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Experimental Film MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 17 months Delivered in the day September 2017
Full time 2 years including professional placement Delivered in the day, with placement year September 2017

Choose Kingston's Experimental Film MA

This course has been designed to offer a genuinely creative methodology and understanding of current and future potential for film experimentation in artists' moving image. This places the programme at the forefront of postgraduate studies exploring moving image in its most creative form. The course offers a range of input from staff in filmmaking, and will enable you to develop a major body of practical work created within the context of a critical understanding of contemporary experimental film theory.

You will have access to our moving image resources and specialised filmmaking equipment, augmented by excellent technical and academic support. To complete a specific project brief, other materials will also be provided, enabling you to meet the learning outcomes of the course and/or project. However, if you choose to develop your own film options requiring additional resources, then you will have to meet any further costs associated with that. View a full list of our current moving image resources.

Key features

  • The course provides an exploration of the relationship between film, moving image, sound and critical frameworks. This is supported by the excellent moving image resources at the Knights Park campus, including a moving-image studio, post-production facilities and high-end film equipment. One-to-one tutorials, seminars, exhibitions and discussion all feature in the programme.
  • Taught by filmmakers, creative practitioners, curators and writers, including many off-site visits and visits by professional artists, filmmakers and curators. This includes the opportunity to participate in a public screening programme at BFI Southbank, and a seminar forum at FID Marseille International Film Festival.
  • Every year, the course nominates a graduate to participate in the European workshop on artists' moving image at the Schermo dell'Arte film festival in Florence, where they receive professional mentoring.

What will you study?

The curriculum offers three distinct areas of critical and practical inquiry options, supported by a specialised seminar/lectures series: artists' moving image; independent film; and the materiality of film.

You will undertake self-initiated research supported by taught modules and an experienced group of research-active staff, and will explore the critical and historical frameworks within which experimental film work can be understood and conceptualised.


Presentation and exhibition/screening/documentation, tutorials and seminar/discussion.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

  • This module is a core requirement for all postgraduate students in the School of Fine Art. It enables you to develop your individual fine art practice, through a combination of group seminars, critiques and informal presentations. You will gain (through experience) a mature, discursive approach that develops a critical and theoretical framework to contextualise your practice. This module guides you through the key principles, perspectives and practices that inform the contemporary art arena. The module culminates in the presentation of a body of work with an emphasis on production and process and your ability to position your work within the wider contemporary art field.

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  • This module provides a forum for debate between students and staff, researchers, visiting theorists and practitioners. You will have the opportunity to:

    • develop and apply critical frameworks to your practice;
    • debate a range of theoretical, cultural and social issues; and
    • consider a variety of approaches to communicating, presenting and publishing your own work and research.

    You develop your ideas through:

    • seminar discussions;
    • tutorials;
    • individual and group reviews;
    • a programme of lectures and seminar events led by visiting artists and practitioners;
    • off-site visits to galleries, site-specific artworks, media venues and other cultural spaces; and
    • study tours abroad.

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  • This module enables you to develop advanced practices in experimental filmmaking, engaging with specialised moving image processes relating to genre, form and modes of production. You are asked to conceptualise and articulate complex questions on the relationship between medium, process, presentation and audience, researching and subsequently producing a short-form experimental film work. A series of taught workshops, sessions and group/individual tutorials inform your practical progression, examining and progressing your methodologies whilst learning requisite skills as appropriate. In an exploration of filmmaking's inherently collaborative form, you present a rationale for your film work, demonstrating a successfully developed and realised collaborative element.

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  • This module enables you to develop an independent critical approach to observing and interpreting current experimental film culture, in its relation to contemporary art practices, taking into account different critical theories and contexts.

    The module has a two-fold purpose:

    • to provide an in-depth understanding of the theoretical debates and questions specific to experimental film practice and artists' moving image; and
    • to provide direct experience of, and professional engagement with, the contexts of reception and exhibition for film, through programmed screenings and exhibitions, as well as a field visit to an experimental film festival, for example, the Oberhausen Film Festival.

    The module seeks to provide familiarity with a range of diverse modes of producing, thinking and observing experimental cinema and its relation to visual arts. You will consider the convergence of theory and practice, covering different theoretical approaches to the cinematic, and surveying the conceptualisations produced around it. The module addresses emergent theories, philosophical concepts and critical perspectives on experimental film. Moving between the disciplines of cinema and fine arts, you will debate questions of spectatorship, media and technology, documentary practices, current engagements with the cinematic and its archives. You will example concepts of relevance to contemporary discourse.

    Your understanding of the field of moving image culture, and your skills of analysis, develop through analysis and discussion of specific works, seminars, group presentations and screenings, hosted both on site and by external organisations. Your knowledge and critical skills are assessed through an individual presentation and submission of a written essay.

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  • You are expected to build upon previous module outcomes and ongoing individual research to complete a major project for public exhibition. This is the capstone project. The capstone project helps you to synthesise, reflect on and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their course. You should devise and manage the project alongside the peer group, with the support of a practising artist and tutor. You should research many aspects of exhibition making and production at a professional level.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

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