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Film Studies


MALS students take four classes within the program—Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies, two core courses in their chosen track, and the thesis—and choose their remaining electives from among all courses offered across the doctoral and certificate programs at the Graduate Center.


MALS Track in Film Studies

The MALS track in Film Studies is devoted to intensive analysis of the development and presence of international and national cinema as a medium and art form, from the silent era to the contemporary state of digital moviemaking. Students are introduced to various films and filmmakers, genre and themes, old and new technologies, and this study occurs in New York, a city whose unparalleled  film resources include Lincoln Center Library of Performing ArtsLincoln Center Theater, MOMA, Silvercup Studios, Anthology Film Archives, BAMcinĂ©matek, and Film Forum, among others, in addition to the very streets of New York, where so much history is celluloid in composition. Whether analyzing and writing about the latest films from Iran, Korean gangsters, Buster Keaton’s art of survival, Apocalypse Now, anime, or any representative art or artist, the MALS student is introduced to various cinematic canons, as well as to relevant sets of theoretical film discourse.

Students in the MALS Track in Film Studies may select two out of three core courses, and then may select from a host of offerings from the GC for the 30 credits Masters Degree. A thesis project, which may also contain a creative component to complement the traditional thesis, completes the degree.

Core Courses:
MALS 77200 Film History I, 3 credits
MALS 77200 Film History II 3 credits
MALS77100 Aesthetics of Film, 3 credits

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