B.A./M.A. in Cinema Studies

Accepted students must satisfy all requirements of both the B.A. and the M.A. degrees.  There is no double counting of courses between the B.A. and  M.A. degrees.  Continued coursework in the summer between the degrees helps to accelerate the program.

Required B.A. Area Distribution

This applies to Tisch Cinema Studies B.A. students. CAS Cinema Studies B.A. students should consult with CAS for specific requirements for the B.A.

The B.A. Degree requires a minimum of 128 credits with the following stipulations

Area I:   General Education - a minimum of 44 credits to be distributed as follows:

Writing – a minimum of 8 credits

Freshmen are required to complete 8 credits of Expository Writing

Transfers are required to complete 4 credits of Expository Writing

International Students must take the three-course international writing sequence

Foreign Language – a minimum of 8 credits or confirmed proficiency at an intermediate level

Foundations of Contemporary Culture – a minimum of 12 credits in Humanities & Social Sciences

Required for all students

  • Texts and Ideas  4 credits
  • Cultures & Contexts  4 credits
  • An approved Social Sciences course (politics, sociology, economics, psychology, social and cultural analysis, linguistics, journalism or anthropology) 4 credits      

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry – a minimum of 8 credits to include:

  • Quantitative Reasoning or approved math course  4 credits
  • Natural Science 1 (MAP) or approved science course  4 credits

The remaining 8 credits may be taken in any area of general education.

Area II:  Cinema Studies - a minimum of 40 credits in the major to be distributed as follows:             

Core Requirement - from Tier 1  (20 credits)

  • Introduction to Cinema Studies 4 credits
  • Film History 4 credits
  • Film Theory 4 credits
  • TV History  4 credits
  • Advanced Seminar  4 credits                                     

History Requirement – from Tier II & Tier III  (12 credits)

  • U.S. Cinema course  (4 credits)
  • Non-U.S. Cinema course 1  (4 credits)
  • Non-U.S. Cinema course 2  (4 credits)

The remaining 8 required credits can be any two Cinema Studies courses.

Required M.A. Area Distribution:

The M.A. degree requires 36 credits with the following stipulations:

32 credits must be completed in the department.

4 credits may be taken in another department or institution

Core Requirements  (12 credits):

  • Film Form/Film Sense  (4 credits)
  • Film Theory (4 credits)
  • Film History or TV History (4 credits)

The remaining credits can be any Cinema Studies courses.  

All M.A. students are required to pass the Master’s Comprehensive Examination which is given thrice yearly.  Students may take the exam after the completion of 24 graduate credits.

Suggested trajectory for B.A./M.A. Program in Cinema Studies

FRESHMAN YEAR
FALL (16 credits)

  1. Intro to Cinema Studies (4 credits)*
  2. Art & the World and Writing the Essay (listed under Expository Writing) (4 credits)**
  3. Cultures & Contexts (4 credits)**
  4. Foreign Language I (4 credits)**

SPRING (16 credits)

  1. Film History (4 credits)*
  2. The World Through Art and Writing the Essay (4 credits)**
  3. Texts & Ideas (4 credits)**
  4. Foreign Language II (4 credits)**

SOPHOMORE YEAR
FALL (16 credits)

  1. Film Theory (4 credits)*
  2. Societies & Social Sciences (MAP) or an approved Social Sciences course (4 credits)**
  3. Quantitative Reasoning (MAP) or an approved Math course (4 credits)**
  4. International Cinema course (4 credits)*

SPRING (16 credits)

  1. Television: History and Culture (4 credits) *
  2. Natural Science I (MAP) or an approved Science course (4 credits) **
  3. General Education elective (4 credits) **
  4. Minor (4 credits)

JUNIOR YEAR
FALL (18 credits)

  1. U.S Cinema course (4 credits) *
  2. Cinema Studies elective (4 credits)*
  3. General Education elective (4 credits)**
  4. Minor course (4 credits)
  5. MA Cinema Studies Independent Study (2 credits) (CS MA requirement)

SPRING (16 credits)

  1. 2nd International Cinema course (4 credits)*
  2. Cinema Studies Elective (4 credits)*
  3. Minor (4 credits)
  4. Any elective (4 credits)

SUMMER (4 credits)

  1. MA Cinema Studies Elective (4 credits) (CS MA requirement)

SENIOR YEAR
FALL (18 credits)

  1. Cinema Studies Advanced Seminar (4 credits)*
  2. Minor course (4 credits)
  3. Cinema Studies elective (4 credits)*
  4. Any elective (4 credits)
  5. MA Cinema Studies Independent Study (2 credits) (CS MA requirement)

SPRING (16 credits)

  1. Any elective (4 credits)
  2. Any elective (4 credits)
  3. Any elective (4 credits)
  4. Any elective (4 credits)

SUMMER (4 credits)

  1. MA Cinema Studies Elective (4 credits) (CS MA requirement)

MA Program (CS MA required courses)
FALL (12 credits)

  1. Film Form and Film Sense (4 credits)
  2. Television: History and Culture (or Cinema Studies Elective) (4 credits)
  3. Cinema Studies Elective  (4 credits)

SPRING (12 credits)

  1. Film Theory (4 credits)
  2. Cinema Studies M.A. class (4 credits)
  3. Cinema Studies M.A. class (4 credits)

SUMMER   Cinema Studies Comprehensive Exam

* CS Major Requirement
** CAS Liberal Arts Requirement