You can personalise your MA studies and specialise in areas of film and screen media that match your intellectual interests and career goals, while a work placement option allows you to gain practical experience that may enhance your career prospects.
This Film And Screen Media course at Birkbeck, University of London is unique in its combination of world-class, rigorous postgraduate study with creative and practical opportunities. Some of the option modules, including the two-month work placement module, could help you stand out in a competitive job market and further your career in the media, creative and cultural industries. The course will also prepare you for advanced research at MPhil/PhD level if you wish to continue studying.
This course has two other pathways: MA Film and Screen Media (with Study Abroad) and MA Film and Screen Media with Film Programming and Curating.
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings.
- Teaching and supervision are delivered by leading film and media academics, including Drs Mike Allen, Janet McCabe, Andrew Asibong, Silke Arnold-de Simine, Dorota Ostrowska, Emma Sandonand Michael Temple, and Professors Laura Mulvey, Ian Christie and Catherine Grant. The research expertise of our academics is in cinema history, film aesthetics, television industry and form, and contemporary and future new media opportunities inform every aspect of the programme.
- The award-winning Birkbeck Cinema is central to this course. The 70-seat cinema is equipped with 35mm and state-of-the-art DVD projection. The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image runs a busy, intellectually stimulating programme of events, including conferences, screenings and film-related events of all kinds.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in and attend the Essay Film Festival, jointly run by the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the ICA, with free admission to events hosted at Birkbeck.
- Located in central London, in the heart of historic Bloomsbury, Birkbeck is within easy reach of cinemas and galleries, as well as facilities such as the British Film Institute and the British Library.
- The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.
- The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
Careers and Employability
Graduates go in to careers in film and television companies, museums and galleries, arts administration, education, publishing and film criticism. Possible professions include arts administrator, museum or gallery curator and teacher. It is also possible to continue on to a PhD which offers employment opportunities in academia and other areas. This degree may also be useful in becoming a programme researcher or television/film/video producer. Jobs gained by some of our MA and PhD graduates include:
- Deputy Editor, Sight & Sound
- Freelance Editor
- Independent Film Producer
- Temporary Exhibitions Curator, Science Museum
- Curator of Public Programmes, British Film Institute
- Associate Lecturer, University of Surrey
- Reader, King’s College London
- Academic Publishing Sales Manager, Taylor & Francis Group
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- Research/Placement Project and Report MA Film and Screen Media
- Screen Media: History, Technology and Culture
- Artists' Film: the museum, the gallery and beyond
- Audio-Visual Histories of Cinema
- British Cinema and Television 1960-85
- Contemporary American Cinema
- Curating Film, Sharing Passions
- Documentary: Filmmaking Histories and Digital Practices
- Film Festivals
- Screen Media and Archival Practices Today
- Shaping Contemporary Film Culture B: Themes in Film Festivals
- Shaping Contemporary Film Culture A: The Essay Film and the Archive
- Theoretical Perspectives on Media
- Transcultural Memory
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesFilm, Photography & Media Media Studies & Mass Media View 298 other Masters in Media Studies & Mass Media in United Kingdom
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- As part of the application process, you are required to complete a 700-1000-word written exercise by choosing a film or television programme which you have recently seen and explaining why you found it innovative.
- Upon review of the application and the entrance task, admissions tutors will invite successful candidates to attend interviews.
- After interview, a final decision on the application will be made.
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International15200 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA8350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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