Master’s Degree
in Film and
Screen Studies

Research on contemporary audiovisual culture and the history and evolution of moving images.

Presentation

The Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies at the University of Barcelona is an official international master’s that has the aim of promoting research and reflection on contemporary audiovisual culture and the history and evolution of moving images.

The scope of the master’s degree includes both cinema – its most diverse forms (fiction, documentaries, experimental, auteur and mainstream cinema, etc.), from different perspectives (historical, aesthetic and industrial as well as in terms of cultural studies, gender studies and reception studies), and addressing innovation in said field (virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-degree cinema, XR cinema, etc.) – and the ever-changing ‘multi-screen’ universe in which contemporary society is immersed: TV series, video games, interactive content and content created especially for the internet, expanded cinema, video art, etc.

Its focus is multidisciplinary and places special emphasis on the intersection between audiovisuals and cultural studies.

The degree, dedicated to research and reflection on film and contemporary audiovisual culture, is taught mainly in English and is therefore aimed at both national and international students.

Program details
Degree: Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies at the University of Barcelona
Field of study: Arts and humanities
Field: Film and audiovisuals
Credits: 120 ECTS
Teaching method: Face-to-face
Language of instruction: English (main language), Spanish
Number of places available: 25
Duration: Two academic years
Dates: September 2021
Registrations: March 2021
Master's Directors: María Adell, Sergi Sánchez
Master's Coordinator: Jaume Macià
Objectives and Skills

The objective 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 Cinematography, Audiovisual Communication or similar degrees (from Fine Arts to Humanities) who wish to become researchers, teachers, critics of film and other formats of audiovisual creation, as well as festival programmers or content generators for cultural and exhibition institutions.

Skills

  • To identify the basic parameters of the narrative and iconographic analysis of audiovisual pieces in order to be able to explore, from a personal, critical and creative point of view, the perspective they provide.
  • To gain specialised knowledge on the history of film and audiovisual media in order to properly contextualise the knowledge acquired.
  • To develop and communicate discourse based on research into theoretical texts and audiovisuals related to a subject, creator or trend. To master the operation of non-linear editing systems as well as programmes for the treatment, manipulation and retouching of digital images.
  • To design and undertake projects based on different contemporary audiovisual languages.
  • To demonstrate creative abilities in information management and project development.
  • To integrate new knowledge and skills based on creativity in the cinematographic field and visual cultures.
  • To develop specialised knowledge in the area of humanities and cultural studies for use in the analysis and interpretation of screen culture phenomena.

Career oportunities

The master’s degree is aimed at research in the field of film and audiovisuals. Students can go on to be researchers, teachers, film critics and critics of other audiovisual formats, as well as festival programmers or content creators for cultural institutions or exhibition spaces.

Target Audience

Graduates in Cinematography, Audiovisual Communication, the Humanities, Fine Arts, Design and similar fields, interested in researching and producing spaces for reflection and creation related to the various formats and products of the ever-changing contemporary audiovisual world, which does not only include film, television and video games but also online content, transmedia storytelling, video art and expanded cinema, among others.

Access, applications and enrolment

General requirements

In accordance with the provisions of Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students must hold one of the following qualifications to gain admission to official master’s degree courses:

  • An official Spanish degree
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorises the holder to access official master’s degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognised as equivalent to an official Spanish degree or the University of Barcelona shall verify that the studies correspond to a level of education equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that the holder is authorised to gain entry to official studies in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognised as equivalent to a Spanish master’s degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master’s degree course.

Specific requirements

  • Degrees in Cinematography, Audiovisual Communication, Audiovisual Media, Fine Arts, History Of Art and similar fields.
  • English level B1.

Pre-enrolment

Pre-enrolment calendar

  • First period: from 25 March to 18 June 2021
  • Notification of decisions: 28 June
  • Second period (additional, depending on available places): from 19 June to 23 July 2021
  • Notification of decisions: 15 September

The following documents must be submitted:

  • Pre-enrolment application
  • Copy of degree certificate or equivalent In case of admission, foreign degrees requiring translation must be submitted translated and legalised by appropriate diplomatic channels (http://www.ub.edu/acad/noracad/documents/legalitzacio.htm)
  • English level B1 certificate
  • Portfolio: a selection of documents or work that define the candidate These may be audiovisual pieces as well as academic articles, film reviews, video essays and others.
  • Academic curriculum
  • Personal statement
  • Research proposal or project that you would like to develop as the end-of-master’s project. The proposal’s strength and originality will be particularly assessed as well as indications on the candidate’s research abilities and their knowledge of academic methodologies.
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)

How to apply:

Please use the application form below and send it to mastersypostgrados@escac.es. Make sure you answer all of the required questions and provide a phone number and email address for us to contact you.

Selection criteria

  • Portfolio 30%
  • Academic curriculum 25%
  • Personal statement 15%
  • Research proposal or project that you would like to develop as the end-of-master’s project 30%

Notification

A panel of master’s degree supervisors and teachers will grade each one of the documents in order to provide a final assessment to determine whether they have been successful or not. Candidates may be requested to attend an interview before selection is confirmed.

Enrolment

Enrolment calendar: from 8 to 10 September 2021

Scholarships

We recommend consulting the page related to grants and bursaries available to master’s degree students: https://www.ub.edu/web/ub/ca/estudis/suport_estudi/beques_ajuts/master/beques_master.html)

Grants and bursaries are available at any stage of university education for research, for participating in exchange programmes, for gaining entry to summer courses, for further studies or research conducted abroad, for working as an assistant professor, for internships in other countries, etc. Further information is available on the Mon UB grants portal.

Calendar and Timetables

Class timetables

Monday to Thursday from 4 pm to 8.30 pm.

Academic Calendar

  • First Semester
    • Teaching: from 4 October to 10 February.
    • Assessment: from 14 February to 3 March.
  • Second Semester
    • Teaching: from 7 March to 23 June.
    • Assesment: from 27 June to 14 July.

Holydays Calendar

Holidays: 12 October, 1 November, 6, 7 & 8 December, 6 June, 24 June

Christmas holidays: from 23 December to 7 January

Easter holidays: from 11 to 18 April

Syllabus

Name of degree programme: Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies

Qualification awarded on successful completion of the Master’s degree: Master’s Degree in Film and Screen Studies at the University of Barcelona

Minimum duration of studies and ECTS credits: Two academic years and 120 ECTS credits.

The master’s degree consists of 120 credits and is studied over the course of two academic years. Compulsory subjects comprise 78 credits, elective subjects, 24, and the end-of-master’s project, 18

End-of-Master’s Project

The End-of-master’s project is an academic project in written and/or audiovisual format, which seeks to develop the skills acquired during the master’s degree. Students will apply the skills acquired during the master’s degree in order to merge the ideas presented by creators and the films that have been studied with their own creative and original discourse.

Projects can be presented in two different formats:

  • A written project on one of the course’s subjects, in which suitable research methodologies are applied in order to develop a personal discourse based on specific readings and viewings.
  • An audiovisual piece that develops any one of the course’s subjects accompanied by a report using suitable research methodologies to explain the origin of the project and the knowledge learnt during the process.

Applicable regulations for ESCAC End-of-Master’s Projects

In accordance with RD 1393/2007 and RD 861/2010, a university master’s degree must conclude with the development and public defence of an End-of-Master’s project (EMP). The aim of this project is to provide evidence that students have integrated the knowledge learnt and have acquired the general and specific skills that the master’s degree seeks to provide.

Objective

The EMP is a research project, study or report integrating the learning that students have received throughout the course. This involves students applying the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies acquired over the course of the master’s degree.

Organisation

The master’s coordinating commission (MCC) is the body in charge of all decisions related to EMPs. The master’s degree coordinator will be the coordinator of the EMP topic and will be responsible for drawing up its teaching plan. EMPs must be conducted under the guidance and supervision of a tutor.

Enrolment

EMP enrolment periods are the ordinary periods established by the centre for master’s degree modules. Enrolled EMPs that are not submitted at the end of the corresponding semester will be registered as not having been presented and the student will have to re-enrol according to the terms established in current regulations.

Assigned tutors and their responsibility

Depending on the number of students enrolled, the master’s degree coordinator will assign a tutor from the responsible department, in order for there to be sufficient EMP tutors.

Assignment or choice of subjects and tutors

The MCC will establish the procedure for students being assigned or choosing tutors and topics, as well as the procedure for submitting and approving EMP proposals. Each student will submit an application for their chosen tutor and subject for their EMP. The MCC is responsible for approving topics and assigning tutors. Once the application has been approved, the student will present their EMP proposal, which must contain, at a minimum, the student’s details, the title, the name and approval of the tutor, the working objectives and a brief work plan.

Guidance

The tutor shall be responsible for guiding and supervising the EMP. Initially, the designated tutor will be tasked with helping the student define the EMP proposal, which must be approved by the MCC. Subsequent to this, the tutor’s guidance and supervision will be directed towards:

  • Defining the topic and objectives
  • Drawing up a work plan
  • Providing guidance on reading material and methodologies
  • Monitoring the project’s development
  • Finding conclusions
  • Providing guidelines for the defence of the project
  • Evaluating the process that is developed and the results obtained

Assessment

The MCC will be responsible for:

  • Deciding the calendar and the submission procedure for EMPs.
  • Determining the conditions of the defence, which must be public and oral
  • Appointing the committees that will assess the EMP, which will be made up of three teachers, one of whom may be the student’s tutor.

The assessment system must be approved as part of the subject’s course plan.  Prior to the public defence, the tutor of each EMP must send the head of the panel a brief EMP assessment report in which their authorisation of the public defence is expressly stated.

Methods and Assessment System

Teaching Methods and Organisation

Teaching is face-to-face and full-time. Teaching hours are from Monday to Thursday, from 4 pm to 8.30 pm. The number of students on the course is 25. Teaching will take place in classrooms equipped with audiovisual projection equipment. For audiovisual EMPs, the school has computer rooms as well as spaces and equipment that can be used for this purpose. Classes are generally theoretical and teaching methods include master classes, lectures, discussion-led classes, group work and seminars. The specific assessment system for each course can be found in its course plan.

Assessment System

As stated in the Regulations on the Course Plan of Subjects and Course Assessments and Qualifications of the UB (Governing Council, 8 May 2012), as a general rule, assessment is continuous and it takes place within the teaching period set for each subject in accordance with the progression of the syllabus and calendar approved by the centre.  Continuous assessment integrates the different evidence of learning indicated in the course plan, which is collected progressively throughout the teaching/learning process, constituting significant, periodical indicators for students and teachers on the evolution and progress of the attainment of the knowledge, skills and values that comprise the course’s learning objectives.

Single assessment is the right of students, who, by exercising said right, refuse continuous assessment. In order for a student to be eligible, they must apply within the set deadlines in accordance with the procedures established by the centre. Single assessment must guarantee that the objectives established for the course are met.

After results have been published, the centres will open a re-assessment period, which consists of assessing the degree to which the leaning outcomes of the course – educational objectives and competencies – have been achieved and adapts to the characteristics of the programmed educational activities and competencies.

The specific assessment system for each course can be found in its course plan.

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