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Experimental Film MA

Course Description


This course has been designed to offer a genuinely creative methodology and understanding of current and future potential for film experimentation in artists’ moving image. This places the programme at the forefront of postgraduate studies exploring moving image in its most creative form. The course offers a range of input from within the School of Fine Art, and will enable you to develop a major body of practical work created within the context of a critical understanding of contemporary experimental film theory.

You will have access to our moving image resources and specialised filmmaking equipment, augmented by excellent technical and academic support. To complete a specific project brief, other materials will also be provided, enabling you to meet the learning outcomes of the course and/or project. However, if you choose to develop your own film options requiring additional resources, then you will have to meet any further costs associated with that.

Key features

The course provides an exploration of the relationship between film, moving image, sound and critical frameworks. This is supported by the excellent moving image resources at the Knights Park campus, including a moving-image studio, post-production facilities and high-end film equipment. One-to-one tutorials, seminars, exhibitions and discussion all feature in the programme.

Taught by filmmakers, creative practitioners, curators and writers, including many off-site visits and visits by professional artists, filmmakers and curators. This includes the opportunity to participate in a public screening programme at BFI Southbank, and a seminar forum at FID Marseille International Film Festival.

Every year, the course nominates a graduate to participate in the European workshop on artists' moving image at the Schermo dell'Arte film festival in Florence, where they receive professional mentoring.

What will you study?

The curriculum offers four distinct areas of critical and practical inquiry options, supported by a specialised seminar/lectures series: artists’ moving image; independent film; film as installation; the materiality of film.

You will undertake self-initiated research supported by taught modules and an experienced group of research-active staff, and will explore the critical and historical frameworks within which experimental film work can be understood and conceptualised.


Presentation and exhibition/screening/documentation, tutorials and seminar/discussion.

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

Project 1
Theory – Seminar
Experimental Filmmaking Practices
Experimentation in Moving Image
Masters Project (Exhibition and Research Publication)

What this course offers you

The Experimental Film MA offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers to develop a major body of practical work that:

engages with the moving image in the context of a critical understanding of contemporary experimental film theory and visual culture; and
is set within a highly distinctive and successful range of postgraduate courses delivered within the School of Fine Art.

The course covers a broad range of experimental film practices, theories and technologies. Based on principles that reflect the evolving nature of current and emerging practices, it equips you with the ability to play a positive role in the fast-moving arena of moving image making. It encompasses:

a broad range of approaches to moving image work – recognising that filmmakers increasingly explore the medium in unexpected and innovative ways, finding outlets for their work in a range of capacities and organisations;

a thorough critical understanding of experimental film, including critical and historical frameworks – through self-initiated research supported by taught modules and research-active staff;

a thorough understanding of the inter-related forms of moving image production, experimental cinematic work and artists' film culture; and

the opportunity to create interdisciplinary alliances and work in a variety of environments – by working alongside colleagues on other courses in the School of Fine Art, both individually and collaboratively.

The course will support a broad base of research interests, ensuring you are prepared for new and unforeseen challenges throughout your working lives. It aims to provide the intellectual and technical breadth needed to take advantage of future opportunities in a range of contexts.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Experimental Film MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Participants are admitted through formal University application and interview. Participants should normally hold a BA(Hons) degree (or its equivalent) in a related or appropriate subject. However, each application is considered on its own merits and therefore previous experience and qualifications may be taken into account. Each applicant will be interviewed with a showreel/portfolio of work.

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