Jun 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalogue 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Film Studies, M.A.

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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Juan Kase


The Department of Film Studies offers a two-year Master of Arts degree in the history, theory, and aesthetics of cinema. Our comprehensive curriculum offers advanced classes in film style, historiography, global cinema, and film production. Students work closely with faculty to develop an individualized course of study that supports their research agenda and leads them to a culminating thesis. Students also complete an applied learning experience, which may involve teaching, festival programming, conference planning, magazine and journal publishing, or professional writing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts Program in Film Studies are required to submit the following items to the Graduate School before the application can be processed.

  1. An application for graduate admission.
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  3. A 2-3 page Statement of Purpose that explains the candidate’s educational or professional goals.
  4. An example of the candidate’s academic or critical writing in film studies or a related field.
  5. 2-3 letters of recommendation.
  6. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

An applicant must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (B.S., B.A., or B.F.A.). Submission of the materials above does not guarantee admission to the M.A. program.

All application materials must be received by the published deadline. All interested applicants will be considered for graduate assistantships, which will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Degree Requirements (39 total credit hours)

The program consists of 39 hours, distributed as follows. No more than nine credit hours may be taken from cross-listed 400/500 courses.

Minimum GPA

A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained in graduate course work; a “B” average is required for graduation.

Time Limit

The M.A. in Film Studies program is designed to be completed in two calendar years. All requirements must be completed within five calendar years.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of six credit hours of graduate course credit may be transferred from another regionally accredited institution in partial fulfillment of the M.A. UNCW regulations will be applied in determining the transferability of course credits, and requests for transfer credit must be approved by the M.A. coordinator, the chair of the Department of Film Studies, and the Graduate School.

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