Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Film and Screen Media with Film Programming and Curating

This programme, available in both full-time and part-time study modes, offers you a broad-based understanding of how film, television and other screen media have developed and interacted across their varying histories. It also gives you the opportunity to specialise in film exhibition and archival practice, in order to personalise your MA studies towards specific intellectual interests and future career hopes. The programme is unique in the way that it combines rigorous academic study with creative and practical opportunities, the latter offered both within certain option modules and via the two-month work placement. This intermixing of the academic and the practical also enables you to take your interests further, into further postgraduate study, towards a career in teaching or into possible work opportunities in many areas of the media industries. The programme has two other pathways: MA Film and Screen Media and MA Film and Screen Media (European Pathway). **HIGHLIGHTS** + Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings. + Teaching and supervision are delivered by leading film and media academics such as Drs Mike Allen, Janet McCabe, Andrew Asibong, Silke Arnold-de Simine, Dorota Ostrowska, Emma Sandon, Michael Temple, and Professors Laura Mulvey and Ian Christie. The research expertise of the teaching staff in cinema history, film aesthetics, television industry and form, and contemporary and future new media opportunities inform every aspect of the programme. + Core teaching is supplemented by talks from leading international academics and industry professionals, widening the intellectual framework of the programme and enabling further productive interaction between academia and industry. + The award-winning Birkbeck Cinema is central to the course. The cinema is equipped with 35mm and state-of-the-art DVD projection. + The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image programmes conferences, screenings and film-related events of all kinds throughout the academic year. + The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. + Located in central London, in the heart of historic Bloomsbury, Birkbeck is within easy reach of a world-famous social and cultural scene, as well as research facilities such as the British Film Institute and the British Library.

Course modules

The programme consists of the compulsory module Screen Media: History, Technology and Culture, a choice of option modules, a research project or placement and a dissertation. The compulsory module is designed to introduce you to the basic methodologies and issues involved in the area concerned, as well as research skills and methods. The option modules allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research. A unique feature of the programme is the placement, which offers you the experience of working in a prominent media company or institution. Alternatively you can complete a research project which gives you the chance to undertake independent research and reflect on research methodologies. You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation. COMPULSORY MODULES: Research/Placement Project and Report MA Film and Screen Media; Screen Media: History, Technology and Culture. INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES: Artists' Film: the museum, the gallery and beyond; Curating Film, Sharing Passions; Film Festivals; Screen Media and Archival Practices Today; Shaping Contemporary Film Culture B: Themes in Film Festivals; Shaping Contemporary Film Culture A: The Essay Film and the Archive. DISSERTATION MA FILM AND SCREEN MEDIA: Dissertation MA Film and Screen Media You will also have the option to take an intercollegiate module offered at another college of the University of London through the Screen Studies Group.

Assessment methods

Essay assignments and a placement/research report of approximately 5000 words each, and a dissertation of 15,000 words due in September of the final year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2018 - 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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