Graduate Catalog 2014-2015
Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Edward Miller
Center for the Arts (1P), Room 232B
(See section Graduate Courses in Selected Disciplines for cinema and media studies courses for teachers.)
The Master of Arts Program in Cinema and Media Studies at the College of Staten Island is uniquely situated in the most vibrant media capital in the world. Our select and markedly international student body thus has direct access to New York City's extraordinary media archives, museums, theaters, galleries, and libraries, enriching and extending what is learned in the classroom.
Students accepted into the program undertake a challenging two-year curriculum that spans core knowledge in media history, theory, criticism, to develop research, writing, and media-making skills in preparation for careers in academia, the arts, or media-related professions.
Students are encouraged to work one-on-one with an engaged, diverse faculty composed of active distinguished film scholars and historians, and prominent film, video, and digital media artists. In addition, our students have the rare opportunity to combine coursework in both theory and practice, completing either a written or media production thesis, with resources including a digital media lab and a television studio.
Our growing program is intended to usher cinema and media studies into a new era of global intellectual and creative exchange.
Applicants to the program are expected to have the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a liberal arts and sciences major and to have completed with a B average the undergraduate courses required for the BA in Cinema Studies or Bachelor of Science in Communications at the College of Staten Island, or their equivalent. Applicants must also submit a one- to two-page statement of intent detailing interest in the field, background in film and media studies, and/or research interests; a ten- to 12-page writing sample (a short critical essay on a film topic or other related media); and three letters of recommendation.
The priority deadline for receipt of applications for admission for the fall semester is April 15. Late applications for fall semester will be accepted until May 1. The priority deadline for receipt of applications for the spring semester is November 15. Late applications for spring semester will be accepted until December 1. The department admissions committee will give full consideration to applications received after these respective dates, spaces permitting.
36 credits in graduate cinema and media studies courses that must include the following core requirements*:
History of Media
Film and Media Research Analysis
Studies in Film and Media Theory
All remaining credits are to be fulfilled, following advisement, through electives offered in the graduate program in Cinema and Media Studies.
*Students who choose to complete a written or production thesis must apply to the departmental graduate studies committee for approval. Please see Options A and B below for thesis procedures and guidelines.
Note on production courses: A maximum of nine credits in film or media production may be counted toward the degree, with the approval of the candidate’s graduate adviser. Graduate independent study in film production is only granted with permission of the instructor and program coordinator.
Note: Students who elect Option A or B below should maintain a 3.7 GPA or higher. Satisfactory completion of one of the following three options:
Option A: Written Thesis
Topics suitable for the master’s thesis span the entire range of cinema and media theory, history, and practice. Possible topics include studies of media producers, history of media production and its institutions, media and spectatorship, ideology and production of film and media works, and media in relationship to issues of race, gender, class, and nation. The thesis length should run approximately 70-80 pages. Whenever possible, the topic of the thesis should extend or at least reflect the candidate’s graduate coursework. Candidates should be aware of the following steps to be taken in completing the thesis option:
Written Thesis Procedures and Guidelines
Option B: Original Film or Media Production Thesis
For this option, students may submit an original film or media work. Students who elect this option must also fulfill the requirements of Option C, item (1), Film and Media History. The examination will be a take-home exam and must be completed in five days. Students choosing the production thesis option may, under the advisement of the graduate faculty, need to complete an undergraduate production course(s).
Production Thesis Guidelines:
A copy of the competed thesis in the form of a DVD or VHS dub is to be submitted to each member of the thesis committee. Successful completion of the MA production thesis requires the approval of all thesis committee members.
Option C: Examinations
This option consists of a comprehensive take-home written examination. This examination will be divided into two parts:
The complete examination will be read by members of the graduate Cinema and Media Studies faculty who may request a meeting with the candidate to discuss it. When the faculty approves the examination, it will be retained in the Department files, although the candidate may retain a copy.
Maintenance of Candidacy
To maintain candidacy for the MA degree, full-time students must maintain a B (3.0) average in each 12-credit semester. Part-time students must maintain a B average in each successive 12-credit sequence of courses taken.
Note: All candidates should be aware that they must pay the maintenance of matriculation fee during any semester in which they are not enrolled, unless they are not using College facilities (including the Library and screening facilities) during this period. In this case, they may pay the reinstatement fee and the maintenance fee for the semester in which they are graduating. If the candidate has not paid for each semester, the reinstatement and maintenance fee for one semester may be paid, provided that the candidate has not used the College facilities and that the request is supported by a written statement from the committee chair.