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MA Film Curation and Exhibition

Leeds Beckett University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Leeds Beckett University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


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.


Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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Leeds Beckett University

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    Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds, Leeds, LS1 3HE, England

Leeds Beckett University is a global university, with an alumni community based in 153 countries around the world.
Leeds Beckett University degrees are available to study in-country in Botswana, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore and Vietnam.
International students can apply for scholarships and receive in-country application support in Bahrain, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Qatar, and Vietnam.

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