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Film & Video MRes


Course Description

This programme offers the opportunity to pursue an individual research project of your own choice (practice or theory) and engage with a wide range of approaches to independent and experimental film and video.

Designed for those who do not wish to take a taught MA and prefer to pursue a specific research project in film and video, this MRes addresses research issues and methods. It provides a grounding in research processes which are common to work generally in the arts, humanities, creative and cultural industries and related fields, and also explores research questions and methodologies which are specific to film and video – crucially as these relate to both practice and/or theory: students can decide to work in either a practice or theory mode or any permutation and combination of practice and theory.

The programme should particularly attract students who are interested in furthering their practice or theoretical knowledge in one of the following areas: artists’ film and video, experimental film and video (including fiction, documentary, drama documentary, animation); histories of autobiographical, experimental, avant-garde film and video; contemporary theoretical discourses about independent film (including film practice as research, film as philosophy); the study and use of archive film (including home movies) in different contexts and practices; the relationship of film and video to new forms of dissemination (with particular reference to the digital); collaborative projects involving different disciplines (eg performance); community-based and activist video.

Programme content
■ Critical screenings: mapping out the
interconnecting territories of independent
film/video making
■ Research in the arts and humanities:
development of generic research skills and
methods
■ Masters thesis: presenting a substantial
piece of work, either practice- or theorybased,
chosen by the student

Visit the Film & Video MRes page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 or above honours degree in a relevant area of study. Evidence that you are ready topursue your proposed project. IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent.

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