• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

What to Expect

As a Film and Media Studies major at the University of South Carolina , you will develop an array of critical skills necessary for actively interpreting and productively engaging film and media culture from essential media literacy skills to advanced research methods in historical and textual film and media analysis.

By working closely with program faculty, you may also undertake undergraduate research on almost any aspect of media culture — from early Hollywood to contemporary Asian cinema and European television, from home movies and experimental films to selfies and social networks, from problems of industrial organization to questions of genre development and social habit. You will pursue additional skills through your minor.

As a film and media studies major, you will also have the opportunity to get involved in Columbia's local film culture, which is anchored by the Nickelodeon Theater and Film Society and its unique media literacy programs, part of the Helen Hill Media Education Center. You may choose to volunteer, intern or even work at the theater or center to gain experience in film programming, film festival operations and the teaching of media literacy skills to young people.

Careers

A major in film and media arts can prepare you for careers in:

  • film
  • television
  • mobile imaging

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 Film and Media Studies
  • Film and Media History
  • Film and Media Theory and Criticism
  • Topics in Film and Media Histories (recent topics include: Tarantino; Hong Kong Action Cinema; The Teen Film; Art and Cinema; Surveillance; Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s)
  • Documentary Film and Media Studies
  • Courses in Media Arts and Theater

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    50

    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:

    4.5

    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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Fill out the University's application form completely.
  • There is a $100 non-refundable application fee for international students. Access our online application to begin.
  • Submit your official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic Test scores.
  • Submit all official (or attested) high school transcripts.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    33523 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33523 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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33,523 - 37,740 USD

Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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