MA in Film Studies
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 outside of the School of the Arts, in various 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), as well as internships at cultural institutions (Museum of the Moving Image, Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Paley Center for Media). Students gain experience in academic symposia planning by participating in the yearly conference.
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)