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

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
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.

What You'll 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.

Semester 1

Semester 1

You will take the core course in Film and Visual Culture: FS5022 Research Methods in Film and Visual Culture along with EL5096 Public Engagement for the Arts. These courses will introduce you to the main methods to approach both research and practice in the arts, and methods for engaging the wider public in arts and cultural events. It involves projects and assessments that prepare you for real work in the industry, as well as further research.

Compulsory Courses
Public Engagement for Arts (EL5096)

30 Credit Points

Art and culture are integral to our daily lives, and the ways in which these are experienced are continually changing. Whether it is in a street performance, a public gallery, an academic festival, a webcast, a documentary or in social media, the relationship between the creative artist and those who consume it, is complex and can itself be a creative process. This course explores the many ways in which creative materials can be brought to public view, and how different forms of communication, aural, verbal and visual, can enhance public engagement with aesthetic experiences and the discourses around these.

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Research Methods in Film and Visual Culture (FS5022)

30 Credit Points

This course will introduce students to a range of methods of visual analysis and approaches to research in the fields of film and visual culture. We will example key theoretical concepts and paradigms, such as authorship, spectatorship, materiality, and employ them in rigorous analysis of film, material and visual culture.

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Optional Courses

Plus 30 credit points from the following options:

Narrative Within the Frame (FS5021)
Work - Based Placement in Film and Visual Culture (FS5025)
MLitt Special Study in Film and Visual Culture (FS5026)
Semester 2

Semester 2

You will take the core course in Film and Visual Culture: FS5527: Projects in Film and Visual Culture and one option course. Normally the optional course will be FS5525 Work-based Placement in Film and Visual Culture, offering you first-hand experience working in the field, or FS5526 Special Study in Film and Visual Culture, where you will either develop your own project or reflect on your own current practice if you are already working in the industry.

You may also choose to study one of the additional courses that is running, listed in Optional Courses section.

Compulsory Courses
Projects in Film and Visual Culture (FS5527)

30 Credit Points

This course will involve students in a project related to film and visual culture, wherein methods in film and visual culture will be applied to practical experience. Students will take a leadership role in the project, being responsible for its completion from start to finish. Students will work with a local arts and cultural organization and develop a portfolio of material, depending on the project. A particular focus will be placed on public engagement with research, in other words, presenting the project to the public through blog posts, social media, film, or other for a. Workshops will prepare the students for the portfolio and assessed work, involve close analysis and discussion of specific examples.

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Optional Courses
On Documentary: History, Theory and Practice (FS5521)

30 Credit Points

This course will explore the history of the documentary film and theoretical approaches for interpreting its context, allowing students to engage in production by putting into practice methodologies they have studied through a series of seminar discussions, workshops and screenings. Students will work in teams to research and video a project, utilizing the Media Lab’s facilities to complete the work through post-production.

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Work - Based Placement in Film and Visual Culture (FS5525)
MLitt Special Study in Film and Visual Culture (FS5526)
Sound Design for New Media (MU5509)
Semester 3

Semester 3

Over the summer you will undertake a dissertation in Film and Visual Culture. This can be a research paper, a reflective research paper combined with a work-based placement, or a research-led practice-based project, such as a film, exhibition, or other arts project.

Compulsory Courses
Dissertation in Film and Visual Culture (FS5902)

60 Credit Points

Candidates will be required to research and write a 12,000-word dissertation on a subject and in an area approved by the Programme Co-ordinator.

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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.

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.

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 - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & 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

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,700
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £15,900
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £19,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year
Home / EU / RUK Students £9,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • 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.


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

School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB