MSt in Film Aesthetics

The degree equips students 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. Teaching is delivered primarily through classes, but also through individual supervision.

Further information and guidance on the admissions process can be found here.

Course structure

Term1 Language and style of film criticism, Methods of film analysis and theory.
Term 2 4 units, each covering topics on types of filmmaking or film theory topics.
Term 3 Dissertation.

Course Content

The degree may include the following courses taught by specialists from a variety of disciplines:

  • Film Style
  • Interpretation and Criticism
  • Classic and Contemporary Film Theory
  • Concepts in Film History
  • Study of a Single Director
  • Film and Phenomenology
  • Film Music
  • Film and Modernism
  • Contemporary Theories of Spectatorship - Embodiment, Ethics and Politics
  • The Film-Philosophy of Stanley Cavell

A practical one-week course takes place at the beginning of the first term; this is introductory and applicants should note that thereafter the degree is not a practical one.

Assessment

 

  • Two long essays (6000 words each)
  • One short essay (3000 words)
  • A dissertation (10,000 words)

 

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree with a first or upper second-class honours or international equivalent.

International Students

The English Level Requirement for this course is the Higher Level. Click here for further information.

Dr Andrew Klevan (English - away on leave in 2016-17)
Dr Reidar Due (Medieval and Modern Languages)
Dr Nikolaj Lübecker (Medieval and Modern Languages)
Prof Stephen Mulhall (Philosophy)
Dr Sally Bayley (English)
Prof Guido Bonsaver (Medieval and Modern Languages)
Dr Margaret Hillenbrand (Oriental Studies)
Prof Laura Marcus (English)

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Admissions Pages

Course code: TS_FA1

Length: 9 months, full-time

 

 

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