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Film and Philosophy - MA

Course Description

The Film and Philosophy MA offers a structured analysis of the relationship between film and philosophy, be it in terms of philosophical treatments of film (as an art form or through particular films) or the power of film itself to create philosophy.

We offer a unique programme that provides the best interdisciplinary context in which to study film and philosophy – superior to those available elsewhere – on account of our comprehensive expertise in film and 'continental' philosophy. This differentiation highlights Kingston University as the best destination for this area of study.

What will you study?

It enables you to explore current and emerging discourses within the fields of film theory and philosophy, engaging with theoretical concerns at the forefront of visual culture, art theory, moving image media and critical theory.

The programme covers varied topics such as film as cognition, the philosophy of art history and cinema, film and feminism, the body and cinema, Freud and cinema, avant-garde film and philosophy, French philosophy and film, Derrida and adaptation, animals and the horror genre. There is also the opportunity to write a dissertation on your own topic of research.


Assessment is through essay, presentations and a dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules
-Film and Philosophy

Option modules (choose three, with at least one from Group A and one from Group B)
-Group A modules
-Group B modules

Visit the Film and Philosophy - MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students are welcome from a wide range of subjects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; The entry requirements for the MA is at least a 2:1 or upper second-class honours degree in these subjects. Exceptionally, an equivalent will be considered on an individual basis.

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