic years. The compulsory subjects comprise 78 credits; the optional subjects, 24, and the Master’s Final Project, 18.
Introduction to the Film Studies I and II
Introduction to the Screen Culture I and II
Film and audiovisual research methodologies I and II
Cinema and photography. The photographic image in the digital age
Communication and cultural studies
Introduction to immersive narratives and experiences
The Master’s Degree Final Project (TFM) is an academic work, in written and/or audiovisual format, which develops the skills acquired during the Master’s degree. The student will apply the skills acquired during the master’s degree to combine the ideas provided by the authors and the films worked on with their own creative and original discourse.
Papers may be submitted in two different ways:
Regulations governing ESCAC Master’s Degree Final Projects
In accordance with Royal Decree 1393/2007 and Royal Decree 861/2010, a university master’s degree must end with the preparation and public defence of a Master’s Degree Final Project. The purpose of this project is to accredit that the student has integrated the knowledge learnt and has acquired the general and specific competences of the master’s degree.
The teaching is face-to-face and the mode of study is full-time.
The timetable is from Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
The number of students is 25.
The teaching is given in theory classrooms equipped with audiovisual projection systems.
For TFMs that are audiovisual pieces, the school has computer rooms and spaces and material for their production.
Classes are generally theoretical, and the teaching methodologies are lectures, expository classes, guided debate, group work and seminars. The relevant details for each subject can be found in the teaching plans.
As set out in the UB’s Regulations on subject teaching plans and the assessment and grading of learning (Governing Council, 8 May 2012), as a general rule, assessment is continuous and takes place within the teaching period established for the subject, in accordance with the sequence of the syllabus and the framework calendar approved by the faculty. Continuous assessment incorporates the various evidences indicated in the teaching plan, which are collected in a progressive and integrated manner throughout the teaching-learning process and which constitute significant and periodic indicators for students and teaching staff on the evolution and progress in the achievement of the knowledge, skills and values that are the object of learning in the subject.
The single assessment is a right of the student who, by exercising it, waives the right to continuous assessment. In order for a student to be able to exercise this right, he/she must request it within the established deadlines and in accordance with the procedures established by the centre. The single assessment must be able to guarantee the achievement of the objectives set for the subject.
After the publication of the grades, the centres open a period of re-evaluation, which consists of assessing the degree of achievement of the learning outcomes of the subject – competences and training objectives – and is adapted to the characteristics of the competences and training activities programmed.
The relevant details for each subject can be found in the teaching plans.