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Screen Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The Screen Studies program of The New School immerses students in the rich history of motion pictures and their transformation into today's rapidly changing screen industries and cultures.
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The Screen Studies program of The New School combines a rigorous liberal arts curriculum in screen and film history, theory, and criticism with hands-on courses in the production of all forms of contemporary screen-based media, you learn to think, express, and formulate ideas with the moving image.

How has audiovisual media in its many forms responded to global and historical conditions? What is the situation of the moving image today, and what potential for expression does it offer? As a Screen Studies student, you address these key questions through courses in the history of world cinema, genre, experimental film, and theories and approaches to screen, as well as production-focused courses in personal documentary, directing, screenwriting, editing, and cinematography. 

You have an opportunity to gain technical expertise and creative confidence in all areas of digital film production by:

  • Overseeing your own work
  • Crewing on other student productions
  • Working with faculty on film- and television-based projects
  • Screen Studies approaches the motion picture camera not only as history to be studied, or a craft to be mastered, but above all a model of thinking and critique that taps into Lang's social justice mission.

Career Paths

By blending the production and in-depth analysis of screen-based media, Screen Studies majors are well equipped for diverse career options, including production-based work in film, television, and the entertainment industry; screenwriting for television, Web-based media, and motion pictures; and design and content development for Web-based media. Screen studies graduates can also pursue careers in curatorship and programming or advanced study in film, media, and television.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Screen Studies
  • Male Melancholia: Crisis Masculinity
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
  • Media Toolkit
  • Code Toolkit

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to apply online using the Common Application
  • Application fees are $50 for U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for international applicants
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • The New School does not require submission of SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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