Students pursuing the MA in Film Studies will take four core courses in film history, film theory, and film language and at least six elective courses concentrating on specific traditions, critical schools, directors, genres, and production contexts. These electives, one of which must be a course in film production, come from the Departments of Art, Comparative Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Dance French and Italian, Germanic Language and Literatures, History of Art, Slavic and Eastern European Languages, Spanish and Portuguese, Theatre, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.

The degree consists of thirty-six credit hours in total, thirty of which must come from coursework. Students will be required to show proficiency in one foreign language and will complete a thesis before graduation.

Requirements, Master of Arts in Film Studies

Core Courses | Four courses, 12 hours

  • English 6778.01 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Film (3 CH)
  • English 7878.01 Seminar in Film & Media (3 CH)
  • Film Studies 7000 Graduate Studies in Film History (3 CH)
  • Film Studies 7001 Advanced Theory Seminar: Methods and Applications


  • One course from the production-course list
  • At least 6 hours at the 7000-level or higher
  • No more than 6 hours of non-graded coursework (S/U or PA/NP)

Satisfactory completion of a thesis (6 thesis hours)

Proficiency in one foreign language

 For further information about the Film Studies MA,
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