PhD Certificate in Film Studies

The Film Studies faculty at Emory University offers a master's program and a PhD certificate in the methodologies of film theory, history, and criticism. The program trains its students to be astute and discriminating critics and analysts of film and media art; it strengthens their critical thinking through an awareness of the philosophical and aesthetic debates in film and media theory; and it provides students with a thorough knowledge of cinema and media history as a dynamic form of cultural expression. With this background, our Ph.D. Certificate alumni are well-qualified for careers in teaching and scholarly research.

Although we do not offer a Ph.D. degree in our Department, we do offer a Ph.D. certificate in cooperation with other departments on campus. If you plan to pursue a Ph.D. certificate, you must apply to a Ph.D. program at Emory that sponsors students interested in film (these include Art History, Comparative Literature, English, French and Italian, the Graduate Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA), Sociology, and Women's Studies). If you are accepted into one of these programs, you may pursue a concentration in film at the Ph.D. level. The certificate is designed to extend graduate students' range of knowledge of the twentieth century's most influential art form, as they specialize in the theories and histories of culture and media.

Course Requirements

Students in the Certificate Program will fulfill all requirements of the Ph.D. programs of their respective major departments. Of the candidate's total semester hours, the certificate will require a minimum of sixteen semester hours (four courses) in seminars on theory, history/criticism and genres/national cinemas. This does not include any necessary leveling work in film studies. Candidates must either already have or be prepared to pursue training equivalent to the core course work of undergraduate majors in Film Studies (comprised of the Introduction to Film course [FILM270], the two-semester History of Film courses [FILM371 and 372], and Classical and Contemporary Film Theory [FILM381 and 382]).  The need for leveling work will be determined in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies during the student's first term in the Certificate. The precise coursework will be determined by each student's needs and the availability of courses.

Advising

Students in the Certificate Program will follow the standard advising procedures of their major departments. In addition, each entering Ph.D. student will consult with the Director of Graduate Studies in Film Studies to determine a curriculum appropriate to the student's overall interests and to the specific goals of study he/she has selected. During the second year, the student chooses a secondary advisor from among the Film Studies faculty, in addition to her/his major department advisor, who will guide the student through all phases of work, including their examinations and dissertation.

Examinations

Participating major departments will recognize film studies as one of the examination fields. The student will draw up an appropriate reading list for the film studies component, and the film studies advisor will serve on the examination committee and formulate examination questions according to departmental procedures.

The Dissertation

The student consults with his or her major advisor and Film Studies advisor to determine the dissertation topic. For those who have fulfilled the requirements of the Certificate in Film Studies, the dissertation must utilize film and the methodologies appropriate to film studies in a manner consistent with doctoral-level work in the major area of study.

Although we do not offer a Ph.D. degree in our Department, we do offer a Ph.D. certificate in cooperation with other departments on campus. If you plan to pursue a Ph.D. certificate, you must apply to a Ph.D. program at Emory that sponsors students interested in film (these include Art History, Comparative Literature, English, French and Italian, the Graduate Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA), Sociology, and Women's Studies). If you are accepted into one of these programs, you may pursue a concentration in film at the Ph.D. level. The certificate is designed to extend graduate students' range of knowledge of the twentieth century's most influential art form, as they specialize in the theories and histories of culture and media.

Applicants must satisfy general admission requirements described in the Emory University Graduate School application, including the submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), transcripts from all colleges attended, and three letters of recommendation. Your three letters of reference ideally should be written by professors with whom you have studied in college courses.

Students apply through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. You may apply online or you are welcome to contact the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to ask to have an application mailed to you. If you want further information from the Graduate School, you may request information here.

Financial Aid

Ph.D. candidates receive tuition waivers and departmental fellowships or special fellowships from the Graduate School of Art and Sciences. Information regarding non-university financial aid sources such as loans, work study, and veteran's benefits may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid and the Graduate School Assistance Page.

Cost of Study

Cost of study will be determined by the sponsoring department.

Living and Housing Costs

A variety of on-campus and off-campus housing is available. On-campus housing includes a graduate and professional residential complex offering accommodations ranging from a high-rise tower for single to attractive efficiencies and one- and two-bedroom garden apartments. All students must have proof of medical insurance. More information on on-campus housing can be found at the Graduate and Family Housing at Emory web page. Off-campus housing (which can sometimes be cheaper) can be found in the Residential Services Off-Campus Listings.