Resources for:

    Film Graduate Programs



    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    UW Madison offers the MA and PhD degrees in both Film Studies and Media and Cultural Studies through their Department of Communication Arts.  “The PhD in Film prepares students for a future scholarly career. It is designed to train students to conduct research and to disseminate knowledge in the classroom and in other professional settings. Reflecting this overall aim, the program integrates course work, research, and teaching experience.”

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    UW Milwaukee offers an undergraduate degree and graduate level courses in Film Studies through their English Department. (They do not offer the MA or PhD in Film.) For Fall of 2013, for instance, the program lists graduate-level courses in “screenwriting,” “contemporary art cinema,” and “media studies.” Consult the website for current offerings. 


    Northern Illinois University

    The Department of English offers a Master of Arts degree with a special focus in Literature and Film—a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of the relationships between traditional literary study and the cinema. The focus is designed for students from a wide variety of undergraduate degrees (Communication, Education, English, Film, Theater, etc.); for teachers in the broad range of language skills and art; and for professionals in the media. Its purpose is to study how the cinema engages, appropriates, and extends the forms, philosophies, and values of literature.

    Northwestern University

     “The Screen Cultures PhD program at Northwestern is a leading doctoral program that conducts and mentors innovative research in the history, theory, and critical analysis of film and media. Integrating interdisciplinary opportunities both within Radio, Television and Film and University-wide, Screen Cultures provides you with an exceptional humanities-based course of study in film, television, and digital media.”

    DePaul University

    The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Cinema is the terminal degree in digital filmmaking. The MFA program is designed for aspiring filmmakers who seek to become visual storytellers. Graduates of the program have the skills necessary to work in the professional film industry. This also is the preferred degree for those who wish to teach at the university level. The MFA program is a highly selective program that culminates in the successful completion of the MFA thesis project, a public presentation of the thesis project, and a defense of the thesis to the student's MFA committee.”

    Loyola University

    The Master's in Digital Media and Storytelling degree at Loyola is designed for post-baccalaureate students whose intentions are to enter professional markets with current and relevant skills putting stories into compelling narrative form through new and digital means. Our program gives you the opportunity to develop technical expertise while exploring different communications streams such as journalism, advertising, public relations, and documentary filmmaking.

    University of Chicago

    The Department of Cinema and Media Studies offers a Ph.D. program that focuses on the history, theory, and criticism of film and related media. Faculty are drawn from a wide range of departments and disciplines primarily in the humanities. In addition to offering its own doctoral degree, the Department offers courses and guidance to students who specialize in film and related media within departmental graduate programs or might be pursuing a joint degree.


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