The doctoral program in Screen Arts and Cultures is a small, interdisciplinary humanities program that provides students with the opportunity to work closely with faculty on their research at a world-class university with excellent resources and support. Typically students in our program enter with a Master’s degree, though we do not formally require a Master’s degree for admission to the program. We do not offer a M.A. degree. Students work with faculty to create individualized programs of study that draw upon film, television, and new media as well as offerings across campus in fields like History, Women’s Studies, Communication Studies, American Cultures, German Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Romance Languages, Music, Comparative Literature, and many more.
Our students and graduates have found success inside and outside of academia. Our doctoral students have a strong record of winning competitive fellowship support for dissertators at the University of Michigan, as well as from outside institutions like the Japan Foundation and others. They have published widely, in prominent publications including Film History; Media, Culture, and Society; Television & New Media, Flow. Students have been researchers in a wide range of projects, including the Detroit City Study, the Connected Viewing Initiative at the Carsey-Wolf Center/Warner Bros., and the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers project, a UM resource which includes the archives of filmmakers Orson Welles, Robert Altman, John Sayles, Alan Rudolph, Nancy Savoca, and producer Ira Deutchman. In addition to tenure-track careers as academics, our graduates have gone on to work in academic counseling, public relations, project management. As with any humanities graduate degree, we believe a doctorate in Screen Arts and Cultures prepares students with skills in writing and research that can be applied widely.
· The University of Michigan offers all admitted students a competitive, multi-year funding package. This support combines fellowships and terms gaining valuable experience as graduate student instructors.
· When applying to our program you will need to submit a research statement/personal statement, as well as two writing samples. You may submit the same document for both or write a separate personal statement in addition to the research statement. You will not be penalized for providing one statement for both. Your personal statement simply provides additional information about you for your file. For your writing samples, you should upload both samples as a single PDF document.
· We do not have a formal visit day in the fall but we will be happy to set up appointments for you with our Director of Graduate Studies and Student Services Coordinator should you choose to visit on your own.
· We try to be clear with applicants about admissions—we know you are waiting for important information—but sometimes it simply takes time for the university systems to function. We ask for your patience and assure that we will contact you with admissions decisions as soon as we are able.
· Typical course load for first year students is three courses (9 credits) per term. GSIs (graduate student instructors) are required to register for at least two courses (6 credits) per term. Most students begin graduate student teaching in the second year of their program.
· The University has an extensive group of resources available for our graduate students. Some of the most commonly used are:
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o Rackham Academic and Professional Integrity Policy
o PhD Deadlines and Degree Policies
o Rackham Administered Fellowships and Grants
o Rackham Building Study Halls
o Help and Support
Rackham Conference Travel Grants
Rackham offers small travel grants to students who are presenting at conferences, in two categories: domestic and international.
Rackham Research Grants
The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree. The grant is intended to defray costs of conducting clearly defined research projects.
· Doctoral Pre-candidates are eligible for an award up to $1,500
· Doctoral Candidates are eligible for an award up to $3,000
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Please send us any questions you might have about our program or the application process.