MA in Cinema and Media Studies

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The MA in Cinema and Media Studies offers a broad and comprehensive curriculum in the critical study of the media arts to a small group of highly motivated students. Our world-class faculty, working at the cutting edge of media scholarship and research creation, offer a diverse selection of courses and in depth mentoring that provide students with a core formation in the critical and interpretive analysis of cinema and media. The MA is an extremely versatile degree that will prepare the student for a future in either interdisciplinary academic research or the growing spectrum of jobs in the creative industries. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as academics, festival programmers, archivists, curators, critics, and media producers.

Our two-year program and flexible curriculum allow students the freedom to fulfill their unique academic and professional aspirations with ample time to benefit from York University’s rich tradition of being at the vanguard of interdisciplinary research, social justice, knowledge mobilization and emerging technology. Students work closely with our award winning faculty while completing specialized coursework in critical theory, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, documentary, national and transnational cinemas, philosophy and film, independent film, games and digital media, archiving, curatorial studies, film history, media industry studies, globalization and the political economy of media. MA students also directly participate in the many research-intensive initiatives and media labs housed in the School of Arts, Performance, Media and Design: the Augmented Reality Lab, the Future Cinema Lab, the Stereoscopic 3D Lab, the Mobile Media Lab, the Canada Foundation for Innovation 3 Space Project, and the newly established Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology Research. The MA culminates in the choice of a major research paper, a research-creation project, an intensive industry placement, or a course-based program of study.

For students preparing for a future in the media industries, we also offer a joint MA/MBA degree with the world-renowned Schulich School of Business.

For more information, please contact:
Graduate Program Director:
Sharon Hayashi - hayashi@yorku.ca