This twelve-month, intensively taught practice-based Masters is aimed at artists and graduates working within the field of artists’ film and moving image who wish to develop their practice and professional networks with the support of Goldsmiths' Art Department and its uniquely high concentration of accomplished artist filmmakers.
The programme is centred on the individual experience and knowledge that each student brings, developing them as artists who want to innovate in the expanding field of moving image. Students are challenged to synthesise the knowledge and understanding gained from its bespoke curriculum linking practice, theory and professional development into a reflective, informed and decisive approach to the intellectual, aesthetic, social and technical processes necessary to bring their individual artistic project in moving image or related media from idea to realisation.
The curriculum provides an integration of discursive and practical teaching and learning methods, facilitated by Goldsmiths staff and visiting lecturers. A lecture series addressing the histories, contexts and futures of artists’ moving image is complemented by practice-oriented seminars, workshops and masterclasses which offer in-depth explorations of individual practices, movements and strategies.
A principal concern that spans across the programme is a sustained consideration of the material display and discursive reception of artists' film and moving image within a gallery context and the agency of a pluralistic moving image in relation to the fixed plane of the cinematic or networked screen.
Benefitting from its location in London and strong affiliation with professional bodies and institutions, the programme emphasises professional development through bespoke mentoring and workshops led by leading professionals and study visits to film festivals, exhibitions and institutions.
Introductory Talk and Q&A
An introductory talk and Q&A with programme director Gail Pickering, with an opportunity to view graduate work.
Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 2pm (GMT)
Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 11am (GMT+1/BST)
These sessions will take place online. For further information and to book a place, please email artistsmovingimage (@gold.ac.uk).
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Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Programme Director, Gail Pickering.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
How The Programme Is Structured
There is route for successful completion of the MA Artists’ Film & Moving Image programme: one full-time calendar year. We also have a two-year part-time option available to UK students (there are limited part-time spaces available). For more information contact please email the programme convenor.
Students accepted onto the programme will already have outlined their key interests in their project proposal. It is from this starting point that you will be supported in developing your project through various teaching modes, including tutorials, seminar presentations, research skills training, workshops, mentoring and masterclasses with relevant professionals, which continue across the three terms of the programme.
Teaching is largely constituted of student-centred learning, guided independent research and studio practice, taking place across the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms leading to a final degree exhibition in July. The remainder of the summer is meant for completion of the dissertation, which is submitted at the end of August.
The programme has three compulsory summative modules that run simultaneously. All parts of the programme are mandatory. There are no optional modules on the programme.
|Artists' Film Practice||90 credits|
|Artists' Film Research Portfolio||45 credits|
|Histories, Contexts and Futures of Artists' Film||45 credits|
What You Will Be Expected to Achieve
You will be expected to complete a significant moving image project over the duration of the programme, which will be exhibited in a Final Degree Exhibition, alongside a Research Portfolio and a Dissertation. By working on and realising these three achievements you will develop a unique combination of practical, cognitive and analytical skills that will enable you to critically and constructively analyse your own practice in relation to a wider historical and contemporary context, and act upon this understanding through your practice and writing.
You will be expected to integrate the various taught elements across the modules on the programme toward working independently to develop your project, and to engage with the opportunities afforded by the programme to develop your professional practice as artist filmmakers.
You will develop a body of historical and theoretical knowledge that enables you to think and write critically about contemporary artists' film, exhibition strategies, distribution networks and its social and cultural contexts.
Students will be assessed by project presentations leading to three examination elements: Research Portfolio, Final Degree Exhibition, and Dissertation. All three elements must be passed to successfully complete the programme.
The degree of MA Artists’ Film & Moving Image is awarded to students who have successfully passed all three elements of assessment.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
You should have – or expect to be awarded – an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard with a substantial fine art, film or moving image component, or can demonstrate an established creative practice appropriate to qualify for entry.
Consideration will be given if you do not have an academic background but can demonstrate professional experience in this area and can show that you have the ability to work and study at postgraduate level.
The programme draws applicants from around the world with diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences. We actively encourage these applications as well as those from mature learners who wish to broaden their creative knowledge base.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £13870
- International - full-time: £24130
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
There are funding opportunities available on our departmental awards page.
How to apply
You must apply with a developed idea for a moving image project that outlines the key interests and motivations for your practice-based research, as well as indicating and providing an example of any preparatory material you might have already produced.
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Project Proposal: all applicants must apply with a developed idea for a moving image project (as this is understood in a Fine Art context). Your 500-word proposal should provide an overview of the ideas, context, methods, and anticipated outcome (e.g. a body of work, single work). It should also indicate the key interests and motivations for your practice-based research, and provide an example of any preparatory material you might have already produced.
- Personal Statement: outline your previous experience and motivations for joining the programme and how you expect to contribute to and gain from it. Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement
- Portfolio: preferably a single PDF document which includes information on the media, duration, year of production and description if appropriate, as well as a list of links to works on Vimeo, YouTube or equivalent, with passwords if required. Ensure you prioritise the work and/or extracts you want us to see, as we will view a maximum of 15 minutes total running time
- CV: include details of your education history and any relevant experience
- Referee: the email address of your academic referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- Educational Transcript: 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 are now accepting applications for students wanting to start the programme in September 2021.
We have two application deadlines: January and April.
Priority Deadline: Friday 29 January 2021
Interviews will be held online in February-March 2021.
Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of March.
Deadline: Friday 23 April 2021
Interviews will be held online in May-June 2021.
Candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of June.
Applications received after the closing dates will only be considered if there are spaces available.
International candidates who require an IELTS certificate are encouraged to have this in place in advance of making an application.
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.
Find out more about applying.
The MA Artists’ Film & Moving Image is designed to provide you with an understanding and experience of artists’ moving image practice that has a breadth of outcomes and a variety of transferable skills in the knowledge that the professional field demands creative and practical flexibility.
Students completing the programme should be able to establish themselves as practitioners of significance in the field of contemporary art, film and moving image and related professions, including: independent artist filmmakers, academics, teachers, curators, writers, critics, as well as institutional and independent innovators.
Throughout the duration of the programme you will be introduced to and work alongside leading professionals from within the field of Artists’ Film, through workshops, seminars and one-to-one meetings. This will contribute to your establishing your own professional network, as well as providing significant experience and understanding of the processes of production, display and distribution of artists’ film and moving image.
The Department of Art has a long and continuing record of alumni establishing professional careers and achieving considerable success in the field, including nominations to and winners of the Derek Jarman Award, the Turner Prize and the Oscars, alongside and in addition to alumni who show their work internationally at museums, public and commercial galleries, as well as on national television, international film festivals and biennales.
Students studying this programme are based in dedicated postgraduate studio space in Lewisham Southwark College at Deptford Bridge.
Deptford is home to a burgeoning creative community with centres such as BEARSPACE, a gallery run by a former Goldsmiths student.
The postgraduate studios are a short walk from the art practice areas in New Cross. You may also choose to travel by bus between the two sites, which would incur a small travel cost.