Film MA | Fact Sheet


 
Facts About the Film MA
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• Since 2009, 104 students have graduated from the MA in Film Studies Program.
 
• Students from the following nations have been enrolled in the program: Chile, Portugal, Russia, Greece, Norway, Canada, Iceland, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Israel, Pakistan, Iran, Netherlands, United Kingdom, St. Lucia, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, People’s Republic of China, India, and the United States.
 
• Graduates of the MA in Film Studies Program hold or have held a variety of positions related to cinema and media including:
 
Film Librarian—National Library of Norway
Film Data Programmer—European Union Commission
Film Programmers—Brooklyn Academy of Music film series, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the Moving Image.
Education Officers—Museum of the Moving Image, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New Museum.
Film Distribution—The Weinstein Company, Icarus Films, Cohen Media Group, Screen Media, CineVision, EnMaze Pictures.
Organizational Development—Film Society of Lincoln Center
Film Festivals—Seoul, South Korea; The Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico; the Kingston Film Festival, Jamaica; The Asian-American International Film Festival, New York. The New York Film Festival; New Directors/New Films, New York.
Film Publications—Variety, Film Comment, Slant Magazine, Indiewire, The Brooklyn Rail, Haaretz, Filmmaker Magazine, The Daily Beast, n+1.
Film Production—producer, Aquíy Allá (2012).
 
• Graduates of the MA in Film Studies Program have attended well-known PhD programs worldwide:
 
Columbia University-2
George Mason University
Harvard University (M.Ed)
King’s College-London
New York University-6
Ohio State University
Princeton University
Rutgers University
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
University of California- Berkeley-2
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of Chicago- 4
University of Minnesota- 2
University of Pittsburgh
University of Southern California- 3
University of Washington
Yale University- 3
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
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How long is the program?
The MA program will take a year and a half (three full-time semesters) to complete. During the first two semesters, students are expected to take at least four classes both in and outside of the film division and in the larger Arts and Sciences departments. During the final semester, students will complete a thesis of 50-60 pages in length under the advisement of faculty in the film program.

How much cross-over is there with the MFA program?
The amount of individual connection with the MFA program is largely dependent on the student. It is likely that some history/theory/criticism classes in the Film division will be shared with MFA students. MA students are not eligible to take classes in directing, producing, or screenwriting,
but they can become connected with MFA students in plenty of other ways, such as volunteering to work on student films if it is of interest to the individual student.

What are classes like?
MA students will be expected to take classes in and out of the division. The classes can be larger lecture classes (50-75 students) or smaller seminar classes (10-15 students). There is an emphasis on academic approaches to film history, film theory, and new media theory. Each semester there is a required seminar for all MA students, which will focus on larger theoretical issues surrounding classic and contemporary debates in film theory and new media.

Do I need to have an academic background in film studies?
Students in the program have entered with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds ranging from art history to film history to curatorial work to business. The program is designed to deepen knowledge and familiarity with contemporary issues in film history and theory, as well as new media theory. An academic background in some aspect of film and/or new media will undoubtedly benefit your application.
 
 
Admissions Information
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Want to join this talented and diverse group of students? The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 will be in early February 2016. Check back regularly!

Please see the School of the Arts’ Office of Admission & Financial Aid for more information on how to apply, tuition and fees, and ways to finance your degree.
Film MA Program
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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.