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Film Studies (JH)

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 30 places ; CAO points: 478-521 (2019)

Film has the following entry options: TR042 Single Honors Film AND Joint Honors Film.

Joint Honors Film can be studied in conjunction with the following subjects:

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Telephone Number

+353 1 896 2617


Course Fees

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What is Film (JH)?

Why do films affect us the way they do? Why did the introduction of sound change film forever? What do we mean by ‘independent cinema’? What is a digital story world? These and many more are the questions that Film asks students to consider in small-group lectures and seminars. In addition, over the course of your degree you’ll be encouraged to respond creatively to critical issues via projects, presentations, short films and video essays, as well as to develop your screenwriting skills to see if you have a fresh vision to share with the world around you.

Do you enjoy…

  • Watching and analysing a wide range of films from around the world?
  • Formulating opinions and arguments about film and media culture?
  • Expressing your ideas critically and creatively in words and images?

Film: The course for you?

Film at Trinity is built on strong academic and intellectual foundations, combining an emphasis on developing critical skills with a wide range of opportunities for creative outputs. First and second year core modules introduce you to film analysis, the history of Hollywood filmmaking, non-Western cinemas, aspects of European cinemas, Irish cinema, and theories of the digital image. You will be introduced also to screenwriting using the format of the writers’ room, and to filmmaking, including exploring the potential of the smartphone to create mini-dramas. You will study documentary theory and put this into practice by making a short documentary film. Assessments are innovative and up-to-date. As well as writing conventional essays, you will work individually and in groups to create critically informed creative responses such as video essays, podcasts, and digital portfolios. You will participate in class discussion and debates and in projects such as programming film festivals. In third and fourth years, you will build on what you have learnt in more advanced elective modules, while maintaining a balance between critical thinking and creative outputs. In your final year, you will complete a supervised capstone project that may include a practice-based component.

Film at Trinity

Performing Arts at Trinity is ranked in the top fifty subjects worldwide in the QS Rankings 2019, reflecting the quality of our teaching and learning. Film students are encouraged to collaborate with other students in the School through shared learning modules and facilities. Equally, students of Film are very engaged in DU Film Society and in the student-run film journal, Trinity Film Review. Our students regularly attend film festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, and organise screenings and film events.


The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors.

Public events: In Conversation

Our ‘In Conversation’ series of public talks offers students the opportunity to attend talks by leading practitioners. Participants to date include: Lenny Abrahamson, John Butler and Emer Reynolds. All talks are podcast and available on our website.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

In 2019, Film formed an Industry Advisory Panel. The members of this panel are: Lenny Abrahamson, Aoife Duffin, Gavin Fitzgerald, Paddy Breathnach, Alan Gilsenan, Ed Guiney, Neasa Hardiman, Katie Holly, Lucy Kennedy, Helena Korner, Claire McGirr, Niall McKay, Maeve O'Boyle, Marian Quinn, Ken Wardrop. The panel is available to offer career advice to students and to give talks on careers in the industry. Many of our graduates have gone on to undertake further training and enter the industry, while others have gone on to careers in writing, journalism, marketing, as well as to advanced study.

Your degree and what you’ll study

Examples of our modules include:

First and second years

In first and second year, you will study the following subjects: Introduction to Film Analysis, American Cinema from the Silent Era to the 1930s, American Cinema from the 1930s to the 1960s, Introduction to European Cinemas, European Cinemas. Introduction to Non-Western Cinemas, Non-Western Cinemas: Latino Representations, Introduction to Digital Media, Ireland and the Cinema, Fundamentals of Film Practice, Introduction to Screenwriting, Introduction to Editing, Documentary Theory and Practice.

Third and fourth years

In third and fourth years students select modules from a wide range of options. Elective options vary from year and current topics include: Digital Storyworlds, Contemporary Non-Western cinemas, Film Theory and Criticism, Melodrama, Russian Cinema, Screening Irish-America, Transnational Cinemas, New Hollywood Cinema, Cult Cinema, British cinema, History and Practice of Visual Analysis, Film Costume and Fashion, Film Style and Performance, Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema, Writing for the Big Screen, Writing for the Small Screen, Advanced Editing, Creative Film Practice and Practical Documentary.


Film students are assessed by a combination of essay, assignment, project, class participation and presentation. In their final year, students will complete a capstone project that may include a practice-based component.

Study abroad

Film has Erasmus exchanges with universities in France (Paris and Rennes) and Germany (Freie Universität). Students regularly participate in Non-EU exchanges (at UCLA, USC, University of British Columbia and others). For more information on study abroad destinations and requirements visit:

What our graduates say

Matthew McInerney-Lacombe

After graduating from Trinity, Matthew went on to graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with an MA in Dramatic Writing, and was honoured with the Outstanding Writing for the Screen, Graduate award. Matthew sold his first screenplay to Fox Studios, Spring Offensive, which was listed on the Blacklist.

“There is so much to say about my time as a Film student at Trinity, but I think the most important thing is just how much I enjoyed it. The movies I watched in class and the ways I was made to examine them developed who I am both as a film fan, and as a screenwriter. The films I was exposed to changed my tastes, while the sensitivity of the teaching allowed me to interrogate not just why I liked them, but also what they were saying, and how they functioned as pieces of art. In Film Studies, being surrounded by both my classmates’ and teachers’ love of film, the impossibility of making a life in film became possible. I think when you study something you love a BA goes from being a requirement for gainful employment, to a really transformative experience.”

Daniel McFarlane

“Film Studies at Trinity provides an in-depth and broad curriculum. One of the greatest things about Film Studies is how small the class sizes are, this means many tutors and lecturers have the time to meet your needs and provide guidance on a one-on-one basis. With the demands of university lecturing, not many other universities provide such a helpful thing.”

Course Options

Film has the following entry options: TR042 Single Honors Film AND Joint Honors Film.

Joint Honors Film can be studied in conjunction with the following subjects:

Course Details


B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

CAO Points Required

478-521 (2019)

Number of Places


Minimum entry points required are 478-521 (2019)
More information on minimum entry points

Admission Requirements

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Course Fees

Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

Get In Touch

Telephone Number

+353 1 896 2617