The Master’s Program in Film and Media Studies at Columbia takes up the evolution of cinema as an art, an institution, an object of philosophical study, and an international socio-cultural phenomenon. But digital image media have altered our conceptualizations of everything. Recently renamed to emphasize both motion picture film and the newest of new media, the program facilitates exploration from the one to the other and back. 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 concentrate in Motion Picture Film and Television or Media Art/Media Theory in their selection of elective courses either inside the School of the Arts or outside in Columbia University Arts and Sciences departments. Electives include: Cinephilia; The Documentary Tradition; Film and Philosophy; Queer Film Theory; The Western; The Blockbuster; Indian Cinema; Cuban Cinema; Chinese Documentary; Cult Film; Visual Bodies: Cinema to New Media; Seriality; Hacking the Archive; Digital Storytelling; Theory and Practice of Documentary Activism, Sound and Image Theory, New Media Art, Sound Technology.
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 Image, Museum of Modern Art, Doc Films, and Film Society of Lincoln Center.
A few Teaching Assistantships are available. Student Service positions employ students as Programming Assistants and Research Assistants. In the past, paid research projects include: