Film Practices

Postgraduate

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  • A unique course that combines, production, criticism and exhibition
  • No prior professional experience required
  • Learn about non-traditional film production
  • Study in our brand-new, state-of-the-art media facilities – find out more.

Summary

Our MA in Film Practices will prepare you for work in the independent film industries, as well as helping to develop your critical, communication and creative skills. You will learn about various modes of non-traditional film production alongside practical knowledge of film curation and exhibition, and the promotion of independent film culture. This film practices degree will help prepare you to be a confident and intellectual film professional.

You will be introduced to some of the most important and fiercely independent ways of making film - often entirely outside of the film industry. You will gain an overview of the contemporary global film industry and, more specifically, the diverse film cultures of London, as well as engaging with the most pressing critical and ethical concerns facing filmmakers today, including how to independently create a decolonised culture of responsible and confident filmmakers in the era of #oscarssowhite, #metoo and Extinction Rebellion.

This course in film practices will foster you to become an intellectual artist-filmmaker. You will have multiple opportunities to develop your skillset with hands on practice, and you will engage with various kinds of film production, including activist videos, essay-films, found footage video-essays, first-person filmmaking and more, while also gaining work experience through organisations like the Fest Film Festival in Espinho, Portugal, with whom we have partnered for this course. Fest itself is committed to practical education, film criticism, ethics and independent practices and doing an internship with them will allow you to work with film professionals, festival organisers and other delegates from around the world. You can also choose to undertake a work placement in London, and will be able to take full advantage of Roehampton’s extensive network of industry contacts to do so.

You will have full use of our state-of-the-art production and exhibition facilities in the brand-new Sir David Bell Building, which houses film studios, production suites and a cinema. You will be invited to research seminars and other events as part of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC), and will receive an induction at the British Film Institute Library.

You will be taught by leading scholars who combine theoretical work with various types of practice, including independent film production, film criticism, film programming, consultancy and other work in galleries and film festivals. The teaching staff share vast experience not just in alternative film production methods, but also in precisely the curatorial and critical practices that this MA offers.

Assessments range from traditional essays through to short videos that engage with issues of representation and ethics, essay filmmaking, videographic and/or online film criticism, and devising original film programmes. Your final Research Project can be delivered in various forms, including traditional written dissertations, audiovisual dissertations and dissertations centred upon curatorial practices. In addition to a comprehensive induction in the autumn term, you will have an independent research day in the summer term where you will present your research and receive feedback from an invited guest speaker.

You will consider global examples of contemporary film production, film practice and writings on cinema, along with visits to London’s alternative film venues (including archives) as part of this programme, encouraging you to decolonialise your perspective on contemporary audiovisual culture. You also be encouraged to adopt independent practices, for example, essay filmmaking, found footage and archive filmmaking, first person filmmaking and online video criticism.

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

Ethics and Representation in Global Media Industries
Essay Film Production
Curating and Exhibiting the Moving Image
Contemporary Critical Practices
Research Project

 

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

Graduates from this programme will be well equipped to enter the independent film sector as well as the wider film industry. Career paths include independent filmmaker, editor, curator, exhibitor, film critic - both in print and online, and film scholar.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

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

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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