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A network composed of thirteen universities organizes the International Master in Cinema and Audiovisual Studies (IMACS).

The program is based on a broad range of courses, and it is developed diversifying and enhancing the scientific specialization of each partner of the network. The resulting offer is a value-added educational path, proposing a distinguished initiative in the field of cinema and audiovisual studies in Europe.

The selected students (5+3 students maximum for each university) follow their classes in three different universities belonging to the network. The classes are held in the language of the country where they take place.

This program is focused on research and its main aim is to provide students with excellent qualifications; the participants receive a certificate issued by each university, which should be considered as an encouraging starting point for a possible PhD application.


The main frame of IMACS is conceived as a program that allows the student to gain the equivalent qualifications in each and every one of the universities where he/she has taken his/her classes.

IMACS is a two-years program (Master 1 and Master 2) that provides 120 ECTS. The full program encompasses 16 specific teaching modules, organized as follows: 10 modules during the first year (five courses per semester during Master 1) and 6 modules during the second year (three courses per semester during Master 2). According to its possibilities, each partner offers at least one course per module, which may vary from one year to the other.

The 16 modules offer a variable number of courses managed by each university starting from its own teaching program.

During the first semester of the first year students are expected to take five courses (corresponding to five modules), in order to acquire 25 ECTS. The second semester is to be spent abroad at one of the partner universities, where students are once again expected to take five courses (similarly, they correspond to five modules and to 25 ECTS). Whenever needed, students can take a language class both at their home university and to the university where they will be spending the semester. At the end of the first year students must write a research project (mini-mémoire), possibly associated to a research methodology class, that represents a preparatory work for the final dissertation.

The second year is mainly devoted to the research project that will be presented as final dissertation. Students are expected to spend the first semester abroad and to take three classes (15 ECTS); this mobility must take place in a different university from the one of the previous semester. The second semester is to be spent at the home university, where students are once again expected to take three classes (15 ECTS). The dissertation defence is to be held at the home university, but there is the chance to develop the research project under the direction of one professor from the home institution and one belonging to a partner university.

Download the modules list of IMACS

At the end of their educational path, students must have taken one-third of the classes in two foreign universities (25 ECTS during the first year and 15 ECTS during the second year, that is to say 40 ECTS out of 120 ECTS) and one-third at their home university. The third part is devoted to the elaboration of the final thesis.

The classes corresponding to the established teaching modules will be available at the beginning of the academic year.

Classes are given by local professors in the language of the home institution, with the exception of some universities, such as the university Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (classes in Castilian) and the University of Amsterdam (classes in English). It is possible that due to the mobility programs reserved to professors some classes are given by professors coming from a different university, but anyway belonging to the network; these classes can be structured as intensive sessions.

The program does not include practical labs, or professionalizing classes, and it does not include the chance to have an internship. Nevertheless, students are free to take these kinds of classes as supplementary modules and to include them in their academic educational path, as well as an internship during the semesters during which they are not having their mobility abroad.


ADVISORY NOTICE: due to academic policies, the following universities have a limited enrollment: Birkbeck College, London; University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; University of Amsterdam; University of Montréal; University Roma Tre. Candidates are also asked to consider that the University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona and the University of Amsterdam are able to host IMACS students only during their second mobility abroad (first semester of the second year).