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M.A. in English with a Concentration in Film Studies

NCSU offers a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Film Studies. This 32-hour concentration includes training in writing (screenwriting, film criticism, and academic writing), analysis (genre, history, and national cinemas) and theory (film theory, literary theory, and visual theory). The array of courses offers opportunities for students to connect their study of literature with film. The program does not include production courses.

Graduate students in the film concentration who earn teaching assistantships assist film faculty members in larger section film courses and in the film lab.

How to Apply:
Application instructions:

English M.A. web site:
M.A. in English – NCSU

NCSU Graduate School web site:
NCSU Graduate School

On-Line application form:

Program Curriculum:

First Semester Requirement:

ENG 669: Methods and the Profession (3 credits), or
ENG 587: Methods and Theories in Media Studies (3 credits) [for students starting in Fall 2018 or after]

Disciplinary Core (15 credits)

-3 500-level Film courses (this excludes 592s)
-2 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 credits)

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

Open Electives (6 credits)

-2 open elective courses in any area, including film (may also be English 585s, 592s, or 636)

Additional Requirements

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:
1) Substantial essay based on original research with a brief oral presentation.
2) Film or video project accompanied by a paper that employs film studies research methods to reflect on the project with a brief oral presentation.
 3) Feature-length screenplay with a brief oral presentation.