24 months
19104 USD/year
19104 USD/year
4720 USD/year
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The Department of Film Studies from University of North Carolina Wilmington offers a two-year Master of Arts degree in the history, theory, and aesthetics of cinema.


Our comprehensive curriculum provides advanced classes in film style and aesthetics, historiography, global cinema, and film production. Students work closely with faculty to develop individualized courses of study that support their research agendas and career goals, culminating in Master's theses. 

Applied learning experiences, an important part of the program, offer opportunities for teaching, festival programming, conference planning, film production, curatorial practice, publishing, film education, and professional writing.

Career Information

The MA program in Film Studies from University of North Carolina Wilmington offers an intensive learning experience that trains students for a wide range of professions, as well as preparing students for PhD study. Students gain practical experience in organizing and programming events, conference planning, film curating, research, and writing commentary and criticism about moving images and film industries. 

Film Studies faculty involve MA students in research and publication activities, teaching students to prepare manuscripts for publication and perform archival work. Faculty may also co-author projects with graduate students, engage students as editors, and collaborate with students on curatorial projects. These applied learning opportunities help our graduates develop the expertise they need to become professionals in their chosen fields.

The MA program also includes film production, in collaboration with students and faculty from the MFA in Filmmaking,  deepening their knowledge of screenwriting, production, development, editing, cinematography, and marketing. Students also benefit from our wide-ranging internship program at local, national, and international film agencies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • World Cinema
  • Film Theory
  • Seminar in Film Studies
  • Advanced Practicum in Cinematography
  • Screenwriting
  • Digital Visual Effects

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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39 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An application for graduate admission.
  • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate).
  • A 2-3 page Statement of Purpose that explains the candidate's educational or professional goals.
  • An example of the candidate's academic or critical writing in film studies or a related field.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19104 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    19104 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19104 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    4720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4720 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Wilmington

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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