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Film Studies (TSM)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR001 (TSM)
  • No. of Places: 30
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 360* – 525* points (Points per TSM combination)
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Course Options:

    Film studies cannot be studied as a single honor course. It must be combined with one other subject within the two-subject moderatorship (TSM) programme. TSM is a joint honor programme. An honors degree is awarded in both subjects.

    For subjects that combine with Film Studies see TSM: possible combinations

  • How to apply: See how to apply

Admission Requirements

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+ EU Applicants

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+ Non-EU Applicants

+ Mature Student - Supplementary Application Form

+ Advanced Entry Applications

What is Film Studies?

What makes a horror film horrifying? Why did the introduction of sound change film forever? What is a digital story world? Why did the Quiet Man come to Ireland? These and many more are the questions that Film Studies asks students to consider. More than that, we invite you to pick up a camera and put the theory you have acquired into practice. Can you put the ideas you have grappled with in the classroom to the test and make a short film informed by critical concepts and a fresh vision of the world around you?

Is this the right course for you?

If you enjoy watching a wide range of films and if you are interested in acquiring the critical tools to analyse them in relation to questions of style, technology, society, and industry, then this may be the course for you.

Why study Film Studies at Trinity?

Trinity launched its pioneering degree course in 2003 and has since become one of the leading undergraduate courses in the discipline. You will be taught by experts in their field, notably in Irish cinema, film theory, digital storytelling and screenwriting. While you will learn about practical issues involved in film production, including how to write a script and how to produce short videos, this course is primarily academic and geared toward critical engagement with film. You will work in small groups to debate the topics that arise in lectures and to create short films and documentaries. We offer a cutting-edge intellectual environment and the opportunity to gain introductory skills in filmmaking. Our students are active in many different societies, including DU Film Society and the student-run film magazine, Trinity Film Review.

What will you study?

This course will examine film styles and movements from cinema’s beginnings in 1895 right up to the present day.


In the first and second years, you will be introduced to film theory and criticism and to a very broad range of American, European and world cinemas. Courses include Film History and Film Theory, World Cinemas and European Cinemas. In addition, you will be given an introduction to screenwriting and digital video production. There are six hours of classes and six hours of screenings per week.


In third and fourth final year, students choose from a wide range of optional modules. Topics may include National Cinema, Transnational Cinemas, Classical and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, Genre Studies, Gothic Cinema, Theories of Digital Cinema, Documentary Theory and Practice, Avant-Garde, Experimental, and Cult Cinema, Film Theory and Criticism, and Editing.

In addition, students can take advanced modules in scriptwriting and digital video production, building on the knowledge acquired in second year, and may also come together with students from Drama and Music in an optional module to make short films involving all disciplines. Completed student films are available for viewing on our website.


In the first two years Film Studies may be assessed by a combination of essay, examination, project and class presentations, while third and fourth years may be assessed by a combination of essay, assignment, class participation and/or oral presentation as well as a dissertation in the final year.

Study abroad

The department of Film Studies has exchanges with the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Students may also go abroad on arrangements organised by their other TSM subject areas, or to non-EU countries. Students may go for one semester or a full academic year, and may go in second or third years.


A degree in Film Studies offers career opportunities in many areas such as the film industry; television; journalism; digital media; film reviewing and criticism; arts administration; advertising; marketing. Recent graduates of Film Studies at Trinity have gone on to be involved in the film industry in a number of ways, from directing feature length films to editing, scriptwriting, production and administration. A number of our graduates have gone on to further study in film and associated areas. This degree also offers opportunities in the many general areas open to arts graduates, such as administration, teaching, civil and public service.

Further information


Tel: +353 1 896 2617

Graduate Profile

Neasa Hardiman

Neasa is an award-winning film and television writer-director. She has won a BAFTA, two RTS awards and several international prizes. She is currently completing her PhD in Film at Trinity.

I chose to study film at Trinity because of its reputation for excellence. My studies at Trinity gave me the opportunity to broaden and develop my cinematic frame of reference, as well as equipping me with the ability to articulate and defend my creative ideas.

My Trinity experience kick-started my successful career in film and television.