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Audio-visual practice as research


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Our introductory course Audio-visual Practice as Research teaches you how to effectively use moving images in the context of academic research, including the genre of essay film and other types of filmmaking (documentary, video essay, video art, ethnographic film and digital anthropology).

You will learn how to use widely available digital equipment and popular editing software to create professional-looking and intellectually engaging videos, and produce a short training film that is essayistic or research-led in nature. An integral part of the training is discussing your research interests and how audio-visual methods can be used in the context of your field of work.

Based at the Derek Jarman Lab, Birkbeck's media research and production centre, the course combines individual study of pre-session materials with online seminar discussions and tutorials. No previous knowledge of film practice is required.

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.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    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.