Master of Studies in Film Aesthetics

  • 1. In order to be considered for admission to the course, applicants must have completed a Bachelors degree, normally in a discipline from the Humanities, Fine Art or the Social Sciences.

  • 2. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Film Aesthetics at Oxford for a period of three terms, unless the [For students starting before MT 2018: Modern Languages Board ][For students starting from MT 2018: Humanities Division ]in exceptional circumstances shall permit an extension of time, and shall when entering for the examination be required to produce from their society a certificate stating that they are following the course of instruction for the period prescribed.

  • 3. The course shall comprise:

    • (a) A specified film workshop during the week preceding Week 0 of Michaelmas Term.

    • (b) [For students starting from MT 2018: Sixteen, two per week, ][For students starting before MT 2018: Four ]classes during Michaelmas Term which explore fundamental aspects of film criticism, film analysis, film theory, film form, and film aesthetics.

    • (c)[For students starting from MT 2018: Sixteen, two per week,] [For students starting before MT 2018: Four ]classes during Hilary Term on different, specialised areas of film aesthetics.

    • (d) A specified programme of films, to be screened publicly during Weeks 1-8 of Michaelmas and Hilary Terms.

    • (e) Dissertation supervision in Trinity Term.

  • 4. Assessment shall comprise two 6,000 word essays, a 3,000 word essay, and a 10,000 word dissertation, two copies of each piece of written work should be submitted on every occasion.

  • 5. Each essay topic should bear a clear and identifiable relation to a specified part of the course and there should not be substantial overlap between the essay topics.

  • [For students starting from MT 2018: 6. Written work, essays and dissertation, must be submitted by uploading it to the Assignments Section of the MSt in Film Aesthetics WebLearn only; no concomitant copy submission may be submitted, for any purpose. Electronic submissions must be received by the deadline; technical problems external to the WebLearn system will not be accepted as grounds for excusing lateness. Written work shall be submitted as word-processed files converted to PDF using the course coversheet as first page of the work. ]

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 6. ][For students starting from MT 2018: 7. ]The topic for the first essay shall be drawn from one or more of the[For students starting before MT 2018: four classes] [For students starting from MT 2018: courses ]specified for Michaelmas Term. Each candidate shall submit their essay topic, to the chair of examiners by email for approval by noon on the Friday of Week 7 in Michaelmas Term. Written approval of essay topics will be given to candidates by noon on the Friday of Week 8 in Michaelmas Term. Essays shall be[For students starting before MT 2018: delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford][For students starting from MT 2018: submitted], by noon on Monday of Week 1 of Hilary Term. Essays will be marked by subject tutors and returned to candidates with comments by Week 4 of Hilary Term. Candidates may amend their essays in the light of these comments and shall resubmit their essays within the portfolio containing the first essay and the second essay, each clearly marked by noon on the Friday of Week 9 in Trinity Term. [For students starting from MT 2018: The PDF filename should be in this format: 'Candidate Number First Essay_M.St. in Film Aesthetics.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 7].[For students starting from MT 2018: 8.] The topic for the second essay shall be drawn from one or more of the[For students starting before MT 2018: four classes] [For students starting from MT 2018: courses ]specified for Hilary Term. Each candidate shall submit their essay topic, to the chair of examiners by email for approval by noon on the Friday of Week 7 in Hilary Term. Written approval of essay topics will be given to candidates by noon on the Friday of Week 8 in Hilary Term. Essays shall be[For students starting before MT 2018: delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford][For students starting from MT 2018: submitted], by noon on Monday of Week 1 of Trinity Term. Essays will be marked by subject tutors and returned to candidates with comments by Week 4 of Trinity Term. Candidates may amend their essays in the light of these comments and shall resubmit their essays within the portfolio containing the first essay and the second essay, each clearly marked by noon on the Friday of Week 9 in Trinity Term. [For students starting from MT 2018: The PDF filename should be in this format: 'Candidate Number Second Essay_M.St. in Film Aesthetics.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 8.][For students starting from MT 2018: 9. ]Each candidate shall submit their dissertation topic, with the prior approval of the course coordinator, to the chair of examiners, for approval by noon on the Friday of Week [For students starting before MT 2018: 5][For students starting from MT 2018: 7] in Hilary Term. Written approval of dissertation topics will be given to candidates by noon on the Friday of Week [For students starting before MT 2018: 6][For students starting from MT 2018: 8] in Hilary Term. Dissertations shall be[For students starting before MT 2018: delivered to the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford][For students starting from MT 2018: submitted], by noon on the Friday of Week 6 in Trinity Term. [For students starting from MT 2018: The PDF filename should be in this format: 'Candidate Number Second Dissertation_M.St. in Film Aesthetics.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 9.][For students starting from MT 2018: 10.] Candidates shall also submit an essay of 3,000 words entitled ‘The Concept Essay’ where they will examine an aspect of a concept from philosophical aesthetics or more specifically film aesthetics. This essay shall be submitted within the portfolio which also contains the first essay and the second essay, all of them clearly marked by noon on the Friday of Week 9 in Trinity Term. [For students starting from MT 2018: The PDF filename should be in this format: 'Candidate Number Concept Essay_M.St. in Film Aesthetics.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 10. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 11. Candidates must present themselves for an oral examination if required to do so by the examiners.]