The M.A. in Film Studies, a two-year program, prepares students for further study at the doctoral level and/or careers in film criticism, art administration, or archive and preservation work.  Besides classroom teaching opportunities, the School of Film encourages M.A. candidates to become actively involved in their field by making public, scholarly presentations and contributing to professional publications.


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Sarah Hoffman

Sarah is from Houston, Texas. She was an undergraduate student at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. While there, she received her BA in Screen Studies with Honors with a focus on American animation. Her Honors Thesis focused on a new theoretical approach to studying early American animated shorts which she called “An Uncanny Pleasure: Charm in Early American Animation.” She applied ideas from Freud’s The “Uncanny” to explain why these animated shorts have both endearing and unsettling qualities. She wants to continue her research on animation as her academic career in film studies progresses.


Bradley Laufman

Bradley was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He studied video production and earned a BS in Communications at Ohio University. He brings to the MA program interests in Hollywood and blockbuster films as they relate to the current mindset of mainstream culture, post-modern storytelling in both film and videogames, and the history of the depictions of race, gender, and sexuality in American film.