Graduate Calendar Archives: 2007 / 2008
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Director: Bryan Gillingham
The School for Studies in Art and Culture offers a program of study and research leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Film Studies. This is a disciplinary M.A. with emphasis upon 1) the conceptual issues current in the field, and 2) the problematics of various national cinemas and other practices.
The program will develop in students a broadly based expertise in the discipline. The study of Canadian cinema is given a high priority, but provision is also made for the study of other national cinemas, and for the study of other traditions outside the mainstream, such as women's cinemas, post-colonial cinemas, and minority and regional practices.
Most work in the program is on the feature fiction film and its institutional foundations as an object of study. However, in line with the expertise of members of faculty, the study of other film forms like documentary, animation, experimental film and video is a necessary part of the course offerings.
Questions of critical and historical method and problems of theory inform all of the courses in the program. This conceptual emphasis is in line with the central developments in Film Studies as a discipline over the past twenty-five years.
Applicants who lack an Honours degree, but who have a three-year degree in film studies or a related discipline with a minimum standing of B+, may be admitted to a qualifying-year program. Students who complete the qualifying-year requirements with high honours standing or better will be considered for admission to the master's program. The regulations governing the qualifying-year are outlined in the General Regulations section of this calendar.
Master of Arts
The minimum requirement for admission to the Master's program in either a full-time or part-time capacity is a B.A. (Honours) or the equivalent in film studies or a related discipline with high honours standing. Related disciplines might include mass communication, art history, literature, Canadian studies, women's studies, and history. Applicants without a background in film studies may be required to take a maximum of two full credits from designated courses in the undergraduate Film Studies program in addition to their normal M.A. program requirements.
The specific program requirements for students in the M.A. program are as follows:
In choosing the two additional credits beyond the core seminar and the thesis, students may take 0.5 credit outside the Film Studies program subject to the approval of the Graduate Supervisor.
Because of the strong conceptual demands of the program and the expectation that students be able to synthesize ideas in a substantial piece of written work, the research essay option will not be available in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree.
Normally, full-time students should complete their course work by the end of the second term, and part-time students by the end of the fifth term.
Students normally will submit a detailed thesis proposal to the thesis proposal committee no later than March 1 of the first year of registration for students enrolled full-time and no later than the middle of the fifth term of registration for students enrolled part-time.
A reading knowledge of french (or another language approved by the Film Studies Graduate Supervisor) is required.
A standing of B- or better must be obtained in each course counted towards the master's degree.
Not all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings and to determine the term of offering, consult the class schedule atcentral.carleton.ca