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About Film Studies at University of Exeter

The Film Studies research culture at Exeter is varied and rich. We run three distinct PhD programmes. The 4-year PhD programme consists of a taught component in Year 1 (equivalent to an MRes), with Years 2-4 spent on supervised doctoral research. Alternatively there are the 3-year programmes: PhD by Thesis (85 000 words) or PhD by Practice (see below for details).

PhD by Practice:
We have two honorary professors of film, Don Boyd and Nic Roeg who make termly visits to deliver workshops and tutorials to PhD by Practice students.

MA and PhD students specialising in European film can take up the option of travelling to French or Spanish Universities to further their research studies.
Students electing to undertake research in film by practice are expected to have considerable experience in filmmaking already: at least one year at postgraduate level and some experience at undergraduate level.

This area covers film practice in its broadest sense (documentary, fiction, video-art) and the variety of possible subjects of research through practice is large, eg historical documentary, social documentary, film as an investigative essay on film practice, video-art and installation.

Submission for the PhD within the area of film by practice will comprise three portfolios. There will be three film products, one per year of study. Each film will be accompanied by a critical analysis of 10,000 words by the student on her/his own practice. Other supporting material to be examined will be the log book that accompanies each product.

The specialist research training we provide is based on critical and theoretical approaches to film practice. Students also get to meet film practitioners on a regular basis to test out their ideas and work in progress.

In terms of technical resources, we enjoy a working relationship with the Media Centre, located at the Phoenix Arts Centre, with whom we share professional level equipment and whose editing facilities we use on a regular basis at undergraduate and postgraduate level. PhD students are provided with camera and laptop editing facilities.

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