College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2014-2015

Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Edward Miller

Center for the Arts (1P), Room 232B

Email: edward.miller@csi.cuny.edu

Email: cinemamasters@csi.cuny.edu

Telephone: 718.982.2474

(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.

Cinema and Media Studies Admission Requirements

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.

Cinema and Media Studies Degree Requirements

36 credits in graduate cinema and media studies courses that must include the following core requirements*:

CMC 700

History of Media

CMC 705

Film and Media Research Analysis

CMC 710

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

  1. Each candidate is strongly advised to take CMC 705 (Film and Media Research) before undertaking the MA thesis. The course prepares students for the process of researching and writing the master’s thesis. The student may also prepare the thesis proposal with faculty supervision through CMC 894 (Independent Study) or independently.
  2. Each candidate must submit a comprehensive proposal to the graduate studies committee before beginning the actual thesis. The committee must approve this proposal and may request revisions and/or a meeting with the candidate to discuss it. If the committee does not approve the thesis proposal, the candidate is required to take the MA comprehensive examination. A student seeking to appeal the committee's decision regarding the thesis may appeal in writing to the graduate studies coordinator.
  3. Once approved, each candidate must choose a thesis committee comprised of three members of the full-time faculty of the Department of Media Culture. The chair of the thesis committee will direct the researching of the thesis and preparation of the manuscript through CMC 799 (Thesis Research), which may be repeated once for credit (maximum 8 credits). The other two members of the thesis committee will evaluate the thesis proposal, the completed thesis, and suggest revisions. The thesis committee may request a meeting with the candidate at any time during the process.
  4. A copy of the completed thesis is submitted to each member of the theses committee. Successful completion of the MA thesis requires the approval of all theses committee members, who will sign the signature page if the thesis is satisfactory. The candidate will then submit two copies of the approved thesis (with signature pages) to the CSI Library for binding and cataloging. MA thesis are available for consultation in the CSI Library and through interlibrary loan.

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:

  1. A film or video production thesis, whether undertaken in the fictional, nonfictional, or experimental genres, should run 20 to 45 minutes in length when complete. Ideally, the thesis project should emerge from the candidate’s prior coursework in production. Production thesis candidates should expect to be proficient technically, having fully developed the appropriate range of production and post-production skills before undertaking the thesis itself. The process, as described below, should be closely followed.
  2. The candidate must submit a comprehensive thesis proposal to the graduate studies committee before beginning the actual thesis. This proposal should be in the form of an extended research based written treatment, which should include, at minimum, a description of the project, a specific timeline for the stages of production and post-production, and an account of the research undertaken for the project’s development, where appropriate. The student should plan to prepare the thesis proposal with faculty supervision through CMC 894 (Independent Study).
  3. If approved, each candidate must choose a thesis committee composed of three members of the full-time faculty of the Department of Media Culture. The chair of the committee will direct and monitor the stages of thesis production through CMC 799 (Thesis Research), which may be repeated once for credit (maximum 8 credits). Before completion of the production thesis, two informal reviews take place. First, the candidate must submit to the thesis committee an emended proposal, which fully details the style and mode of production and provides as much as possible a shooting script. Second, a rough cut of the film or video must be made available to the committee at an early stage of post-production. In both instances the committee will have an opportunity to suggest revisions and improvements before the thesis can be completed.

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:

  1. Film and Media History: this section includes the following subject areas: periods, genres, authorship, international cinema, and media practices.
  2. Film and Media Theory: this section includes critical and theoretical writings on cinema and media, including such theoretical models as formalism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, gender and feminism, and cultural studies approaches.
  3. Each section will comprise two questions. Students must answer one question in essay form from each section.
  4. The examination will be taken only upon completion of coursework. It will be given once a year, in May. Applications to take the examination must be made no later than March 15 of the year the examination is to be taken.
  5. The questions on the examination will take into account the specific areas of knowledge covered in the required core seminars and selected elective courses. Selected bibliography as well as a list of media works will be made available to the students once the department receives notice of application for the exam. Answers to the questions should each be ten double-spaced, typed pages minimum. Completed examinations will be due ten days after issuance.

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.

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Master of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies (MA)

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Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Admission, Application, Progression and Retention Requirements

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Requirements

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Program FAQS

Physical Therapy Courses

PHT 70100 Clinical Anatomy

PHT 70200 Medical Terminology

PHT 70300 Foundations of Patient Care

PHT 70400 Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice & Ethics

PHT 70500 Upper Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 70600 Psychosocial Aspects of Clinical Practice

PHT 71000 Research Design

PHT 72000 Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology

PHT 73000 Structure and Function of the Nervous System

PHT 74000 PT Interventions and Preventions

PHT 75000 Physical Modalities - Clinical Decision Making and Application

PHT 76000 Lower Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment

PHT 77000 Directed Research I

PHT 78000 Clinical Medicine for PT

PHT 79500 Integumentary System: Assessment & Intervention

PHT 80000 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Examination

PHT 80100 Pulmonary Evaluation and Interventions

PHT 80200 Clinical Education: Education Theories

PHT 80300 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics

PHT 80400 Introduction to Neurological PT

PHT 80500 Musculoskeletal Examination I

PHT 80600 Clinical Affiliation I

PHT 80700 Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation

PHT 80800 Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation

PHT 80900 Directed Research II

PHT 81000 Neurological Interventions I

PHT 81100 Cardiac Rehabilitation

PHT 82000 Clinical Orthopedics II/Radiology and Imaging

PHT 83000 Orthotics & Prosthetics

PHT 84000 Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Neurology

PHT 85000 Musculoskeletal Examination II

PHT 86000 Directed Research III

PHT 87000 Health Promotion through the Life Span

PHT 87200 Topics in PT

PHT 88000 Neurological Interventions II

PHT 88100 Seminar on Organization and Management

PHT 88200 Pediatric Development and Assessment

PHT 88300 Pharmacology and Systems Review

PHT 88400 Musculoskeletal Examination III

PHT 88500 Electroneuromyography and Motion Analysis

PHT 88600 Clinical Affiliation II

PHT 88700 Clinical Decision Making

PHT 88800 Directed Research IV

PHT 88950 Clinical Affiliation III

PHT 89000 Clinical Affiliation IV

PHT 90000 Directed Research V

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