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Who can apply?

FilmMemory is aimed at students from all over the world with a bachelor's degree (BA) in Audio-visual Arts, Film studies, Communication Studies, Arts, History, Cultural Studies or related subjects such as Archival Studies, Heritage Studies or Museology. Other degrees (of at least EQF Level 6) may be accepted from applicants with a convincing application package and upon completion of an outstanding application assignment. Applicants without such a degree must demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices in the degree-awarding countries/institutions. Candidates eligible for scholarships are students who have obtained a primary higher-education degree or can demonstrate a recognised equivalent according to national legislation and practices of the degree-awarding country. While this condition must necessarily be fulfilled at the time of enrolment, the Consortium accepts scholarship applications from students in the last year of their first higher education degree.

FilmMemory will accept a maximum of 25-30 candidates per edition. More than 150 candidates have already submitted a complete dossier, but others have reported difficulties in gathering the required documentation by the deadline. To give everyone a maximum chance, the deadline is extended until Friday, February 2 at 10 AM (CET). 👈

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Requirements

The entire application must be submitted by Friday 26 January 2024 at 10 AM (10:00 CET)

The following documents are required for application:

1. Completed and sent application e-form.

CV and motivation letter are each limited to 1000 characters (including spaces). 

2. Final university diploma of previous BA/MA degree(s) and their transcripts of records (If not in English, additional officially certified translation into English is mandatory, and it should include the University stamp)

  • Note 1: We accept degrees which are equivalent with European Qualification Framework Level 6 (or higher). You can find out about your degree's eligibility on this website.
  • Note 2: In the case of ongoing studies: an official school certificate in English stating that the applicant’s bachelor's degree is due latest by DAY MONTH YEAR. (This document should therefore state exactly at which exact date the candidate is expected to have obtained this diploma.)
  • Note 3: Admitted students are required to carry out additional diploma authorisation processes. Depending on the country of the awarded diploma or certificate, there are various methods of authorisation (apostille seal, legalisation by embassy, certification) to be clarified only for admitted students in the final phase of the application process. Please note, you cannot enrol without the required authorisation.

3. Certified copies of an English language certificate. Candidates are required a good spoken and written English command.

English proficiency certificates: the minimum required level is B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference. Students can prove their proficiency by the following means:

  • Providing one of the following English certificates with the minimum scores listed below, issued within 2 years before the application deadline:
  1. IELTS Academic 6.0 (with no component less than 6.0)
  2. TOEFL iBT 79 or CBT 213 or PBT 550
  3. TOEFL IBT Home Addition test 79
  4. TOEIC Listening + Reading 605 Speaking 160 Writing 150
  5. ACT English 20 + Reading 20
  6. Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade A, B or C
  7. First Certificate in English (FCE) grade A, B or C
  8. Cambridge Linguaskill exam B2
  9. DuoLingo English Test 110
  • Providing an English-language higher educational diploma at an institute of higher education in one of the Inner Circle countries:
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Ireland
  • Caribbean Islands
  • South Africa
  • Providing an English-language diploma at an institute of higher education (including statement that the BA study of at least 180 ECTS was conducted in English) and presenting a convincing application for a waiver of the requirement.

4. Preliminary Graduation project proposal – no more than 500 words. 

During the final semester, students will work on the FilmMemory Project, a creative graduation project. The ECTS sheet (course description) can be found here, on pages 23-26 of the PDF.

In no more than 500 words, please propose a project you would like to complete during the final semester adhering to one of the formats listed below. This project proposal is not binding but will help the Selection Committee to better understand student's interests and assess creativity. (For more information about the FilmMemory curriculum, including the fourth semester, visit the curriculum section of the website.)

5. Assignment – There are 3 potential options to complete the student selection assignment: A critical written essay, a critical video essay, or a data analytics assignment. Students should choose one of the three options described below: 

  • 1200-word Critical Written Essay. This written essay should be on an aspect of film history/or the work of a particular director/or an analysis of 2 cinematic texts, from the home country of the student. The work should display a basic command of theory and the capacity for independent research. Essays should be formulated using the Modern Languages Association citation style (MLA), must include citations and a bibliography, and should not exceed the word count of 1200 words (This does not include the bibliography). It may contain images, but no more than five. The essay should have a cover page detailing the title of the essay and the name of the student. The text must be uploaded as a PDF file. The PDF file can be no larger than 5 MB. This can be achieved using Adobe software, however a simple online search will guide you to websites or tools that help you converting files into PDF format and (if necessary) reducing the size of PDF files. The essay must be written by the student for the purposes of this application.
  • Critical Audio-visual Essay This video essay should, just like the written essay, be on an aspect of Film history/or the work of a particular director/or an analysis of 2 cinematic texts, from the home country of the student. The work should display a basic command of theory and the capacity for independent research. The video should last no more than 8 minutes. The voiceover and text must be in the English language. A list of sources should also be provided. Upload this film to YouTube, Vimeo or a similar platform. Use an unlisted link (!) with no password (!) Kindly note that only unlisted links are acceptable. If the film is made available for public access your application will be automatically disqualified. The film must be produced by the student for the purposes of this application. 
  • Film based data analytics project. This project should involve an analysis and visualisation of an independently selected dataset accompanied by a 500-word research essay. The essay should introduce the proposed research question concerning the dynamics of film culture, clearly describe the dataset analysed, and critically discuss the produced data visualisations in the light of the research question to draw conclusions. We recommend using data from the premiere European Audiovisual Observatory’s databases LUMIERE (https://lumiere.obs.coe.int/) on the theatrical admissions of the films released in European cinemas and/or LUMIERE VOD (https://lumierevod.obs.coe.int/) on the availability of European works (film and TV content) on on-demand services in Europe. Both databases offer easy download options for datasets formed based on search queries. Other datasets relevant to the film industry will also be accepted. Essays should be formulated using the Modern Languages Association citation style (MLA), must include citations and a bibliography, and should not exceed the word count of 500 words (bibliography not included). The essay and accompanying data visualisations (not more than three figures) must be uploaded as a single PDF file. The project should have a clear title (above the essay) and should contain the name of the student (below the essay). The PDF file can be no larger than 5 MB. A simple online search will guide you to websites or tools that will help you to convert files into PDF format and (if necessary) reducing the size of PDF files. Data analysis and visualisation must be performed by the student for the purposes of this application.

6. A recent photo of the student (must be a high-definition image with white background)

7. Copy of passport or ID card (EU) with expiration date.

It is highly recommended that the expiration date is 31 August 2025 or later.

8. A residence certificate issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of the application, in accordance with the candidate's municipality normal registration rules OR a certificate from the candidate's place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question.

9. Digital Portfolio - You may have additional documents you would like to show to the selection committee. For example: sample writing, BA thesis, links to other video essays or audio-visual works, details of curatorial, archival or preservation work, etc. If this is the case, then you can make a portfolio and upload it as one (and only one) PDF document. The PDF file can be no larger than 5 MB. This can be achieved with Adobe software, however, a simple online search will guide you to websites or tools that help you to convert files into PDF format and (if necessary) reducing the size of PDF files. The Portfolio should have a title page with the name of the applicant and a table of contents (explaining the structure of the portfolio and the parts it is composed of). It must be clear that (1) submitting a portfolio is not obligatory, (2) the Selection Committee may or may not take this portfolio into consideration. Crucial information should not be mentioned in this portfolio, but in the abovementioned CV and motivation letter.

Procedures

The application packs will be evaluated firstly by the Admissions Office, in order to perform an eligibility check on formal grounds. Applications meeting all formal requirements will undergo a selection procedure. Applications rejected on formal grounds will not enter the selection procedure.

The first round of selection consists of on assessment of the submitted applications. The assessment, based on the applicable set of criteria (published on this website) is carried out by a Selection Committee. Each application package will receive a mark from 0 to 40. This mark is part of the internal selection procedure and will not be communicated to the applicants. 

The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) provides scholarships to students from all over the world, but ensures geographical balance (i.e., no more than 10% of the total number of scholarships awarded during project implementation should be awarded to candidates from the same nationality). Therefore, the list of applicants to be invited to the second round of selection will not just consider the marks that were given in the first round, but also the rules regarding scholarships, in particular for applicants expressing a wish to apply for such scholarships. 

Considering these two factors (assessment of the application package and scholarship regulations), the Selection Committee makes an absolute ranking list of applicants, and then invites the highest ranked 50 applicants to online videoconferencing interviews to be held from March 18 until March 20, 2024. The interviews, based on the applicable set of criteria (published on this website), are carried out by a Selection Committee. Each applicant will receive a mark from 0 to 40. This mark is part of the internal selection procedure and will not be communicated to the applicants.

 

Taking into account the results of both rounds of selection, the Selection Committee:

  • Selects the applicants qualified for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships. 
  • Selects applicants offered to join the master's course as self-funded students.
  • Designates applicants not selected for admission.

Selected applicants will be notified in writing no later than May 29, 2024.

Non-selected applicants will be notified in writing no later than June 12, 2024.

Enrolled students will sign their “Student Contract”, in which the rights and obligations of the two parties are specified, no later than in the preparatory week of the 1st semester.

The “Student Contract” template used by the Consortium, in which the rights and obligations of the two parties are specified, is herein made available in two versions according to the situation of a self-funded student and of a scholarship student. Its contents may be slightly revised annually, but the updated document will be announced to admitted students prior to their enrolment in the course.

Assessment criteria for the application package and assignment (round 1)

Assessment criteria for the application in general [maximum score 20 points]

  • Relevance of previous studies and experiences for the FilmMemory study programme.
  • Motivation, as expressed in the motivation letter. Please outline your personal or professional motivation to apply for this Masters programme. 
  • Genuine interest in at least one of the graduation trajectories provided by FilmMemory, as demonstrated by the Preliminary Graduation project proposal.

 

Assessment criteria for the 1200-word Critical Written Essay (if applicable) [maximum score 20 points * if students submit the Critical Written Essay, then there can be no score for Critical Audio-visual Essay or for the Film based analytics project]

  • The content of the written essay meets the substantive requirements described on the application portal.
  • The written text meets the formal requirements (length, reference style) described on the application portal.
  • The written text is well-structured and shows the student's ability to critically discuss the chosen theme.
  • The reference list is complete.
  • The text is completely written by the applicant. (The Selection Committee may use software to detect plagiarism; Plagiarism will automatically lead to disqualification of the entire application). 

 

Assessment criteria for the Critical Audio-visual Essay (if applicable) [maximum score 20 points * if students submit the Critical Audio-visual Essay, then there can be no score for the Critical Written Essay or for the Film based analytics project]

  • The content of the video essay meets the substantive requirements described on the application portal.
  • The video essay meets the formal requirements (length, language) described on the application portal.
  • The film is well-structured and shows the student's ability to critically discuss the chosen theme.
  • The film is made solely by the applicant. The film may include clips from audio-visual works made by others but the credits should contain a complete list of source materials. Violation of these rules will automatically lead to disqualification of the entire application. 
  • As mentioned on the application portal: the audio-visual essay must be unlisted and cannot be shared with others. Therefore, the applicant can use copyrighted materials without clearing that copyright. Nevertheless, as mentioned above, all source materials must be credited. 

 

Assessment Criteria for the Film based data analytics project (if applicable) [maximum score 20 points * if students submit the Film based analytics project, then there can be no score for the Critical Written Essay or for the Critical Audio-visual Essay]

  • The project document contains both data visualisations and the written essay that contextualizes the visualisations. 
  • Data visualisations are produced by the applicant. The applicant is free to choose what data to analyse.
  • The content of the written essay meets the substantive requirements described on the application portal.
  • The written text meets the formal requirements (length, reference style) described on the application portal.
  • The written text is well-structured and shows the student's ability to critically discuss the chosen theme as well as interpret the produced data visualisations.
  • The reference list is complete.
  • The text is completely written by the applicant. (The Selection Committee may use software to detect plagiarism; Plagiarism will automatically lead to disqualification of the entire application). 

Additional criteria for the online videoconferencing interviews (round 2)

Candidates are assessed on the ways in which

  • They are able to critically discuss the assignment they submitted; their motivation; their previous studies. [maximum score 15 points]
  • They prove familiar with film history and cinematic heritage. [maximum score 10 points] 
  • They are able to engage in a conversation in English. [maximum score 5 points]
  • They demonstrate a genuine interest in at least one of the graduation trajectories provided by FilmMemory. [maximum score 10 points]

Questions

Any questions about the application process should be referred only to filmmemory@luca-arts.be. This e-mail address is protected from spambots. You need Javascript enabled to view it

Prior learning information

Applicants with no (Academic) BA degree can apply for recognition of ‘Previously Acquired Competence’ (PAC) or ‘Previously Acquired Qualifications (PAQ)’. The PAC/PAQ procedure is always handled by the higher education institution that issues the degree / programme for which the candidate makes a PAC/PAQ-request.

To be clear: in this case, you cannot make a PAC/PAQ-request to the FilmMemory consortium or programme, but you should submit such a request to an institute of higher education that has a PAC/PAQ procedure for the BA degree you believe you have all the necessary competences or qualifications for. For instance, applicants that want to obtain an academic BA in Audiovisual Arts through a PAC/PAQ procedure should start their PAC/PAQ procedure at a university or institute which provides such an academic BA.

Note: if an applicant succeeds in a PAC/PAQ-procedure and meets all FilmMemory application requirements he/she is NOT automatically admitted as a student of FilmMemory. A successful PAC/PAQ procedure only means that the applicant fulfils the formal requirements of FilmMemory application.

Appeal

An appeal may be filed solely on the ground of a specified procedural error by FilmMemory in the application process.

The appeal must be filed via the APPEAL E-FORM

Upon receiving an appeal, the Joint Coordinator of the FilmMemory consortium informs the Selection Committee, which answers to the candidate via the Admissions Officer in 30 days from the date of the appeal. If the candidate is still not satisfied with the answer, a second appeal can be addressed to the Management Board of the FilmMemory Consortium through a letter referred to the Joint Coordinator. The Academic Board will answer to the candidate in 30 days.

FilmMemory provides no oral or written assessment to the applicants about their submitted application materials.

Disclaimer

The FilmMemory Consortium is committed to user privacy. Information relating to individuals (personal data) is collected and used in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) in the current version of the OJ L 119, 04.05.2016; cor. OJ L 127, 23.5.2018, on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. This website treats personal data according to the policy described in the Regulation mentioned above and provides information about the use of your data in the specific privacy policy statements as described below.

Storing the Personal Data of the Applicants

By submitting your personal data, you agree to its transfer, storing or processing. FilmMemory Consortium will take all reasonable steps to make sure that the data of the candidates is treated securely and in agreement with this Privacy Policy.

Data that is provided to FilmMemory Consortium is stored on secure servers. The transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure and therefore FilmMemory Consortium cannot guarantee the security of data sent to the FilmMemory Consortium electronically and transmission of such data is therefore entirely at your own risk. Data will be stored for the purposes and objectives of the Program and of the institutions involved.

Disclosing Your Personal Data

The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), in the context of managing the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, collects and processes the personal data of some of the candidates. In particular, certain data of the scholarship holders (students and scholars), non-scholarship holders and reserve list candidates is shared with the Agency through the EACEA Mobility Tool and treated according to the following privacy statement.