Film and Media Studies, Graduate Certificate

Certificate Candidacy

To earn a graduate certificate at Washington University, a student must complete all courses required by their department; maintain satisfactory academic progress; fulfill all academic and residence requirements; and file an Intent to Graduate. Graduate certificates are not standalone programs and are only available to current students in applicable graduate programs. Thus, graduate certificates are conferred at the same time as the student’s primary graduate program.

Program Requirements

  • Total Units Required: 15
  • Certificate Length: 2 semesters
    • Note: Students must be enrolled in 9 graduate credits each semester to retain full-time status. As students complete their course work, if enrolled in fewer than 9 graduate credits, they must enroll in a specific Arts & Sciences graduate course that will show 0 units but does count as full-time status. Students should connect with their department to ensure proper enrollment prior to Add/Drop. Students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in courses that count toward their credit units.

Required Courses (9 units):

Film 5501Advanced Moving Image Analysis and Criticism3
Film 5420Film Theory3
Film 5421Film Historiography3
Total Units9

Electives (6 units):

Students may select any 5000-level FMS courses not already taken to fulfill this requirement, including the following:

Film 5000Independent Study3
Film 5422Film Stardom, Performance, and Fan Culture3
Film 5424Broadcasting Equality: Radio, Television, and Social Change in Postwar America3
Film 5425Seminar in Video Games: Video Games, Gender and Sexuality3
Film 5429Mass Culture and Modern Media: Fantasylands: Cinema, Spectatorship, and the Spatial Imagination3
Film 5430Topics in Chinese Media Culture: Charting Identity in the Digital Age3
Film 5432Global Art Cinema3
Film 5439Clown Princes3
Film 5443Memory, Tears and Longing: East Asian Melodrama Film3
Film 5444Topics in Chinese Language Cinema3
Film 5445Horror in Japanese Media3
Film 5446The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Cinema3
Film 5450American Film Genres3
Film 5451American Television Genres3
Film 5452Advanced Screenwriting3
Film 5453Experiential Design for Immersive Media3
Film 5454American Film Melodrama and the Gothic3
Film 5457From Vitaphone to YouTube: Popular Music and the Moving Image3
Film 5458Major Film Directors3
Film 5460Taboo: Contesting Race, Sexuality and Violence in American Cinema
Film 5465Theory and Practice of Experimental Film3
Film 5475Screening the Holocaust3
Film 5478Topics in Transmedia Franchises3
Film 5479(In)Visible Media: Connection and Crisis in Contemporary Japan3
Film 5485Visualizing Orientalism: Art, Cinema and the Imaginary East 1850-20003
Film 5507The 007 Saga: James Bond and the Modern Media Franchise3

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Contact Info

Contact:Pat Henry