Bringing together those with a passion for contemporary cinema, this course focuses on a range of current approaches to film studies and provides an in-depth study of specific areas such as American independent, European, British and Far East cinema. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the importance of theory, method and analysis to the study of film, and you will be encouraged to test out original approaches, both in seminars and written work.
Key features This MA offers the opportunity to carry out research into a variety of areas, including gender and sexuality on screen; religion, philosophy and film; censorship and ideology; industry and independents in New Hollywood; and cinema and media in the global context. You may also carry out research at the British Film Institute (the largest film archive in the world).
If you are interested in further research, this course provides an excellent foundation for MPhil/PhD study.
What will you study?
You will study all that is new, vital and innovative in contemporary and emergent cinemas. You will evaluate and critically analyse a range of perspectives on cinema in light of contemporary developments, shifting cultural alliances and patterns of cross-fertilisations. In addition, you will be introduced to the main areas of debate in the history of film criticism. Current modules focus on American cinema (mainstream and independent), post-1960 British cinema, European cinema (with specialist studies on gender and sexuality, and place and identity) and world cinema (with case studies on South-east Asia, Latin America, India and Iran).
In writing your dissertation, you will demonstrate your ability to research a topic of your choice in depth, gaining a rigorous grasp of current theoretical and methodological debates relevant to the subject area, as well as an understanding of the historical and cultural context.
Essays, presentations, research projects, and dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modules -Film History Theory and Analysis -Film Studies Dissertation -Media and Cinema in a Global Context
Optional modules -British Cinema 1960s to Today -Freedom, Censorship and Subversion -Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Cinema -Special Study: Branding the Self: Celebrity, Identity and David Bowie -Special Study: Getting High on Cinema. The Drug Experience Film -Special Study: Screaming out Loud: International Horror Television and Film -Vamps, Divas, Tramps, Lolitas
Film Studies - MA
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"My year as a film student at Kingston University has been a very positive experience. We studied a wide variety of interesting modules, from European Film to Asian cinema, and I enjoyed every single one of the classes throughout the year. The fact that we were such a small class allowed us to fully participate and made the modules even more interactive and interesting. To sum up, this masters has been a very interesting and enjoyable experience that I would not hesitate to repeat."
A second class degree or above in a Humanities subject (Film, Media Studies, Languages, History, English, etc) or in the History of Art, Fine Art or other studio-based subjects which include an art historical or contextual studies component, or another area appropriate to the degree. Consideration is also given to non-standard entrants with relevant work experience that demonstrates the necessary skills and intellectual achievement required to undertake the course. The Faculty warmly welcomes mature students.
Recipient: Kingston University
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