Professor Sheeran had a substantial influence on the development of film studies at NUIG and was active in establishing the Huston School of Film and Digital Media.
He had a number of his film-related works published, including a seminal study of the John Ford classic, ‘The Informer’, which was called ‘The Informer (Ireland into Film)’ and was published by Cork University Press shortly after his death in 2001.
Professor Sheeran also co-wrote the Irish feature film ‘The Fifth Province’ and initiated the Galway Film Project that laid the groundwork for the establishment of the Huston School in 2003.
The MA programme at NUIG includes core modules in film history and theory, which examine issues in film. Students can focus on specific areas such as Irish Film, Film in the Digital Age, and Gender and Sexuality in Cinema.
The course also includes the first Irish-language option module to be introduced to an MA in Ireland. ‘Scéalta Scáileáin na Gaeilge’ focuses on the history of screen production in the Irish language.
Former Film Studies graduate and current Galway Film Fleadh programmer Gar O’Brien, reflected on his time at NUIG: “Any expectations I might have had would have proven insufficient for the breadth and scope of the MA in Film Studies programme at Huston. I found myself in a class of like-minded individuals where we were guided, supported and encouraged by the staff there.”
Programme Director Dr. Seán Crosson says the scholarship provides “a great opportunity for students interested in furthering their knowledge and employment prospects in a wide range of film-related careers.”
All students applying for the MA will be considered for the scholarship. For further information on the MA in Film Studies at NUIG or to apply for a place on the course visit www.filmschool.ie