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BA/MA in Film Studies

Only currently enrolled, University of Colorado-Boulder students, may be considered for admission to the program. Transfer students must complete at least 24 credit hours as a degree-seeking student before applying to the program. Students enrolled in this BA/MA program cannot pursue a double major or double degree of any kind. Students must have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.3 and have completed all MAPS deficiencies.

The application deadline is the second Monday in October, in the Fall semester of the applicant’s junior year. Admission to the program occurs during the second semester of the junior year. Admitted students will secure the sponsorship and advisory commitment of a Film Studies faculty member at the rank of assistant professor or higher. They will also submit a one-page prospectus detailing a possible research topic for an MA thesis. In addition, they must successfully complete a writing assignment in the form of a 10-12 page analytical/theoretical or historical argument paper on a film determined by the faculty.

Students start taking graduate-level courses during their senior year and in the second semester of their senior year they go through a mid-program review. In the first semester of the fifth year, they fulfill their Theory & Critical Methodology requirement and will also take two ARTF courses with a critical focus. They will also present and get approval of their thesis prospectus, constitute their thesis committee and fulfill 3 of the required thesis hours. During the second semester of the fifth year, they will take three ARTF critical focus courses, and fulfill the remaining 3 hours of thesis credit. Students will complete and submit their theses (in fulfillment of all graduate college requirements) by the end of the fifth year. Once the principal advisor has accepted the thesis, the final requirement will be an oral examination focusing on its subject matter.

It is expected that the BA/MA program be completed within five years. Both degrees, Bachelor’s and Master’s, are awarded simultaneously upon meeting all degree requirements. Six credits (two courses) may be shared between the two programs. For more information.