The Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies within the School of Arts at Birkbeck, University of London uniquely combines the study of history and contemporary practices of film, television aand digital media. It offers an exceptionally stimulating environment where interdisciplinary research flourishes, both across film and television topics but also by initiating discussion and intellectual debate between these disciplines and that of media and communications in variety of areas including critical engagement with old and new technologies and with the aesthetic questions raised by new imaging technologies. The Department of History of Art and Screen Media is marked by a strong research ethos which has been enhanced by the foundation of the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice, as well as the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image headed by Professor Laura Mulvey. The research environment of the Department benefits externally from its participation in the London University Screen Studies Group which is an umbrella organisation covering all aspects of screen study across the Colleges of the University of London and organising conferences, PhD seminars and workshops. Students have at their disposal a self-access centre with a strong collection of film and video material, and well-equipped computer facilities, including a multimedia laboratory. In addition to the Birkbeck Library, research students have access to the nearby University of London Library, as well as other specialist collections and institutions in central London, including the British Film Institute.
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All courses are taught in English.