Taught course

Film and Screen Studies

Goldsmiths, University of London · Media and Communications

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have, or expect to gain a first degree of at least upper second class standard (or equivalent).

The programme is suitable for students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds within the humanities and limited prior knowledge of scholarship on screen-based media is required.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCert in Film and Screen Studies offers a unique combination of critical and creative approaches to the past and the future of audiovisual media.

The PGCert will equip you with skills and knowledge to address current transformations of moving image media in a globalised world, from the media in your pocket to architectural screens. It explores both the old and the new, philosophy and history, theory and practice, to help you understand the challenges of the 21st century's culture of moving images, changing artistic and political contexts as well as ever-developing technologies.

Innovative learning and research

What distinguishes the PGCert in Film and Screen Studies is an innovative approach to learning and research. It takes you well beyond the borders of traditional film studies. It encourages you to think critically and imaginatively, across media forms, disciplinary boundaries as well as conceptual and creative work. Students taking the Media Arts pathway will have the opportunity to submit some work in non-traditional forms.

Learn from international experts

Teaching draws on the diverse research strengths of the globally renowned academics at one of the world's leading media communications, and cultural studies departments, which also has strong traditions in audiovisual practice.

You'll be taught by scholars of international standing who have expertise in the interface between film criticism and creation; new screen technologies; in early cinema and the media archaeology of modernity; in artist’s film; and in non-fiction film (eg documentary and avant-garde). See more information about our research interests.

Choose a pathway

Moving Image Studies pathway

The moving image media today are a concentrated form of culture, ideas, socialisation, wealth, and power. 21st-century globalisation, ecology, migration, and activism. How have the media built on, distorted and abandoned their past? How are they trying to destroy, deny or build the future?

This pathway explores new critical approaches that address the currency of moving image media in today's global context – their aesthetics, technology, and politics. It seeks to extend the boundaries for studying moving images by considering a wider range of media and will introduce you to a wider range of approaches for investigating moving images' past and present.

Media Arts Pathway

The most intense and extreme forms of media, experimental media arts, test our established ideas and practices to breaking point. From wild abstraction and surrealist visions to activist and community arts, they ask profound questions about high art and popular culture, the individual and the social, meaning and beauty.

This pathway explores these emerging experimental practices of image-making and criticism. Students on this pathway are encouraged not just to study but to curate and critique past, present and future media arts by building exhibitions and visual essays of their own. Short practical workshops will enable you to make the most of the skills you bring onto the programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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