MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation

Develop an informed, individual and authoritative curatorial voice in a supportive, creative and collaborative environment.

This one-year, full-time taught Masters programme combines rigorous critical thinking with experiments in creative practice, deepening your understanding of film and the ways in which it communicates with many audiences.  The programme can also be completed part-time over two years.

As a Film, Exhibition and Curation student, you’ll explore a series of approaches to the often neglected consideration of film’s movements and migrations within the context of the rich and varied festival, gallery, archive and exhibition cultures of Scotland, the UK and beyond.

You’ll work on imaginative curatorial projects, both independently and collaboratively, including with industry partners. Assignments range from pitches to programming, and you’ll be assessed in ways that support you in producing experimental work and discovering yourself as a reflective professional.

Our students come from a range of backgrounds and have gone on to careers across film exhibition and curation, in cultural mediation, in communications, research, and the arts, forming a connected international graduate community of engaged professionals. As the programme matures, this has led to a number of collaborations, both between alumni, and between current and former students.

The study of film can tell us so much not about the nature of the art of film, and about entertainment, but also about our habitat, and sense of fun and desire, how our cities work and our culture flows and inspires, and how the film industry delivers.  It's brilliant that the University of Edinburgh is offering this relevant, insightful programme.

Mark Cousins. Director, writer, curator, filmmaker, producer and film critic.Mark is one of a number of professionals to have addressed our students as a visiting speaker.


'Looking for Lucey' - a short film made by Timescapes,  a group of eight FEC students (2017-18) as part of their Semester Two Applied Exhibition and Curation project. The project drew on research into archives and live cinema the students undertook as part of their Semester One courses on ‘Exhibiting Film’ and ‘Mediating Film’.

Why study for an MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation in Edinburgh?

One of the first universities in the world to offer a programme of study in this field, Edinburgh is pioneering in its development of an active learning and teaching environment for the study of film, exhibition and curation.

Study with us and you’ll be part of a close-knit, international community of film enthusiasts under the guidance of two dedicated Programme Directors who combine industry experience with teaching excellence, gaining them multiple Teaching Awards nominations. Our School is a highly creative environment in which you’ll also meet students of Film, Creative Writing, Playwriting, Theatre and Performance Studies, literatures, and many languages.

Based in a world-renowned festival city, bursting with independent cinemas, galleries and venues, we host visiting professionals throughout the year, and regularly collaborate with two of the UK’s largest film festivals, the Glasgow Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. We also have excellent links with Screen Academy Scotland, and with a range of other industry partners in Scotland, the UK and internationally. For example, previous students have been placed, or won internships, in Cannes, Chicago, New York, and London.

You’ll leave with a portfolio of projects that demonstrates both rigorous academic and professional skills, as well as your ability to work independently and with others. Previously awarded the Students’ Association’s Teaching Award for Developing Student Employability, we were one of the early contributors to ‘Making the Most of Masters’, a cross-university initiative which won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement.

When I applied for Film, Exhibition and Curation, I could not imagine how much I would learn, achieve and develop. On a personal and professional side, I noticed I had a much clearer idea of what I wanted to do, and I gained confidence in my choices, in my work and in myself. Being able to build and maintain a network in today’s job market, and finding a job, requires a great deal of confidence in one’s knowledge and skills, which this masters gave us the tools to build.

Noémi Lemoine-Blanchard: Film, Exhibition and Curation MSc graduate, 2017.Noémi is now a Freelance Film Project Manager and Programmer for clients including the Confucius Institute for Scotland and British Council.


Where this programme might take you

Career opportunities for Film, Exhibition and Curation graduates.

How you’ll study

What's involved in completing this MSc.

Find out more and apply

You can find out more about entrance requirements, start dates, fees and scholarship opportunities for this programme on the University of Edinburgh’s Degree Finder.

Degree Finder links straight through to EUCLID, the online system for applying to postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh. Applications for studying in 2019/20 are now open.

Go to the Degree Finder page on the MSc in Film, Exhibition and Curation

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Programme Directors Susan Kemp and Jane Sillars.

Film, Exhibition and Curation (FEC) blog

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