Ohio State University Master of Arts in Film Studies Program 2018, USA


Deadline:

November 15, 2017


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Master of Arts in Film Studies

Film Studies at Ohio State is a multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary program, which approaches cinema as both art and as international social practice. The M.A. will give students substantial advanced training in film analysis, history, and theory, and afford students an opportunity to learn about various film-related disciplines in order to make an informed career choice. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers in many non-production, film-related fields, including development, distribution, journalism, archival work, film programming, and marketing. We welcome applications from students who have some background in film studies but whose undergraduate major was in a non-film studies department (English, History, foreign languages & literatures, Art History, etc.) and who are looking to re-orient their career trajectory or to prepare for further study: the M.A. in Film Studies will provide a well-balanced foundation for students seeking to apply to highly competitive Ph.D. programs in cinema and media studies.

 Students pursuing the M.A. in Film Studies at Ohio State will take four core courses in film history, film theory, and film language, and at least six elective courses concentrating on specific traditions, critical schools, directors, genres, production contexts, or screenwriting. These electives, one of which must be a course in film production, come from the Departments of Comparative Studies, Eastern Asian Languages, French and Italian, Germanic Language and Literatures, History of Art, Slavic and Eastern European Languages, Spanish and Portuguese, Theatre, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.  Film Studies M.A. Students will be required to show proficiency in one foreign language, and will complete a thesis before graduation, under the tutelage of one of the more than 25 tenure stream faculty members who teach in our program.

 The City of Columbus offers students access to a vibrant and varied set of film, video, and new media programming and events, and the OSU Film Studies program has very close ties with the Wexner Center for Performing Arts, the Gateway Film Center, the Journal of Short Film, the Cohen Media Group, the Columbus International and Video Festival, Columbus Moving Image Art Review, and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, among other local film and arts institutions, publications, and annual events. Click here to find out more about life in Columbus, Ohio.

For further information about admissions and funding, please visit the OSU Graduate School.

For specific questions, please contact Director of Graduate Studies, Prof. Margaret C. Flinn or the Program Coordinator, Matthew Swift.

Curriculum

Students pursuing the MA in Film Studies will take four core courses in film history, film theory, and film language and at least six elective courses concentrating on specific traditions, critical schools, directors, genres, and production contexts. These electives, one of which must be a course in film production, come from the Departments of Art, Comparative Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Dance French and Italian, Germanic Language and Literatures, History of Art, Slavic and Eastern European Languages, Spanish and Portuguese, Theatre, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design.

The degree consists of thirty-six credit hours in total, thirty of which must come from coursework. Students will be required to show proficiency in one foreign language and will complete a thesis before graduation.

Requirements, Master of Arts in Film Studies

Core Courses | Four courses, 12 hours

  • English 6778.01 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Film (3 CH)
  • English 7878.01 Seminar in Film & Media (3 CH)
  • Film Studies 7000 Graduate Studies in Film History (3 CH)
  • Film Studies 7001 Advanced Theory Seminar: Methods and Applications

Electives

  • One course from the production-course list
  • At least 6 hours at the 7000-level or higher
  • No more than 6 hours below the 5000-level
  • No more than 6 hours of non-graded coursework (S/U or PA/NP)

Satisfactory completion of a thesis (6 thesis hours)

Proficiency in one foreign language

Pending the Chancellor’s approval, we will begin accepting applications this winter for students who wish to enroll in Fall Semester of 2017. For further information about the Film Studies MA, please contact filmstudies@osu.edu

Requirements, Master of Arts in Film Studies

Application deadline if applying for funding

Autumn semester

  • U.S. applicants - December 15
  • International applicants - November 15

Applications completed after the funding deadlines We will continue to accept and review applications after the funding deadline. But we only guarantee that applications completed by the dates specified above will get full consideration for both fellowships and graduate teaching assistantships.

Deadlines for Self-Funded Applicants - Autumn Term

  • U.S. applicants - June 30
  • International applicants - May 1

To apply visit Graduate and Professional Admissions.

*For students wishing to be considered for the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship program (gradsch.osu.edu/graduate-school-fellowships-for-first-year-graduate-students.html), make sure you complete the 500 word essay section of your application titled "Gradaute Enrichment Fellowship". If you do not complete this section you will not be eligible for the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship.*

Admission criteria

Applicants to this program must meet two sets of criteria:

·         The general minimum criteria established by the Graduate School. 

Special information

GPA Information:

While the official minimum GPA is 3.0, successful applicants for the MA in Film Studies will likely have GPAs of 3.4 or higher.  

Contact the Film Studies Program for specific questions about application materials.

Requirements

Students applying for the Master of Arts in Film Studies are required to submit the following materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • A writing sample of no more than twenty pages.

Statement of purpose

The statement of purpose should be a statement of no more than two pages that addresses your intellectual/academic interests and/or career goals, including how an MA in Film Studies will advance you in your intellectual and professional ambitions. This may include a discussion of independent film studies research undertaken as an undergraduate, coursework in cinema and media studies that you found particularly stimulating, and areas of interest for your eventual MA thesis if you already know them.

Writing Sample

The writing sample should be a paper in English of no more than 20 pages that gives what you feel is an example of your best writing on film, or more broadly in the field of cinema and screen media studies. Ideal choices would be:

  • a portion of an undergraduate honors thesis,
  • a research paper, or
  • extended critical analysis.

Contact the Film Studies Program for specific questions about application materials.

Test requirements

GRE General Test

English language testing requirements

  • 550 Paper-based TOEFL
  • 79 Internet-based TOEFL (IBT)
  • 82 MELAB
  • 7.0 IELTS

Funding

Graduate and professional students at Ohio State have a variety of funding options available to them, including associateships and other employment, fellowships, loans and scholarships. 

Application deadline if applying for funding

Autumn semester

  • U.S. applicants - December 15
  • International applicants - November 15 

Applications completed after the funding deadlines We will continue to accept and review applications after the funding deadline. But we only guarantee that applications completed by the dates specified above will get full consideration for both fellowships and graduate teaching assistantships.



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