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National Film and Television School MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation
National Film and Television School

MA in Film Studies, Programming and Curation

Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

2 Years


Full time

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GBP 17,000 / per year *


* £10,800 a year (Home fees) | £17,000 a year (Overseas fees)


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A ground-breaking new MA delivered in partnership with the BFI to prepare students to build successful careers in film exhibition, programming, criticism or archival work.

The National Film and Television School’s Film Studies Programming and Curation Masters delivered in partnership with the BFI is designed for students who wish to make a career in the wider film and media culture, whether in the fields of curation, exhibition, criticism, archives, preservation or restoration. The course provides a detailed understanding of the concepts, contexts and critical thought that have shaped the production and reception of film as a basis for engagement with rapidly changing contemporary film and moving image culture. A rigorous academic framework is combined with real-world applications enabling each student to develop their own skills, knowledge, and understanding to provide a strong basis for a career in film and media.

I wholeheartedly support courses like the NFTS Film Studies MA. Finding and developing talented individuals who can programme unforgettable content is priceless.’- Efe Cakarel, Founder, MUBI

  • The course is delivered in partnership with the BFI (the leading body for film in the UK) who will also provide hands-on placement opportunities across a range of curatorial and critical activities.

  • The course is delivered by film professionals in film exhibition and distribution, festivals, archives, and film criticism, alongside academics and filmmakers

  • Students on the course will attend film festivals.

  • Students learn how to conceptualize film work in terms of idea, form, and style, as well as understanding the relationship between film and audience.

  • Students will learn about the practicalities of film exhibition, distribution, and preservation in the changing digital landscape.

  • Students will study the practice of film criticism and comment, including reviewing and critical writing about films, filmmakers, and the broader culture.

  • Students have the opportunity to mount festivals, pop up screenings and other events.

  • Access to NFTS's Masterclasses led by major creative figures from film, television, and games.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Those accepted onto the course starting in 2018 and 2019 will have their fees guaranteed at the UK rate for both years of the course. Postgraduate students can apply for a loan to help with their studies via the Student Loans Company Loans. A £10,609 loan is available to contribute to course and living costs. The Postgraduate Loan is only open to EU/EEA and UK Students who normally live in England. It is not currently available to Scottish, Welsh or Northern Ireland Students. Find out more here.


Entry Requirements

This course invites applications from students with a BA (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in arts, humanities or science. Film and media related degrees, while welcome, are not essential for admission.

Applicants without a degree but with professional experience may also be considered for admission. In these cases, an appropriate piece of written work will be required, along with details of professional qualifications. The application will then be referred to the NFTS concessions committee for consideration.

Apply With

  • Please submit a brief essay on either a) The preservation of film culture, through archiving, exhibition and restoration

  • Or b) Discuss the changing forms of cinema distribution and exhibition.

  • Write a review of either: a) A contemporary film that has impressed you, or, b) an earlier film that you believe to be of artistic or historical importance. The review should not exceed 1,000 words.

  • Choose a movement in cinema or one particular national cinema that is important to you. Briefly discuss your personal response to it. This should not exceed 1,000 words

  • Discuss one author or film critic, or one book of critical writing on film that has influenced you. Discuss why you have found this author/book of value to you.


You can apply directly to us at the NFTS by clicking on the link below:


  • You can apply online, or download a word document of the application form to submit via email

When selecting your course, please ensure that you have read the entry requirements and details of the supporting materials that should accompany your application.


We are happy to receive applications 24/7 and 365 days a year up until the deadline.

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