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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 Months

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About Film at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury


The programme offers a thorough grounding in postgraduate-level film. We are happy to consider applications from applicants with a background in either film or a related humanities subject.

The MA Film programme is taught by experts in Film and seeks to engage you with the key elements that make up the diverse nature of film and moving images.

The Film MA can also be studied between Canterbury and Paris, with the first term at our Canterbury campus and the spring term at our centre in Paris. It is also available in Paris only where you spend the entire year in the French capital.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the techniques which comprise film and related, moving audio-visual media, and the ways in which they are used to create meaning and experience
  • concepts and practices integral to the production and reception of films, including authorship, genre, industry, stardom, style, modernity, national and transnational cinemas
  • conceptualisations of our engagement with film, including the cultural, aesthetic, industrial and economic contexts in which viewing and exhibition occurs
  • critical approaches to film, including an understanding of the historical and contemporary debates within film theory
  • film histories and historiography, particularly as it informs the concepts and practices cited in the second point above.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • constructing arguments and produce evidence appropriate for research at Master’s level
  • the ability to reflect critically on debates within the conceptual practices of the discipline
  • designing and implementing research projects informed by interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • articulating, in written and oral contexts, an understanding of film commensurate with the first four programme aims noted above
  • analysing narrative and other forms and structures shaping films
  • the ability to draw on interdisciplinary intellectual knowledge, methods and techniques drawn from other disciplines (such as psychoanalysis, philosophy, and literary theory) in the study of film
  • mastery of the vocabularies developed to enhance the analysis and understanding of film and related media
  • analysing, with precision, the images and sounds which comprise films.

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written contexts, at a level appropriate for the conduct of original research
  • the ability to create, manage and self-direct essays and research projects, with the advice and supervision of teaching staff
  • the ability to integrate skills of argument and reasoning with those of empirical observation
  • the ability to contribute effectively to the exploration of a question or problem in the context of group discussion and analysis, through a combination of intervention, leading of discussion, and focussed attention to others
  • the ability to deploy the subject-specific understanding of the nature of film and related media – in relation to, for example, social and ethical questions – in the context of participation in society as workers and citizens
  • the ability to use various IT skills, ranging from word-processing and audio-visual presentation to research through web-based sources, at a level of sophistication commensurate with the production of original research.

The programme aims to:

  • develop your understanding and skills to a notably higher level of sophistication and achievement (appropriate to an Master’s level award) than would be expected at degree level, such that you leave the programme with a substantial analytic and critical understanding of film and film studies
  • develop your understanding and skills to the level necessary for entry into a research programme in Film Studies
  • develop your ability to think independently, argue with clarity and force, to discern areas of research interest within the field and be able to frame viable research questions
  • provoke reflection on areas of critical and theoretical approaches to cinema and its context
  • nurture the intellectual skills cited above in the context of written work (essays and dissertations) as well as in the context of interpersonal interaction (seminars, research papers, supervision)
  • attract outstanding students irrespective of race, background, gender, and physical disability, from both within the UK and from overseas
  • develop existing and new areas of teaching in response to the advance of research and scholarship within the subject, as well as new developments in filmmaking practice.

Study options for this course

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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements

Contact University of Kent to find course entry requirements.

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