M.A. Film Curating at Birkbeck, London

Dear IAMHIST members,
Here is an announcement about a new M.A. programme starting in 2014-15 at Birkbeck, London:
A first of its kind, this new M.A. in Film Curating, directed by Professor Laura Mulvey, explores the rapidly changing ways in which films are programmed by curators and consumed by spectators. Today audiences still watch films in cinemas, but digital technology and the internet have multiplied the platforms for consuming moving images. At the same time, galleries and museums now routinely exhibit film in shows and installations, while film festivals are flourishing in new formats and locations as never before. This intensive (one year, full time) M.A. programme combines academic study of the history of moving image exhibition with practical work including interaction with film curators and practitioners. Now, for the first time in the history of film studies, the role of programmers and curators as the creative mediators between films and their audiences have become a significant issue for academic and critical inquiry and research.
• The award-winning Birkbeck Cinema is equipped with 35mm and state-of-the-art DVD projection, offering students the opportunity to experiment with programming and curating.
• The Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image: the programme includes conferences, screenings and film related events of all kinds throughout the academic year.
• Birkbeck will host the first Essay Film Festival early in 2015, with opportunities for student involvement with its organization.
• Located in central London, in the heart of historic Bloomsbury, Birkbeck is within easy reach of cinemas and galleries, as well as facilities such as the British Film Institute, the British Library etc.
For more information about the M.A. Film Curating at Birkbeck: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/2014/postgraduate/programmes/TMAFCURA_C/
Thanks for your attention, Michael Temple

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