This cutting-edge MA offers the opportunity for advanced studies in television and new media. Taught by leading figures in the field, the course allows you to engage with the most up-to-date research and to explore new approaches to audio-visual scholarship.
The programme includes first-hand engagement with cultural institutions across the city. Building on our links with festivals, studios, cinemas and galleries, this MA is not only about studying film theory but also about immersing yourself in the wealth of screen-related events and institutions the capital has to offer. In recent years, our students have been on trips to the London Film Festival, the British Film Institute, the Scalarama Cult Film Festival, the British Artists' Film & Video Study Collection, and the Tate Modern.
As a student you will also become a member of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC) which means you will be able to engage with new and emerging research by attending a range of guest talks, conferences, media masterclasses and research seminars led by industry professionals. In recent years students have attended an exclusive preview of comedian and producer Omid Djalili’s film We Are Many, and gained advice on how to be a success in the filmmaking industry from BBC producer and director Jonathan Taylor, and the producer of Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Gareth Wiley.
Our alumni go on to have successful careers in film and media. Here is what a few are doing after studying Film at Roehampton.
You’ll develop your independent critical thinking by engaging in the programme’s four main areas:
Screen Cultures of London
In a series of visits to festivals, studios, cinemas and galleries, you will gain first hand engagement with cultural institutions across London.
- Cult and Quality Television
You will interrogate the dynamic role of television within the shifting media landscape, focusing on contemporary US television drama.
Essay Films and Video Essays
You will combine history, theory and practice, be introduced to the Essay Film form and be equipped with the necessary skills to make your own video essays.
- Transnational Cinemas from the Multiplex to the Web
You will undertake an in-depth examination of contemporary cinema through a global lens, taking in a variety of international films from big budget spectacles through to online films and mash-ups.
You will also choose between an academic dissertation and an audio-visual dissertation. The academic dissertation gives you the opportunity to deepen your research skills and knowledge about a topic of particular interest to you. The audio-visual dissertation will provide the opportunity to undertake an innovative combination of theory and practice through the production of an extended audio-visual essay alongside a written critical reflection.
High-quality teaching staff
Dr. Stacey Abbott, Reader in Film and Television
Stacey's research interests centre around the horror genre in film and television, with a particular focus upon the vampire and the zombie; cult television; science fiction in film and television; romantic comedy; special effects.
Dr. William Brown, Senior Lecturer in Film
William's research focuses upon film theory, film-philosophy, cognitive approaches to film, digital technology and film, world cinema, special effects cinema, and the possible benefits of neuroscientific research for the study of film.
Dr. Chris Darke, Senior Lecturer in Film
Chris's research interests include film and utopia; formations of cinéphilia; the formal relationship between word and image, especially in the essay-film; artists' film and video; and the work of Chris Marker.
Dr. Deborah Jermyn, Reader in Film and Television
Deborah's research interests centre particularly on the fields of women, feminism and popular culture; Hollywood cinema and genres (particularly romantic comedy); celebrity studies; contemporary TV drama; crime in film and TV; reality TV; and audience studies.
Dr. Iain Robert Smith, Lecturer in Film
Iain's research interests include transnational cinemas; cult film and television; remakes and adaptations; popular world cinemas (particularly Bollywood); global television formats; new media; film censorship.
Dr. Michael Witt, Reader in Cinema Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC)
Michael's research interests lie principally in the fields of French cinema, avant-garde and experimental film, the history of film theory and film philosophy, found footage filmmaking, audiovisual film history and criticism, documentary, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard.