Postgraduate MA

Film Curation and Exhibition

Film Curation and Exhibition

Course Overview

  • Institution code

  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    18 Months
  • Start date

    19 Sep 2022

The world of cinema increasingly offers opportunities for study outside of filmmaking itself. This innovative programme offers the opportunity to gain both the vital skills and critical awareness necessary to pursue a career in the diverse areas of contemporary film curation and exhibition, whether within the industry or within the field of research. This could include curation within a museum or arts centre; festival management; exhibition and distribution both theatrical and online; or cinema programming.

A range of placements with industry partners including The Tetley, a leading centre for contemporary art housed in the former Tetley brewery, and Leeds International Film Festival, will allow you to see this in action, providing you with the practical skills you need to successfully curate and exhibit films.

Classroom-based modules will explain the theory behind programming, archiving and film exhibition using case studies including cinemas, art galleries and festivals amongst others.

You will be joining the Northern Film School, one of the best-known film and television schools in the UK, whose staff and students have been making innovative and award-winning films for more than 25 years. In this collaborative environment, you will work alongside filmmaking students, sharing ideas and inspiration with fellow creative professionals.

Industry visitors and successful alumni will visit to share their experiences and you will have the opportunity to build your networks through film festival visits and events at the university. Previous students have visited CineYouth Film Festival in Chicago and regularly show their work at Sheffield DocFest. Our academic staff have premiered their films at FrightFest. Leeds is also home to the Leeds International Film Festival and neighbouring York hosts the BFI recognised international Aesthetica Short Film Festival, so you will have ample opportunity to see how a professional event is run by experiencing it yourself.

Why study Film Curation and Exhibition at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Gain the vital skills and critical awareness necessary to pursue a career in the diverse areas of contemporary film curation and exhibition
  2. The course offers the chance to participate in a number of placements with industry partners
  3. The Northern Film School, which creates more than 200 films a year, was rated one of the top five international film schools in the world to watch by the Hollywood Reporter
  4. Benefit from the school's close links to industry and the creative sector in the Yorkshire region, throughout the UK, and beyond
  5. Leeds is at the heart of a boom in the northern film industry, as well as being the birthplace of film, home to the one of the UK's oldest cinemas and the city recently chosen by Channel 4 for its new national headquarters
  6. In the new £80mil Leeds School of Arts Building you will have access to professional, industry standard filmmaking facilities, equipment and teaching spaces that will foster inter-disciplinary collaboration, creative talent and knowledge sharing

Leeds School of Arts ‘When I feel like I’m sinking’ is a poem to mark the opening of the Leeds School of Arts building at Leeds Beckett University. Recited by the poet and Leeds Beckett graduate, Zodwa Nyoni, this short film showcases the creative work produced by our Performing Arts, Music and Sound, Filmmaking, and Creative Technologies students and graduates.

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