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Film and Television: Theory, Culture and Industry (MA)

Course Description

Our innovative MA in Film and Television builds on its prestigious heritage as the longest running degree programme of its kind in the UK. We aim to equip you with wide-ranging skills, knowledge and critical awareness to meet your career aspirations in sectors in which moving images play a central role. Our curriculum incorporates an exciting variety of learning and teaching activities designed to foster your capacity for researching and rigorously analysing different aspects of film, television and moving images. You will have the opportunity to develop key skills for communicating about and with moving images across a range of contexts and platforms. You can choose to have a broad-based learning experience in film, television and moving image, or you can specialise in moving image curation and screenwriting via our suggested pathways.

The core teaching team consists of members of the University’s Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design. The course has close links with the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM), the leading research centre in the UK for arts and design, whose members include internationally renowned filmmakers, film and television theorists and historians, and moving image artists and curators. We combine research-enhanced teaching with classes delivered by film and television industry and moving image art professionals, in order to make sure that you develop skill sets and the full range of critical awareness that are in demand and to deliver an exciting learning experience for you.

Course content

The course combines core and optional taught modules. The design and delivery of our taught modules draw on CREAM’s research excellence in documentary, Asian and European cinema, moving image curation, and television history. The coursework requirements for some modules are research essays or a combination of research essays and research-informed blog posts and presentations. Other modules require a broad range of research-informed professional modes of writing such as a screenplay treatment, a curatorial proposal or an exhibition review. You will also undertake a substantial piece of independent research as a major part of your MA studies. In order to provide you with the flexibility to undertake a piece of independent research suited to your career aspiration, the final project module offers you the choice between writing a traditional dissertation or completing a theoretically-informed professional project such as a curating a film programme, writing and producing a series of themed blog posts, or writing a long-form screenplay.


All full-time students must take six taught modules. In each semester you will take one core module and two optional modules. You will also take the year-long Final Project module.

Our core and optional taught modules encourage you to explore various approaches to film, television and moving image in the UK, Asia and Europe. You will have the chance to research a wide range of issues in aesthetics, production, distribution, exhibition and marketing, from mainstream commercial productions to experimental and independent cinema and artists’ moving image. Some modules emphasise contemporary issues while others explore artistic, cultural and industrial contexts and histories, and the development of film, television and moving image theories.

We are offering the following modules in 2016-17.

Core modules:
- Key Concepts in Film, Television and Moving Image
- Contemporary Issues in Moving Image and Screen Studies
- Final Project

Optional modules:
- Television Art: Aesthetics and Quality
- Documentary Aesthetics, Sites and Spectatorship
- Cinema Distribution and Exhibition
- Film Programming and Moving Image Curation
- Modern and Contemporary European Cinema
- Researching Histories in Asian Cinema
- Introduction to Scriptwriting
- Long-form Screenplay Preparation and Short Documents

Associated careers

Our graduates have found employment in small- and large-scale film and television companies as filmmakers, producers, distributors, and exhibitors. Others have gone on to organise film festivals, or to work in film-related magazines and journals as well as in international arts and culture sectors. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to pursue academic careers as researchers or doctoral students at the University of Westminster and elsewhere. As the UK’s longest-running postgraduate programme in film and television several of our alumni are pioneers of the discipline of film and television studies.

Teaching team

The MAFTV’s core teaching team includes Prof Rosie Thomas, Dr May Adadol Ingawanij, Ian Green, Dr Margherita Sprio and Dr Julian Ross. We adopt a team-based approach to teaching with significant input from experienced visiting lecturers, industry experts, and internationally renowed researchers at the University’s Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM). Members of the centre include award-winning documentary filmmaker Dr Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence); award-winning television producer John Wyver; and experimental filmmakers and curators including Michael Maziere, Uriel Orlow and Sarah Pucill.

Creative Practice and Art Theory cluster

The MAFTV is part of the postgraduate course cluster Creative Practice and Art Theory. This group of Masters courses brings together dynamic and prestigious programmes in visual and sound arts. In the creative environment of the University of Westminster’s dedicated arts and media campus, our courses offer a unique combination of professional practice, critical inquiry, skills enhancement, and contextual, specialist or interdisciplinary knowledge. Several of the MAs in this group are the first of their kind in the UK, and all lead the way in establishing new avenues of practice and disciplinary thought.

Our Harrow Campus boasts wide-ranging multimedia facilities built and equipped to the highest standards. The University’s three public exhibition spaces Ambika P3, London Gallery West and Regent Street Cinema offer exciting and dynamic year-round programmes of cinema, photography and multimedia art.

Visit the Film and Television: Theory, Culture and Industry (MA) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

In order to gain admission to the course you will need a good undergraduate degree in a related discipline from a recognised university. In exceptional circumstances we may consider candidates with relevant work experience and a lower undergraduate degree qualification. We welcome applications from mature candidates with a professional background in film, television, media, education, arts administration, or other related professional fields. We accept candidates from a range of related disciplines, and your undergraduate degree does not necessarily have to be in film or television studies.

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