Taught course

Contemporary Film Culture

University of the West of England, Bristol · Department of Arts and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

There is no interview requirement, but applicants will be contacted by the course leader for an informal discussion about the course. We can accommodate visits to UWE Bristol, Phone or Skype conversations.

We accept applications throughout the year. However, as there is a high demand for this course and no formal interview process, we would recommend that you apply at least one month before the start of the course. The course starts on the third week of September, so applications received close to the start maybe rolled over to the following year.

Please note, we are unable to allow applicants with offers to defer their entry to subsequent years.

Months of entry


Course content

**Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2019 intake. Applications for 2020 should be made from October 2019**

Explore your passion for out-of-the-ordinary film, and immerse yourself in Bristol's thriving, eclectic film culture on our specially-designed MA in Contemporary Film Culture. Delivered in partnership with Watershed, the South West's leading film culture and digital media centre, the course offers a unique opportunity to study this subject from both professional and critical perspectives.

It is particularly relevant for those with a strong interest in independent cinema, world cinema, documentary, cult film and archival retrospectives.

Gain first-hand industry experience

The course is taught at Bristol's Watershed, a vibrant and influential hub for film culture and its associated industries. You will gain direct experience of the cinema's operations; attend weekly screenings of the latest releases; and join an inspiring digital media community within the Pervasive Media Studio.

Specific modules will deepen your knowledge of professional practice within film distribution, exhibition and production and you'll also have opportunities to work closely with industry professionals at Watershed and other cultural film organisations.

A distinctive regional focus

This course examines audiences, diversity and the community functions of film, as well as looking at the role of festivals, archival retrospectives and other film-related events. Much of this work examines Bristol's own film culture industries, providing a strong regional focus compared to other film MAs.

The course places these issues into national and international contexts as well and you will attend the Berlin Film Festival as an integral part of the course.

Learn about film criticism

Alongside the strong industry focus, you will gain professional insights into the role of film criticism. You will develop the skills to be able to think critically about films and to understand the creative and commercial forces shaping contemporary film culture.

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

UWE Admissions
+44 (0) 117 328 3333