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University of Glasgow: Filmmaking and Media Arts

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Culture & Creative Arts
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

The Masters focuses on low-budget and experimental filmmaking and media art. It 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 experimental filmmaking, moving image and media art practice. This programme crosses between practice and theory of film, moving image 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.

This is taught 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).

This is taught 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.
  • 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 will take:

Two practical courses (core courses)

These provide 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.

  • practical workshop 1: project preparation
  • practical workshop 2: pilot project
  • experimental art & media

One optional course

You will also choose one course, selected from a range of academic options that draw on the research expertise of the subject team. The optional courses on offer vary from year-to-year as they offer an opportunity to engage with staff research expertise. To give you an idea of those potentially on offer next academic year, recent courses include:

  • advanced topics in film studies
  • advanced topics in television studies
  • documentary film & television
  • festivals
  • genders
  • making time: performing and thinking temporalities in the Creative Arts

Students with a particular interest in media industries may choose one or more of the following options offered as part of the Media Management MSc.

  • media economics
  • media & cultural policy
  • issues in audience management

Finally, you may choose one course either from another related Masters programme, or from our undergraduate programme: Film & Television Studies.

Assessment of optional courses will vary depending on the learning objectives of the course but may include:

  • academic essays
  • reports
  • research proposals
  • detailed sequence analysis
  • group projects
  • presentations.

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.

  • practice-led dissertation

Teaching methods

The programme will offer a combination of lectures, practical workshops, seminar discussions, screenings and one-on-one tutorials.

Focusing on practice as research, the programme facilitates a platform for those interested to continue further into practice-based PhD studies and an academic career. The programme will also equip you with the ability to develop a career as a media producer, with a particular focus on low-budget and experimental productions. You will have the opportunity to explore and develop a portfolio of skills enabling you to work as an independent practitioner in today’s creative industries. It is an innovative programme that teaches artistic, technical and research skills and is designed to support graduates that are interested in working for media companies or who may wish to pursue their own independent filmmaking and/or media arts practice.

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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. 

Rankings

The University:

  • ranked joint 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • ranked joint 92nd in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2021
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 months after …
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