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Film Studies (Film & Philosophy pathway available) MA

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Overview

This course has been designed for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world's cinemas and is taught at the leading centre for Film Studies in London. It offers and extensive range of options covering all aspects of film style, representation, spectatorship, and philosophical approaches.

Our perfect location close to BFI Southbank (including the BFI Library) Southbank Centre, and Tate Modern means you will be studying in the heart of London was access to fanastic resources.  The course is ideal for careers in the Media Arts and related Culture Industries, or preparation for further study.

 


Key benefits

  • 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.


Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Professor Sarah Cooper

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Film Studies

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General entry advice

Academic requirements: 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)

Additional application requirements: see the following tab, 'Applying Fees & Funding' for further guidance on required documents including:
1)Two academic references
2)4,000 word writing sample on a relevant topic
3)An academic transcript of your first degree
4) Evidence of English Language proficiency if first degree is not in English (see college English language requirements)

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. 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 and 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 the first line of the 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. You can write about any topic and any film or group of films you like. We are looking for an ability to perform close analysis of films, and their production, circulation and reception circumstances. We expect your essay to be informed by and refer to academic writing on your chosen topic.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

Contemporary film studies is a diverse, interdisciplinary field that incorporates a variety of approaches to the analysis of film and film culture. Our Film Studies MA builds on the research strengths of our distinguished staff to offer modules that examine a wide range of cinema styles and approaches to studying film.

We have designed this course for students who want to deepen their knowledge of the world’s cinemas and explore the very latest approaches to studying them. You will participate in a number of 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.

The programme comprises five taught modules and research project leading to a dissertation.

 

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

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Course format and assessment

Teaching

If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 32 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 16 hours of independent study.

Assessment

We assess the majority of our modules through coursework essays (normally 5,000 words) and occasionally exams. For your dissertation, you will write a 4,000-word critical survey and a 15,000-word essay.

Structure

  • Required Modules

    • Dissertation (90 credits)
    • Formations of Film Studies: an Advanced Introduction to the Field (20 credits)

    If you are a part-time student, you will take your dissertation in your second year, along with 40 credits of optional modules. You will take everything else in your first year.

    *If you are taking the Film & Philosophy pathway, you are required to take the following module instead of Formations of Film Studies:

    • Film and Philosophy Core Module (20 credits)

    If you are taking the Film & Philosophy pathway you will also choose at least two modules from a list that typically includes:

      • Cinema and Sentiment (20 credits)
      • Experimental Film and Philosophy (20 credits)
      • Film History and the Cinema Experience (20 credits)
      • Thinking Cinema (20 credits)
      • Reconfiguring Film Theories and Philosophies: A Cross-cultural Perspective (20 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Choose enough modules, either two or four , depending on your pathway, from the following list of options.

    • Thinking Cinema (20 credits)
    • London Film Cultures (20 credits)
    • Exploitation Cinema (20 credits)
    • Media Aesthetics (20 credits)
    • French Cinema: History, Ideology, Aesthetics (20 credits)
    • Tradition of Post-war and Contemporary British Cinema (20 credits)
    • Art Cinema (20 credits)
    • The Heritage Film: Aesthetics, Genre and Cultural Identities in Contemporary Representations of the Past (20 credits)
    • War and Cinema (20 credits)
    • Popular European Cinema (20 credits)
    • Film History and the Cinema Experience (20 credits)
    • Cinema and Sentiment (20 credits)
    • Experimental Film and Philosophy (20 credits)
    • Analysing Film Performance: Comedy (20 credits)
    • Reconfiguring Film Theories and Philosophies: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (20 credits)
    • 21st Century Hollywood (20 credits)
    • Global Queer Cinema (20 credits)
    • The Moving Image of Art (20 credits)
    • A range of master’s modules offered across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or Global Institutes, subject to approval.
    • Up to 20 credits from master’s modules offered by similar Departments within the University of London, or from other members of the Screen Studies Group (Birkbeck, SOAS, Goldsmith's, UCL and QMUL).

    We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx

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Career prospects

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.
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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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