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Masters degrees in Film Studies explore the history and cultural impact of cinema, film production and other aspects of motion picture technology or related media. Specialised courses may focus on specific genres, directors or national traditions.
Most programmes award an MA (Master of Arts) but opportunities also exist to carry out postgraduate research through an MRes or MPhil in Film Studies.
These Masters degrees will train you to understand, appreciate and analyse some of the most important cultural media of the modern area.
Programmes will provide opportunities for advanced study of Film Studies as a general topic, along with the chance to specialise in specific areas such as Hollywood ‘blockbuster’ movies, documentary filmmaking or cinema as propaganda – to name a few.
Some courses may also include practical elements, focussing on the technical aspects of filmmaking, screenwriting and cinematic production.
Watching films may not sound like the most productive route through postgraduate study, but these courses can have a range of rewarding career outcomes.
Film is a significant cultural industry, with opportunities to work in the production and promotion of a range of projects. Journalism also focusses heavily on film, in both traditional print and online forms. Finally, film heritage is also a growing area, with many national and international museums and organisations dedicated to cinematic preservation and restoration.
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This MA offers you the opportunity to explore key aspects of film analysis, theory, history and practice. Through a range of different approaches to the study of film, including genre and textual analysis, audience studies, and media archaeology, you will be exposed to some of the most pressing debates about film today. Read more
Explore and make creative connections between film analysis and film practice. Our course has a distinctive focus on international, alternative, and documentary cinemas, while also providing a solid foundation in key elements of film history and theory, including Hollywood. Read more
The MA Film with Practice is a taught programme suitable for graduates in film, practitioners who want to advance their practice in an intellectually stimulating environment and non-film graduates with a passion for film practice demonstrated though amateur filmmaking. Read more
The MLitt in Film Studies is a one-year taught programme run by the Department of Film Studies. The programme approaches the study of film through a varied intellectual approach, exploring cinema in a global context. Read more
UCL was the first university to establish a Film Studies Programme in the UK. We have particular research strengths in cinema history and in an exceptionally broad range of cinemas. Read more
Explore the relationship between literature and film in an exceptionally broad array of contemporary and historical contexts, and from a variety of different perspectives. Read more
Address the image world, find out how images create meaning, and discover what you can do with what you see on this eclectic MA programme. Read more
The International Master in Audiovisual and Cinema Studies (IMACS) MLitt is a two-year taught programme run by the Department of Film Studies. Read more
This is a ground-breaking MA delivered in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) to prepare students to build successful careers in film exhibition, programming, criticism or archival work. Read more
Doing your postgraduate degree at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences is your opportunity to study in one of London’s highest rated and most inspiring learning institutions.
The university’s degree programs at Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, and other esteemed graduate institutes offer endless opportunities for creative, curious, and critical minds.
Edinburgh College of Art is a leading international art college within the University of Edinburgh. Located in the historic Old Town of one of the world’s greatest cultural cities, we offer a creative and supportive environment in which to study one of 40 ground-breaking postgraduate programmes or take forward research within a global Top 50 institution.