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Artists' Film (MA) (Subject to validation)

Course Description

This intensively taught MA is designed for artists using film, video and moving image who want to develop their practice and their networks to a level that enables them to work within the professional art world - http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-artists-film/

Goldsmiths Art Department has the most accomplished and significant concentration of artist filmmakers of any Fine Art Programme in Europe. We also have a number of staff who publish theoretical and critical writings on film.

Staff teaching on the course will include Stephen Johnstone, Michael Newman, Janice Kerbel, Simon Martin, Lucy Clout, Bonnie Camplin, Gail Pickering, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Lindsay Seers, Nina Danino, Grace Schwindt, Michelle Williams Gamaker, Ros Gray and Rosalind Nashishibi

The College has a full compliment of technical resources: studios, editing suites, sound studios and film equipment, and first rate technical support.

Applicants should apply with a film or video or moving image project (as these are understood in a Fine Art context). The Programme will focus on the development of this project, together with an intensive critical studies course, technical skills training and a unique professional development programme. The purpose of the proposal at application stage is to ensure that the students are already capable of benefiting from a focused, practice-based and student-centred curriculum.

The Department intends to work with professional film and video organisations in London to provide a nuanced and integrated professional development component to the course. Students should expect to develop their professional skills, networks and opportunities while studying with us.

As a one year, professionally focused and practice based MA, this course is unique in the UK and Europe.

Subject to validation

Please note: 'subject to validation' means that we will be offering this degree providing it is approved by the Goldsmiths Academic Board.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Professor Richard Noble.


The MA will consist of 2 summative modules and one formative module. Click on the module title below to find out more information.

Methodologies of Artists' Film (150 credits)
History and Theory of Artists' Film (30 credits)
Professional Development


Students will be assessed by project presentations leading to an end of year degree show, annotated research journals, essays and a dissertation.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Skills and Careers

The MA in Artists’ Film will primarily support students who want to make careers as artists working in film, video and moving image. This includes developing their practice to a level that will enable them to get both public and private funding for their work, as well as networks and support systems that will enable them to get their work produced and distributed. This course also has a strong academic component, which will provide students interested in pursuing a practiced based research project in film with excellent preparation for PhD, as well as for teaching in art and film programmes in the HE sector.

There will be many opportunities for students to improve their employability skills as artist filmmakers with individual mentoring from professionals in film and video organisations in London, master classes with established artist filmmakers, workshops by film curators, Arts Council England and other supporters of film, grant writing seminars and seminars on film finance.

This course will also provide transferable skills for those who might wish to go on make narrative films, commercial videos or adverts, get involved in the gaming industry, make documentary films, curate or write about film or become film producers. The transferable skills they will acquire on the course will give them a strong platform for developing their careers in any of these areas.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Artists' Film (MA) (Subject to validation) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Art or Film, or equivalent, and be able to demonstrate evidence of moving image work. You should also have a project you are concerned to develop through your participation on the course.You might be considered if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).

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