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Film Studies MA: What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Name: Andrew Rutherford
Course: Film Studies MA

"As well as helping me to continue developing my academic writing skills and personal interest in the diversity of cinema, this course gave me the opportunity to study and contribute within an intimate, mature working environment with a group of like-minded people week after week, which made a welcome change from previous years of being part of a crowd. The tutors in particular were always accommodating and willing to help me shape essay ideas and understand initially difficult theoretical concepts. They consistently struck me as being knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their respective subjects."

 

Name: Patricia Pérez Álvarez
Course: Film Studies MA

"My year as a film student at Kingston University has been a very positive experience. We studied a wide variety of interesting modules, from European Film to Asian cinema, and I enjoyed every single one of the classes throughout the year. The fact that we were such a small class allowed us to fully participate and made the modules even more interactive and interesting. To sum up, this masters has been a very interesting and enjoyable experience that I would not hesitate to repeat."

 

Name: John Sells
Course: Film Studies: Contemporary Developments (previous title for the Film Studies MA)

"It is difficult to imagine a film studies course with more to offer... The wide and varied range of notable guest lecturers is just one aspect of this course that demonstrates the care and planning taking place behind the scenes. You'd be hard pressed to find a better course in this particular field."

 

Name: Mari Zadeh
Course: Film Studies: Contemporary Developments (previous title for the Film Studies MA)

"The MA is a rigorous academic programme that offers a great deal of intellectual stimulation. I've really enjoyed the research element and getting together with fellow students for discussions. Many of the students are younger than I am, and are aiming to use the MA to progress their careers. I was not planning a career change, but it was always fun working with the younger students.

"I've had a lifelong passionate interest in 'movies' but my first academic exposure came about when I took some film modules whilst studying for my undergraduate degree in sociology and art here at Kingston.

"At undergraduate level we looked at Hollywood cinema, and examined genres such as horror, melodrama and film-noir. When I continued to read for my MA we got to look at European, American and Asian cinema, from Bruce Lee to Wong Kar Wei.

"This global perspective gave me the opportunity to look at Iranian cinema, which held special interest for me as this is my husband's country of birth and a place where we lived for several years. A number of Iranian films have received the highest international acclaim recently, and I decided to make the work of some of these Iranian film-makers the subject of my dissertation, focusing on Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami and Samira Makhmalbaf.

"As I work full-time, studying in my spare time was quite onerous. But after two years' hard work I've achieved an MA and it was worth it."

 

Name: Shweta Sharma
Course: Film Studies: Contemporary Developments (previous title for the Film Studies MA)

"I had a wonderful time while doing the MA at Kingston University, all thanks to the course director and other lecturers on the programme, who painstakingly worked to familiarise me with the academic standards in the UK. It was because of their efforts and wealth of knowledge that I found myself doing the best I could in each of the modules, even securing a distinction for my dissertation.

"Lessons and knowledge gained while doing the MA motivated me to opt for a PhD. My dissertation supervisor and many others assisted me even while I was working on my PhD proposal. The end result was a proposal that was appreciated by academics from universities across the UK and I secured five scholarships/teaching assistantships. The truth is that the Film MA at Kingston University changed my life!"

 

Name: Steve Mayhew
Course: Film Studies: Contemporary Developments (previous title for the Film Studies MA)

"I thoroughly enjoyed studying for my MA in Film Studies at Kingston, particularly as all of the lecturers were obviously well-informed experts in their chosen field. The course gave me the opportunity to study aspects of cinema that I would have otherwise not have been exposed to, specifically independent films and gender performance in European cinema.

"My aim is to eventually teach film studies on a full-time basis. To that end I have now started research on a PhD thesis to study the silent films of John Ford."

 

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