• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length2 years

MRes Art: Moving Image

Over the past two decades, artists' moving image has proved itself a dynamic and thriving area of art practice to be encountered in the gallery, museum, cinema auditorium, and a host of other unexpected venues, but what about the rich and fascinating histories, theories and aesthetics that have led artists to turn to film and video? And what insights can a study of artists' moving image offer us for understanding the diverse practices that now fill art spaces internationally as well as in the UK?

A unique association between LUX and Central Saint Martins has created a research-led Masters degree to address these questions. The course is focused on nurturing a discursive culture around moving image art which offers a number of unique features for students interested in studying and working in the field of artists' moving image.

This course is part of the Art Programme

Great reasons to apply

  • MRes Art: Moving Image offers the opportunity of acquiring unique insight and depth into the subject of artists' moving image culture, through lectures, seminars and screenings with acknowledged scholars, artists and specialists in the field. Please see the staff profiles at the bottom of the page for information about our eminent contributors.
  • Central Saint Martins was one of the first educational establishments to recognise the importance of the moving image as an art medium and continues to lead scholarship through its academic activities and related archives, such as the Moving Image Forum and the unique resource of the British Artists Film and Video Study Collection. 
  • You’ll benefit from our strong link with LUX, a key UK agency (based in London) for the support and promotion of artists' moving image practice, where you’ll have unique access to the professional working context of LUX as well as its large network of collaborating national and international institutions, artists and key arts professionals working with the moving image. 
  • You’ll have excellent access to the UK's only significant collection of artists' film and video works and the largest such collection in Europe, held by LUX, and use of the British Artists Film and Video Study Collection held at CSM. 
  • You’ll be well placed to pursue a range of careers in artists' moving image culture. You may opt for academic scholarship through doctoral research or choose to continue in professions within curating and film programming, distribution, publishing and journalism. For some graduates the course will enrich their own practice as artists working with moving image. 
  • MRes Art: Moving Image enables you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time.

Course detail

MRes Art allows you to address a specialist area of fine art research and to explore the relationships between your chosen specialism and the broader fine art community in the context of our Fine Art Programme.

Synergies in our Fine Art Programme - incorporating MA Fine Art, MA Art and Science, MA Photography, MRes Art: Exhibition Studies, MRes Art: Moving Image, and MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy - create a dynamic context for exploring practices and issues within contemporary culture.

In its extended full-time mode MRes Art gives you the flexibility to access London's richly varied opportunities for work and study while maximising your personal and professional development.

MRes Art prepares you to work particularly in the academic and research contexts of professional environments, to undertake PhD study, or pursue independent research. The course benefits from links with relevant professional and academic organisations in London and internationally and from the varied expertise of its research staff.

The three pathways provide a focus for your study while also enabling you to explore shared ground and questions of disciplinary territories and boundaries.

MRes Art: Moving Image is the first course of its kind. Founded on a strong link with LUX, a key UK agency (based in London) for the support and promotion of artists' moving image practice, the pathway provides an opportunity to focus on theoretical and historical study of artists' moving image. Despite artists' moving image being one of the most visible and fastest growing contexts for visual arts practice, there is no existing centre of scholarship in this area and, at this time, practice runs far ahead of discourse. While huge amounts of work are being made and shown, the specific language to describe and respond to it critically remains underdeveloped.

MRes Art: Moving Image develops in-depth knowledge and exploration of artists' moving image as an evolving and discursive field of study. The postgraduate course presents an integrated series of screenings, seminars and set readings of key works, which together address a range of theoretical positions and historical contexts.

MRes Art: Moving Image supports and is shaped by:

  • Development of scholarship and research in the subject
  • Student access to the professional working context of LUX as well as its large network of collaborating national and international institutions, artists and key arts professionals working with the moving image
  • Student access to the UK's only significant collection of artists' film and video works and the largest such collection in Europe, held by LUX, and use of the British Artists Film and Video Study Collection held at CSM
  • Student projects that draw on LUX's experience of delivering public programming (exhibitions, screenings, commissions).

Course outline

While laying the foundations for an in-depth knowledge of the subject, MRes Art: Moving Image promotes understanding of artists' moving image as an evolving and discursive field of study that touches on many areas of scholarship, from visual arts to experimental music. Rather than following established historical trajectories, MRes Art: Moving Image presents an integrated series of screenings, seminars and set textual readings of key works addressing a range of theoretical positions and historical contexts. Gallery visits and lectures augment the seminar programme.

MRes Art: Moving Image gives you the chance to engage with the academic and professional expertise of CSM and LUX, leading to an in-depth understanding of the current questions and contexts surrounding artists' moving image. The MRes course proposes new approaches to the history and theory of moving image culture, and promotes a professional emphasis through its unique association with LUX. It helps you create vital links to moving image organisations outside the academy, enabling you to develop the professional and academic skills needed for your chosen field of moving image scholarship.

MRes Art: Moving Image aims to lead UK scholarship in the international arena of artists' moving image through its academic activities (conferences, symposia and publications), facilitating research by its staff and serving as a platform for you to develop your interest and research towards potential MPhil and PhD study. A strong curatorial component locates you in the professional field of artists' moving image culture via lectures from visiting curators and artists, gallery talks and visits, and potential individual placements with museums, galleries and other relevant organisations in London and beyond.

MRes Art: Moving Image creates a firm foundation of knowledge from which you can frame and develop your chosen area of study and contribute to debate. The first year offers teaching in research skills while engaging you in the specialist subject of your pathway. At the same time you'll prepare for a personally directed programme of study - your research project. In the second year you'll pursue and realise your project. Your progress is supported through tutorials and critical discussions, and monitored through written assignments and presentations. Your realised project is the principal assessed work leading to the MRes qualification.

Unit One - Framing Artists' Moving Image

Unit One runs concurrently with Unit Two and introduces you to the key theoretical, contextual and critical frameworks needed for an in-depth understanding of artists' moving image.

The unit offers seminar and lecture programmes to build knowledge of the key thinkers and debates that have emerged throughout the history of artists' moving image, from early explorations of cinematic perception such as Walter Benjamin's notion of the 'optical unconscious' to the influence of Marxist thought on the idea of a counter-cinema. At the same time these theories and theorists are located within the contemporary perspective of moving image practice - via, for example, the impact of counter-cinema on the current 'documentary turn' in contemporary artists' film.

The seminar programmes are supported by a series of film screenings hosted by LUX, which provide opportunities to debate and challenge questions raised. Gallery visits and lectures from visiting experts support the seminars and screenings.

Unit Two - Thinking as Practice (Research Methodologies One)

This unit, common to all courses within our Postgraduate Art Programme, helps you engage with the postgraduate and research community at CSM.

Unit Two introduces the fundamental research skills that enable you to make informed decisions about appropriate methods to use in your chosen area of study and your professional future. The unit examines specific research skills and different kinds of research. Skills and knowledge areas covered include interviewing, literature search and review, archival skills, software for use in research and e-resources, feasibility studies, data analysis, referencing, citation and bibliographic conventions, and ethics. Seminars and workshops emphasise participation and the building of core research skills through practical exercises and small group projects.

Lectures ask how arts research and discourse is developed, shared and understood. The focus is on methods of learning, thinking, evaluation and interpretation as both practice based and theoretical forms of enquiry. The diversity of research activity at CSM provides a broad range of models and examples, with particular attention given to the place of practice in research projects.

Unit Two is assessed by workshop assignments.

Unit Three - Critical Practices (Research Methodologies Two)

Building on the introduction to research provided by Unit Two, Unit Three - which is common to all three MRes Art pathways - increases your focus on in-depth understanding of research methods and how they're applied within the arts and humanities.

The unit aims to demonstrate the dynamic ways in which conceptual and theoretical frameworks can be developed through the application of research methodologies.

You're expected to relate your learning in this unit to preparation for your research project in the parallel part of Unit Four. Tutorial and workshop support helps you do this.

Unit Four - Independent Research Project (IRP)

Unit Four has two parts. Part One is undertaken in parallel with Unit  in year one. Part Two is devoted to independent study and the development and completion of your research project in year two.

Part One

Part One focuses on developing your research project proposal. It involves directed reading or viewing, the formulation of specific research questions and methods, and the production of a literature review (annotated bibliography) that forms part of your draft research project proposal. Your proposal's development is supported through increasingly student-directed seminars and group (as well as personal) tutorials, plus written guidance on the required contents of the proposal document. You'll explore issues of purpose, validity and feasibility in methodological and resource terms, negotiating external links, exchanges and access arrangements as required.

At the end of year one (weeks 28-30) draft project proposals, including the literature review, are presented for interim assessment through consultation with your tutor and group seminar feedback, and you receive written feedback confirming your plans and/or advising revisions.

Part Two

All projects, including a commitment to the forms of your submission and appropriate ongoing supervision/tutorial arrangements, are agreed at the outset of year two.

A symposium shared across the MRes pathways presents and discusses all project proposals. A second group event involving invited professionals occurs early in the spring term of year two (prior to the PhD applications point). This event provides a discussion forum challenging you to recognise and debate key questions arising from your research project work to date.

Throughout the second year you lead interim presentations about your research, in person at seminar groups and individual tutorials and online, discussing progress, challenges and findings, and issues of form, audience and dissemination. A third event hosted at LUX at the end of year two presents and disseminates the project outcomes.

At the end of Unit Four you're assessed through presentation of your realised research project in the agreed forms, the project proposal document, and a report describing and evaluating changes and progress. Your marks for Units Three and Four determine the classification of your MRes award.

MRes Art Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF, 354KB)

View the MRes Art: Moving image events archive 

Facilities

Staff

Pathway Leader, Moving Image: Duncan White

Reader: Dr Joanne Morra

Course Leader for MRes: Art and Pathway Leader for Theory & Philosophy: Chris Kul-Want

Associate Lecturer: Ruth Maclennan
Associate Lecturer: Colin Perry

How to apply

2018/19 entry

You can apply to this course using our online application form – the link to this is below.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form: 

Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level); Current and/or previous education and qualification details; Employment history. 

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form. 

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the online application form, we will send you a confirmation email. 

You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Indicative Project Proposal

To apply for this course we require that you write an initial project proposal. This proposal should demonstrate your critical understanding and thinking. The course sets no boundaries to the fields of possible interest, and it is understood that proposals will evolve and change during the course (you will probably need to write between 800 and 1,000 words).  

Summary of proposed project
  • Briefly describe what you are interested in undertaking and developing; describe the overall aims, objectives and rationale of the project. 
Methods and resources
  • Briefly explain your proposed approach and the methods for structuring your project and ideas.
  • Highlight any problems you may encounter and how you hope to solve them. 
Sources and references
  • Indicate key texts and sources. What resources will be involved? For example, access to archives, collections, specialist networks etc. 
Any final points
  • Please briefly indicate any particular questions or further points in relation to your proposal. 
Previous work
  • You will be required to submit digital examples of previous written work and/or documentary material relevant to your research interests.

References

This course requires at least two references one of which should be an academic or professional reference. 

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

Apply to MRes Art: Moving Image

What happens next

We read and consider all application forms. Subject to your meeting the entry requirements and consideration of your application form, preliminary selection is based on your documentation of work and supporting information. You may then be invited to attend an interview (either in person or by skype). 

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required. 

When to Apply

We strongly recommend you apply before 30 June 2017. After that point we cannot guarantee your application will be considered.

Deferred Entry

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry.

2018/19 entry

You can apply to this course using our online application form – the link to this is below.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form: 

Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level); Current and/or previous education and qualification details; Employment history. 

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form. 

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page. 

Immigration History form (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History form. 

We will email you an Immigration History form when we receive your application.

You will need to send this back to us, by email, with copies of the following documents: 

  • Your passport photo page;
  • Your current visa (if you have one) and any previous UK study visas;
  • Your current English language certificate (if you have this);
  • Your academic qualifications (A2, IB, high school diploma, foundation etc. - if completed. Translated into English). 

Please note: If you do not complete and return your Immigration History form we will not be able to proceed with your application. 

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the online application form, we will send you a confirmation email. 

You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Indicative Project Proposal

To apply for this course we require that you write an initial project proposal. This proposal should demonstrate your critical understanding and thinking. The course sets no boundaries to the fields of possible interest, and it is understood that proposals will evolve and change during the course (you will probably need to write between 800 and 1,000 words).  

Summary of proposed project
  • Briefly describe what you are interested in undertaking and developing; describe the overall aims, objectives and rationale of the project. 
Methods and resources
  • Briefly explain your proposed approach and the methods for structuring your project and ideas.
  • Highlight any problems you may encounter and how you hope to solve them. 
Sources and references
  • Indicate key texts and sources. What resources will be involved? For example, access to archives, collections, specialist networks etc. 
Any final points
  • Please briefly indicate any particular questions or further points in relation to your proposal. 
Previous work
  • You will be required to submit digital examples of previous written work and/or documentary material relevant to your research interests.

References

This course requires at least two references one of which should be an academic or professional reference. 

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form. 

Apply to MRes Art: Moving Image

What happens next

We read and consider all application forms. Subject to your meeting the entry requirements and consideration of your application form, preliminary selection is based on your documentation of work and supporting information. You may then be invited to attend an interview (either in person or by skype). 

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required. 

When to Apply

We strongly recommend you apply before 30 June 2017. After that point we cannot guarantee your application will be considered.

Deferred Entry

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry.

Entry requirements

Selection to MRes Art: Moving Image is determined by the quality of your application (including a written indicative project proposal and supporting material). You'll also need to meet the minimum entry requirements as indicated below, but please note that these qualifications alone won't be sufficient to secure entry to the course. 

Minimum entry requirements 

We consider applicants who by the start of the course will have achieved an educational level equivalent to an Honours degree. You can demonstrate this educational level by: 

  • Having a relevant Honours degree or an equivalent academic qualification;
  • Having a professional qualification recognised as equivalent to an Honours degree;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • A combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning that, taken together, can be shown to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required. 

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is: 

IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. 

For further information visit the English Language requirements page. 

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements. 

What we look for

We are seeking imaginative, resourceful individuals who are committed to exploring moving image. 

Selection Criteria

Your application, indicative project proposal and supporting material will be assessed for: 

  • The quality of the applicant's practice
  • The appropriateness of the applicant's skills, experience and practice to the area of interest identified for development in the course
  • Effective communication of intentions, purposes and issues
  • The level of contextual awareness and expression of perspective
  • The potential for realisation of the stated objectives within the timeframe of the course and envisaged resources
  • Evidence that the applicant has the confidence and ability to benefit from and contribute to the learning environment at postgraduate level. 

The interview (for applicants selected following submission of the application form, indicative project proposal and supporting work) is used to evaluate the extent to which a candidate demonstrates: 

  • A thoughtful and responsible approach to practice
  • The capacity for independent research
  • Appropriate critical and reflective abilities
  • An awareness of the cultural and social context within which they practice
  • Appropriate communication skills
  • A preparedness to participate collaboratively in debate, practice and presentation.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2017/18: £4,250 per year. Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2017/18: £10,110 per year.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

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Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

Our Postgraduate Art Programme offers valuable opportunities to build transferable professional knowledge and skills. The exchange of perspectives with others through shared units, reading groups and debates helps establish stimulating and productive networks.

The focus on proposing and developing a major independent programme of study is supported by a shared professional practice lecture series featuring guest speakers plus opportunities to attend symposia and critique work in progress across subject areas. The Postgraduate Art Programme has wide-ranging links with professional organisations, collections and galleries, and includes opportunities for interaction and networking according to your personal career direction.

MRes Art: Moving Image is unique in its relationship with LUX, the national public arts agency that explores ideas around artists' moving image and supports practice through a range of activities including distribution of works, exhibitions, education publishing and research. The pathway is supported by professional expertise from LUX and benefits from its extensive connections.

MRes Art: Moving Image anticipates both academic and professional outcomes for its students, enabling graduates to pursue a range of careers in artists' moving image culture. Some may opt for academic scholarship through doctoral research. Others may choose or continue in professions within curating and film programming, distribution, publishing and journalism. Possible career contexts include festivals, biennales, galleries, museums and archives. And for some graduates MRes Art: Moving Image will enable further enrichment of their own practice as artists working with moving image.

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit the Student Jobs And Careers section.

Alumni 

View our MRes Art: Moving Image alumni perspectives page to find out about their experience of the course.