Immerse yourself in the study of movies from theory to history, film genre to directors, and more with the Master of Arts in Film Studies. You’ll learn the critical vocabulary, tools, and research techniques to speak and write knowledgeably about both contemporary and historical cinematography. You’ll also develop an aesthetic appreciation of cinema and learn to evaluate film theory, aesthetics, and history. As part of your MA in Film Studies coursework, you’ll explore and learn to recognize works by both renowned and obscure American and international directors. This advanced course of study will prepare you to pursue a doctoral degree in the art of film, to teach film studies at a community college, or to pursue other careers requiring advanced literacy and critical thinking.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate film theory, aesthetics, history, and individual American and international directors.
- Research and write in the areas of film theory, aesthetics, history, and individual American and international directors.
- Critique specific films using technical film vocabulary, critical approaches, and film research tools.
- Evaluate the relevance and applicability of different theoretical approaches to film studies.
- Engage in informed critical discussion of theoretical issues pertaining to the study of film.
- Engage in informed critical discussion of the works and criticism of a specific film or literary period or movement.
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