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Experimental Film MA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 17 months Delivered in the day September 2018
Part time 2 years Delivered in the day September 2018

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.

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 introduces students to the integrated post-graduate culture of experimental film theory and practice at Kingston, based in the department of Film & Photography. Initial skills acquisition (as required) and key inductions will take place, concomitant with an advanced introduction to the potential of screen experimentation through a number of key informing frameworks, key concepts and processes. These will explore contemporary artists' moving image and screen-based experimentation, students establishing working methodologies relative to a number of modes of study: one-to-one tutorial contact, informing seminars/discussion, research processes, the sharing and reviewing of work in progress, discourse and lectures by visiting professionals/theorists/practitioners, field visits and group review. Students are expected to form combinatory practice and research-based investigations in response to the filmmaking input and research seminar ‘prompts', guiding the development of a body of production-based and contextualised analysis. The module culminates in film work screening/presentation and a research presentation at final assessment point.


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  • Film theory & professional development enable students 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: firstly, to provide an in-depth understanding of the theoretical debates and questions specific to experimental film practice and artists' moving image, and secondly, to provide direct experience of, and engagement with, the contexts of production, dissemination and exhibition for film, through programmed screenings and off-site professional development opportunities.

    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. Students consider the convergence of theory and practice, covering different theoretical approaches to the cinematic, and surveying the conceptualizations 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, students debate questions of spectatorship, media and technology, documentary practices, current engagements with the cinematic and its archives. Students example concepts of relevance to contemporary discourse.

    Students understanding of the field of moving image culture, and their skills of analysis develop through analysis and discussion of specific works, seminars, group presentations and screenings, hosted both on site and by external organisations. Students' knowledge and critical skills are assessed through their participation in professional development activities, an individual presentation and/or submission of a written component.


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  • This module enables students to develop advanced practices in the material processes, narrative and film document aspects of experimental filmmaking, engaging with specialist moving image processes and methods relating to content, form and modes of production. Students are asked to conceptualise and articulate complex questions on the relationship between the film medium and its materiality, process, project emphasis, presentation and audience, researching, developing and resolving significant film works.

    A series of taught workshops, discussion sessions and informing group/individual seminars/tutorials following the Teaching Block 1 review point will have informed students' practice-based developments: challenging, supporting and progressing their filmmaking methodology and prospective work. Workshops provide negotiated support for film ‘treatment' and other film processes and script/text developments. Students accumulate advanced practical skills as appropriate, incorporating the exploration of practice-based solutions, collaborative and authorial forms. They are encouraged and expected to explore, produce and evidence successfully negotiated forms of film treatment/script/visualisation and in progress work, culminating in fully realised experimental/artists' graduation film work(s), to be presented at a public screening programme in central London.


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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.

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