MA in Film Studies Program

The Master’s Program in Film Studies takes up the evolution of cinema as an art, an institution, an object of philosophical study and an international socio-cultural phenomenon. It is designed to consider current theoretical approaches and to look historiographically at trends such as the transition from film to digital media. The program is uniquely situated adjacent to the MFA programs in screenwriting/directing and creative producing, reminding students of the importance of filmmaking practice. The many courses offered in Columbia University Arts and Sciences departments create opportunities to individualize the course of study. Students are encouraged to take electives in national cinemas, cultural theory, economics, literary studies and philosophy.

MA students are afforded the advantages of research in New York area film and television archives and libraries (New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Broadcasting), of internships at cultural institutions (Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center). They gain experience in academic symposia planning by means of the yearly conference.

Film Program

513 Dodge Hall
Mail Code 1805
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-2815

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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.