Film Studies is a relatively new area of our teaching and research.
English and Modern Languages are the main Faculties involved in running the MSt in Film Aesthetics.
Some of the doctoral students studying film have progressed from this degree, but we also welcome doctoral applications from outside the University. There are plenty of occasions for doctoral students to meet with the Master’s students.
The Film Theory and Criticism Research Seminar is a class which is provided in addition to individual supervisions for doctoral students studying film in the Faculty. Each seminar looks in detail at a contemporary or classic reading in film studies. These readings often directly relate to the doctorate topics.
The Magnifying Class is a dedicated research seminar comprising of film academics from different institutions (and current doctoral students supervised by Andrew Klevan) specifically working on the close study of film style and criticism. Each seminar looks in detail at sequences from a chosen film.
Doctoral candidates in film are normally supervised by one of the following members of the Faculty. The Faculty can only accept film projects which match with the supervisors’ expertise:
• Andrew Klevan is the University Lecturer in Film Studies.
He is interested in the study of film style, interpretation and evaluation; history and theory of criticism; film aesthetics; film-philosophy. He has supervised doctoral theses on Intricacy and Intimacy in Contemporary US Cinema, The Body in Physical Comedy and The Interiority of the Unknown Woman in Film. He is currently supervising projects within the English Faculty on female presence on film, articulacy and inarticulacy on film, and coherence as a critical concept.
• Laura Marcus is the Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature
In the area of film history and film studies, she has particular interests in silent cinema, early film theory and aesthetics, the city and cinema, cinema and modernism, documentary film, and literature-film relationships from the late nineteenth-century to the present. She teaches on ‘Cinema and Modernism’ for the MSt programmes in Literature 1900 to the Present and Film Aesthetics, and is currently supervising a DPhil thesis on silent film intertitles.
Each year the Faculty hosts the Visiting Professor of Creative Media.