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Course content

This innovative programme explores film curatorship and exhibition using a combination of rigorous academic study, integrated applied project work and critical thinking. Whether your background is in film, or you are intrigued by its social and cultural significance, you will discover how film meets its audiences and ways in which exhibitions are conceptualised and created in a rapidly transforming environment.

The programme draws on the expertise of visiting professionals, including film festival directors, curators, programmers and filmmakers. Through the combination of individual and group work you will learn how to integrate theoretical knowledge and critical thinking with professional skills, such as creative collaboration, programming, establishing industry links, sourcing films, promotion and communicating with diverse audiences.

Project work will enable you to reach out beyond the University to create events, and you will be supported in building collaborations and cross-disciplinary connections that engage with Scotland’s thriving film and festival cultures.

Please visit the Film, Exhibition and Curation blog for updates on activities and alumni.

Programme structure

Teaching and assignment work are integrated with applied activities including group exhibition projects and research into film festivals and expanded film exhibition.

You will be taught in small seminars with individual supervision for your final project (which can take the form of a dissertation, an industry report or a group portfolio charting the conception and delivery of an event or an exhibition or curatorial project).

You will complete three compulsory and two option courses, as well as training in subject-specific research skills and methods.

Compulsory courses:

  • Exhibiting Film
  • Mediating Film
  • Applied Learning and Project Work

Option courses may include:

  • Cinema Auteurs
  • Contemporary Japanese Cinema
  • Film Adaptation
  • Film and Gender
  • Film Philosophy
  • Film Theory
  • Gender, Revolution and Modernity in Chinese Cinema
  • Sound and Fixed Media
  • The Cultures and Politics of Display
  • Text and the City
  • Time and Space of Performance

Career opportunities

On completion of the programme you will be equipped with the insights and skills essential for a career in film programming, festival organisation and related professional activities.

You will have gained the knowledge of film curation and exhibition required for further academic research or professional practice. You will also have a transferable skill set in communication, research, collaborative working and project management that can be applied to any career you decide to pursue.


Visit the Film, Exhibition and Curation - MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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