PhD in Film and Media Studies With a Concentration in French Requirements

PhD in Film and Media Studies With a Concentration in French

This program is designed for the student whose education background or research interests combine French and Film and Media Studies. While the student will earn a PhD in Film and Media Studies granted by the Film and Media Studies Program, they are a full member of the Department of French and Italian and will fulfill the French graduate program's requirements (many of which will overlap with those in Film and Media Studies). Students are thus doubly qualified in both disciplines and receive all the research, pedagogical training, and teaching experiences in French and Film and Media Studies. This interdisciplinary degree enables students to craft a unique professional path which, given the increasing importance of visual culture and media in the teaching of French at all levels, will make them extremely desirable as educators and researchers. Graduates are especially well positioned to teach French and Film and Media Studies within French or Modern Languages departments.

Students in this degree program complete

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  • the core and elective requirements for the PhD in Film and Media Studies, which include:

Core Courses in Film and Media Studies (7 credits):

A two-course (6 credit) sequence taken in any order:

  • ENGFLM 2451: Film History/Theory I
  • ENGFLM 2452: Film History/Theory II

One credit Film and Media Studies Proseminar ENGFLM 2905

Electives in Film and Media Studies (12 credits)

  • Four elective Film and Media Studies courses (in any department)

Of the total six required seminars, the student must take at least two courses taught by a member of the faculty outside of the French and Italian department. These courses can include the two required core courses as well as any of the four electives.

Film and Media Studies seminars offered within the French and Italian department also count towards the historical coverage requirements for the PhD in French (courses dealing with 20th/21st century French-language cinemas).

For information about upcoming graduate seminars in Film and Media Studies, please visit this page.

For a complete explanation of the Film and Media Studies degree requirements please visit the Film and Media Studies graduate program site. For information about teaching opportunities in PhD in Film and Media Studies With a Concentration in French, please visit the French program graduate teaching opportunities page here.

How to Apply:

The preferred deadline is January 15 each year. Applications submitted after this date will be considered if possible. 

Admissions guidelines for the Film and Media Studies Program can be found here.

Students apply for the Film and Media Studies PhD with French as the associated department through the Film and Media Studies program. Use the Arts and Sciences web site’s ApplyYourself service. Select "Film Studies-PHD" then choose French as your area of specialization on another pull-down menu.

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French who hold a B.A. or M.A. in Film and Media Studies but not an M.A. in French may be accepted into the degree program and asked to complete the requirements for the Ph.D. in French with an M.A. en route. This means that they will complete the M.A. in French requirements and earn an M.A. in French degree in order to become fully qualified as researchers and teachers of French language, literatures, and cultures. Applicants to the Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French who do not have a B.A., M.A., or previous coursework in Film and Media Studies may first be admitted to the Ph.D. in French or the Ph.D. in French with an M.A. en route. They can begin taking graduate coursework in Film and Media Studies at Pitt and apply for internal transfer into the Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies with a Concentration in French degree program in the fall of their second year.

Please direct any questions about applying to this degree program to Prof. Chloe Hogg.