Studying in the heart of London, one of the world’s leading media hubs, this MA in Film Programming and Curating (Part-Time) from Birkbeck, University of London 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.
Careers and Employability
Graduates can pursue careers in the creative arts, academic, media and cultural institutions. Possible professions include film programming, cinema manager, independent curator, researcher, film distribution, or working for a film festival.
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- History Theory Methods
- Artists' Film: the museum, the gallery and beyond
- Curating Film, Sharing Passions
- Shaping Contemporary Film Culture A: The Essay Film and the Archive
- Shaping Contemporary Film Culture B: Themes in Film Festivals
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- 24 months
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A second-class honours degree (2:2 or above), or overseas equivalent.
- 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. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview.
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International8010 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8010 GBP per year during 24 months.
National4980 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4980 GBP per year during 24 months.
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your postgraduate studies. The government has introduced new loans for postgraduate students and, alongside these, we also offer flexible payment options and a hardship fund to support students who experience a change of circumstances while studying.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.