The MPhil in Film and Screen Studies at Cambridge provides advanced training in study of the theory and history of film and other screen media in a vibrant interdisciplinary context. The moving image is explored in relation to the development of modern and contemporary culture, and to the history and theory of other media (literature, music, the visual arts, architecture, the digital). Students are immersed in a research environment that emphasises work on geopolitics, early cinema, art cinema and the avant garde, theory, aesthetics, and gender and sexuality. The programme consists of a core course, taken in the first term, which provides the foundation for further study; two optional modules, taken in the second term, which combine the analysis of film and screen media with the analysis of their social and cultural milieus, or else undertake the study of these forms in a comparative context; and a dissertation. Although not all students may wish to progress to higher research, this MPhil programme is designed to prepare for continuation to PhD work. This preparation includes the academic and research training provided by the course content itself but also advice and support with PhD applications, funding applications and the drafting of a research proposal.
The MSt in Film Aesthetics equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary for analysing film as an art form. It concentrates on film criticism, detailed film analysis, film theory and film-philosophy and teaches the history and the contemporary developments in the scholarly literature relating to these aspects. It encourages thoughtful and imaginative engagement with film as a medium and with individual films.
Interpretation and Criticism
Classic and Contemporary Film Theory
Concepts in Film History
Study of a Single Director
Film and Phenomenology
Film and Modernism
Contemporary Theories of Spectatorship - Embodiment, Ethics and Politics
The Film-Philosophy of Stanley Cavell
Film Studies is one of the most vibrant disciplines you can study at postgraduate level. At St Andrews, we investigate cinema as a key form of cultural output and as the dominant type of creative expression. Focusing on the global dimension, our programmes cover key aspects of film studies through the lens of transnational cultural studies.
Theory and Practice of Research in Film Studies
Film Technologies and Aesthetics
Film and the Archive
This interdisciplinary programme is taught by staff from a wide range of departments at UCL, all international experts in the field of Film Studies. Linguistic and cultural expertise informs our teaching on the filmmaking traditions of Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Southeast Asia. The programme, covering a wide variety of world cinemas and historical moments, is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge of both the history of cinema and its contemporary development, and with the skills, concepts, methods and theories required for the study of cinema at graduate level.
Moving Images: Technology, Forms, Receptions
Ancient Rome on Film
Genre in Italian Cinema
How to Make an 8-Minute Documentary
New Argentine Cinema
Nordic Cinema: Contextualising Dreyer, Bergman and Dogme
This innovative and pioneering post-graduate programme enables students to explore and push the boundaries of animation in the public, private and charitable services. This programme is cross-disciplinary, offering areas of study within the broad heading of health and wellbeing. Including opportunities to learn about animation as therapy, auto-therapeutic animation and assistive animation technology.Using ‘The Good Hearts Model’ students will have the opportunity to learn how animation is used in the therapeutic process, and applied to a topic of the student’s choice. Auto-therapeutic Animation provides a platform for personal expression, communication and self-exploration. Students will have the possibility to produce a short film based on a personal issue or cause, developing a process and film that empowers them or others by giving voice to their concerns. Assistive Animation technology, students will identify a pertinent issue in the wider social arena producing a publicly mediated outcome, allowing students to explore how animation, design and its processes can be used in an assistive way for services or impactful visual purpose.
Drawing on the internationally recognised expertise of our academics, primarily in the areas of Film and Television aesthetics, history and theory, this course enables you to familiarise yourself with key disciplinary issues and methodologies before focusing on an area of personal academic interest.
Screen Cultures and Methods
Projection and Steenbeck Training
Oral Presentation and Powerpoint
Textual Analysis and Film Style
Choosing and Organising a Dissertation
Doing a Literature Review
Library and Archive Research Skills
This new programme has been specially designed to reflect key contemporary debates in practice and critical thinking around cinema and photography. In this sense it takes a distinctive approach to both the historic and contemporary relationship between these two dominant forms of visual communication and allows students to develop their own practice within a changing and challenging set of intellectual, creative and industrial contexts.The new convergent digital technology of the DSLR camera seems to be forcing a denouement in terms of the way in which we create and think about the future of cinema and photography and how we need to think about their evolving relationship.
Cinematics and Photography
Cultures of Contemporary Photography
International Film Industries
New Media Cultures
Theoretical Perspectives: Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
The Politics of Personal Performance
We live in a world that, more than ever, is mediated by moving images produced by a diverse range of media industries. Whether our priority is to preserve moving images, engage in the creative activity of making them, or learn more about their role in shaping or reproducing social and cultural values, we need to explore the history, development and character of these important audio-visual cultures. The MA in Film Studies at UEA is one of the longest-established programmes of its kind in the UK. With a broad range of modules that explore the history, political significance and formal qualities of sound and image, we offer a programme specially designed to deepen students’ knowledge and skill in understanding film, catering to those who have studied media in depth before and those who are newer to the subject area. Graduates from our MA programmes have gone on to a variety of careers in the media, archiving, journalism and teaching.
Film studies dissertation
Film studies: history, theory, criticism
British cinema: realism and spectacle
Effects, audiences and media
Women and film
Creativity and development in film and television production
Good good girls and good bad boys? American fictions of innocence
Language issues in a global multilingual context