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Film, Photography and Media MA

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Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | 27-SEP-21

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film Photography Communication / Media

Course type


Course Summary


This course allows you to think about the critical and creative relationships between film, photography and the media while developing your skills to produce projects of your own.

You'll complete a major independent project, supported by modules that put your practice into the context of contemporary debates. You’ll explore the different critical approaches to the making and consumption of photography and film, to inform the short film and photography projects you’ll work on.

The flexibility of this course allows you to choose from optional modules that suit your personal and career aspirations. You could study cultural policy, international film industries, film and TV writing, feminism in the media and more.

The content of the course modules is informed by the research interests and practice of academic staff who teach them.

Learning and teaching

We use learning methods that reflect the diversity of the course, including workshops, lectures, seminars, group learning, tutorials and film screenings. Independent study is a vital element of the course as this allows you to develop your skills and explore your creativity in practical work.

You'll be taught by active researchers in the field of film, photography and media. The research interests and practice of your tutors inform the content of the course.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We use different methods of assessment, some of which will depend on the modules you choose. These are likely to include portfolios of practical work, group and individual projects and reports, essays, exams, literature reviews, case studies, presentations, scripts and commentaries.

Career opportunities

This course will provide you with a broad knowledge base and creative skills across two important forms of media communication. You'll develop a critical awareness of the broader visual/ media culture to help you have a successful career in the media industries, including the creative and film industries, as well as roles in visual communication.

Additionally, the course’s emphasis on advanced skills in research, critical analysis, interpretation, presentation, and oral/ written communication will give you the skills you need to pursue a career in academia.


This module explores the relationships between photography, cinematography, narrative communication and dramatic expressions, explored through a combination of academic research into developments in independent filmmaking and experience of creating a narrative through digital filmmaking. Cinematics and Photography explores the relationship between photographic creativity, lens characteristics and the nature of cinema. Following consideration of the current state of convergence, seminars will explore key examples from the range of cinematographic styles possible. Students will then have the opportunity to experience practical production of a short film project, underpinned with analysis of cinematic form-content in a case-study essay.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons), preferably with some background in lens-based or image practice. This course encourages applications from students whose undergraduate degree has investigated one of the following subject areas: creative photography (with evidence of some critical/reflexive writing); film practice (including fiction, documentary, experimental); film studies/filmology (as long as the applicant is aware that creative practice is at least 50% of this course); English literature (if there is significant evidence of creative practice); fine art (as long as there is evidence of photographic/time-based work); media studies (with evidence of creative practice).