Entry requirements English language req: * 7.0 overall on IELTS, with at least 6.5 in listening and reading, and at least 7 in speaking and writing * 600 on paper-based TOEFL, with at least 5.0 in the TWE * 250 on computer-based TOEFL, with at least 5.0 in the Essay Rating * 100 on TOEFL iBT, with at least 22 in listening, 24 in reading and speaking, and 25 in writing Academic entry req: * You will need to have a good undergraduate degree in a related discipline (e.g. Communications or Film Studies, Languages, Area Studies). * All international students are also required to submit an essay (up to 2,000 words) on the subject ‘What is World Cinema?’ with their application form.
The programme focuses on films from Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Ours is a positive, inclusive and democratic approach to film studies, entirely in tune with the aspirations of contemporary multicultural audiences. Rather than ratifying the usual division between the centre (Hollywood) and the periphery (the rest of the world), it defines world cinemas as a polycentric phenomenon with (often overlapping) peaks of creation in different places and periods. Liberated from the notion of a single centre, everything can be put on the world cinemas map, even Hollywood, which, instead of being seen as a threat, is simply one cinema amongst others.
The MAWC programme endorses views of modernity which transcend European borders and approaches the study of film in novel and unconventional ways. On the MAWC programme students have the rare opportunity of becoming acquainted with a variety of local and national cinemas including their transnational and global articulations.
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
The newly established Centre for World Cinemas sponsors film shows, seminar series, conferences and research projects in World Cinemas. We are based within the largest and most diverse School of Modern Languages and Cultures in the UK, with seven language departments, a department of Linguistics and Phonetics, a Language Centre and several high-profile Research Centres.
The Univerity of Leeds has long been acknowledged as a major British centre for the study of foreign languages and cultures. Its language departments are grouped within the federal School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC) which forms part of the Research Faculty of Arts. The School incorporates the seven foreign language departments: Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, East Asian Studies, French, German, Italian, Russian and Slavonic Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics and the University Language Centre’s Foreign Language Teaching Unit and English Language Unit. The School registers around 160 postgraduates each year on a variety of taught MA and research programmes; a number of scholarships for both research and taught postgraduate study are provided by the School and by the University.
The School boasts its own IT facility, the Electronic Resources and Information Centre, providing state-of-the-art multilingual software, including the sophisticated translation software which forms a core element of the MA in Applied Translation Studies.
Academic staff in the SMLC pursue a varied range of research, covering, each within their specific language or linguistic discipline, the fields of language, translation studies, literature, history, politics, economics, sociology, cultural studies, film and media studies. Applications for research degree study in any of these areas are warmly welcomed.
What you study
* World Cinemas: Core Module
* Research Methods and Dissertation
* Optional modules include:
* Dialogues with Hollywood
* Gender and Sexuality in World Cinemas
and a wide range of film related options offered across the University