Film Curation MSc

The MSc in Film Curation offers you the opportunity to explore film programming in a variety of theoretical, historical and practical contexts. It investigates the material qualities of audio-visual media and explores the history and contemporary practice of projection and exhibition in cinemas, galleries, festivals and online. Throughout the programme you’ll get to work alongside industry-leading experts in film curation through guest lectures and placements, and you’ll be encouraged to respond creatively in both academic and practical exercises.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • Industry experts offering work placements and seminars represent organisations such as the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, LUX Scotland, and Gallery of Modern Art, as well as film festivals including Africa in Motion and Glasgow Short Film Festival.
  • You will have access to the learning and archive facilities at the newly refurbished Kelvin Hall.
  • You will be studying in Glasgow, one of the leading media cities in the UK and home to an extraordinary wealth of film festivals.
  • You will be based at our Gilmorehill Centre which has its own cinema as well as extensive collection of video, DVD and digital resources.
  • The Gilmorehill Centre is home to the international journal 'Screen' and hosts the annual Screen conference every summer, attracting leading names in film and television studies from across the world.

Film projector at Gilmorehill Centre

Programme structure

‌Students will take:

  • 2 core courses (30 credits each)
  • 1 work placement/creative practice course (20 credits)
  • 2 optional academic courses (20 credits each)
  • Dissertation or audiovisual essay (60 credits)

Teaching methods will include lectures and seminars, workshops led by visiting professionals, and field trips organised to archives and festivals. You will be assessed through a variety of methods including practice-based activities, oral presentations, as well as different written assignments.

MSC Film Curation - Students in film archive

A number of industry experts are contributing to the programme through a variety of exciting activities and workshops. In 2016-2017, these include:

  • Tour with artist Chris Leslie of the ‘Disappearing Glasgow’ exhibition at Glasgow School of Art
  • Guide to the projection box at Gilmorehill Centre cinema
  • Visit to the Moving Image Museum archives at Kelvin Hall
  • Workshop led by the National Railway Museum’s film curator
  • Silent film screening with live musical accompaniment
  • 35mm screening of Singin’ in the Rain
  • Lectures and workshops led by guests from Document Film Festival, Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, Park Circus, Glasgow Film Theatre, among others, on audiences, funding and exhibition space

Film Curation Masters, Screening of Singing in the Rain

Core and optional courses

Core courses

The Material of Film Curation

This course introduces you to the essential research, archival, moving image and publicity materials that you will work with as a film curator. You will begin thinking about the role of film curator and the various contexts in which curating occurs, as well as the role of archives in preserving, cataloguing and documenting screen media. By analysing about film and media as ‘objects’, you will also address the importance of copyright and permissions in the acquisition and exhibition of moving images.

The Practice of Film Curation

This course focuses on the administrative and creative tasks involved in engaging audiences with the moving image. You will explore various exhibition spaces and modes of presentation, and consider the practical issues facing event organisers, such as programming, finance/funding, marketing and audience feedback. You will gain hands-on experience through workshops, site visits and a project that asks you to plan, budget and create a trailer for your own mini-festival.

Work placement/creative project 

Subject to availability, you can choose either a work placement with a host institution, where you will contribute to an event or film programme, or a creative practice project that you design and present to an audience. We will provide a budget for you to carry out either the placement or project. In 2017, students are participating in work placements at the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Short Film Festival, LUX Scotland, Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, and Africa in Motion.

Dissertation or audiovisual essay

This course offers you an opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in film curating and demonstrate the research and writing and/or editing skills you have developed during the programme. The dissertation (15,000 words) or audiovisual essay (approx. 10minutes and a 6,000 word reflective essay) is an extended essay that engages with a topic of your choosing in an original, thoughtful and critical way.

Optional courses

Students are expected to take two academic options offered by Film and Television Studies and/or the School of Culture and Creative Arts.

Optional courses can include:

  • Advanced Topics in Film Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Television Studies
  • Experimental Media              
  • Festivals
  • Records and Evidence
  • Provenance                 
  • Cultures of Collecting

What our students say

"The course maintains a good balance between engaging with industry and focus on individual research interests, setting you up well for pursuing either employment or further study. A particular draw for me was the opportunity to undertake a work placement, which will be invaluable when job-seeking next year."

"One advantage of this course is that we have a chance to do a a lot of practical work, instead of spending the whole time in lectures. We are able to get in touch with the curators of exhibitions, museums and galleries, which I have found most impressive."

"I am thoroughly enjoying the Masters Film Curation course. A particular highlight is getting to meet people from various different parts of the industry and to hear them talk more about their role within it. It allows, along with the readings, to give me a stronger understanding of film curation."

Career prospects

The MSc is designed for those with some background in film, television, media or communication studies (or related fields, such as art history) who are contemplating, or developing, a career in curation, community and educational projects, events, research or criticism.

The programme is designed to provide you with a range of skills that will enable you to develop as:

  • a creative and cultural entrepreneur
  • an outreach officer in a museum, archive or gallery
  • a curator or programmer at film festivals
  • a researcher for the film and television industries
  • a creative practitioner
  • an academic researcher

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

You are required to submit:

  • a personal statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to undertake the MSc Film Curation at Glasgow
  • an academic transcript
  • a C.V.
  • references
  • linguistic proficiency documentation

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 24
    • Listening: 24
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 27
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017-18

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£7250
Part time 20 credits£806
International
Full time fee£16000

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for submission by a research student: £460
  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £300
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £260
  • Registration/exam only fee: £110
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MSc. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding opportunities

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

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As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
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  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

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  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2017 
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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