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Study mode

Full time

Duration

9 months

Start date

17-JAN-21

Key information
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Qualification type

MSt - Master of Studies

Subject areas

Aesthetics Film Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MSt in Film Aesthetics equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary for analysing film as an art form. It concentrates on film criticism, detailed film analysis, film theory and film-philosophy and teaches the history and the contemporary developments in the scholarly literature relating to these aspects. It encourages thoughtful and imaginative engagement with film as a medium and with individual films. The MSt in Film Aesthetics is degree in the humanities run by the Humanities Division.

The course concentrates on film from the point of view of aesthetics, including: the detailed study of film style and form, and the articulation of it in writing - for example, narrative structure, use of camera, colour, performance, sound, music, editing and composition; matters of philosophical aesthetics, and their particular application to film - for example, value and evaluation, appreciation, ontology, medium, intention, expression, meaning/interpretation, creativity, metaphor, symbolism, fiction, storytelling, convention, stylistic groupings and histories, emotion and the relation between ethics, morality and aesthetics; and classic and contemporary film theory and philosophy as they relate to film aesthetics. Many master's programmes concentrate on historical, cultural, geographical, or political approaches to film and may only contain an aesthetic component. This programme is dedicated to the specialist study of form, and film as an art form. The analytical skills taught in the course are applicable in a wide range of jobs concerned with film and visual media, for example film programming, film reviewing, film production, design and teaching. The course is especially suitable as a foundation for further scholarly research into film.

Assessment is by two 6,000-word essays, one 3,000-word essay and a 10, 000-word dissertation. The dissertation, written in the final term, provides an opportunity to work with a tutor in your chosen area of specialisation. The analytical skills taught in the course are applicable in a wide range of jobs concerned with film and visual media, for example film programming, film reviewing, film production, design and teaching. The course is especially suitable as a foundation for further scholarly research into film.

Modules

Aesthetics of Italian Cinema
Spaces of American Cinema
Film and Modernism
Contemporary Theories of Spectatorship - Embodiment, Ethics and Politics
Cinema of the Non-human
The Film-philosophy of Stanley Cavell
Contemporary Chinese Cinema

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£11,605

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£24,910

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in the humanities, fine art or social sciences. However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent. For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.