Students must complete a total of 39 credit hours of coursework toward the doctoral degree. As per Rackham rules, they must complete at least 18 of those credit hours on the Ann Arbor campus. In the first year, students are strongly advised to take 9 hours of courses in each of the two initial terms; among them must be SAC 600: Introduction to Screen Arts and Cultures and at least one of the other three required core courses-SAC 601: Seminar in Theories of Film or Electronic/Digital Media, SAC 602: Seminar in Film or Electronic/ Digital Media Historiography, and, beginning in 2009-2010, SAC 603: Seminar in Material Practices.
Required, core courses [to be offered once a year]: 3 credit hours each
SAC 600: Introduction to Screen Arts and Cultures
SAC 601: Seminar in Theories of Film or Electronic/Digital Media
SAC 602: Seminar in Film or Electronic/Digital Media Historiography
SAC 603: Seminar in Material Practices (to be offered every other year)
SAC 700: Directed Research
Supporting Area Courses (minimum of 3 courses)
Working with their advisor, students will develop a program of at least 3 additional seminars to take that will form an individualized and integrated study of film, television and digital media. At least one of these seminars must be relevant to one of the three core survey courses, and at least two should supplement/expand an area of interest pertinent to their proposed dissertation topic. These courses can be taken from any of the offerings of the Graduate School, including those in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures. Students may gather information from various sources about potentially useful sets of courses, but they should make their selection in consultation with their advisor.
Students achieve candidacy by passing their comprehensive exams.