Welcome to the Discipline of Film

A warm welcome to the Discipline of Film, School of Creative Arts, Trinity College Dublin. The academic study of film in Trinity combines elements of literary, cultural, historical and sociological studies with a practical understanding of various creative art practices.

Film @ Trinity

In 2003, Trinity pioneered the Republic’s first specialist undergraduate course leading to an honours degree, in combination with another Arts subject. Since then, Film at Trinity 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 undergraduate programme 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.

Film @ Trinity enjoys an international reputation for research into Irish cinema and the cinemas of the Irish diaspora, as well as for its work in the field of film theory, film history, post-cinema studies and critically informed creative practice. Facilities include a screening room, film-making equipment and a digital video production room.

Industry Advisory Panel

In order to develop industry links with Film @ Trinity, key members of film and television ecologies have been enlisted to advise students on career planning. In conjunction with the panel, networking events and individual talks and workshops will be organised annually. Many of our panel members are Trinity graduates and we are delighted to welcome them back as programme advisers.

Industry Advisory Panel Members

  • 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