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Audio-visual practice as research


Friday 31 May - Friday 28 June 2024, 9am-5pm

4 sessions - Check class timetable


Designed for researchers, art practitioners and storytellers, this intensive Audio-Visual Practice as Research short course provides you with the skills to make effective use of the moving image in diverse contexts such as research-led filmmaking, art work, practice as research and social media content.

The course begins with an examination of filmmaking styles conducive to a research-driven approach, including:

  • essay film
  • documentary
  • video essay
  • video art
  • ethnographic film
  • digital anthropology.

This initial exploration is followed by a series of practical exercises focused on developing audiovisual concepts, crafting treatments, filming techniques and editing digital footage. You will become proficient in using readily available digital equipment, such as Panasonic GH6 and GH5 cameras, smartphones, audio recording devices and free editing software like Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve (much in the spirit of Derek Jarman, who used affordable and accessible Super-8 film to create his early experimental work).

At the end of the course you will complete your own short film.

The training is designed to be introductory, and no previous knowledge of film practice is required. You will gain hands-on skills in filming digital content, exploring participatory research methods and using popular editing software to craft visually captivating and intellectually engaging videos. A core component of the course involves facilitation of class discussions on individual research areas and the potential applications of audiovisual methods within your respective disciplines.

Audio-Visual Practice as Research is based in our Derek Jarman Lab, a media research and production centre at Birkbeck offering filmmaking training, support and facilities.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    No previous knowledge of film practice is required.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.