University of Rochester
Graduate Program

While there is no graduate program in Film and Media Studies, there are two avenues for acquiring an advanced degree in this field: one in the English Department; one in the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. The Film and Media Studies Graduate Council brings students from the two departments together.

Our curriculum offers a wide variety of courses dedicated to the study of film and media history and theory. These courses provide an opportunity for graduate students to study a vast selection of film and media, spanning numerous countries, cultures, genres, and mediums.

There is usually at least one graduate seminar in film or media studies offered each year. In addition, many of the more advanced undergraduate classes may be taken for graduate credit. These classes are listed with a 400 or 500 level number. For more information, visit the Film and Media Studies Course Descriptions. The Film and Media Studies department is closely associated with the prestigious George Eastman House, one of the world's premiere film archives, where many graduate students are given the opportunity to intern for course credit or work as volunteer docents. The University and the George Eastman House also appoint a George Eastman Fellow each year. This fellowship is awarded competitively to advanced graduate students and currently carries a stipend. The George Eastman Fellow works as Assistant Programmer in the Motion Picture Department and assists in the public programs of the Dryden and Curtis Theatres. 

In addition, the University and the George Eastman House jointly administer an innovative curricular program, the Selznick Graduate Program in Film and Media Preservation.