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 undergraduate degree/diploma (or a bachelor's degree, a degree in engineering or architecture, diplomas, technical engineering and technical architecture diplomas, or, for foreign qualifications, the equivalent qualification awarded by an accredited higher education institution). 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. Degrees in any academic field of study will be accepted.
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.
Identity Card or Passport.
A photocopy of proof of Spanish language (level B2)
Proof of Catalan language (level B2)
Proof of English language (level B2)
A letters of recommendation.
Professional experience in any of the fields related to the master's programme.
Additional academic training in areas related to the master's programme.
Additional professional experience.
In addition, the Departments' selection committee may decide to interview the candidate.
The undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcript
If you have finished your Bachelor degree when you formalise your application, you will need to send us the following documents:
A photocopy of your undergraduate degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion.
A photocopy of your official final undergraduate transcript.
However, if you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies when formalising application, you will need to provide us with the following documents:
A signed declaration of obtaining your degree before the commencement of the master's programme.
A photocopy of the provisional undergraduate transcript.
If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into Catalan or Spanish.
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.