Master’s: Cinema and Audiovisual Media Studies - DEFLE - French as a Foreign Language

Master’s: Cinema and Audiovisual Media Studies



This Master’s programme in Cinema and Audiovisual Media Studies includes theory-based, methodology-based and applied course units.

It draws in equal measure on research activity and experience of the professional context.

The Master’s programme is available as one of two subject pathways.

  • A research pathway entitled ‘Historical and Sociocultural Approaches to Cinema and Audiovisual Media’, which draws primarily on the scientific output of the team of teaching staff and university lecturer-researchers who contribute to the programme.
  • A vocationally oriented pathway entitled ‘Documentaries and Archives’, aimed at students’ direct entry into employment without the need for doctoral studies. This subject pathway brings together university learning with skills gained via experience in different artistic and socio-economic contexts.  


  • The research pathway, ‘Historical and Sociocultural Approaches to Cinema and Audiovisual Media’, offers students the opportunity to conceive of and write up a research project that addresses cinema and audiovisual media within their specific sociocultural contexts, as well as their aesthetic and narratological dimensions. In addition to the seminar units offered as part of this pathway students will also be able to follow seminars from within the other Master’s programmes offered by Bordeaux Montaigne University, on the geographical and cultural areas that are of interest to them.
  • The vocationally oriented pathway, ‘Documentaries and Archives’, trains students in professions related to cinema and audiovisual media, particularly the directing, writing and production of documentary films. This Master’s programme is unique in France, thanks to the focus on producing documentaries that maintain a link with history or memory via their use of image archives. Each year, 15 students bring to fruition a documentary film project that they have devised during the first and second year of the ‘Documentaries and Archives’ pathway, within the Master’s in Cinema and Audiovisual Media. 



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