Why study film and media?

The Department of Film and Media Studies unites the inquiry of the academic with the practice and technique of the artist. Scholars and filmmakers work and study together in an environment of mutual encouragement and collegiality.

The affiliation of the Department with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of the Arts reflects a liberal arts perspective towards the study of film and media as well as hands-on production elements. We see film and media as ways of ordering, clarifying, and understanding human experience.

We are humanists, sharing the general goal of discovering and putting into communicable form hypotheses about human beings and the world as they interact with it. We are scholars and practitioners, and our work includes the creation of film and media, teaching, and scholarship. As a result we serve our disciplines, the University, and the surrounding community in our capacities as teachers, scholars, and artists.

Discover how film and media can change your life. In KU Film and Media Studies you’ll find a community that shares your passion for film and media and is dedicated to helping you succeed in today’s changing media landscape. You’ll find your place here within the School of the Arts’ creative community.

 The M.A. degree is an academic degrees but students are also expected to complete courses in film and video production. The M.A. degree requires 33 graduate credit hours and all M.A. students in Film and Media Studies must write a thesis as the culmination of their degree.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Graduate Admissions

 A full list of application materials and deadlines is available on The Department of Film and Media Studies admission pages. The Department of Film and Media Studies does not admit new students for the Spring or Summer terms. 

The completed application should be submitted online.

Contact Information

University of Kansas
Department of Film and Media Studies
1300 Sunnyside Ave Ste 230
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-1340
Email: film@ku.edu 

 

M.A. Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in film and media is an academic degree, but students are expected to complete 6 hours in film and video production. All M.A. students must write a thesis as the culmination of the degree.

To be admitted, a student ordinarily is expected to have a Graduate Record Examination score of at least 160 (verbal), 144 (quantitative), and 4.5 analytical writing.

To complete the M.A., the student must sustain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher through 33 graduate credit hours.

Requirements for the M.A. in Film and Media Studies

A total of 33 hours is required.

Core Courses
FMS 800Introduction to Graduate Study in Film/Media3
Studies:
FMS 865Film and Media Theory3
Production. Select two of the following: 6
Problems in Basic Screenwriting
Problems in Basic Video Production
Area of Concentration
Select 12 hours of courses from one of the following 4 categories:12

A. History and Theory

FMS 841Asian Film3
FMS 862Survey of Film and Media History3
FMS 863Survey of Documentary and Experimental Film and Media3
FMS 902Film Seminar in: _____3
1 elective in film history or theory3

B. International Film and Media

FMS 841Asian Film3
FMS 862Survey of Film and Media History3
1 elective chosen with the graduate advisor from the film and culture sequences offered, for example, by French and Italian or African and African-American studies, or appropriate FMS 902 Film Seminar in: ___ (3)3

C. Practical Criticism

FMS 880Development of American Popular Culture in the: _____3
Select one elective of the following: 3
Asian Film
Survey of Film and Media History
Survey of Documentary and Experimental Film and Media
Film Seminar in: _____

D. Theory and Practice of Production

Select two electives of the following:6
Problems in Basic Video Production
Problems in Intermediate Screenwriting
Select two electives of the following: 6
Asian Film
Survey of Film and Media History
Survey of Documentary and Experimental Film and Media

Master's Thesis

FMS 899Master's Thesis6

All courses should be selected in consultation with the advisor.