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What will I learn?

Overview

This is a ground-breaking MA delivered in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) to prepare students to build successful careers in film exhibition, programming, criticism or archival work

The course is delivered by film professionals in exhibition and distribution, festivals, archives and film criticism, alongside academics and film makers.

Students will learn about the practicalities of film exhibition, distribution and preservation in the changing digital landscape and study the practice of film criticism and comment, including reviewing and critical writing about films, filmmakers and the broader culture.

Students will attend film festivals and have the opportunity to curate or contribute to festivals, seasons, pop up screenings and other events.

What you will study

The course gives students a theoretical, historical and critical understanding of film, which they will apply practically in film curating and programming, and related fields, including film criticism.

The course provides a detailed understanding of the concepts, contexts and critical thought that have shaped the production and reception of film and which underpin our engagement with rapidly changing contemporary film and moving image culture. Students gain a thorough understanding of the process by which a film moves from a creative idea to an audience experience. They will explore the history, theory and critical contexts of film and look at a variety of critical writing.

A rigorous academic framework is combined with practical and real world applications enabling each student to develop their own skills, knowledge and understanding to provide a strong basis for a career in film and media. The course includes devising and contributing to programming projects; writing film criticism and reviews; researching and producing video essays.

With all the resources of the NFTS available to them, students benefit from working alongside a new generation of filmmakers, encouraging creative dialogue between makers and curators/critics.

Which department am I in?

National Film and Television School

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£18,000.00 (US$ 20,550) per year
The fee is for January 2022 intake and subject to change it for January 2023 intake; There is a compulsory, non-refundable £25 application fee for each MA application. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required against the cost of your fees on confirmation of your place.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

January 2023

Venue

National Film And Television School

Beaconsfield Studios,

Station Road,

Beaconsfield,

Buckinghamshire,

HP9 1LG, England

Entry requirements

For international students

This course invites applications from students with a BA (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in arts, humanities or science. Film and media related degrees, while welcome, are not essential for admission. Applicants without a degree but with professional experience may also be considered for admission. Applicants to have an IELTS for UKVI minimum score of 6.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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