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Master's degree


A master's degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate or graduate course of one to three years in duration. In the United Kingdom it is sometimes awarded for an undergraduate course whose final year consists of higher-level courses and a major research project. In the recent standardized European system of higher education diplomas, it corresponds to a two-year graduate program to be entered after three years of undergraduate studies and in preparation for either high-qualification employment or for doctoral studies. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master's_degree [Sept 2005]

Masters in Film Studies and Visual Culture

Academic reflection does not constitute a quintessential function of a museum, yet it is a era in which it takes great interest. From the academic year 2003-2004 onwards, the University of Antwerp is organising a Masters in Film Studies and Visual Culture in which the MuHKA participates by means of furnishing lecturers and infrastructure (by means of the projection room of the Film Museum). In addition to being in charge of the reflection-team of the MuHKA, Tom Paulus will also be lecturer for this Masters degree. MuHKA has also sent Marc Bekaert on secondment as a part-time lecturer, in charge of day and evening courses with regard to film and visual culture.

This Masters in Film Studies and Visual Culture is a one-year programme which meets with a real need in education and research at university in Flanders. This programme does not only respond to the great interest of those who finished their studies in various disciplines, it also responds to an increasing social need for visual expertise in numerous sectors.

Theory, history and analysis of the medium of film as a multicultural fact occupy a central place in the curriculum of this programme. Additionally, it aims at an education in visual literacy in the broadest sense. Whereas the thorough analysis of images in itself already requires several angles of view, the production and use of visual materials requires the integration of increasingly more disciplines and fields of expertise, most certainly in this contemporary multi-medial environment.

Divergent parts of the programme treat the specific nature of film as a form of art, as a form of communication and as a social institution, which implies different issues regarding cultural representation. It goes without saying that other forms of communication via images will also be dealt with and due attention will be paid to recent developments in the field of image technology and its influence on the aesthetics and on the social impact of film. The Masters in Film Studies and Visual Culture incorporates a unique for of collaboration between institutions in the region of Antwerp which all try to develop a critical context for ‘visual culture’. This cooperation implies the exchange of scientific, artistic and educational expertise, as well as the opening up and attuning of the present infrastructure (projection rooms, exhibition spaces, libraries, film collections). It also implies starting up shared research projects and the organisation of symposiums.

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--http://www.muhka.be/template.php?id=4&la=en [Sept 2005]

See also: visual culture - film theory

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