The Master of Advanced Study degree in American Media and Popular Culture is offered entirely online (i.e., distance learning).
The Film and Media Studies program (MAS) offers innovative approaches to the study of film, television, computer games, new media, and screenwriting, using historic methods, critical theory, and creative expression as modes of analysis. Graduates have secured jobs in the entertainment industry as creative executives, producers, managers, and writers. They work in the media arts, story and production development, distribution and film, television, video game production, and as film and media critics.
To apply for the MAS degree, visit the online application . Be sure to select ASU online (not Tempe campus).
Application deadlines: January 15 and April 15 for Summer and Fall enrollment, respectively. September 15 for Spring enrollment.
An application fee is required. Official transcripts must be sent to the ASU Graduate College, Admissions Office, Box 871003, Tempe AZ 85287. Institution code for test scores is 4007.
● Applicants must submit a two-page
personal statement that describes their past
academic work, reasons for pursuing the
MAS and the skills that prepare them for
● A three-page essay that assesses their knowledge of media theory and critical analysis skills. The subject of the essay will be included in the online Graduate Admissions Application.
● While letters of recommendation are optional, applicants may include two or three letters in their application. Recommenders
should be former teachers or supervisors, addressing the applicant's academic performance, motivation and character.
● An interview via Skype will be conducted before final admission decisions are made.
must have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score report sent to the Graduate College. Please refer to this webpage for English Proficiency Score requirements: http://english.clas.asu.edu/gradstudies-international
The program requires students to complete 30 credits.
Core Courses: (9 Credits/3 Courses)
• FMS 502 Hollywood Film Historiography
• FMS 504 Film Analysis
• FMS 520 Cultural History of US Television: Theory and Method
Elective Courses: (18 Credits/6 Courses)
• FMS 503 U.S. Media Now
• FMS 505 American Directors and Genres
• FMS 506 Race and Gender in American Film
• FMS 507 Crime and Violence in American Film
• FMS 508 Film and Media Censorship
• FMS 509 Race, Sex, and Identity Online
• FMS 510 Story Analysis
• FMS 511 Fundamentals of Cinema & Television Narrative
• FMS 512 Intermediate Cinema & Television Narrative
• FMS 513 Advanced Screenwriting
• FMS 521 Semiotics of Film and Popular Culture
• FMS 522 LA Movies and Culture
• FMS 590 Independent Study
• FMS 598 Various Topics
• Integrated Projects: (3 Credits) FMS 593
Total 30 Credits
Note: Students will be charged a $250 fee for each 3 credit MAS course, in addition to regular tuition costs. This fee supports the development, construction and maintenance of the online courses.
Fees and Tuition:
Non-degree students will be charged Tempe Campus tuition rates.
MAS students are charged a $250 program fee per class.