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MA Film Studies (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
6 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
9844 USD
National
9844 USD

Application fee

International 110 USD
National 110 USD
Department
School of Arts
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)315
15

World University Ranking

About this course

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.

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Eligibility Criteria

International applicants should have the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree, and should understand idiomatic English and speak, write, and read English with a high degree of facility.

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Course Modules

Student 1:
First Year, Fall Semester
“Pro-Seminar in Film History” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Fictionalizing History: Fascism in Literature and Film” (Department of Italian)
“Soviet and Post-Soviet, Colonial and Post-Colonial Film” (Comp. Lit./Slavic Languages Dept.)
“Silent Cinema” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

First Year, Spring Semester
“Introduction to Cinema and New Media” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Pro-Seminar in Film Theory” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Italian Neorealism” (Department of Italian)
“The Persistence of Hollywood” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Seminar in Film Research- Cinephilia” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

Second Year, Fall Semester
“Thesis Prep Seminar” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Graduate Thesis Research” (School of the Arts, Film Program)


Student 2:
First Year, Fall Semester
“Aesthetics and Politics” (Philosophy Department)
“Pro-Seminar in Film History” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

First Year, Spring Semester
“The New Hollywood: 1967-1976” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Introduction to Cinema and New Media” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

Second Year, Fall Semester
“Rotten Sun” (Anthropology Department)
“Seeing Narrative” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

Second Year, Spring Semester
“Seminar in Film Research- Cinephilia” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Seminar in Film Theory II” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

Third Year, Fall Semester
“Thesis Prep Seminar” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Graduate Thesis Research” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

Student 3:
First Year, Fall Semester
“Neo-Dada and Pop Art” (Department of Art History and Archeology)
“Pro-Seminar in Film History” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Do You Believe in Genre?” (School of the Arts, Writing Program)
“TV as a Dramatic Medium” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

First Year, Spring Semester
“Introduction to Cinema and New Media” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Pro-Seminar in Film Theory” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Periodizing the Seventies” (Department. of Art History and Archeology)
“Art, Media, and Avant-Garde” (Department of Art History and Archeology)

Second Year, Fall Semester
“Thesis Prep Seminar” (School of the Arts, Film Program)
“Graduate Thesis Research” (School of the Arts, Film Program)

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How to Apply

1.Completed Application: Must be submitted online.

2. Undergraduate Transcript:
Please upload a scanned copy of your undergraduate transcript to the online application system. No other transcripts are required, though applicants may submit transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended if they wish. Do not mail official paper transcripts prior to an offer of admission. Official Transcripts are only required after an applicant has been admitted to the School of the Arts, and must be received by June 30, 2017. To be considered official, transcripts must include the institution’s seal or stamp and must be submitted in an unopened envelope, signed or stamped across the seal. If an applicant’s name has changed since the undergraduate degree was received, the Admissions Office must be notified of the change at [email protected], so that the transcript can be correctly added to the applicant’s file. Any offer of admission will be provisional until we receive your official undergraduate transcript showing conferral of your undergraduate degree. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited undergraduate institution at the time they matriculate into the School of the Arts.

3. Three Letters of Recommendation: Online submission of the letters of recommendation is preferred. If you are not utilizing the online submission method, the letter of recommendation form may be downloaded here. Fill out the applicant portion of the recommendation form, and provide it and a self-addressed stamped envelope to each recommender. Recommenders can be undergraduate, graduate, or professional contacts; they should be people who can speak to your creative ability and potential. Request that they: (1) enclose the recommendation; (2) seal the envelope; (3) sign their name or place their stamp across the seal; and (4) mail or give the envelope directly to you. All recommenders must meet the deadline. If they do not, the applicant will incur a late materials fee. If your recommender does not wish to send the envelope directly to you, they must send it directly to:

Columbia University School of the Arts
Admissions Office
305 Dodge Hall, MC 1808
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

They must write your full name and date of birth on the letter. Again, all recommenders must meet the deadline.

4. Creative Materials Required for Application: Please click below for a list of creative materials that are required for each program. All submitted creative materials must clearly bear the applicant's name, date of birth, name of program to which he or she is applying, and title of the material (dramatic writing sample, autobiographical essay, etc). The School of the Arts does not provide portfolio or application material reviews.

Film MFA
Film Studies MA
Theatre MFA
Visual Arts MFA
Writing MFA
Interdepartmental Program: Sound Arts

5. $110 Online Application Fee: This may be paid by credit card when submitting an application online; or by check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank and denominated in U.S. dollars. Checks and money orders must be made payable to Columbia University. . We cannot accept postal money orders. Applicants should be sure to write the program and, if applicable, the concentration to which they are applying on the check or money order; if the check is that of an individual other than the applicant, the applicant's full name must be included as well. Application fees are nonrefundable and cannot be waived; no application can be processed without the application fee.

Presentation of Materials
Our Admissions Committees take note, among other factors, of the professionalism of your presentation and the appropriateness of your materials to our specific requirements. Do not add or substitute items and do not exceed length limitations. Please do not use permanent bindings, notebooks, or oversize paper. Unless requested, please also staple together the pages of each requirement, but do not staple all requirements to each other.

Responsibility for Materials
Please keep copies of all materials submitted. Do not send your only copy.

All materials included in a School of the Arts application become the property of Columbia University. The School of the Arts will not return any submitted creative materials. Applicants should note that the School is not responsible for the transportation and safekeeping of materials submitted for review; applicants send all materials at their own risk.

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