Each of the four partner institutions will approach the courses based upon their own conceptual and technical expertise. The programme was designed following a layering structure.
The first, second and third semesters have a quasi-identical structure. In each semester, "Archives and Artistic Creation" accounts for 1/3 of the workload (10 ECTS), which makes it the most important course unit of the semesters. In these course units, students acquire skills and competences related to research based creative practices with audio-visual archives.
Many of the students’ activities are closely related to the specialisms that characterise the individual institutions. The production of audio-visual essays (semester 1, LUCA), curatorial activity (semester 2, LU) and the creation of documentaries with found footage (semester 3, IADT) capitalise on the expertise of those respective HEIs. In similar fashion, “Film Data Analytics and Management” (I, II and III) is taught at all locations by BFM lecturers, who are leading experts in the field.
The first three semester also offer course units that build on each other. For instance: “European Screen Studies” I, II and III are taught in Brussels, Lisbon and Dublin respectively, but build on each other in terms of content. The lecturers attached to the three institutions thus consult intensively on their course content, evaluation methods and so on. The same applies to other course units.
The curriculum is horizontally and vertically integrated: each semester has a specific focus and local learning lines, but each course unit is connected to course units taught in other semesters and therefore has learning lines that transcend all semesters. In the third semester, students start preparing for the FilmMemory Project (30 ECTS) that they will work on in the fourth semester. All students are required to write an essay and create a project. A procedure has been established to determine when the content of the FilmMemory project will be chosen and how to determine in which location students will spend the fourth semester.
A comprehensive curriculum can be found here.