MA in Film and Media Studies

The Master’s Program in Film and Media 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 motion picture film to digital media. Students can concentrate in either Film or Media in their selection of elective courses inside the School of the Arts or outside in Columbia University Arts and Sciences departments:  Electives might include:  Cinephilia, Seeing Narrative,  World Film Melodrama, Sound and Image Theory, The Documentary Tradition,  Film and Philosophy, The Mind Game Film, Indian Cinema, Cuban Cinema, Queer Film Theory, Film Comedy, Italian Neorealism, the Blockbuster,  The Western, Cult Film, Chinese documentary, Documentary Activism: Theory and Practice, Contemporary Japanese Cinema, Iranian Cinema. Or courses in New and Emerging Media: Visual Bodies: From Cinema to New Media, Seriality, Technologies of Dissent, Beyond the Human, Free Culture and Open Access, Hacking the Archive.

MA in Film and Media Studies students have a unique opportunity to study motion picture film history and theory as well as new media theory in a world capital of film and television culture as well as technological innovation. They are afforded the advantages of research in New York area film and television archives and libraries: New York Public Library, The Paley Center for Media, and have held internships at Museum of the Moving ImageMuseum of Modern Art, Doc Films, and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Paid faculty-student research projects include:



Zoom In: MA Film and Media Students Curate

Starting Spring, 2018, recent MA Film and Media Studies graduates will screen rare titles related to completed Thesis projects in the Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, the new state-of-the-art creening room on the Columbia University Manhattanville campus.

Fall MA Conferences

Students gain experience in academic symposia by participating in the yearly conference.


Fall 2017: Genre and Other Repetitions with Difference

A poster for a symposium


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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)