University of Glasgow: Filmmaking and Media Arts

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Culture and Creative Arts
Study type Taught


The Masters in Filmmaking and Media Arts is designed to provide the necessary practical and critical skills required for current and ‘future’ screen-based production. At a time when new technologies continuously transform or shift the production and dissemination of film and new media arts, developing versatile skills and knowledge is ever more essential for those in filmmaking and media art practice. This programme crosses between practice and theory of film and new media arts, and provides an open space for experimentation, while advancing skills and creative practice. It is suitable for experimental filmmakers, media producers, new media artists, and those involved in theory and practice of moving image arts.

**Academic contact:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**

This programme allows you to work across a variety of platforms. Conducted by internationally recognised scholars and artists, you will learn and advance necessary skills and concepts in filmmaking and media arts.

Glasgow offers a vibrant context for filmmaking and media arts practice. Key cultural events include the Glasgow Film Festival and Glasgow International (a biennial international festival of contemporary art).

Recognising that the programme will attract a diverse range of creative individuals, we offer a variety of software and hardware options (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud, cameras, audio and lighting equipment)

The programme is taught in the Gilmorehill Halls which offers a Media Lab, its own cinema as well as a Media Archive which has more than 6,000 holdings, complementing the Library’s extensive collection of film, television and media art books.

The Gilmorehill Halls is home to the international journal Screen and hosts the journal’s annual conference every summer, attracting leading names in film and television studies from across the world. You will have the opportunity to participate in the conference as well as to engage with guest speakers from the academy throughout the year. 

The programme is partnered with the European Film Festival, which offers three fee waivers to selected student works per year.

In addition to the University of Glasgow Library and The Hunterian Museum, you will have access to other world class libraries and museums. The city is home to the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art as well as venues renowned for exhibitions of emerging and established screen-based artists such as Tramway and The Centre for Contemporary Art.

Through practical workshops, master classes, and history and theory courses, you will have the opportunity to learn from professionals, media artists, and world leading academics in film and digital media theory. 
You'll take:
**Two practical courses (core courses)**
These provide hands-on support in the production of your video or media art projects. They also incorporate sessions led by professionals that are designed to pass on key skills vital to moving image making and media art field.
**Experimental Art and Media (core course)**
This course covers the history and theory of experimental art and filmmaking, including the topic of practice-as-research.
**One optional course**
You will also choose one course.
**A practice-based dissertation (compulsory)**
You have the opportunity to develop, with support from technical and academic supervisors, a film or media arts self-directed project. You will also write a 3000-word critical explanation to supplement your media work.
**Find out more about core and optional courses:**
**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. For more information, please see: Student contract.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

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