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Graduate Certificate in Film Studies

Beginning in Fall 2019, the Film Studies Program and the Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of History and the French Program in Romance & Classical Studies, have established a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies that is open to all graduate students enrolled at Michigan State University.

The Certificate provides graduate students with an in-depth grounding in current methodologies, practices, and disciplinary concerns relevant for conducting advanced research and teaching in film studies. Courses in the certificate examine the history, theory, and criticism of cinema and study the medium of film as a global art, business, and technology of representation deeply informed by social dynamics of race, gender, sexuality, ability, and nation.

In terms of requirements, students must complete 9 credits from the following:

1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  FLM 800 Methods in Film Studies  3
  FLM 810 Seminar in Film Studies 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  FLM 810 Seminar in Film Studies 3
  FLM 820 Topics in Film Studies 3
  FLM 855 Interdisciplinary Topics in Film Studies 3
  Students who reenroll in FLM 810 must select a different topic to meet this requirement.  
  Students who wish to take a graduate-level film studies related course in another department in substitution of FLM 820 or 855 must request formal approval from the Director of the Film Studies Program. Only one substitution request (3 credits) will be accepted.  


Ph.D. Cross-Field Area of Inquiry
Film, Visual Culture, and Digital Media

For doctoral candidates in the Department of English Graduate Program.

The Film, Visual Culture, and Digital Media area of inquiry encourages students to examine how the history of cinema and the visual arts inform the screen and literary cultures of the digital present. Animated by cross-disciplinary work and covering a range of media—including cinema, photography, architecture, graphic and digital media, and literature—research in this cluster foregrounds relationships between digital media cultures and the histories of cinema and the visual arts. In particular, we explore how our image archives may help us construct media archaeologies responsive to the art and politics of the contemporary moment. Faculty and students examine the relations between vision, embodiment, and modern subjectivity; concepts of realism, mimesis, and documentary; and the role of race, class, gender and sexuality in cultures of the moving image. Research also considers the visualization of space, time, movement and cognition in literature and the other arts, and literary forms as they anticipate, build, or respond to changing media ecologies.

For more information, contact:

Justus Nieland, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, nieland@msu.edu