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“an experiment … a means of bombarding students with the art of film”

In 1960 the Slade became home to Britain’s first university film department, a unique centre of research, filmmaking and extraordinary screenings. Our aim is to archive and locate the moment of film’s recognition as an art-form within British cultural and intellectual history, producing a comprehensive survey of the department from its origins in the 1950s, when UCL’s interest in film was unorthodox, until its remodelling in the 1980s. We research the Slade’s pioneering role in promoting film as an art medium in British art schools and the pedagogical and interdisciplinary innovations that emerged from it.