The Master of Arts in Film Studies program offers students a comprehensive study of the moving image with an emphasis on exploring screen aesthetics through critical, historical and theoretical contexts. In the first year, students take courses that establish the key academic methods in the fields of film and media studies, with the opportunity to personalize their degree with a choice of electives. In the second year, students work with faculty and a self-selected adviser to write their masters thesis. At the end of the MA program, students present an oral defense of their thesis.
The MA in Film Studies is unique as it is a research based master’s degree where students develop an original thesis with strong support from faculty. Faculty research interests include, film and television theory, women in film, American cinema, Asian cinema, media historiography, film archiving and preservation, psychoanalysis and cinema, and new media studies. Graduates of the program have found employment in a wide field including teaching positions, enrollment in PhD programs, film critics, film festivals and web and marketing areas.
Students have the opportunity to undertake apply for conference funding, teaching assistant positions and research support, all of which can be connected to the workshop of their MA thesis dissertation.
Chapman University is located less than one hour from Los Angeles, where students have access to world-class research libraries and resources, such as:
- The Mary Pickford Foundation
- Margaret Herrick Library
- Warner Bros. Archives
- Academy Film Archive
- UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections
- USC Cinema Arts Special Collections
- The upcoming Academy Film Museum
Students are actively encouraged to apply to a wide range of internships at these well-known institutions, incorporating their work into their classes.