National University




Master of Arts in Film Studies

Lead Faculty: Dr. Paul T. Majkut

The Master of Arts in Film Studies curriculum covers the central aspects of film studies, including theory, history, film genre, national film histories, and individual directors. The degree provides the student with the critical vocabulary, tools, and research abilities required to produce professional scholarship in the discipline on topics of current and historical academic interest.

The Program provides students with advanced theoretical, historical, and aesthetic appreciation of cinema. Film Studies, as an independent academic discipline, is among the fastest growing areas in higher education. Film Studies departments are increasingly seeking teachers with advanced education in this discipline. The program prepares the student for doctoral studies in the art of film, for teaching at the community-college level, and for other careers requiring advanced literacy and critical thinking.

Note: The Program includes a number of variable-content courses under the same course number. Variable-content course topics will be found on SOAR and will also appear on student transcripts. The variable-content courses are ENG 668, ENG 669, ENG 685, and ENG 686. These courses may be taken more than once, with different content, to fulfill degree requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate film theory, aesthetics, history, and individual American and international directors.
  2. Research and write in the areas of film theory, aesthetics, history, and individual American and international directors.
  3. Critique specific films using technical film vocabulary, critical approaches, and film research tools.
  4. Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches to film studies.
  5. Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of theoretical issues pertaining to the study of film.
  6. Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of the works and criticism of a specific film or literary period or movement.
  7. Revise and expand a paper to submit for publication in a scholarly or film journal.

Requirements

To receive the Master of Arts in Film Studies, students must complete at least 45 quarter units.  A total of 4.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section in the General Catalog on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.

Note: The program includes a number of variable-content courses under the same course number. Variable-content course topics will be found on SOAR and will also appear on student transcripts. The variable-content courses are ENG 668, ENG 669, ENG 685, and ENG 686.  These courses may be taken more than once, with different content, to fulfill degree requirements.

Core Requirements (8 Courses; 36 quarter units)

Other courses may be taken as electives in the M.A. in Film Studies Program with the approval of the Program Lead Faculty.

Core Requisite(s):

Program Electives (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Other courses may be taken as electives in the M.A. in Film Studies Program with the approval of the Program Lead Faculty.

Program Information

Online Education

This program is available online.