American Media and Popular Culture, MAS

The Master of Advanced Study degree in American Media and Popular Culture is offered entirely online (i.e., via distance learning).
 
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The MAS degree offered by the Film and Media Studies faculty at ASU features innovative approaches to the study of film, television, new media, and screenwriting, using historic methods, critical theory, and creative expression as modes of analysis.
 
While the media arts have traditionally been studied as independent disciplines, our program provides a more comprehensive approach that views them as convergent. We therefore recognize the importance of understanding the history of film as an art form, for instance, but also the need to view it in relation to television and digital media. We are committed to integrating the study of such media convergence into our curriculum, both as units within courses and through the design of new courses entirely devoted to that phenomenon.
To apply for the MAS degree, visit the online application.  Be sure to select ASU online (not Tempe campus).
  
The next application deadline is April 15, 2018, for Fall 2018 enrollment.
 
Applicants must apply online:  graduate.asu.edu/admissions
A nonrefundable application fee is required. Official transcripts must be sent to the ASU Graduate Education, Admissions Office.
 
More information on how to apply.  
 
The following supporting documents must be uploaded into the online application (please do not send hard copies or email attachments):
 
● 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 this degree.
 
● A three-page essay that assesses their knowledge of media theory and critical analysis skills. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to write well and construct a persuasive critical argument. Appropriate secondary sources should be used in this essay. 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 professors or supervisors, addressing the applicant's academic performance, motivation and character.
  
● An interview via Skype may be requested before final admission decisions are made.

*The GRE is not required for this program.

*International students must have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score report sent to the Graduate College. English Proficiency Score requirements.

Additional Information for applicants:
The MAS in American Media and Popular Culture program has thirty full-time students, and admission is highly selective. In the last few years we have accepted only one third of applicants. With just six faculty teaching graduate courses, we have to keep the program small in order to work closely with students and help them develop the knowledge of media and the critical, creative and communication skills to be successful in their careers.

The program requires students to complete 30 credits. Due to the nature of the program, it is recommended that students limit their classes to two or three courses in each fall and spring semester. The program may be completed in two years.

Curriculum Requirements before Fall 2018

Core Courses: (9 Credits/3 Courses)

  • FMS 502 Hollywood Film Historiography (3 credits)
  • FMS 504 Film Analysis (3 cr.) - Please note, this course cannot be substituted with MLS 504.
  • FMS 520 Cultural History of US Television: Theory and Method (3 cr.)

Elective Courses: (18 Credits/6 Courses)

  • FMS 503 Media Industries (3 cr.)
  • FMS 507 Crime and Violence in American Film (3 cr.)
  • FMS 508 Race and Gender in American Film (3 cr.)
  • FMS 510 Story Analysis (3 cr.)
  • FMS 511 Fundamentals of Cinema & Television Narrative (3 cr.)
  • FMS 512 Intermediate Cinema & Television Narrative (3 cr.)
  • FMS 522 Los Angeles: Movies and Culture (3 cr.)
  • FMS 523 Film Authorship (3 cr.)
  • FMS 590 Reading and Conference (independent study) (3 cr.)
  • FMS 598 Special Topics (repeatable for credit when topics vary) (3 cr.)

Applied Project: (3 credits/1 course)

  • FMS 593 Applied Project with FMS Faculty Mentor (3 cr.)

Some of the above courses have permissions requirements. Please see the MAS registration procedures for information on how to obtain proper clearance. 

Advisor:  Kevin Sandler 

Curriculum Requirements beginning Fall 2018

Core Courses: (9 Credits/3 Courses)

  • FMS 502 Hollywood Film Historiography (3 credits)
  • FMS 504 Film Analysis (3 cr.) - Please note, this course cannot be substituted with MLS 504.
  • FMS 520 Cultural History of US Television: Theory and Method (3 cr.)

Elective Courses: (21 Credits/7 Courses)

  • FMS 503 Media Industries (3 cr.)
  • FMS 507 Crime and Violence in American Film (3 cr.)
  • FMS 508 Race and Gender in American Film (3 cr.)
  • FMS 511 Fundamentals of Cinema & Television Narrative (3 cr.)
  • FMS 512 Intermediate Cinema & Television Narrative (3 cr.)
  • FMS 522 Los Angeles: Movies and Culture (3 cr.)
  • FMS 523 Film Authorship (3 cr.)
  • FMS 590 Reading and Conference (independent study) (3 cr.)
  • FMS 598 Special Topics (repeatable for credit when topics vary) (3 cr.)

Culminating Experience:

  • Written Exam* - Students must be registered for at least one graduate level credit the semester they are taking the exam. 

Some of the above courses have permissions requirements. Please see the MAS registration procedures for information on how to obtain proper clearance. 

*The recommendation is to take the exam in the last semester of the program when registered for other courses. 

Advisor:  Kevin Sandler 

The tuition rate is $512 per credit hour. The program fee per course is $250. For more information, click here

Aaron Baker - Social Identity and Film; Film Authorship; Sports Culture.

Christopher Bradley - Screenwriting; Performance; Sexuality in Film.

Michael Green - Screenwriting; Film Studies; Cultural Studies.

Julia Himberg - Television, digital media, gender, sexuality, queer theory, industry studies, consumer culture, advertising, and market research.

Peter Lehman - Masculinity in Film; Film Theory; Blake Edwards.

Kevin Sandler - Media Industries; Production Cultures; Television Studies.

Degree Offered

American Media and Popular Culture, MAS
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Location
Online

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

MAS has ONE deadline: April 15 for fall.

How to Apply

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