Plymouth University

Contemporary Film Practice



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Contemporary Film Practice

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Designed to foster enquiry into a range of idioms from documentary to animation, it also provides a supportive environment of fellow practitioners and students to help you sustain and develop your ideas through experimenting with images, sounds and texts. The advent of accessible digital video technology has changed the profile of independent film-making: low-budget and no-budget film-making is flourishing, demonstrating that ideas expressed through moving images, sounds and words, even though they do not possess high production values, can be culturally and socially potent and innovative. We offer opportunities to explore & exploit this imaginative energy and intellectual buzz. Through student-and practice-centred projects a range of work is produced: single-issue documentaries, avant-garde animations, work using archive materials, DIY narratives & award-winning independent films. How do experimental film-makers address new audiences and create new constituencies? How do we talk about those practices which do not fit into existing exhibition venues & environments? What other pleasures, emotional & intellectual, are on offer? Modules provide a supportive context for working on the practical project: critical screenings & discussions; collaborative work which offers the chance to develop links with exterior organisations such as the South West Film Archive & production companies, and two pre-production & development modules examining where ideas come from and how to capture them on the wing. In all modules there is an emphasis on tracing the intricate and synergetic relationship between theory, research, thinking & making.


Not applicable

International Student Requirements:

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required for overseas students.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 11750 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 11750 GBP

Classification: Unknown

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