Objectives and competences

The master¿s degree in Film and Screen Studies is an international master¿s degree whose main goal is to promote research and reflection on contemporary audiovisual culture and on the history and evolution of the moving image. 
The master's degree looks at film and cinema in all its diversity (fiction, documentary, experimental, independent, mainstream, etc.) from multiple perspectives (historical, aesthetic, industrial), drawing on elements of cultural and gender studies and examining innovations in this field of artistic creation (virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 cinema, XR, etc.) and the changing multiscreen universe in which contemporary society is immersed: television series, video games, interactive content or content created specifically for the internet, expanded cinema, video art, etc. The programme takes a cross-disciplinary approach, placing special emphasis on the nexus between audiovisual and cultural studies. The degree focuses on research and reflection in the areas of film and contemporary audiovisual culture and is taught primarily in English, making it suitable for national and international students alike.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolCentre for Advanced Studies in Cinema and Audiovisuals - ESCAC
Branch of knowledge
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Length of course2 academic years
Language(s) of instructionEnglish and Spanish
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences



Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university degree.

  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.

  • A qualification issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.



- First period: 25 March - 18 June 2021.
Notification of resolutions: 28 June.

- Second period (if places remain available): 19 June - 23 July 2021.
Notification of resolutions: 15 September.


  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

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Selection criteria



As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 78
Optional 24
Compulsory placements
Compulsory final project 18

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Film and Screen Studies
Animated Cinema Optional 6
Cinema and Photography: The Photographic Image in the Digital Age Optional 6
Cinema and the Avant-Garde Optional 6
Communication and Cultural Industries Compulsory 6
Communication and Gender Compulsory 6
Contemporary Television Studies Compulsory 6
Film and Audiovisual Research Methods I Compulsory 6
Film and Audiovisual Research Methods II Compulsory 6
Film Star Studies Optional 6
Final Project Compulsory 18
Genres in Contemporary Cinema Optional 6
Imaginaries of Video Games Compulsory 6
Introduction to Film Studies I Compulsory 6
Introduction to Film Studies II Compulsory 6
Introduction to Immersive Narratives and Experiences Optional 6
Introduction to Screen Cultures I Compulsory 6
Introduction to Screen Cultures II Compulsory 6
Online Creation Compulsory 6
Sonic Universes Optional 6
The Audiovisual Essay Optional 6
Trends in Contemporary Cinema Compulsory 6
Trends in Contemporary Documentary-Making Compulsory 6

Previous years


Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.

Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment. They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

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