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MA Cinema and Photography

Course Description

This course focuses on the future of cinema (film) and photography as new convergent technologies change working practices in the creative industries. We need to understand the consequences of these changes for the film and photography industries and attempt to frame them within shifting critical and cultural discourses. We will consider how we can use critical ideas to frame these new convergent models of practice and explore what this means for professional photography and film-making practice. This programme looks at these issues through distinct and clearly defined frameworks of media, communications and technological histories, film and photography theory and criticism, inter-medial practice and engagement with creative industrial processes.

This programme has been created to reflect key contemporary debates about cinema / film and photography and offers a flexible structure that can respond to ongoing changes in thinking and practice in these media. It draws on existing expertise and modules on cinema/film and photography within the Institute of Communications Studies and across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. The programme is supported by two university research centres, the Louis Le Prince Centre and the Centre for World Cinemas.

Who should take the course?
The course provides a unique post-graduate experience in which students can develop their own contemporary, lens-based creative digital practice (still or moving image) within the context of exciting and evolving critical environments. It is suitable for anyone who works or wishes to work in the cinematic or photographic creative industries and wants to develop their contemporary/convergent practice skills, critical thinking, industrial and cultural awareness. It is for anyone with an interest in practice and the environment in which practice takes place, as well as those who are interested in a related research career, whether inside or outside academia. The international basis of the course also makes it suitable for non-EU students.
The MA Cinema and Photography has two core modules:

Cinematics and Photography
This module explores the relationship between photographic creativity, optical science and the nature of cinema. Following consideration of the current state of convergence, seminars will explore key examples from the range of cinematographic styles possible. Students will then have the opportunity to experience practical production of a short film project, underpinned with analysis of cinematic form-content in a case-study essay.

Cultures of Contemporary Photography
This module allows students to engage with key issues and debates in relation to contemporary practice and develop an understanding of key critical approaches that have been used to frame them. It focuses on the historical development of photographic and convergent practices and uses practice as a means of exploring critical and theoretical concepts and encourages them to apply them to their own work.

The core modules help build the common base from which students can explore issues through the optional modules, according to their interests and career aspirations.

There are two choices regarding the major 60 credit component of the programme. Students can either take the Dissertation module or elect to do a Final Independent Project. The Dissertation module includes weekly lectures on academic writing and research methods. Students are required to complete a dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words on a topic of their choice. The research is carried out under the guidance of an individual supervisor. The Final Independent Project allows students to develop a major piece of practice (photo book/digital publication/film/convergent digital text) under close supervision from an individual supervisor and to produce a 6,000 word contextual critique of their work.

Students also choose two optional modules from a wide range available across the Institute. Indicative optional modules (subject to availability) include:

•Urban Narratives
•Dialogues with Hollywood
•International Film Industries
•Theoretical Perspectives: Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
•Gender and Sexuality in World Cinemas
•Critical Studies in Visual Communication

Modules include lectures, seminars and practical workshops. In addition, at this level we expect students to work independently for most of the time during their studies. Module-related work involves preparation for classes, giving oral presentations, producing a large number of written essays, practical assignments, location shoots and conducting an independent piece of research/practice.

Visit the MA Cinema and Photography page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent with preferably some background in lens-based or image practice to degree level or equivalent. Relevant professional or personal experience is also welcome and we will assess suitability through the submission of practical work and possible interview. English language requirements 1. An IELTS Band Score 6.5 (7.0 preferred) with not less than 6.0 in any skill area or 2. Internet Based TOEFL 92 overall, 21 listening, 21 reading, 23 speaking, 22 writing

Course Fees

Full-time international students 2013-14: £13,100. Full-time home/EU students 2013-14: £5,100

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