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Master of Arts in Film and Media Studies

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M.A. Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in film and media is an academic degree, but students are expected to complete 6 hours in film and video production. All M.A. students must write a thesis as the culmination of the degree.

To be admitted, a student ordinarily is expected to have a Graduate Record Examination score of at least 600 (verbal), 500 (quantitative), and 4.5 (analytical writing).

To complete the M.A., the student must sustain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher through 33 graduate credit hours.

Requirements for the M.A. in Film and Media Studies

A total of 33 hours is required.

Core Courses

FMS 800 Introduction to Graduate Study in Film/Media
(FMS 800 is to be taken the first semester in residence.)
3
Studies  
FMS 864 Classical Film and Media Theory 3
FMS 865 Contemporary Film and Media Theory 3
Production  
Choose 2 courses from the following list:
FMS 673 Problems in Basic Screenwriting (3)
FMS 675 Problems in Basic Video Production (3)
FMS 676 Problems in Basic Film Production (3)
6

Area of Concentration

Choose 12 hours of courses from one of the following 4 categories: 12

A. History and Theory

  • FMS 841 Asian Film (3)
  • FMS 842 Latin American Film (3)
  • FMS 862 Survey of Film and Media History (3)
  • FMS 863 Survey of Documentary and Experimental Film and Media (3)
  • An appropriate FMS 902 Film Seminar in: _____ (3)
  • 1 elective in film history or theory (3)

B. International Film and Media

  • FMS 841 Asian Film (3)
  • FMS 842 Latin American Film (3)
  • FMS 862 Survey of Film and Media History (3)
  • 1 elective chosen with the graduate adviser from the film and culture sequences offered, for example, by French and Italian or African and African-American studies, or an appropriate FMS 902 Film Seminar in: _____ (3)

C. Practical Criticism

  • FMS 621 American Film Criticism (3)
  • 1 elective from the FMS 880 sequence in American Popular Culture (3)
  • 1 elective from the following list:
    FMS 841 Asian Film (3)
    FMS 842 Latin American Film (3)
    FMS 862 Survey of Film and Media History (3)
    FMS 863 Survey of Documentary and Experimental Film and Media (3)
    An appropriate FMS 902 Film Seminar in: _____ (3)

D. Theory and Practice of Production

  • 2 electives from the following list (6 hours):
    FMS 576 Animation (3)
    FMS 675 Problems in Basic Video Production (3)
    FMS 676 Problems in Basic Film Production (3)
    FMS 773 Problems in Intermediate Screenwriting (3)
  • 2 electives from the following list (6 hours):
    FMS 841 Asian Film (3)
    FMS 842 Latin American Film (3)
    FMS 862 Survey of Film and Media History (3)
    FMS 863 Survey of Documentary and Experimental Film and Media (3)

Master’s Thesis

FMS 899 Master’s Thesis 6

All courses should be selected in consultation with the adviser.

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