Engaging the History, theory,
and production of world cinema




“The Film Studies Program examines the moving image globally across a range of industrial and artisanal contexts, and encourage students to understand cinema as an art, business, and technology.”

Kaveh Askari

director of film studies

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MSU Film Studies Program

Degree Areas

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Film Studies


In-depth training in the analysis of cinematic style and aesthetics, the history of film, and theory and criticism.

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Film Studies


Focusing on the methodologies, practices, and disciplinary concerns relevant for conducting advanced research and teaching in film studies.

Fiction Filmmaking


Bringing film production and analysis together students to produce theoretically informed and culturally engaged work.

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Documentary Film Production


Exploring the challenges of representing reality through documentary filmmaking.

featured News


2021 Laurence allen tate film writing award winners announced

After another terrific batch of entries to consider, the 2021 Laurence Allen Tate Film Writing Awards have been announced. Mary Telly took first place, with Morgan Hollemans and Devin Martin both receiving honorable mention.

Film Studies Graduate Wins Michigan Broadcast Award

Isaiah Johns, recent graduate with a B.A. in Film Studies and a minor in Fiction Filmmaking, received a first-place Michigan Student Broadcast Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB).

Professor Jeff Wray

Professor Jeff Wray Appointed Timnick Chair in the Humanities

Jeffrey Wray, Department of English Professor and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, was appointed the next Timnick Chair in the Humanities, effective August 16, 2021.