University Of Edinburgh Film

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University Of Edinburgh Film

Information on studying Film at the University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the world’s leading universities, located in the heart of Scotland’s capital. Home to a renowned arts scene and the world’s longest continuously running film festival, The Edinburgh Internatonal Film Festival, the city offers excellent art house cinemas, galleries, theatres, a vibrant film culture and many job opportunities.

The Edinburgh Internatonal Film Festival

The academic staff in Film Studies are published researchers with a focus on film theory, film-philosophy and national cinemas while Film, Exhibition and Curation staff combine critical expertise with extensive experience in curating and making film.

We offer two separate Master’s degrees, the MSc in Film Studies and the MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation.

MSc in Film Studies

MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation

What we can offer

Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh offers:

  • Expert teaching and supervision in film theory, film-philosophy, national cinemas or film exhibition.
  • An unrivalled DVD and Blu-ray collection of over 8000 films.
  • The Edinburgh Film Seminar hosts international academics, critics and filmmakers.
  • A world class research library and access to the National Library of Scotland.
  • The opportunity to engage with the everyday running of the international journal Film-Philosophy
  • Sought after Masters and PhD degrees from a top ranking university.
  • A friendly, exciting and stimulating learning and research environment.
  • A wonderful location in one of the most beautiful and lively capitals of Europe.

Learning outcomes

As a student of Film at the University of Edinburgh you will:

  • Expand your understanding and knowledge of the theory, aesthetics and philosophy of film.
  • Explore the history of film and its criticism.
  • Learn about various national cinemas.
  • Study film in relationship with various forms of artistic practices, especially literary adaptation.
  • Learn the professional culture and practices of film exhibition and curation.
  • Build your CV with the view of a career in academia or in any film or media-related fields.

Networking opportunities

Our programmes create opportunities to acquire new skills and meet leading experts in industry and academia:

  • Learn about curating for the moving image (festivals, museums, galleries).
  • Gain experience and create links with professional environments.
  • Experience cutting edge research presented by visiting academic speakers.
  • Meet and learn from other postgraduate students from around the world.

How we will teach you

Film Studies provides a dynamic and friendly space of learning and exchange:

  • Small size seminars (from 5 to 20 students).
  • An international group of students.
  • Individual supervision adapted to your needs.
  • The possibility to research in more depth a topic of your choice.
  • A programme of extracurricular activities allowing you to meet experts and professionals in the field.

Our staff

NameRoleResearch interests
Dr David SorfaSenior LecturerFilm-philosophy; Film theory; European, Asian, African and art house cinema; Czech cinema; Adaptation; Genre
Dr Daniel YacavoneLecturerFilm theory; film and philosophy; film and other arts; post-1960 European and American cinema
Jane SillarsSenior Teaching FellowFilm, Exhibition and Curation; landscape, space and place; British cinema; representations of Scottishness
Susan KempSenior Teaching FellowFilm, Exhibition and Curation

A variety of academics throughout the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures offer Masters courses relevant to the study of film, including the cinema of Japan, South Asia, Scandinavia and others.

Our degrees