University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Film Curation (Taught)

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Course summary

This Masters in Film Curation offers you the opportunity to explore film curation 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 the core courses and beyond, we encourage you to adopt ethical academic and professional approaches and pay close attention to issues of identity, power, and access in your work. Throughout the programme you’ll get to work alongside industry-leading experts in film curation through workshops and placements, and you’ll be encouraged to respond creatively in both academic and practical exercises. 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.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE ‌Students will take: Two Core Courses THE MATERIAL OF FILM CURATION (30 credits) THE PRACTICE OF FILM CURATION (30 credits) Work Placement / Creative Practice Course 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 2019, students are participating in work placements at the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive; Glasgow Short Film Festival; LUX Scotland; Hippodrome Silent Film Festival; and Glasgow Film Festival, among others. Two Optional Courses Students are expected to take two further academic options offered by Film and Television Studies and/or the School of Culture and Creative Arts. Optional courses can include, but are not limited to: ADVANCED TOPICS IN FILM STUDIES ADVANCED TOPICS IN TELEVISION STUDIES EXPERIMENTAL ART AND MEDIA FESTIVALS RECORDS AND EVIDENCE PROVENANCE CULTURES OF COLLECTING - COLLECTING CULTURES Dissertation or Audiovisual Essay FTV POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION (60 credits) Teaching methods will include lectures and seminars, workshops led by visiting professionals, and field trips to archives and festivals. You will be assessed through a variety of methods including traditional academic essays, a practice-based portfolio, oral presentations, as well as different written assignments. Activites and Workshops A number of industry experts are contributing to the programme through a variety of exciting activities and workshops. Since the programme began in 2016, these have included:
  • Visit to the Moving Image Museum archives at Kelvin Hall
  • Workshops led by practitioners from Park Circus, Bernie Grant Centre, National Railway Museum, Africa in Motion, and others
  • Guide to the projection box at the Gilmorehill Centre cinema
  • Silent film screening with live musical accompaniment and 35mm screenings of Singin’ in the Rain
  • Workshops using 16mm film at the Cample Line Arts Centre

Course details


How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'. Classes start September 2021 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

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 AND linguistic proficiency documentation.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

Film Curation at University of Glasgow - UCAS