City University Of New York, The Graduate Center

The Graduate Center

Film Studies


365 Fifth Avenue

New York City, NY 10016

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MALS track in Film Studies is devoted to intensive analysis of the development and presence of international and national cinema as a medium and art form, from the silent era to the contemporary state of digital moviemaking. Students are introduced to various films and filmmakers, genre and themes, old and new technologies, and this study occurs in New York, a city whose unparalleled film resources include Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Theater, MOMA, Silvercup Studios, Anthology Film Archives, BAMcinématek, and Film Forum, among others, in addition to the very streets of New York, where so much history is celluloid in composition. Whether analyzing and writing about the latest films from Iran, Korean gangsters, Buster Keaton’s art of survival, Apocalypse Now, anime, or any representative art or artist, the MALS student is introduced to various cinematic canons, as well as to relevant sets of theoretical film discourse. Students in the MALS Track in Film Studies may select two out of three core courses, and then may select from a host of offerings from the GC for the 30 credits Masters Degree. A thesis project, which may also contain a creative component to complement the traditional thesis, completes the degree.


All of CUNY’s campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. All of CUNY’s degree programs are registered with the New York State Department of Education.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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