The BA in Film and Theatre Making combines the strengths of Queen's highly regarded Film (ranked first in the Guardian University league tables 2017) and Drama departments, offering students a unique opportunity to study the intricacies of production practice in both film and theatre. Over the three years of the programme, students will learn the basics of directing and acting, along with technical and production elements for both stage and screen.
Film and Theatre Making Degree highlights
Queen's is unique among Russell Group institutions in offering a pathway in Film and Theatre Making, allowing the best and brightest students to focus on practical skills in both disciplines.
- Students in the BA in Film and Theatre making will receive training in acting, directing and film and theatre production from professionals in both areas.In addition, Film and Drama have partnerships with the Universities of Tours and Utrecht (through Erasmus) and the University of North Carolina.
- Accredited as Avid Authorised Learning Partner for Education, we offer industry accredited certification in Media composer.
- This programme features close links to the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Film NI and the BBC.
World Class Facilities
- Students make use of Queen's state-of-the- art Film Studio, the QFT with two digital cinemas, the 120-seat Brian Friel Theatre (with full lighting and sound facilities) and studio rehearsal space.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- The programme features world-leading experts in Documentary film, British Film and Drama, Irish Drama, Shakespeare, dance, etc.
- Extracurricular performance opportunities are offered by the Tyrone Guthrie Society and the student Drama Society, which have taken productions to student festivals in Ireland and the UK as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to festivals in Belgium and Italy.
Kevin McCluskey, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in Drama
With its practical and professional components, study in Theatre and Film at Queen's provides an excellent background for work in film, television, on the stage, and in the creative industries. Our graduates have
progressed to a range of entertainment and media-based careers.
Employment after the Course
Our graduates have progressed to a range of entertainment and media-based careers.
Positions obtained by recent graduates of Film and Drama at Queen's include:
Researcher at BBC NI
Production Trainee at BBC
Professional actors & directors for the stage
On-set VFX Supervisor for HBO (Game of Thrones)
Camera Department for HBO (Game of Thrones)
Festival Director at Belfast Film Festival
Editor at Fifty Fifty Productions, London
Graduates of our separate Film and Drama programmes have gone on to significant successes in the professional world. Success stories include Des Kennedy, Touring Director of Once and Associate Director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Shaun Blaney, an actor, winner of the 2015 International Academy of Web Television Best Male Actor Award for Farr (RT��); Seamus O'Hara, an actor, currently featured in My Mother and Other Strangers (BBC).
Other popular graduate career routes include education and training, arts administration, public relations, marketing and postgraduate study.
Further study, including Master's programmes,
is also an option; see the School website for
Additional Awards Gained
Avid Certified Professional (Media Composer)
Prizes and Awards
Students in Film recently won 4 Royal Television Society student awards at both local and national level.
Students in the programme will have the opportunity to compete for the Brian Friel Award in theatre practice as well as Queen's Foundation Awards.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.