College of Letters & Sciences
UW-Whitewater Film Studies

Graduate Programs


University of Wisconsin-Madison
UW Madison offers master's (MA) and doctoral (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
Students in UW-Milwaukee's Media, Cinema and Digital Studies program can build their own graduate curriculum at the MA and PhD levels, drawing from courses in film studies, television, media theory, cultural studies, critical theory, multimedia writing, art history, alternative textual production, digital studies, gaming, technology theory, history and more. A concentration in UW-Milwaukee  English graduate program, MCDS offers a flexible and individuated course of study for students interested in film studies, media, digital studies or popular culture. Students are encouraged to combine theory, history, analysis or digital textualities with explorations of new and developing global cultural practices, shifts in industry structures and technology, and developments in narrative and formal conventions.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Graduate Program (MFA) in Film, Video, Animation & New Genres in the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee is interdisciplinary, hands-on, and non-commercial in spirit with a commitment to the intensive and rigorous production of creative time-based art. We have a dedicated, internationally recognized faculty for a small and mutually supportive group of 10-14 graduate students. We encourage works which demonstrate a personal commitment to the art of media making, projects marked not so much by any particular style but rather by the questions they explore. It is the goal of the program to assist each graduate student in completing a number of accomplished works rooted in a developed sense of community, culture, and self.


Columbia College Chicago
Cinema Directing (MFA). To realize their unique visions onscreen, the best directors need equal mastery of leadership, storytelling and production skills. Candidates in Columbia’s 52-credit Master of Fine Art in Cinema Directing program learn to craft character-driven narratives, work with producers, and create diverse and authentic films grounded in the human experience. Creative Producing (MFA). Creative producers drive the cinema, television and interactive industries. Columbia’s intensive 50-credit Master of Fine Art in Creative Producing program will train you to find great material, navigate the marketplace, hire talent, juggle financial and legal issues, and deliver high-quality entertainment to enthusiastic audiences. For your thesis, you’ll produce a short film and package a long-form narrative project developed during your final year of study.

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.”

Governors State University
GSU’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Independent Film and Digital Imaging is an interdisciplinary program that forges a relationship between applied sequences in digital filmmaking (Communications) and digital photography (Art). MFA students on the Independent Film track will conceive, produce, direct, edit, and deliver digital documentaries and dramatic projects. Students on the Digital Imaging track will undertake the development of gallery-worthy art. All graduates will hold terminal degrees in the applied arts, giving them the opportunity to compete for work in higher education.

Loyola University
The master's (MC) degree in Digital Media and Storytelling 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.

Northern Illinois University
The Department of English offers a Master of Arts (MA) 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 program at Northwestern is a leading doctoral (PhD) 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.”

University of Chicago
The Department of Cinema and Media Studies offers a doctoral (PhD) 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.