Graduate Certificate in Film and Media Studies

With the world awash in moving images, sounds, words, and data, the Film and Media Studies Program (FMS) gives students the tools necessary to grapple with the decisive media of the past century and more: from film to television to the platform-agnostic digital culture of today. That knowledge is critical and practical, analytic and experimental, historical and theoretical. As an interdisciplinary program, Film and Media Studies draws on courses from American Studies to the History of Art, from Comparative Literature to Slavic, taught by a dedicated group of world-renowned faculty.

The Certificate in Film and Media Studies is open to students already enrolled in a PhD program at Yale. Its aim is to provide graduate students in other programs, departments, and divisions the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a degree of competence in the history and theory of film and media. Students must enroll in FILM 601 (Foundations in Film and Media), FILM 605 in the Fall and Film 606 in the Spring (The FMS Certificate Workshops), and two elective courses. The Fall and Spring Workshops meet both collectively and individually and are designed to support the student individually in their specific needs and interests and in their path toward the final paper. Attendance at events organized by the FMS Program, including Rough Cut, is strongly recommended.

Requirements will be approved by the DGS of FMS, the DGS of the student’s degree department, and an FMS advisor. A plan for fulfilling the requirements will be worked out in advance, in consultation with all three of the above. A student may apply to count a course they took during their first year.

Applications to the Certificate are due by May 15 of each year and are based on a letter of interest to be sent to the DGS of FMS, Professor John MacKay  and the potential FMS Advisor.

Completion of the certificate comes with fulfilling all requirements, including the completion of the final paper, and a summary of the student’s activities, as approved by the FMS Advisor.

(1) FILM 601: Foundations of Film and Media.

(2) two electives, one of which must be drawn from the FMS curriculum; the second may focus on media relevant to the student’s own research interests, but must be approved by the DGS of FMS.

(3) The FMS Certificate Workshop (FILM 605) and (FILM 606) ,  are  courses only offered to certificate students which will meet bi-weekly over two terms and count as one regular course credit. Students will be required to present a qualifying paper demonstrating their capacity to do interdisciplinary work.

(4) In approved cases, FMS Certificate students may TF courses in FMS. However, there is no formal teaching requirement for the Certificate program.

Each of these requirements will require approval from the DGS of FMS, the DGS of the student’s degree department, and an FMS advisor. A plan for fulfilling the requirements will be worked out in advance, in consultation with all three of the above. A student can apply to count a course they took during their first year.

Applications for the cohort are due May 15, 2022. For this cohort, the number of students allowed to register for the certificate will be capped at six. Interested students should contact Professor John MacKay