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'Jerusalem Pink', HD video, 50min, Maeve Brennan, 2015

MA Artists’ Film *

  • Length
    1 year full-time
  • Department
    Art
'Jerusalem Pink', HD video, 50min, Maeve Brennan, 2015

Course overview

This intensively taught programme is designed for artist filmmakers who want to develop their practice and their professional networks to a level that enables them to work within the art and film worlds.

Goldsmiths Art Department has the most accomplished and significant concentration of artist filmmakers of any Fine Art Programme in Europe. We also have a number of staff who publish theoretical and critical writings on film.

Teachers will include: Oreet Ashery, Bonnie Camplin, Lucy Clout, Nina Danino, Stephen Johnstone, Simon Martin, Rosalind Nashishibi, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Michael Newman, Gail Pickering, Grace Schwindt, Lindsay Seers, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Rehana Zaman.

The College has a full compliment of technical resources: studios, editing suites, sound studios and film equipment, and first rate technical support. 

Applicants should apply with a moving image project (as these are understood in a Fine Art context). Applications should include a CV, a portfolio and a statement outlining the nature and scope of the moving image project you wish to develop within the context of the Programme. We will also be interested in why you want to do the programme, and what you expect to get from it.

The Programme will focus on the development of this project, together with an intensive critical studies course, technical skills training and a unique professional development programme. The purpose of the proposal at application stage is to ensure that the students are already capable of benefiting from a focused, practice-based and student-centred curriculum.

The Department intends to work with professional film and video organisations and galleries in London to provide a nuanced and integrated professional development component to the course. Students should expect to develop their professional skills, networks and opportunities while studying with us.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Gail Pickering

Modules & structure

The MA will consist of 2 summative modules and one formative module. Click on the module title below to find out more information.

Module title Credits
  Methodologies of Artists’ Film 150 credits
  History and Theory of Artists’ Film 30 credits
  Professional Development Formative

Assessment

Students will be assessed by project presentations leading to an end of year degree show, annotated research journals, essays and a dissertation. 

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Department

We have a world-leading reputation that brings together
students and researchers from all over the globe

Art

We specialise in making, curating and writing about contemporary art in a dynamic, critical and interdisciplinary environment.

And we work with a network of artists, curators, galleries and museums in both London and internationally to create an inspiring and dynamic place in which to study and develop an artistic practice.

Our alumni go on to do great things. Many of them are among the most recognised names working in art today, and since 1990 they’ve been nominated for the Turner Prize more than 30 times, winning the prize on seven occasions.

Find out more about the Department of Art

Skills & careers

The MA in Artists’ Film will primarily support students who want to make careers as artists working in film, video and moving image. This includes developing their practice to a level that will enable them to get both public and private funding for their work, as well as networks and support systems that will enable them to get their work produced and distributed. This course also has a strong academic component, which will provide students interested in pursuing a practiced based research project in film with excellent preparation for PhD, as well as for teaching in art and film programmes in the HE sector. 

There will be many opportunities for students to improve their employability skills as artist filmmakers with individual mentoring from professionals in film and video organisations in London, master classes with established artist filmmakers, workshops by film curators, Arts Council England and other supporters of film, grant writing seminars and seminars on film finance.

This course will also provide transferable skills for those who might wish to go on make narrative films, commercial videos or adverts, get involved in the gaming industry, make documentary films, curate or write about film or become film producers. The transferable skills they will acquire on the course will give them a strong platform for developing their careers in any of these areas.  

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Art or Film, or equivalent, and be able to demonstrate evidence of moving image work. You should also have a project you are concerned to develop through your participation on the course.

You might also be considered for the programme if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

 

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • A moving image project (as these are understood in a Fine Art context), alongside a statement outlining the nature and scope of the moving image project you wish to develop within the context of the programme. We will also be interested in why you want to do the programme, and what you expect to get from it.

    The Programme will focus on the development of this project, together with an intensive critical studies course, technical skills training and a unique professional development programme. The purpose of the proposal at application stage is to ensure that the students are already capable of benefiting from a focused, practice-based and student-centred curriculum.

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A CV
  • A portfolio of other work
  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September.

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification.

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Disclaimer

*New programme: Subject to validation
Please note: 'subject to validation' means that we will be offering this degree providing it is approved by the Goldsmiths Academic Board.

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