MA in Film Studies | Columbia University School of the Arts

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 practices. 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, art history, 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, The Paley Center for Media), internships at cultural institutions (Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Paley Center for Media). Students gain experience in academic symposia planning by participating in the yearly conference.
 
 
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FILM | SCREENING AND CONVERSATION
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6:30 pm  
Columbia Maison Française
515 W 116th St, Buell Hall 2nd Fl
Use main campus entrance: 2960 Broadway
 
FILM | SCREENING AND CONVERSATION
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 6–9 pm 
Dodge Hall, Room 511
Use main campus entrance: 2960 Broadway
 
 
 
Transformations
 
FILM STUDIES | CONFERENCE
Fri–Sat, Apr 15–16, 2016
Michaelson Screening Room, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
721 Broadway, Room 648
 
 
February 4–6, 2016
 
A conference organized Organized by the MA in Film Studies Program at Columbia University School of the Arts and The Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race, Columbia University
Stuart Hall
 
   
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The Women Film Pioneers Project has launched! The project, published by Columbia’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) in collaboration with Columbia’s School of the Arts and Columbia Libraries, is a free, online database that highlights the role of women in the early film industry through essays, archival materials, and still and moving images. more→

The Women Film Pioneers Project is now on Twitter! Follow @WFPProject to learn more about all of the amazing women who worked behind-the-scenes in the silent film era!
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A roundup of recent articles and film reviews by current MA students and alumni:

Emma Myers ('13) interviews Deniz Gamze Ergüven for Brooklyn Magazine

Matthew Monagle ('17) compiles an "alternate Christmas playlist" of films for Film School Rejects

Steven Mears ('12) interviews Kent Jones for Film Comment
 
 
 
 

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

Spring semesters
through 2020
2011–2016

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2016
 

Affiliated Faculty
Visiting Scholars 2015-16
 
Liu Yang (Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Theater at Nanjing University)
Hong Zeng (PhD candidate, City University of Hong Kong)
Kathleen Loock (Post-Doctoral Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin)
Zhijun Peng (Instructor in the Department of Visual Arts at Tianjin University)
Barbara Szczekala (PhD candidate, Jagiellonian University)
Julio Bezerra (Fullbright Scholar and Post-Doctoral Researcher, Universidade Federal Fluminense)
Agata Frymus (PhD candidate, University of York)
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.