Course Leader, Film & Television MA (Online)

Dr Jem Mackay is a filmmaker/artist who has been exploring collaborative systems within creative projects for the last eighteen years. He is course leader for MA Film & Television (Online). He studied audio-visual communication at St Martins School of Art; and completed his PhD at Falmouth University, looking at non-hierarchy through open-source approaches to distributed filmmaking. He was previously awarded a distinction for his MA in Digital Art from the University of the Arts London and has experimented with group art events in non-art public venues. He initiated several art collectives including Explosure and the House Art Gallery in London, which was an artist-led exhibition space that showed works by Sir Terry Frost and Anthony Gormley alongside local artists. He has also written a chapter entitled The Philosophical Importance of Collaboration in a collection of writings by artists entitled Philosophy of Art.

Contact details

Telephone 01326 370456



Year Qualification Awarding body
2015 PhD University of the Arts London
2011 PGCHE Falmouth University
2006 MA in Digital Arts (Distinction) University of the Arts London
1985 BA Hons in Graphic Design(2.1) St Martin's School of Art

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Open, Collaborative and Non-hierarchical filmmaking structures. Also self-organisation, emergence and group dynamics. Online community development.

Research centre and group affiliations

Pedare: Centre for Pedagogic Arts-based Research

Research Topics

  • Group Thinking
  • Augmented Intelligence

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Fox, Neil

    (2017), 'Wilderness'
  • Mackay, Jem

    (2014), : Non-hierarchy Through Open Source Approaches To Distributed Filmmaking., (Submitted)
  • Mackay, Jem

    (2023), Movie Maths, In: MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, MAI, Online, 1 (11), ISSN: 2003-167x

Externally funded research grants information

Collaborators Currency Funder HESA Category Project title Value Year ending Year starting
GBP BT 13 Other sources ISEA Swarm 1000 2013 2013

Research Students

Current research students

Patrick Campbell (MFA part-time student in Photography).


Areas of teaching

  • Audio for Film & Television

Courses taught

  • Film
  • Animation
  • Television
  • Journalism
  • Digital Media
  • Photography
  • Pop Music