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Prospective Ph.D. Students

Graduate work in Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida takes place within the Department of English, whose general guidelines students follow. Our doctoral program allows for advanced study in film theory, history, analysis and production, by pursuing a courses and a dissertation under the close advisement of our faculty.

Our faculty is actively engaged in significant film and media studies research, publication, and production. Their specialties include a full range of world cinema, comic book art and the graphic novel, digital and hypermedia, and the making of video and film art.

The University’s Film and Media Resources library houses a collection of 2,400 16mm films, 6,000 video tapes, 1,000 laserdiscs, and 3,500 DVDs, all of which are available to graduate film students for studying and teaching. Production facilities include a fleet of digital video (miniDV) and 16mm film cameras as well as three suites of Macintosh edit stations.

The graduate students have their own informal film studies group ( with frequent screenings and other events to expand their engagement with film outside of the classroom.

Admitted graduate students receive financial aid ( , typically as a Teaching Assistantship in the Department’s lower-level film and media courses. See on teaching opportunities in the department.

In the past decade, Florida graduate students have been hired at City College of San Francisco, University of Wellington-Victoria (New Zealand), Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, UC—Riverside, UC—Irvine, Oberlin College, Bucknell University, Kalamazoo College, the University of South Florida, Salisbury University, and Penn State—York.