Master Of Communication In Screen Studies

This programme is designed for students who wish to develop theoretical knowledge and production skills in film & video in the context of new media technology. This programme will also examine current global issues relating to the electronic media as well as issues of convergence and the interface between film, television and multimedia.

Course Structure

This programme requires students to complete 40 units of coursework which include a major research project and a film or a video production. Courses offered are:

• YSF 501/4 - Television and Society
• YSF 502/4 - Television Genre and Analysis
• YSF 512/4 - Film History
• YSF 513/4 - Film Aesthetics
• YSF 514/4 - Film Theory and Methods
• YSF 511/10 - Screen Production
• YSL 521/10 - Research Project

Admission Requirements

  • A relevant first degree with honours or equivalent, from a recognized university.
  • Working experience in related field would be an added advantage.
  • Malaysian applicants should obtain at least a credit in Bahasa Malaysia at SPM level or its equivalent.
  • Foreign applicants should have English proficiency of TOEFL (550)or IELTS Band 6. Alternatively, they must pass the Universiti  Sains Malaysia Intensive English at Level Three.

Course Duration

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Synopsis of courses

YSF 501 – Television and Society

The course is designed for students to develop an understanding and knowledge of dynamic relations between television and society. Students will study various theoretical perspectives which give them understanding about television’s functions and its influence on social, political and economic spheres.

YSF 502 – Television Genre and Analysis

Television like any other medium does not operate in a social vacuum. Apart from providing entertainment and information, TV products, which consist of a different variety of television genres that are replete with ideological artifacts, are also used to structure the process of producing meanings in society. The understanding and the formation of meanings in fact are linked to a variety of discourses in society that are formed through an organised social system that is accepted by members of society without much questioning. This course thus discusses television genre production and the circulation of meanings in society. It also examines how different discourses operate either to maintain or to change the existing social system.

YSF 512 – Film History

This course is a survey of various approaches to the study of film history. Specifically, it is a survey of five of the agents, which can be said to be responsible for “making meaning”, in and out of film texts: the intention of directors, the policies of studios or government, the conventions of genres, the qualities of stars, and the viewing strategies of audiences themselves. At every stage of their study, students are actively encouraged to develop the skills of critical analysis, self-expression and independent research. Students are exposed to key aspects of American, European and Asian cinema. These are situated within a theoretical and historical context.

YSF 513/4 – Film Aesthetics

This course equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary for understanding the basic aesthetics of film as an art form. It emphasizes detailed film analysis of the aspects and means essential to film production and characteristic effects. The course also encourages thoughtful and imaginative engagement  with contemporary developments with films from various geopolitical backgrounds and the scholarly literature relating to the questions of film aesthetics.

YSF 514/4 – Film Theory and Methods

A major theoretical debate took place after the May 1968 riot in France. Film Theory underwent a total transformation; and with the advent of cultural studies, feminism and postmodernism contemporary theory of film has opened up the field to a variety of inter-disciplinary methods and as a consequence to multiple ways of reading and understanding film. Orthodoxy in theory was being challenged by contemporary theory that emphasises the disunity and division of the film text by foregrounding the inescapable contradictions embedded in it. Emphasising on an inter-disciplinary approach and methodology, it interrogates the construction of the text and the way it constitutes the reader/spectator/subject. Taking cognisance of the agency of the subject/spectator, however, it equally emphasises the power of the subject to produce meaning beyond what may be the apparent reading enforced by the narrative structure of the text.

YSF 511/10 – Screen Production
This course aims to provide through lectures, screenings, discussions and practical sessions a good understanding of the screen production techniques, methods and tools. The production assignment provides students an opportunity to showcase their abilities and competencies in screen production.

YSL 521/10 – Research Project

The course gives students opportunities to explore, expand, broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding on screen culture by investigating and examining issues and theories related to the field of film, television and culture. The research project must take into consideration theories and methods that are suitable with the topic chosen.