• M.A. in Film Studies

    Develop a critical and analytical understanding of films

  • M.A. in Film Studies

    Participate in travel excursions to global cinema epicenters and archives

  • M.A. in Film Studies

    Hone your research and writing skills

» M.A. in Film Studies

The Master of Arts in Film Studies program offers a comprehensive course of study in film history, theory and aesthetics. Students devote a lot of time viewing films of different genres, styles, periods and national industries, reading about them and discussing their meanings and significance. The two-year program is designed to foster critical and analytical understanding of films and it provides students with advanced training in academic research and writing. 

Upon finishing the intense course of study students will be able to analyze American and international films from historical, cultural, economic and ideological perspective as well as from aesthetical perspective. Students are encouraged to think out of the box to question how films bear the social and cultural influences and the ways in which important social issues are represented on screen. 

Survey courses on film history and theory will equip the students with basic knowledge and skills for scholarly exploration of film and in-depth study of genres and auteurs will allow them to apply those analytical tools to individual films and filmmakers. 

After completing the rigorous curriculum that includes an MA thesis writing in the second year, students will gain:

  • Excellent knowledge on the development of cinema since its invention
  • Analytical ability to do close readings of individual films in relation to a wide range of important questions and issues
  • Research skills to develop scholarly arguments and
  • Advanced writing skills.

By joining the MA program, students will become part of a vibrant film community including both academic and creative students, and will be encouraged to participate in the various activities and events that feature industrial experts

+ - Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify different theoretical approaches to film studies and apply them to analyze film(s) in a final written assignment. 
  • Compare different filmmaking traditions of national/regional cinemas in a global context in a final written assignment. 
  • Apply primary research skills at archives and libraries for a historical analysis paper. 
  • Construct a thesis project that engages with major research/analytical tools of the discipline. 

+ - Degree Requirements

1. Complete 36 credits at the 500 or 600 level.
2. Successfully complete the thesis project.
3. Pass an oral defense of the thesis project.

Recommended Two-Year Plan 

first year (18 credits)

fall requirements (9 credits)

FS 545

Film Theory and Criticism

3

FS 552

Survey of American Cinema

3

 

Elective

3

spring requirements (9 credits)

FS 553

Survey of World Cinema

3

FS 594

Film Historiography

3

 

Elective

3

 

First year review

 

second year (18 credits)

fall requirements (9 credits)

FS 697

Film Studies Thesis Workshop I

3

 

Elective

3

 

Elective

3

spring requirements (9 credits)

FS 585

Film Reviewing

3

FS 698

Film Studies Thesis Workshop II

3

 

Elective

3

 

Thesis completion and oral defense

 

total credits

 

36

electives

at least one from each of the following

FS 542

Seminar in Film Studies: Genre and Auteurs

3

FS 543

Advanced Topics World Cinema

3

FS 544

Advanced Topics in Film Studies

3

optional elective

FP 531

Production Workshop I

3

 

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