The Department of Media Study, MA in Film and Media Study
Traditionally, Film Studies was based on the concept of film as a discrete medium. The advent of computational/digital technologies in the 1990’s changed this. These technologies acted as a universal solvent freeing the image from its analogous relationship to the referent and enabling formerly separate forms of media not only to morph into one another but to develop in entirely new ways.
In this environment Film Studies inevitably becomes Film and Media Study and can embrace work on everything from the use of film and animation in gallery installation to studies on the narrative structure of games. Our MA degree in Film and Media Study recognizes this by allowing participants to place their interests in film/media in the widest possible context.
The MA in Film and Media Study is a 36 credit degree. Students take 12 to 15 credit hours in the Department of Media Study, 12 – 15 credit hours in another department or concentration, six credit hours of electives and complete a 6 credit hour project or written thesis.
This degree can be used in many ways. For example:
- If you are transitioning between disciplines – moving from English or History to Film or Media Studies – and you plan to continue by applying to a Ph.D. program in these areas our MA can give you the basic courses and skills you need to submit a strong application.
- If your interests require you to assemble a set of skills which can only be found in a number of different departments our MA will enable you to assemble these in one degree.
We’re happy to talk to you about how our degree might help you advance your plans. Just e-mail Ann Mangan at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a phone/chat/skype.
This degree can be done in 3 semesters of full-time study.
The Department of Media Study offers core courses in Film Theory, Media theory, Contemporary Cinema, Documentary and Experimental Film, Video and New Media. Depending on their interests, students may also choose from a wide range of DMS courses including Game Design, the History of Video Art, Social Media, Mobile Media and Methods of Making I and II. Methods of Making courses give students without previous work in media production the basic and intermediate skills in film/video and digital media and enable them to explore the relationship between theory and production.
For a list of current offerings in DMS see: http://mediastudy.buffalo.edu/dms-courses/graduate/
DMS faculty include SUNY Distinguished Professor and internationally recognized media artist Tony Conrad, Award-winning documentary film maker Sarah Elder, and new faculty in Media Theory and History (Sarlin/Karppi) as well as award-winning faculty working in Electronic Literature and Media Poetics, VR/Game Design, Locative Media/hand held devices, and Media Robotics.
For an introduction to DMS faculty see:
A word from our MA graduates:
“The University at Buffalo’s Master of Arts in Humanities with a Concentration in Film and Media Study program has been completely invaluable to my academic goals, successfully bridging the gap between my undergraduate focus in Journalism and Mass Communication and my desired Film Studies-related Ph.D. It allowed me to participate in challenging courses focusing on film analytics under the guidance of an instructor who is beyond fluent in the subject area. One-on-one independent study and project guidance with a core faculty-member cultivated my analytical skills by encouraging and providing focus and direction for my own proposed topics, while simultaneously exposing me to further relevant film and theory. In the meantime, my secondary concentration in English expanded my academic writing and research skills, allowing me opportunities to broaden the scope of my education.”
Ally Melling is currently a TA in Bowling Green State University’s American Culture Studies Ph.D. program.
“I believe one of the program’s invaluable strengths is the diverse range of peer’s backgrounds and expertise. There is a wealth of resources in a cohort of students who come from multiple academic fields (including media, performance, art history, and anthropology), as well as from industry and artistic positions outside the academy. Through other students, faculty, and advanced coursework, I found the space in which I could progress as a scholar, therefore enabling me to continue to MFA and PhD degree-work.”
Sean Feiner is a TA in the Department of Media Study’s Ph.D. program.
Admissions and Applications
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information regarding admissions from the UB Graduate School. When applying through this link, make sure to select the degree program called Humanities Interdis.-(Concentration Film and Media Study) (MA). This is the correct application for this program.
Applications will be reviewed on arrival for Fall and Spring Semesters.
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