This one-year taught course is a unique opportunity to embark upon a detailed investigation into the intellectual currents and aesthetic concerns surrounding the study of film and digital media. From the outset, questions of history, theory, text and context combine with issues of close analysis and interpretation to provide a course that is both rigorous and rewarding. Elective modules in screenwriting, creative documentary and editing encourage a critically informed creative practice. At every step of the way your progress will be informed by an emphasis on independent study and critical thinking.
Research topics include: Irish cinema and other national cinemas, auteur studies, aspects of film theory and philosophy, cinema and gender, Hollywood cinema, avant-garde and experimental cinema, cult cinema, digital media. Research students are encouraged to engage with the wider academic community through attending the weekly School Research Seminar Series, where research papers are delivered by staff, research students and visiting speakers, as well as attending conferences and presenting papers. In addition, research students meet approximately once a month to exchange ideas and explore common areas of research interest in the M.Litt./Ph.D. Reading Group.