Film Studies Programming and Curation at National Film and Television School - UCAS

Course summary

Last few places available for Jan 24 In partnership with BFI - This is a ground-breaking MA delivered in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI). It is delivered by film professionals in exhibition and distribution, festivals, archives and film criticism, alongside academics and filmmakers. You’ll learn about the practicalities of film exhibition, distribution and preservation in the changing digital landscape, and study the practice of film criticism and comment - including reviewing and critically writing about films, filmmakers and the broader culture. Surrounded by film and television content creators – this unique learning environment actively encourages creative dialogue between makers, curators and critics. You will also attend film festivals and have the opportunity to curate or contribute to festivals, seasons, pop up screenings and other events.


The course gives students a theoretical, historical and critical understanding of film, which they will apply practically in film curating and programming, and related fields, including film criticism. The course provides a detailed understanding of the concepts, contexts and critical thought that have shaped the production and reception of film and which underpin our engagement with rapidly changing contemporary film and moving image culture. Students gain a thorough understanding of the process by which a film moves from a creative idea to an audience experience. They will explore the history, theory and critical contexts of film and look at a variety of critical writing. A rigorous academic framework is combined with practical and real world applications enabling each student to develop their own skills, knowledge and understanding to provide a strong basis for a career in film and media. The course includes devising and contributing to programming projects; writing film criticism and reviews; researching and producing video essays. With all the resources of the NFTS available to them, students benefit from working alongside a new generation of filmmakers, encouraging creative dialogue between makers and curators/critics.

Assessment method

Project work, research portfolios and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

This course invites applications from students with a BA (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in arts, humanities or science. Film and media related degrees, while welcome, are not essential for admission. Applicants without a degree but with professional experience may also be considered for admission. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

NFTS Scholarships available for UK Students.

Film Studies Programming and Curation at National Film and Television School - UCAS