|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA (Hons))|
Acting, Theatre & Dance
What is Film?
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 Studies 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…
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, experimental cinema, the film soundtrack, and theories of the digital image. You will be introduced also to screenwriting using the format of the writers’ room, and to filmmaking, exploring the potential of the smartphone to create mini-dramas, as well as to the principles of editing. 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. Film 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 their first and second years Film students take a wide range of modules including: 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, Introduction to Non-Western Cinemas, Introduction to Digital Media, Ireland and the Cinema, Non-Western Cinemas: Latino Representations, European Cinemas, The Film Soundtrack, Experimental Film 1 and Experimental Film 2. Practice-based modules include Fundamentals of Filmmaking, Introduction to Screenwriting, Introduction to Editing, and 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.
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: www.tcd.ie/study/non-eu/study-abroad.