Academic Requirements

The Program

The Graduate Program in Film and Visual Studies leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The core emphasis of this research degree is the theory and history of media in relation to the visual arts--an emphasis that is often called "visual studies."
The Program does not admit candidates who seek a terminal AM degree. Students may apply for a master’s degree after advancing to PhD candidacy. A master’s degree may also be offered to students unable to complete the PhD. The expected timetable for completion of the doctoral degree is five to six years.
For graduate students pursuing serious research in audiovisual and related media, including visual art, in other departments who wish to have their work validated by this program, a secondary field in Film and Visual Studies is offered.