Taught by experts, the MA Film programme seeks to engage you with the advanced study of the nature theory, and history of film.
Applicants with a specific interest in film practice should consider our separate MA Film with practice programme delivered at our Canterbury campus.
You spend the entire year at Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture, located in a historic corner of Montparnasse in the heart of Paris. This allows you to participate in excursions to prominent cultural locations and make use of first-class research resources that are only available in Paris, such as the Cinémathèque française, the François Truffaut Film Library, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
You study film within the context of a city that is central both to the development of filmmaking practices and to critical and theoretical approaches to the “seventh art”.
With over 360 movie screens currently in operation across the city, Paris is uniquely important to French cinema, but it also serves as a hub of global cinema where both domestic and foreign productions form an integral part of the contemporary city’s DNA.Studying at the Paris School of Arts and Culture
Taught in English, we offer interdisciplinary, flexible programmes that take full advantage of all the cultural resources Paris offers. Study trips to the city’s museums, art exhibitions, archives, cinemas and architectural riches are an integral part of your studies. Our research and teaching will engage you in a dialogue with aesthetic, conceptual and historical perspectives.
The interdisciplinary nature of the School means you can choose modules from outside your subject area, broadening your view of your subject. As part of our international community of students and staff, you can take part in regular seminars and talks, write for the student-run literary magazine or help to organise our annual student festival.
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. You can also study the programme at Canterbury only.
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, stardom, style, modernity, nationalism and transnationalism, with an emphasis on the French context
- conceptualisations of audience 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
- knowledge and understanding of film histories and historiography
- Modernism as an international movement in film and art and the role of Paris as a site of modernist experimentation
- the cultural history of modern Paris, as reflected in film and art.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the ability to construct 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;
- the ability to design and implement research.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- the ability to articulate, in written and oral contexts, an understanding of film commensurate with points above;
- the ability to analyse 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;
- the ability to analyse with precision the images and sounds which comprise films;
- develop a comprehensive knowledge of the cultural development of modern Paris, as expressed in film and art.
You will 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;
- Living and working in diverse cultural environments: students will participate and work in the academic community of a British university but be based in one of the major cultural cities in Europe. They will thus develop cultural knowledge and understanding, flexibility, imagination, resourcefulness and tolerance and gain direct knowledge of the major cultural institutions in Paris.
This programme aims to:
- provide a substantial analytic and critical understanding of film and film studies
- develop students' understanding and skills to the level necessary for entry on to a research degree in film studies
- develop the ability of students 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
- allow students studying in Paris to develop their interest in cinema within the context of a city often seen to be central to the aesthetic developments of filmmaking and critical approaches central to the history of the discipline
- consider the impact of French critics and filmmakers on the wider discipline of Film
- provoke reflection on areas of critical and theoretical approaches to cinema and its context, with a special focus on French cinema
- nurture intellectual skills in the context of written work (essays and dissertations) as well as in the context of interpersonal interaction (seminars, research papers, supervision)
- provide access to enhanced intercultural awareness and understanding through the opportunity to study in Paris
- provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication and research skills and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector
- provide learning opportunities informed by research and scholarship and building on the close ties within Europe.