Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management, MLitt, PgCert or PgDip

Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management, MLitt, PgCert or PgDip


We live in an increasingly visual world. Images have both power and currency in contemporary society, and play a central role in shaping the world around us. From TV and advertising to social media and film, images form a part of our everyday lives. The MLitt in Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management develops your critical skills to both sort through and contextualise the images surrounding us. This programme offers hands-on, real-life experience to prepare you for future study or work in the world of images.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MLitt, PgCert or PgDip
4 months, 9 months, 12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January

The MLitt in Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management offers a unique combination of research and practice. Students will learn and apply the main critical methods utilised in film and visual culture, and employ those methods in practice-based projects. The programme offers range of hands-on projects, including an opportunity to work in a local arts organisation and develop students individual portfolios to build a strong CV for work in the film and visual culture industry, as well as preparing them to go on to an academic career. This programme is ideal for those already working in the industry seeking further qualifications, or those new to the discipline seeking knowledge and experience.

Available Programmes of Study

Those starting the degree in January should be advised that they will begin their studies in Semester 2. They will complete the dissertation (Semester 3) over the summer, and finish the programme with the Semester 1 selection of courses. Taught courses do not run in the summer. Students wishing to do their dissertation at the end of the programme should consider delaying their start to September.


Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
MLitt 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September More
MLitt 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January More

Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
PgDip 9 months or 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January More

Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month  
PgCert 4 months or 9 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January More

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The SFC Postgraduate tuition fee scholarship may be available for those classified as Home/EU fee status students for this programme. Visit the scholarship page for more information.

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

How You'll Study

The programme is delivered by means of seminars and workshops that are tutor- and student-led as appropriate. Students will complete independent and group work, and lead their own projects with the guidance and support of the course tutors. Assessment methods include essays, blog posts, portfolios, practical projects and other coursework.

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods include essays, reflections, journal entries, and practical work such as portfolios, films and photography. The MLitt also requires a 15,000-word dissertation (which can also include practical components), while the PG diploma and PG certificate consist of coursework alone.

Why Study Film, Visual Culture and Arts Management?

  • It is unique in the combining of theory and practice to develop your critical understanding of methods in film and visual culture.
  • You will gain hands-on experience of working in the arts, by leading projects, developing social media strategies, and working on a project with a local arts organisation. Previous cohorts have worked on projects with the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and Deveron Projects in Huntly
  • You have the opportunity to work in the industry through a work-based placement. Students have completed work-based placements in the film, TV and advertising industries in Aberdeen and beyond, within art galleries and arts organisations, and within departments at the University.
  • Two core courses provide a grounding in both theoretical perspectives and practical skills, preparing students for further postgraduate study and a career in the arts.
  • Optional modules allow students to explore visual culture in different historical and cultural contexts, and include a practice-based pathway.
  • You engage with a wide range of material, including film, visual art, performance, scientific images, television, photography, advertising, digital and social media.
  • The programme will be of interest to you if you have a background in Film Studies, Cultural Studies, English, Modern Languages and Art History. It will also be of interest to you if you have a professional background in the visual arts and media.
  • Students studying on the MLitt in Film and Visual Culture become associate members of GWW, Centre for Visual Culture.
  • The campus is a major tourist attraction and is part of 'Old Aberdeen.' The campus provides a range of spectacular architecture and visual art dating back from its inauguration to the present day.
  • Members of the School of Language and Literature play a leading role in several specialised research centres at the University of Aberdeen. The centres bring together groups of scholars from a range of academic disciplines, and foster links with other universities.
  • A number of centres are based in the School, including the Centre for Celtic Studies, the Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture, and the Grierson Centre for Textual Criticism and Comparative Literary History.
  • The city of Aberdeen offers a range of contemporary art and visual culture in its museums, art galleries and contemporary art centres, with notable and well known artists, live music covering all tastes and theatre. Within Aberdeenshire there is a rich heritage sector.

What Our Students Say

Cerys Davies

Cerys Davies

Cerys Davies

This course gave me confidence in my ability to build skills I have taken forward with my career, like managing large-scale events and connecting with others through public engagement and social media.

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Zuzana Fryntová

Zuzana Fryntová

Zuzana Fryntová

Being linked with Deveron Projects, an arts organisation based in Aberdeenshire, as part of the course proved crucial for my career. I stayed in touch with the organisation during the pandemic and applied for an internship after graduation.

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Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Students are normally required to have a good 2.1 degree (or its equivalent) in a subject relevant to Film and Visual Culture, such as Anthropology, Art History, English, Film Studies, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Sociology or Theatre Studies, OR, an undergraduate degree plus relevant professional experience in the arts and humanities industry.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme


As well as providing research training to enable students to go on to pursue an academic career, this programme will also be of interest to those wishing to follow a career in arts management, curating, film and television, and related fields.

Career Opportunities

  • Arts Manager
  • Community Arts Work
  • Festival Organisation
  • Film Producer
  • Public Engagement
  • Web Developer

We Are Visually Programmed

We communicate and react to visual stimulation first and foremost, and analysing visual culture develops crucial understanding upon the arrival of the new digital visual revolution 

Student Film

Check out one of the projects by students in our programme in 2015. As part of the portfolio, they produced a documentary film about Botanist Ian Hedge for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Our Experts

Other Experts

Programme Coordinator

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions
University of Aberdeen
University Office
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