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Master of Arts in Film Studies at Chapman University

The two-year M.A. in Film Studies program offers students a comprehensive study of the moving image with an emphasis on exploring screen aesthetics through critical, historical and theoretical contexts. In the first year, students take courses that establish the key academic methods in the fields of film and media studies, with the opportunity to personalize their degree with a choice of electives. In the second year, students work with faculty and a self-selected adviser to write their masters thesis. At the end of the M.A. program, students present an oral defense of their thesis.

The M.A. in Film Studies is unique as it is a research based master’s degree where students develop an original thesis with strong support from faculty. Faculty research interests include, film and television theory, women in film, American cinema, Asian cinema, media historiography, film archiving and preservation, psychoanalysis and cinema, and new media studies. Graduates of the program have found employment in a wide field including teaching positions, enrollment in PhD programs, film critics, film festivals and web and marketing areas.

Students have the opportunity to apply for conference funding, teaching assistant positions and research support, all of which can be connected to the workshop of their M.A. thesis dissertation.                      

If you're ready to begin your journey at Chapman University, Apply Now.

We invite the inciters of change and disrupters of the ordinary to start their journey to mastery at Chapman.

As a graduate student at Chapman University, you will have the opportunity to truly master your passion. Whether you're an inspired artist, curious scientist, or a budding innovator, you will have access to industry tools, knowledgeable faculty, in-depth research opportunities, and a career and alumni network to support you throughout your life.