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Film and Media, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #4 (BCR) Berkeley, CA, United States
Students in the Film and Media Ph.D. are encouraged to situate moving images within the larger theoretical and analytical frameworks of a range of other disciplines. The Film & Media Ph.D. emphasizes film and media history and theory, but also includes a digital-media production component that can be interwoven with the student’s other areas of study. 
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  • They integrate the traditions of history, law, literature, religion and political theory to the newer disciplines of Film Studies and Digital Media, applying the tools of post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, new historicism, Frankfurt School, feminist theory, queer theory, post-colonialism and deconstruction. Many combine their degree study with a campus Designated Emphasis (graduate “minor”) in New Media, in Critical Theory, or in Women, Gender and Sexuality.
  • Through a cooperative effort with the Department of Art Practice and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, the Department of Film and Media has helped to found the Digital Media Labs Consortium, a humanities-based initiative that pools production resources and coordinates courses of instruction to widen the possibilities in advanced digital-media production. Art Practice also offers an MFA that includes production in digital media and new genres. Other production degrees on campus include the Graduate School of Journalism’s M.A. in documentary film production.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Film Theory
  • Graduate Topics in Film: 3D - Dimensionality of the Moving Image
  • Graduate Topics in Film: Queer Aesthetics
  • Graduate Topics in Film: Inheriting Cultural Disaster

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

In summary, the application requirements are:
  • Submission of the online application including a Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement. 
  • A $105 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents; $125 fee for all others.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted electronically.
  • At least one writing sample of a maximum of 30 pages. (this may be excerpted from a longer paper, but we suggest it not exceed 30 pages)
  • A statement about foreign language proficiency, if any (be specific: how long, at what level, what kind of familiarity, i.e., conversational or reading).
  • Official GRE scores no more than 5 years old sent to UC Berkeley. No department code is required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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