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Film Studies students meet director of Eka Tha Tiger, Kabir Khan, after his public discussion with Professor Kevin Rockett

In 2003, Trinity College pioneered the Republic’s first specialist undergraduate course leading to an honours degree, in combination with another Arts subject. Since then, Film Studies at TCD has gone from strength to strength, enhancing and expanding its comprehensive curriculum, ensuring that students are given the opportunity to become fully immersed in the history, theory and practice of film and digital media.

The four years of the BA course allow students to sample a wide range of cinemas and to explore the intellectual currents that flow in and around them. In their first two years, students take core modules in film history and theory, American, European and World cinemas, and digital media, as well as introductory modules in screenwriting and digital video production.

Elective modules in the sophister years allow students to develop their interests in specialised topics and filmmaking techniques. Small class sizes ensure that students have the opportunity to discuss topics in depth in seminars and to become fully involved in practice-based projects. For their final year capstone project, students can opt to write a conventional dissertation or choose a dissertation with practice. This might be a screenplay or video essay, submitted with accompanying critical reflection.

In addition to the BA course, we offer a one-year, taught postgraduate programme, the M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip. in Film Studies - Theory, History, Practice. We welcome also applications from research students interested in pursuing an M.Litt. or Ph.D.  in a wide range of film and digital media topics.

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