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Wednesday 5 February 2020, 5–7.30pm

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  • Study film, television, and new media alongside world-leading scholars in the field.
  • Undertake innovative research alongside regular study trips to film festivals, galleries and cinemas across London. 
  • Learn to produce ‘video essays’, in which you may opt not only to write about films but also to edit footage and create your own original audio-visual criticism.


Study film and screen cultures while immersing yourself in the creative culture of London at film festivals, studios, galleries and pop-up cinemas. Our MA combines the study of mainstream and experimental film, contemporary television and the video-essay form, and includes the option to produce either a written or audio-visual dissertation.

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

Stacey Abbott
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.

William Brown
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.

Chris Darke
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.

Deborah Jermyn
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.

Michael Witt
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.

Here are some examples of modules you may study as part of this programme:


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

‘After I completed my undergraduate degree in Munich, Germany, I really wanted to do my postgraduate abroad. I wrote to some lecturers from different universities, but the lecturers at Roehampton were really friendly and helpful, so I knew this was the place for me.

‘After I finish, I’d like to work as a radio or TV presenter. Now that I have learned so much about the world of media from my postgraduate, I feel perfectly prepared for this kind of job’.

Dani Rothgang, International MA Film and Screen Cultures student

Careers in cinema and festival programming, media research, curatorship and distribution. The MA also functions as a pathway to a PhD for those pursuing a career in academia.

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Life at Roehampton

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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

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