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Film MA (Paris)

Course Description

Our Film programme, taught in Paris, offers a thorough grounding in postgraduate-level film and is suitable both for graduates in the subject and those new to it. Teaching ist by experts in Film and seeks to engage you with the key elements that make up the diverse nature of film and moving images. It is the only Film MA offered by a British university in Paris and taught in English.

You will spend the entire year in the French capital, which will allow you to participate in excursions to prominent cultural locations and make use of research resources that are only available in Paris, such as the French Cinémathèque. You will study film at postgraduate level within the context of a city that is central both to the development of film making practices and to critical and theoretical approaches to the cinema.

Students interested in taking this MA as a part-time option would take two modules each year (one per term), plus the dissertation in the final year. The Film MA can also be studied between Canterbury and Paris, with the first term at our Canterbury campus and the spring term at our centre in Paris. You can also study the programme at Canterbury only.

The programme consists of research training, three compulsory 30-credit modules and one 30-credit subject option, plus a dissertation.

You spend the autumn and spring terms viewing and discussing films in modules that are designed to address a range of practical and theoretical issues, including authorship, genre, stardom, style, modernity, nationalism and internationalism. Seminars also cover debates in philosophy and film theory on the nature of filmic representation and its relationship to language, art, emotion, and consciousness.

Our postgraduate programme in Paris will allow you to focus more on French cinema and its context, and to consider the impact of French critics and filmmakers on the wider discipline of Film Studies. In the summer term you will complete your one-year MA by writing a dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic agreed with tutors.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

FI812 - Advanced Film Theory (30 credits)
FI813 - Film History: Research Methods (30 credits)
FI821 - Film and Modernity Paris (30 credits)
FI998 - Dissertation:GPMS (60 credits)

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is by coursework and the dissertation.

This programme is also available at Canterbury only or split site between Canterbury and Paris.

Visit the Film MA (Paris) page on the University of Kent, Paris website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Laura Plimley

The Kent at Paris programme is an ideal opportunity to immerse myself in French culture and improve my French language skills, all while studying French and European Literature - how inspiring!

MA Comparative Literature

(Student Profile)

Kosuke Fujiki

What attracted you to Kent?

I had a long-standing interest in cinema and was keen to study film at a UK institution. In my home country of Japan, cinema as an academic discipline has yet to be fully established - very few universities there have designated Film Studies departments.

The University of Kent at Paris programme was the reason I was attracted to Kent more than to any other UK university. To be able to live and study in two of Europe's most inspiring and historic cities has been a truly unique and wonderful experience. Paris has been closely associated with cinema since the screening of the first film by the Lumière brothers in 1895. The programme also gave me the chance to study cinema in the capital of film culture without the need to master French.

What was the course like?

I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from the terms I spent in Canterbury and Paris. The Canterbury-based modules focused on film history and film theory, and I gained an extensive training in research and analytical skills. In Paris, I took one module from Film Studies and another from Comparative Literature. Both modules related directly to Paris: Film and Modernity provided a good overview of the history of French cinema while the Diaspora and Exiled module gave me an excellent insight into the work of exile writers in Paris.

What about the teaching?

I liked the fact that the teaching often involved discussion and presentation-based seminars. The tutors made sure that everyone participated in the discussions and we were often given work to complete in pairs and in groups. I was a rather shy student, but I learned to communicate my ideas to others in a clear and accurate way.

The experience of writing the dissertation enabled me to improve my research skills as well as writing skills. I also attended writing workshops for postgraduates students - I found these particularly useful since English is not my first language.


The University of Kent, Paris Taught MA Scholarship Fund - No. of awards TBC

The University of Kent, Paris is pleased to announce a scholarship fund worth £25,000 for taught Master’s students studying during the academic year 2016/17.Please find below the conditions and criteria of the scholarship fund and how to apply

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £5,000


- The scholarship fund is open to applicants who have been offered a place on any of the Kent, Paris MA programmes for the academic year starting in September 2016, whether split-site (Canterbury and Paris) or Paris only.- It is open only to applicants intending to study full-time.- UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are all eligible.- Candidates will be assessed on academic excellence, and will usually hold by July 2016 a first-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject, or hold by July 2016 an equivalent non-UK qualification or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or better, usually in a relevant humanities subject. In certain circumstances, the School will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path or who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.

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