Research course

Filmmaking, Photography and Electronic Arts

Goldsmiths, University of London · Media and Communications

Entry requirements

Students will normally hold the equivalent of a Merit or Distinction at MA level and (if a non-native speaker) possess IELTS of 7.0, or equivalent. Practical experience of media production, in taught courses or professionally, is essential. Candidates with a first degree and professional experience equivalent to a relevant MA will be considered. Candidates will be asked to submit a research proposal demonstrating a sense of the wider conceptual field in which their chosen practice falls.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a practice-based programme for students wishing to extend their research into the areas of film, photography and electronic arts.

This programme will be tailor-made to your individual research area and practice, giving you the opportunity to develop research skills and pursue your own area of interest.

You'll work closely with a personal supervisor to develop your work in the areas of filmmaking, photography and digital arts.

You’ll also receive training and guidance in ethical and legal obligations, and be encouraged to accommodate feminist, anti-racist, decolonising and other appropriate approaches to your chosen subject.

This programme would be particularly relevant for students who have an MA degree, and are looking to postiion and develop their research and practice work.

What you study

The MRes FPEA is a one year full-time (2 year part-time) qualification in advanced practice-based research. This practice-based research programme meets the needs of two groups: (a) students who have completed an MA in Filmmaking, Photography, or Electronic Arts and cognate programs; and (b) film, photography and electronic arts professionals who wish to extend their research-based practice. This programme is personalised for each student, and is based on the student's individual research into their chosen practice. It gives students the opportunity to develop appropriate research skills and to pursue a research practice project of their own design developed and reworked in discussion with a personal supervisor. The curriculum is personalised for individual students, but all students will share a common curriculum and receive training and guidance in ethical and legal obligations, and be encouraged to accommodate feminist, anti-racist, decolonising and other appropriate approaches to their chosen subject.

The course is designed to support students who wish to strengthen their opportunities in professional media, including the media industries and creative practice, private sector firms, public sector institutions and civil society organisations with communications departments. We envisage that a small proportion of graduates will seek careers in teaching, including secondary and higher education, in which case their projects and supervision will be tailored to that end. The course will add value to recent MA practice graduates and to film, photography and electronic arts professionals by giving a deeper and more specialised engagement in a major research project supervised by staff experienced in both creative and professional research. Research training will give students the skills to design and complete their own research and to work to research briefs.

All students undertake the Practice-Based Research Methods Seminar in the first term, producing a detailed 5000 word project outline at the end. They will also take in the second term one of a selected range of optional modules to help develop their critical and theoretical awareness. In the first term, they begin work with their personal supervisor on the design and execution of their project. Supervision will determine the specific means used: some students will embark directly on a single piece of work; others may undertake a series of workshop-based activities


The programme's subject-specific learning outcomes require students to think critically about a range of issues concerning the media, understood in the widest sense, and to be able to justify their views intellectually and practically.

The central outcome will be to design and conduct a substantial practice-based research project. As appropriate to each individual project, students will be encouraged to analyse, contextualise, historicise, and theorise their chosen medium with reference to key debates in history, sociology, anthropology and philosophy of film and the media.

They will learn to produce high quality research under time constraints, by working independently. All students will develop a range of transferable qualities and skills necessary for employment in related areas. These are described by the Quality Assurance Agency as: ‘the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations, and the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development’.

Students are guided to work independently and to think through the intellectual issues. Progress is carefully monitored, to make sure that students are making progress towards the achievement of the outcomes. Different kinds of practical and intellectual skills are required for each part of the program. In consultation with supervisors, students are guided to the most appropriate practical and intellectual approaches, and to the most appropriate technical and critical sources.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7078 5300