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FILM PROGRAMMING AND CURATING (MA)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • October, 2020 Start Date

  • 2 years Duration

  • Part Time Study Mode

  • £4725.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

A first of its kind, this MA in Film Programming and Curating explores the diverse ways in which films are selected and presented to an audience. Studying in the heart of London, one of the world’s leading media hubs, this MA takes full advantage of its location to help you build professional networks, visit various sites of exhibition (from galleries and museums to film festivals and cultural centres) and learn about contemporary film programming and curatorial practice. 

The MA provides a strong academic foundation and relates the latest theoretical thinking to critical practice. It encourages an independence of intellectual thought and spirit, equipping you with the necessary skills and historical and critical knowledge to nurture film and film culture. This MA offers a historical, intellectual and conceptual understanding of film programming, curatorial practice and moving image culture. The curriculum involves: 

  • theories of spectatorship, the audience and the changing conditions of film reception 
  • sites of exhibition and the architecture of the filmic experience 
  • the role of the archive, film canons and the exhibition of great collections 
  • the practicalities involved in programming a film and locating audiences for it. 

The MA combines these strong historical, theoretical and academic foundations with site visits across London, as well as providing internships at leading cultural institutions and film centres, such as the ICA and BFI. You will have the chance to programme events for organisations as diverse as BFI Education, the Korean Cultural Centre and other film centres around London. 

The MA’s teachers are internationally distinguished academics, while visits from cultural practitioners will introduce you to experienced film programmers, curators and art practitioners. Making full use of the opportunities offered by our proximity to London’s vibrant film culture, this MA provides a first step towards building a career in film programming and exhibition, or for further research into the cultures of curating and curatorial practice. 

A first of its kind, this MA in Film Programming and Curating explores the diverse ways in which films are selected and presented to an audience. Studying in the heart of London, one of the world’s leading media hubs, this MA takes full advantage of its location to help you build professional networks, visit various sites of exhibition (from galleries and museums to film festivals and...

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Course Content

This programme consists of compulsory and core modules to a total of 180 credits.

The core course, History Theory Methods, runs over the autumn and spring terms and consists of screenings, site visits and weekly seminars.

In the summer term, there is the opportunity to complete a placement in a relevant institution, and there will also be weekly lectures by visiting film, media or gallery professionals as part of the Invited Speakers course.

You will then write a 10,000-12,000-word dissertation, exploring a topic of individual choice related to any aspect of film programming and curating, combined with a short programme that realises the key ideas of the thesis.

Full-time students will complete all modules in one year. Part-time students take History Theory Methods in Year 1 and the remaining modules in Year 2.

CORE MODULE

  • History Theory Methods

AUTUMN TERM MODULES

  • Artists' Film: the museum, the gallery and beyond
  • Curating Film, Sharing Passions

SPRING TERM MODULE

  • Shaping Contemporary Film Culture A: The Essay Film and the Archive

SUMMER TERM MODULE

  • Shaping Contemporary Film Culture B: Themes in Film Festivals

MA FILM PROGRAMMING AND CURATING FINAL PROJECT

  • Final Project - MA Film Curating

This programme consists of compulsory and core modules to a total of 180 credits. The core course, History Theory Methods, runs over the autumn and spring terms and consists of screenings, site visits and weekly seminars. In the summer term, there is the opportunity to complete a placement in a relevant institution, and there will also be weekly...

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Available Dates

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

October, 2020

£9450.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

October, 2020

£4725.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

As part of the application process, applicants are required to complete a 700-1000-word written exercise. [Identifying a film that you have recently seen, explain how you would programme it for an audience.] Two referees are also required.

After review of the application and entrance task, the admissions tutors will invite successful candidates to attend an interview.

Following the interview, a final decision on the application will be made.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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