M.A. Concentration in Film Studies

Advisor: Marsha Gordon

The graduate concentration in film studies includes training in writing (film criticism and academic writing), analysis (genre, history and national cinemas) and theory (film theory, literary theory and visual theory). The array of courses enables you to connect your study of literature with film. The 33-hour program does not include production courses.

How to Apply

Check Out Comments from Alumni:

Story 1

"passionate, knowledgeable, and supportive..."

The Film Studies faculty at NCSU are extremely passionate, knowledgeable, and supportive.

                             -- MA ‘18 graduate, Film Concentration

Story 2

"It's so important to make connections like this..."

Meeting the brilliant minds in the Film Studies program at NC State made my experience here worthwhile. I’ve been able to work with them both in and out of the classroom at academic conferences. It’s so important to make connections like this in a world (academia) where networking is the first step to getting your research out there to the public.

                       – Kenneth Pinion, MA ‘15, Film Concentration

Story 3

"wonderful opportunity to build upon... an undergraduate liberal studies degree"

The graduate program provides a wonderful opportunity to build upon the foundations of an undergraduate liberal studies degree, while simultaneously preparing individuals for the modern workforce.

                                 -- MA '16 graduate, Film Concentration
Story 4

"...excellent student-teacher ratio."

Tremendous faculty, good resources (film especially), excellent student-teacher ratio.

                              -- MA ‘15 graduate, Film Concentration


Research Component (6 credit hours)

  • Research methods course required in the first semester:
    ENG 587 Interdisciplinary Studies: Methods and Theories in Media Studies (3 credits) 
    Or advised alternative
  • Final semester:
    ENG 676: Master's Capstone Project (3 credits).  In the film studies concentration, the capstone project typically takes one of the following forms:
              • Substantial essay based on original research with a brief oral presentation.
              • Film or video project accompanied by a paper that employs film studies research methods to reflect on the                project with a brief oral presentation.

    See more info about the Capstone Process here.
    See the Capstone Abstract Archive for past topics.

Disciplinary Core (15 credit hours)

  • 9 hours of 500-level film courses (this excludes 592s)
  • 6 hours of film electives 

The electives may include an additional 500-level film studies course, 592 Styles and Genres (this is a dual level/upper level undergraduate course for which 592 students will do graduate-level work), or Eng 636 Directed Readings (S/U graded courses)

Literature Electives (6 credit hours)

  • To connect with other core areas of English Studies, all MA English students take 6 hours in American, British, or World literature, or literary theory.

Open Electives (6 credit hours)

  • 6 hours of open electives in any area, including film (may also be English 585s, 592s, or 636)