- CMS: FILM 6220 Methods and Research in Cinema and Media Studies: work on Thesis/MRP is integrated into the course and the final assignment is a Thesis/MRP proposal
- Production: FILM 5010 Production: work on thesis proposal integrated into the course
- Screenwriting: FILM 5110 Screenwriting: work on thesis proposal integrated into the course
- FILM 5400 Grad Seminar: required course for all CMS, Production, and Screenwriting masters students. It combines guest presentations with seminars on professional development (grant-writing, proposal writing, networking, etc). N.B. Students do not officially enroll in Film 5400 until Term 4 (see below)
- Students normally enroll in 2-3 courses per term in First Year and complete their 7th course (for students completing a Thesis) or 8th course (for MA students completing a Major Research Paper or MRP).
- Pending faculty availability, Film 5800 Directed Reading or Film 5700 Student Initiated Collaborative Inquiry courses may assist in the development of Thesis/MRP research.
- All grad students registered in the first 5 terms of their masters degree are considered full-time. Unlike undergraduate studies, there is no minimum number of courses that a student must be enrolled in to maintain full-time status. Students may take more than the minimum number of courses required for their degree.
- York University’s strength as an interdisciplinary university means that you may find excellent courses in other graduate programs. To search for other graduate courses, go to https://w2prod.sis.yorku.ca/Apps/WebObjects/cdm and “Search Current Courses By ...” Subject. Choose the appropriate term (Summer or Fall/Winter) and a list of programs will appear. Any program that indicates “GS” includes Graduate classes.
Cognate programs that offer cinema and media related courses include Communication and Culture (CMCT), English (EN), Anthropology (ANTH), Humanities (HUMA), Interdisciplinary Studies (INST), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (POLS), Sociology (SOCI), Social & Political Thought (SPTH), Science & Technology Studies (STS), and Women’s Studies (WMST), in addition to Fine Arts programs in Art History (ARTH), Dance (DANC), Design (MDES), Music (MUSI), Theatre (THEA), Theatre Studies (THST), and Visual Arts (VISA).
Finally, students with more specialized research interests may consider courses in Environmental Studies, Law, Sciences and Social Sciences. It is YOUR responsibility to contact programs and/or instructors directly to obtain permission to take courses outside Film.
- GA faculty matching
- Grant workshop preparing for Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS)
- CGS/SSHRC applications due; application topic should dovetail with Thesis/MRP proposal preparation
- First year students attend Grad Symposium to give feedback to 2nd year student presentations.
- CMS: FILM 6230 Contemporary Cinema and Media Theory
- Production: FILM 5020 - Selected Topics in Production
- Screenwriting: FILM 5130A Selected Topics in Screenwriting
- FILM 5400 Grad Seminar (continued from Fall term)
Master Supervisory Committee formation process:
- Onepage Thesis/MRP Topic Proposals due to Grad Film Program office.
- Students provide a maximum one-page 500 word Précis of their Thesis/MRP, which is circulated to all Grad Film faculty. Faculty read these Topic Proposals and indicate projects that intersect with their expertise and interest.
- Thesis Supervisory Committee Form due in Grad Film Program office.
- Students indicate faculty members with whom they would like to work as Supervisors, Readers and, for theses, Second Readers.
GPD negotiates Supervisory Committees
- GPD, in close consultation with students and faculty, matches student requests with faculty feedback balancing, as much as possible, student preference, faculty expertise, faculty workload and leaves, etc.
- Students cannot be forced to work with a faculty member; faculty similarly cannot be forced to work with a student who requests them as a supervisor, for reasons of workload, etc.
- In some cases, faculty from outside a student’s stream may serve on a supervisory committee for reasons of expertise, etc.
- Supervisory committees assigned
Progress Report #1 (for first year) submitted by student and supervisory committee:
- Students indicate progress thus far and list plan of summer work, possibly including research bibliographies/filmographies, outlines of chapters, scenes, production schedules, etc as applicable.
- Supervisory Committee comments upon and evaluates progress and plan
- Students have the option to respond to Supervisory Committee comment