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The Ph.D. curriculum draws on the methods of a number of disciplines, including art history, cultural studies, American studies, psychoanalytic theory, and philosophy. It involves intensive seminar level study in film theory, history and research methods. Graduates of the program have gone onto positions of academic leadership in the field. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is conferred for advanced studies in which the student demonstrates outstanding original scholarship. It signifies the student can conduct independent research and has both a broad basic knowledge of all areas of his or her field and an intensive knowledge of one field in particular. To apply to the Ph.D. program, please visit the Tisch Graduate Admissions page.

A doctoral candidate must complete all requirements no later than ten years from matriculation into the master’s degree program or seven years from the time of his or her initial matriculation if the candidate holds a master’s degree.

Course of Study
Students must complete 36 points of course work in addition to their M.A. degree (which will be assessed at 36 points) to total 72 points; three qualifying exams; a foreign language requirement; an oral defense and approval of dissertation proposal; and a doctoral dissertation. Students are permitted to take up to two classes outside the department or as independent study.
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