MFA in Film & Television Studies

The MFA in Film & Television Studies program requires a total of 64 credits. In the third semester, students develop a prospectus for a final graduate thesis project and present it to the graduate faculty for their approval. This project is usually a written work of original scholarship, but students may instead opt to create a multimedia project of comparable scope and with a similarly solid historical or theoretical foundation. The graduate project will count as 8 course credits toward the MFA requirements.

Film & Television Studies Curriculum

The curriculum contains four required courses in history and theory. These are to be taken in sequence within the first year of the course of study. The remainder of the program is composed of individual selections among a wide spectrum of specialized upper-division courses (500-level and above) in film and media studies. In addition, a student may use a maximum of two electives (8 credits) to pursue an interest in creative work in video production and/or screenwriting. The curriculum also offers an opportunity to work on directed study projects with the faculty, as well as the option to pursue a wide variety of professional internships.

First Semester

  • COM FT 722 American Masterworks (4 cr)
  • COM FT 520 Television Theory and Criticism (4 cr)
  • Two electives (8 cr)

Second Semester

  • COM FT 536 Film Theory and Criticism (4 cr)
  • COM FT 721 International Masterworks (4 cr)
  • Two electives (8 cr)

Third Semester

  • Three electives (12 cr)
  • Fourth elective or COM FT 953 Internship* (4 cr)

Fourth Semester

  • Two electives (8 cr)
  • COM FT 852 Thesis Project (8 cr)

Curriculum offerings of potential elective courses:

Students may choose electives (500+ level) that are not listed below.

(These courses are not offered every semester)

  • American Independent Film
  • Uncensored TV: Original Programming on Cable Television
  • Three Masters: Ozu, Dreyer, Bresson
  • Feminist Television Studies
  • Film Criticism
  • Television Industry Studies
  • The Documentary
  • NBC: Anatomy of a Television Network
  • The French New Wave
  • The Profane
  • New Scandinavian Cinema
  • Holocaust on Film
  • Film Styles
  • Third World Cinema
  • Introduction to Screenwriting for Non-Screenwriters
  • Introduction to Video Art
  • Silent Cinema
  • History of the Avant-garde (4 survey courses; sequence not required)
  • The City in Film
  • The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick
  • The World of David Lynch
  • Italian-American: Coppola and Scorsese
  • Noir and Neo-Noir
  • The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
  • British Cinema
  • African American Representation
  • LGBT Representation
  • American Film in the Sixties
  • American Film in the Seventies
  • Gender and Horror
  • Asian Cinema
  • Antonioni and Bergman
  • Bresson and Tarkovsky
  • Four Non-fiction Filmmakers
  • Creative Non-fiction Film
  • Women and Film
  • Pasolini, Sembene, Akerman, Kiarostami
  • The Cinema of Michael Haneke
  • Polish Cinema: Wadja, Polanski and Keislow
  • It Came From Canada: The Films of David Cronenberg
  • Low-Brow Comedy
  • Renoir and Buñuel
  • Classical Hollywood Romantic Comedies and Melodramas
  • The Hollywood Blacklist

Some courses have prerequisites which are not listed above. Please see the course descriptions for additional prerequisite and requirement information.

* Students may only receive credit toward graduation for one 4-credit internship during the duration of the degree program.