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Film, Exhibition and Curation (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This innovative programme explores film curatorship and exhibition using a combination of rigorous academic study and applied project work. Whether your background is in film, or you are intrigued by its social and cultural significance, you will discover how to take film to audiences and ways to conceptualise and manage exhibitions 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 with professional skills, such as programming, establishing industry links, sourcing films, promotion, communicating with diverse audiences and budget management.

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.

Film, Exhibition and Curation blog: http://filmatedinburgh.com/

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!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent. Multidisciplinary and comparative approaches are key aspects of film studies and we therefore welcome students coming from areas of study other than film.

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