We offer the following, cutting edge taught MA courses:
This popular MA provides you with the space to creatively, practically and critically engage with the documentary from a variety of traditions. The practical side of the course is taught by a range of working professional documentary filmmakers selected to give students a diverse experience of the many different approaches and possibilities across the genre. While the course is primarily oriented towards practice (approximately 75% practical, 25% theoretical) we believe that effective practice in whatever documentary traditions you choose to draw on and work with requires critical engagement, reflection and historical knowledge, if you are to fulfil your own potential as well that of the documentary genre.
Recent graduates have found employment as: a Documentary Producer - PureRisk Entertainment; Production Team - Pramface Mansion (broadcast BBC 2008); Development Dept ( Windfall Films); Location Assistant - production company in Athens; freelance cameraperson; freelance non-linear video editor; ZDF German TV - history and society documentary dept.
The academic study of public relations and the media is very new and this new MA puts us at the forefront of this development. Most of the MAs in Britain either focus on corporate public relations and are predominantly practical or are theoretical courses that sit within more traditional mass communications curriculum and focus on the important area of political communications and the news media. Our MA is innovative because it combines theory and practice, which is a distinctive feature of MAs in Screen Media. Also innovative is our combined examination of the impact of public relations on the media and the use of public relations practices within media organisations, with particular reference to their promotional cultures. This provides students with a broad and advanced understanding of the relationship between public relations and the media.
This programme has grown out of the research interests and expertise of the teaching team, giving it a distinctive character. The focus on PR within the media will range from that of large corporations to smaller-scale, alternative forms including ‘DIY’ practices employed directly by lower-budget producers via social media and other online channels, key areas of contemporary development in PR and marketing more generally.
Film and TV staff can supervise MPhil and PhD study, including practice-led research, in a wide range of areas, including:
- contemporary British, European, Hong Kong, Hollywood and American independent cinema
- science fiction, horror, comedy
- cult media, transgression
- documentary, animation, video practice
- Third Cinema
- gender, sexuality and the body in film
- videogames and other new media technologies
- marxist and psychoanalytic methodologies
- cinematic spectacle, narrative