Above and beyond the sheer size of the industry, film and audiovisual media are one of the most important and defining components of contemporary culture.
The master's programme in Contemporary Film and Audiovisual Studies aims to help students acquire the solid, critically proven knowledge and skills they need to begin to conduct research in the field of film studies with an emphasis on contemporary audiovisuals. To this end, it encourages students to look to tradition to interpret the current audiovisual panorama with a view to fostering a key skill that will enable them to formulate working hypotheses on the present and future of today's audiovisuals.
The programme is moreover designed to provide students with the training they need to go on to write a doctoral thesis.
Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree or diploma, preferably in Audiovisual Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, or Journalism. Holders of an undergraduate degree or diploma in any field of the humanities, social sciences, health sciences or technology will also be considered. Candidates should have basic knowledge of the history of film and audiovisuals and be interested in interpreting audiovisual works in relation to the most important aesthetic trends of our time.
Official university bachelor's or master's degree from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) or equivalent foreign degree allowing access to a postgraduate degree in the country that issued the degree. Should the applicant have not finished yet their studies at the time of application, they will be asked to sign a statement certifying that they will have completed them before the start of the master degree program.
Qualifications in any academic field shall be accepted but students are recommended to have a knowledge of the history of film and/or analysis of audiovisual works. Therefore, in the final assessment of candidates, holding an official university bachelor's degree qualification in Audiovisual Communication, Humanities, Fine Arts or other qualifications that have involved free elective university credits related with the history of film or the analysis of audiovisual works shall be taken into account.
Academic transcript of the accredited official training with the average grade at the university of origin.
Curriculum Vitae in Spanish, English or Catalan.
Academic report, of a maximum of 6 pages (2,100 characters per page), in which the candidate shall outline a potential research project related with the lines of investigation of the subjects from the Master as well as the CINEMA research group.
A written work is dealt with in which the candidate should be able to prove their knowledge displaying their readings and viewings of cinematographic and audiovisual works. The report must contain the project proposal, the ultimate aims of the investigation, a methodological approach and a bibliography/filmography. Once accepted for the Master, the student will be able to carry out the same proposed project or change it entirely, as long as the lines of investigation of the Master are kept to.
Management and planning positions at institutions devoted to the preservation, cataloguing or dissemination of films and audiovisual works, such as film libraries, festivals, museums, cultural centres and publishers specializing in the audiovisual industry.
Teaching in the field of film studies and audiovisual communication in general.
Specialized film and audiovisual criticism.
Research in the field of film and audiovisual studies.
The master's programme also qualifies students to enrol on the doctoral programme.