• Who teaches classes in the MA Program in Cinema & Media studies?
    • Our faculty includes internationally renown scholars and creative practitioners. All graduate seminars are taught by full-time faculty.
  • Where is the College of Staten Island?
    • The College is located in the heart of the borough, where Interstate 278 (also known as the Staten Island Expressway) intersects with Victory Boulevard. Parking is available (for a fee) on campus for those arriving by car from within Staten Island, Brooklyn (via the Verrazano Bridge), or New Jersey (via the Bayonne Bridge, Goetthals Bridge, or Outerbridge Crossing). For more information about the campus, see About the Campus . Public transportation is also available. From Manhattan or other boroughs, several subway lines (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, R) connect to the Staten Island Ferry terminal in Manhattan. A free shuttle bus transports students between the ferry landing in Staten Island and the college. Express bus service from Manhattan is also available, as is service from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. For more information, see Travel Information .
  • What campus resources are available?
    • Residential dormitories were opened on campus in Fall 2013. For more information, see CSI Housing. The campus includes a library containing over a quarter million titles, and students have access to all other CUNY libraries. There are wifi hotspots throughout campus, two cafes and one restaurant, and a Sports and Recreation Center.
  • Do graduate students have access to production facilities and equipment?
    • Graduate students may obtain access to video cameras and other equipment by demonstrating technical competency to the manager of the department's Film/Video Labs and Studios. Students may, with permission of the faculty and the program coordinator, enroll in appropriate upper-division undergraduate courses.
  • Are graduate students eligible for financial aid?
  • I work fulltime. Will I be able to take classes in the evening?
    • At present, all graduate-level classes in this department are scheduled during evening hours, 6:30-9:50pm.
  • What employment opportunities are there for graduate students on campus?
    • We offer two teaching assistantships per semester (contingent on undergraduate enrollment); students selected for these positions assist a faculty member in instruction for CIN 100 Introduction to Film. There are other opportunities (contingent on annual funding) to apply to work as writing tutors on campus; eligible students are notified of new opportunities that arise.
  • How do I apply? What is the deadline for applying to this program?
    • Priority deadline for Fall semester is April 15. Priority deadline for Spring semester is November 15. Late applications are accepted as long as there are available seats in upcoming classes. To begin the application process, please see Graduate Admissions.
  • Can I start the program in Spring?
    • Yes.
  • Are classes offered in Summer?
    • No.
  • The application requires three letters of recommendation. Who should I ask to write these letters?
    • The majority of these letters should come from previous instructors familiar with your academic accomplishments and ambitions, research and writing skills, work ethic, and other qualities that will help you succeed in a graduate program. If you have been out of academics for some time, you may substitute letters from employers who are aware of your interest in returning to graduate school, writing skills, work ethic, and other qualities that will help you succeed in a graduate program.
  • The application requires a writing sample. My undergraduate major was not cinema or media studies. What should I do?
    • If possible, select a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to write a well-organized paper that analyzes in depth some aspect of film or media, informed by appropriate sources. If you do not have a paper on these subjects, select a writing sample that demonstrates these abilities in regard to a work of literature, historical event, or cultural or social phenomenon.
  • Do all students complete the program with a master's thesis?
    • No. A written thesis is one option. Students may graduate by successfully completing written essay exams in History and Theory. As well, students may opt to undertake a production thesis, in the form of a full-length screenplay or finished film or video (students undertaking the production thesis must also successfully complete the written essay in History). Written and production theses are undertaken with the supervision of a faculty advisor and approved by a faculty committee.