Accelerated Degree Programs

The Department of Cinema Studies offers accelerated degrees in both Cinema Studies and Moving Image Archiving and Preservation to complete the B.A. and M.A. in five years.

In order to apply, you must be enrolled in the Cinema Studies B.A. program.  Accepted students must satisfy all requirements of both the B.A. and M.A. degrees.

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

Students are required to complete all of the necessary undergraduate requirements in the first four years of study.  Students can begin taking graduate coursework during their junior year, and are encouraged to enroll in graduate coursework offered over the summer.  The remaining M.A. coursework is completed in the fifth year of study.  See the complete suggested course trajectory.

Students are also required to pass the Master’s Comprehensive Examination, offered three time annually.

Email Cinema Studies Program Administrator Ken Sweeney for more information.

B.A./M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP)

The MIAP dual-degree program is intended for students who would like to combine the history and aesthetics of cinema studies with the theory and practice of archiving and preserving moving images.

Students are required to complete all of the necessary undergraduate requirements in the first four years of study.  During this time, students are also encouraged to complete half of the required credits for the MIAP M.A.  Students will then complete their M.A. degree in their fifth year of study.  Students will be required to enroll in three internships, as well as complete a capstone project in the form of a thesis or portfolio in their fifth year.  See the complete suggested course trajectory.

Email MIAP Associate Director Jess Cayer for more information.

Admission

Applications for the 5 Year B.A./M.A. program are due March 26, 2018.  Decisions will be sent to students no later than May 14, 2018.

All applicants must be sophomores and be in the process of completing 50 – 65 credit hours by the end of the Spring 2018 Semester.

Eligible Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online application form
  • A  two-page personal statement which should outline your interest in the programs and some topics you might want to explore at the M.A. level.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or T.A.
  • A 10 – 20 page academic writing sample that features your best critical and analytical skills.

An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate degree will be furnished by the department and added to the application once submitted.

Applications for the B.A./M.A. in Cinema Studies must be submitted to Ken Sweeney on the 6th Floor of 721 Broadway.  Applications for the B.A./M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation must be submitted to Scott Statland on the 6th Floor of 721 Broadway or 665 Broadway.

Decisions will be sent to the students in writing from the department with the stipulation that, if accepted, official notification from the Tisch Graduate Admissions office will be forthcoming once the B.A. is completed.