Cinema Studies

Director of Graduate Study: C.L. Cole
228 Gregory Hall
810S. Wright St.
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 333-1549
Fax: (217) 244-7695

Graduate Minor: Cinema Studies
The Graduate Minor in Cinema Studies promotes the graduate-level study of cinema and related screen media and their cultural and institutional contexts and offers formal recognition of such work, undertaken alongside and in conjunction with Illinois graduate students' primary fields of study. The Department of Media and Cinema Studies administers the Minor.


Applicants to the Graduate Minor program must be in residence and in good standing in a qualifying master's or doctoral program at Illinois and must designate Cinema Studies as a field/area of concentration for the master's or the doctoral degree and have that designation formally accepted by the student's home department.

Applications to the Associate Head are accepted on a rolling basis. The Associate Head will monitor students' advancement toward completion of the Minor.

MACS 503Historiography of Cinema4
MACS 504Theories of Cinema4
Two graduate courses in cinema or related media, chosen with the prior approval of the Minor Advisor. (One of the two electives may be satisfied by an independent study course or by an approved graduate-level course taken at another institution.)6-8
Total Hours14-16

Other Requirements

The student's master's examination (if applicable) or preliminary /qualifying examination must include a Cinema Studies topic.
If the student's master's thesis or doctoral dissertation deals in whole or in part with a Cinema Studies or related screen media topic, a member of the Department of Media and Cinema Studies must be a formal member of the student's committee.