Postgraduate Study

The University of Aberdeen offers two postgraduate degrees in Visual Culture: a taught MLitt and a PhD.

The MLitt in Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management offers advanced training in the critical understanding and application of methods and approaches to visual culture. The course invites students to engage with a wide range of material (including film, photography, digital media, sound, performance, participatory and socially engaged art) and introduces students to the key ideas and debates which have shaped understanding of visual culture during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Two core courses provide a grounding in research methods and their application. Optional modules allow students to explore visual culture in different historical and cultural contexts, and pursue a work-based placement in the industry. Past students have worked with Crow House Films, Tern TV, and D2 Advertising Agency. The MLitt also includes a practice-based pathway.

Core courses prepare students for their dissertation project, which allows for the sustained investigation of a topic identified by the student working in consultation with their supervisor. The course will be of interest to students with backgrounds including Film Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, English, Modern Languages and Art History. It will also be of interest to those with a professional background in the visual arts and media.

Qualifications for entry: Candidates must normally possess a degree at 2.1 or above, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline.

MLitt in Visual Culture Curriculum

Stage 1: Autumn/Winter

Research Methods in Film and Visual Culture

Public Engagement for the Arts

Stage 2: Spring/Summer

Projects in Film and Visual Culture

Plus 30 credit points from the following options:

Work-based placement in Film and Visual Culture

Special Study in Film and Visual Culture

Stage 3: Summer

Dissertation in Visual Culture

The PhD in Visual Culture is a three-year degree. Applicants must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution. We invite potential candidates to explore the research interests of affiliated GWW staff members. We offer the option of co-supervision with a broad range of neighboring disciplines. Researchers may also wish to draw upon the library’s special collections.

To find out more about either of our postgraduate programmes, please contact us.



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