Study at the leading centre for Film Studies in London. Extensive range of options covering all aspects of film style, representation, spectatorship, and philosophical approaches. Perfect location close to BFI Southbank (including the BFI Library) Southbank Centre, and Tate Modern. Ideal for careers in the Media Arts and related Culture Industries, or preparation for further study. Film and Philosophy pathway available.
- Internationally renowned staff.
- Focus on cutting-edge ideas and developments in film culture.
- Ranges across European, American and World cinema from highbrow to lowbrow.
- Located in the heart of London.
- Film & Philosophy pathway available.
Many of our students go on to pursue research in film and other areas of visual studies at the MPhil/PhD level; others have developed their skills in careers in the media arts and related activities, including film festival work and media literacy training.
Dr Catherine Wheatley
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Year of entry 2013
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of Film Studies
31 August 2013.
Please note that applicants wishing to apply for funding (e.g. AHRC) must submit their application by the relevant funding deadline, which is usually early in the year. Please seehttp://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspxfor
information on the available funding opportunities and deadlines.
No set number.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £16250 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
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The MA in Film Studies has been designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world’s cinemas and the very latest approaches to studying them. Graduate students at King’s participate in a number of regular research activities, including a programme of lectures by nationally and internationally distinguished scholars, international conferences, twice weekly 35mm cinematheque screenings, a focused graduate training programme, and a student organised work-in-progress conference in May.
Many graduates of the MA Film Studies go on to pursue careers in media arts or a PhD in Film Studies. Past graduates have gone on to PhD programmes at Harvard University, the University of Iowa, the University of Essex, the University of Stirling, the University of Westminster, and other University of London Colleges (including King’s), among others.
Contemporary film studies is a diverse, interdisciplinary field, incorporating a variety of approaches to the analysis of film and film culture. The MA Film Studies at King's College builds on the research strengths of its distinguished faculty to offer modules that examine a wide range of cinemas and approaches to studying film.
The MA Film Studies can be taken as a one-year full-time course or as a two-year part time course. The course runs from September to September. It consists of five taught modules and a dissertation, together with a training program, guest seminar series and student organised conference. Full time students will take the compulsory core module, four other taught modules and a dissertation. Part time students will take the compulsory core module and two other taught modules in the first year, and two other taught modules and a dissertation in the second year.
Core programme content
- Formations of Film Studies: an Advanced Introduction to the Field (for MA Film Studies)
- Film and Philosophy (for MA Film Studies, Film and Philosophy pathway).
Indicative non-core content
In addition to taking one of the core modules in the first semester and writing a dissertation in the spring/summer, students choose four non-core modules from a wide range of options (for those enrolled on the Film and Philosophy pathway, at least two of these must be designated film and philosophy modules).
All optional modules are available to all MA Film Studies students.
Optional modules for 2012-13 include:
- Film History and the Cinema Experience,
- Thinking Cinema,
- Experimental Film and Philosophy,
- Cinema and Sentiment,
- Exploitation Cinema,
- New Directions in Chinese Cinema,
- London Film Cultures,
- Cinema and War,
- Popular European Cinema,
- Contemporary Period Film and the Heritage Film Debate,
- Cinema and the City.
You may also be able to select one module from associated graduate film programmes at Birkbeck College, Goldsmiths College, University College, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway and SOAS.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Taught core and optional courses assessed by coursework plus a compulsory dissertation.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
1) Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in film studies or a subject in which film or media plays a significant part (candidates from other disciplines may be considered)
2) Two academic references
3) 4,000 word writing sample on a relevant topic
4) An academic transcript of your first degree
5) Evidence of English Language proficiency if first degree is not in English (see college English language requirements)
Guidelines for Writing Sample: If you have been away from study and are unable to submit a previous piece of work, you will need to write a new essay. What we are looking for is evidence of your ability to research a topic and write about film in a theoretically informed way. Suggested topics include: Adaptation of Novel into Film (your essay should focus on a contemporary example) and Film Remakes (again, your essay should focus on a contemporary example). In addition to analysing a particular film, you will need to acquaint yourself with some of the scholarly literature on adaptations or remakes.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Applications are usually assessed by at least two academics; in addition to a completed application form we also ask for a piece of written work of at least 4,000 words. Applicants may be asked to interview, either in person or by phone if overseas. We aim to process all applications within four weeks although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Within your personal statement, please tell us briefly why you want to undertake the MA in Film Studies, and what you are hoping to do afterwards. Please state modules you wish to take, if known. Applicants to the Film and Philosophy pathway should indicate this in their personal statement. Provisional pathway selection will then be provided as part of any offer, to be confirmed upon enrolment.
Convenors may request additional materials as needed. You must also provide a piece of written work of at least 4,000 words on a relevant topic. If you have been away from study and are unable to submit a previous piece of work, you will need to write a new essay. What we are looking for is evidence of your ability to research a topic and write about film in a theoretically informed way. Suggested topics include: Adaptation of Novel into Film (your essay should focus on a contemporary example) and Film Remakes (again, your essay should focus on a contemporary example). In addition to analysing a particular film, you will need to acquaint yourself with some of the scholarly literature on adaptations or remakes. Convenors may request additional materials as needed.
AHRC, Graduate School studentships and bursaries, self-funded.
Related programme student profile
Film Studies Research MPhil/PhD
My research is on films made in Okinawa, Japan, between the late 1980s and the 1990s, which I am trying to understand in comparison with various new cinemas which emerged in the 1980s across other East Asian regions, including Hong Kong New Wave, Taiwan New Cinema and South Korean New Wave.
I chose King’s College London primarily because Dr Jinhee Choi
, my MA supervisor at the University of Kent, moved to King’s last year. An expert in East Asian cinema, Dr Choi always gives me helpful advice on both my research on Okinawan cinema and other aspects of academic life.
I find the Film Studies Department at King’s College London a very vibrant research community for any researcher on Asian cinema, with top-quality faculty members such as Dr Choi and Professor Chris Berry
, and a group of research students sharing similar interests. I and a few other PhD students are currently working together to start up a reading group on transnationalism in East Asia, which we are planning to develop next year into a series of talks given by UK-based scholars on East Asian cinema.
We benefit enormously from the availability of small grants offered by the School of Arts and Humanities. Fortunately, I am awarded with King’s Overseas Research Studentship, which covers my tuition fee and provides me with a stipend for living costs. Since life in London can be a little expensive, I could never have afforded to study at King’s, if it were not for this award.
I am grateful for the stimulating research environment and exciting training programmes that I can now enjoy, and am convinced that research and communication skills that I acquire at King’s will be essential for my future career as a film scholar.