SOAS University of London

Centre for Film Studies

MA in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural

duration:
1 Year Full Time, 2 or 3 Years Part Time

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU fees:
£8,785
Overseas fees:
£18,075

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2017 Entry requirements

  • Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA in Global Cinemas and the Transcultural offers students the unique opportunity to study in-depth regional cinemas outside the now standard research topographies, both geographical and theoretical, of mainstream cinema studies, so opening up avenues for advanced research in areas and methodologies as yet untapped. Alternatively, it provides an avenue of study for those simply wishing to obtain a post-graduate qualification in Cinema Studies without being confined to a European- and/or American-centric world-view.The degree is designed around a compulsory core module, Cinema, Nation and the Transcultural, that simultaneously challenges existing critical paradigms defining 'national cinema' in the simplistic terms of geographical zones of production and reception, while offering alternative methodological approaches to the study of cinema within the local/global, inter-cultural contexts of the post-modern world. The elective elements of the degree allow students the opportunity to specialize in one or more of the many regional cinemas on offer in the School: Japanese, Chinese (mainland, Hong Kong & Taiwanese), mainland and maritime South East Asian, Indian, Iranian, Middle Eastern and African). It also enables students to combine specialist film studies knowledge with a minor module in an Asian or African language or to advance their social and cultural knowledge of a given region through an ethnographic module. Alternatively, through our links with University of London Screen Studies Group , students may choose from a selection of elective modules to further develop cross-cultural perspectives in an east/west framework.

SOAS is exceptional in its geographical focus, and the expertise in the disciplines of Film and Screen Studies makes us unique in the field. In a ‘global’ industry, film and media scholars, and practitioners are increasingly recognising the need for a move toward the study of image cultures and industries beyond the historical hegemonies of the European and Hollywood industries. This has been more than evident in the career trajectories of graduates from the MA Global Cinemas and the Transcultural degree. Graduates from this degree have gone on to find employment in Film Festivals (Venice to name one), DVD distribution companies, the art house cinema circuit, while others with a practice based background have gone onto form their own production companies, in one case producing documentaries for Al-Jazeera (see the Contraimage link on the SOAS Centre for Film and Screen Studies website). Other graduates have followed the more traditional pathway into PhD programmes where they have been singularly successful in competing for AHRC studentships.

Email: languagesandcultures@soas.ac.uk

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Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. Of the taught modules, students must complete the core module Cinema, Nation & the Transcultural - 15PJKC023 (30 credits), 30 credits from List A, a minimum of a further 30 credits from List A or List B. A total of 30 credits may be taken as an open option.

Compulsory Modules

Students must take the compulsory modules below.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Cinema, Nation and the Transcultural 15PJKC023 30 Full Year
Dissertation For MA Global Cinemas And The Transcultural 15PJKC998 60 Full Year
Optional Modules - List A

Students must take 30 credits from List A. You may take more.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millenium 15PJKH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 15 Term 1
Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Film and Society in the Middle East 15PNMC230 30 Full Year
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 15 Term 1
Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 15 Term 2
Issues in Anthropology and Film 15PANH022 15 Term 1
Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 15 Term 2
Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 15 Term 1
Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 15 Term 2
Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
(Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 15 Term 2
Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 15 Term 2
Optional modules: List B

You may select up to 30 - 60 credits from List B.

Other Courses on Media
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millenium 15PJKH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Emerging Digital Cultures in Asia and Africa - Theory and Practice 15PMSH018 0.5
Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication 15PMSH007 15 Term 1
Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals 15PAFH010 15 Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
Courses in Social Anthropology

Please note the 'Media Production Skills' will not be available to MA Global Cinemas students in the 15/16 session.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of East Africa 15PANH063 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South Asia 15PANH064 15 Term 1
Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of Near and Middle East 15PANH067 15 Term 2
Culture and Society of West Africa 15PANH068 15 Term 2
Courses in South Asian Studies
Optional Modules - List C

Students may take a 30 credit language module from List C. Student are permitted to take a 15 credit module at a partner institution. Modules taken outside SOAS are governed by the regulations of the home institution.

Language Modules

You may select 30 credits from the list of languages below.

Africa
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 30 Full Year
Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 30 Full Year
Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 30 Full Year
Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 30 Full Year
Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 30 Full Year
Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 30 Full Year
Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 30 Full Year
Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 30 Full Year
Swahili 4 (PG) 15PAFC144 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 30 Full Year
Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 30 Full Year
China and Inner Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Japan and Korea
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 30 Full Year
Basic Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 30 Full Year
Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean (PG) 15PJKC018 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Near and Middle East
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390 1 unit - 45 cats
Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 30 Full Year
Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 30 Full Year
Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 30 Full Year
Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary (PG) 15PNMC409 30 Full Year
South Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 30 Full Year
Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 30 Full Year
Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 30 Full Year
Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 30 Full Year
Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 30 Full Year
Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 30 Full Year
South East Asia
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 30 Full Year
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year
Modules from the following MA programmes offered by affiliated colleges in the University of London

MA in the History of Film and Visual Media (Birkbeck College); MA Film Studies (Queen Mary); MA Screen Studies (Goldsmiths College); MA Contemporary Cinema Cultures (Kings College); MA Film Studies (UCL)

NOTE:

SOAS students may take up to one half unit (0.5) course from the list below.

Birkbeck

British Film and Television 1960-85 (Term 1); European Cinema at the Crossroads (Term 1); Exhibiting the Moving Image: Theory and Context (Term 1); Film Festivals (Term 2; this course includes a 10 day field trip); Global Television (Term 2); Exploring the Language of Image and Sound (Term 2); Contemporary American Cinema (Term 2)

Goldsmiths

Strategies of World Cinema (Term 1); Archaeology of the Moving Image (Term 1) Politics of the Audiovisual (Term 2); Experimental Media (Term 2); Contemporary Screen Narratives (Term 2); Representing Reality (Term 2)

Kings College

Cinema the City (Term 1); Popular European Cinema (Term 1); Cinema and War (Term 1); Film History and the Cinema Experience (Term 1); Analysing Film Performance: Comedy (Term 1); Experimental Film and Philosophy (Term 1) Exploitation Cinema (Term 2); Thinking Cinema: Theory, Philosophy, Ethics (Term 2); Cinema and Sentiment (Term 2); London Film Cultures (Term 2); The Moving Image in Art (Term 2)

UCL

These modules are subject to confirmation: Nordic Cinema: Contextualising Dreyer, Bergman and Dogme (Term 1); The French New Wave: Cahier Cinema (Term 1) Genre in Italian Cinema (Term 2); Spanish Film (Term 2); New Argentina Cinemas (Term 2); How to make an 8-minute documentary (Term 2); Political Cinema (Term 2); Film Exhibition (Term 2); Theories and Practices of Film (Term 2); The Idea of Documentary (Term 2); Russian Cinema: Epochs and Genres (Term 2)

Queen Mary

Paris on the Screen (Term 1) Films of Powell & Pressburger (Term 2); Moving Landscapes: the Berlin School in an International Context (Term 2); Hollywood and the 2nd World War (Term 2)

Institute of Education

Moving Image Production (Term 1) Digital Games, Play and Creativity (Term 2)

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

Programme Specification

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

Knowledge
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical, methodological and empirical issues involved in the analysis of non-western cinemas with specific reference to Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • An appreciation of the historical complexities of the symbiotic nature of the relationship between cinema as mass media and the nation-state in the early twentieth century; and relatedly, an understanding of the need to question the existence of ‘national cinema’ as an intellectual concept in view of the transnational nature of the industry in the global economy of the late twentieth century.
  • A knowledge and understanding of how to analyse films as cultural texts from within the context of their production and reception.
  • Through the study of specific regional cinemas, students will have gained empirical knowledge and understanding of relevant theoretical issues and apply this knowledge at the practical level to a specific regional cinema.
Intellectual (thinking) skills
  • The development of appropriate skills for critically assessing a variety of source materials,
  • to solve problems of conflicting sources and conflicting interpretations,
  • to develop skills in critical judgments of complex source materials,
  • to locate materials in print and on line, use research resources (particularly research library catalogues and websites) and other relevant traditional and electronic sources.
Subject-based practical skills

The programme aims to help students with the following practical skills:

  • to analyse films in terms of visual-style,
  • to retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources,
  • to present seminar papers, and
  • to listen and discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • to engage in critical understanding and appreciation of differing cultural, social, political and economic contexts
  • to develop a refined sense of the complex linkages between local and global cultural influences.
Transferrable skills

The programme will encourage students to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing,
  • Write good essays and dissertations.
  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively both orally and in writing.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

Fees for 2017/18 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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Overseas
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£8,785 £18,075 £4,393 £9,038 £2,928 £6,025
Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-01-31 17:00

John Loiello AFSOAS FISH Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2017-02-22 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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