• Media Studies (MA)

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    Admission Contact
    Merida Escandon Gasbarro
    72 Fifth Avenue, 1st floor
    New York, NY 10011
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    Program Contact
    School of Media Studies
    6 E 16th Street, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10003
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  • The master's program in Media Studies offers a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum in media theory and practice with an emphasis on the production of film, video, audio, and emerging media. Gain experience in creative media making, critical analysis and reflection, and entrepreneurship and management - guided by a faculty that includes noted film and media-makers, researchers, designers, and scholars.

    • Degree Master of Arts
    • Credits 39
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus or online
    • Duration 2 years (full-time)
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Program Highlights

    • Making + meaning + management

      Become a holistic media professional with advanced production skills, a critical understanding of media systems, and new leadership capacities.

    • Global media capital

      Study in New York City and access world-class media internships, career opportunities, cultural events, and industry networks.

    • International community

      More than 30 percent of our students come from outside of the United States, creating a classroom community of diverse global perspectives.

    • Flexibility for working students

      Enjoy the freedom to study full-time or part-time, on our campus in New York or online from anywhere in the world.

    Interdisciplinary Curriculum

    Our flexible curriculum and limited number of required courses let you design your own path through the program. You may plan in-depth study in one or more of the subject areas listed below, sample a variety of subjects and approaches, or both. Students pursuing the MA in Media Studies also have the option of completing the graduate certificate in Media Management or a graduate minor as part of their course of study.

    • Digital cinema production
    • Documentary studies
    • Media analytics
    • Media history, criticism, and philosophy
    • Sound studies
    • Transmedia and digital storytelling

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    Career Paths

    Graduates of the Media Studies program work in diverse fields around the world, including documentary and narrative film and media production, multiplatform transmedia and digital storytelling and marketing, media management, and media research, as well as media advocacy and education. Some continue to PhDs and scholarly careers, while others produce innovative work as artists and designers. Our graduates have been recognized with top media and film festival awards, as well as accolades for scholarly contributions and media business innovations.

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