Master of Humanities

MH with a concentration in Film Studies

Life is a movie. You are the star. Make it a happy ending. Study what you love with TU’s master’s in film studies that combines art and communication. With courses that include topics on cult and independent films, censorship, classic Hollywood, you will be well on your way to become the director, screenwriter or teacher to make your tale a happy one.

Graduate Program Tabs

This online course of study guides Tiffin University students through an in-depth exploration of significant film from the early days of Hollywood to contemporary world cinema in courses such as Cult and Independent Film, Classic Hollywood Cinema, World Cinema and Documentary Film.

Tiffin University’s Master of Humanities Film Studies concentration program offers the benefits of a comprehensive curriculum taught by professors who are highly qualified academically and professionally, in an online environment that provides students with the flexibility they need to balance life and learning.

This specific concentration is a helpful supplement for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in Art or English at the two-year college level.

 

Did you know?

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Film/Video Editors was $51,300 in May, 2012.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Producers/Directors was $71,350 in May, 2012.

 

Potential Career Opportunities in Film Studies:

  • Art/English Teacher
  • Cinematographer
  • Director/Producer
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Film/Video Editor
  • Press Agent
  • Publicist
  • Screenwriter

Film Studies Concentration 18 hours

  • ART562 Film Theory

Choose five of the following 3-credit courses

  • ART515 Teaching College Art 
  • ART530 Cult and Independent Film 
  • COM532 Documentary Film 
  • ART533 Film Censorship 
  • ART534 Third Cinema 
  • ART535 Classic Hollywood Cinema 

Master of Humanities: Interdisciplinary Core 9 hours

  • ART623 Aesthetics 
  • ENG564 Literary Theory 
  • HUM510 Introduction to Graduate Humanities 

Capstone or Exam Option 3 hours

  • HUM680 Capstone Project or HUM681 Comprehensive Exam 

 

Total MH 30 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in a 15-week format with start dates in January, May and August

Teaching College Art (ART515) - This course investigates the practical issues and challenges of teaching art in a college setting, including teaching studio art, art appreciation and art history. Students will learn to develop effective syllabi, identify and articulate learning objectives, design effective projects, teach with artifacts and objects, facilitate engaging discussions and methods of assessment in the arts and the critique process. Students will develop a portfolio that includes a teaching philosophy, syllabi and sample lesson plans. Problem solving on the individual and group level will be stressed. Note: This course will require several scheduled Live Chat sessions.

Cult and Independent Film (ART530) - This course examines various cult films and the cult film phenomenon. From the definition (or designation) of “cult” to the unusual yet vital role in society this non-genre fills, the cult film does not fit into traditional critical rhetoric. Instead, by being a marginalized area of film, the cult film and the audiences of this phenomenon deconstruct mainstream film entertainment and analysis.

Film Censorships (ART533) - This course focuses on social and cultural aspects of film censorship while in its examination of key issues and events in the history of film censorship in the United States. Film clips and images will be available for viewing on the course site, but members of the class may be required to view several full-length feature films on their own. These films are readily available in the United States for purchase, rental on DVD, or rental through an online streaming service such as provided by Netflix and Blockbuster. If some titles are not available to some students, alternative titles will be offered.

Third Cinema (ART534)  - This course surveys the history and theory of what is currently understood as “Third Cinema.” This course will concentrate on films and filmmakers from Africa, Latin America (Central and South America), the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, East and Southeast Asia and Turkey. “Third Cinema” can be thought of in a number of ways, and its definition, like the world, is changing rapidly. Therefore, part of the task of this course is to critically and thoughtfully negotiate the slippery terrain of what “Third Cinema” might be. Briefly, broadly, and as a starting point, Third Cinema can be thought of as cinema produced in what is sometimes referred to as the “Third World”: films that are politically or socially conscious (though not always) from these regions and countries; and/or a type of cinema from these regions or countries that is neither a Hollywood style entertainment cinema (“first cinema”) or European style Art Cinema (“second cinema”). Film clips and images will be available for viewing on the course site, but members of the class may be required to view some full-length feature films on their own. These films are readily available in the United States for purchase, rental on DVD, or rental through an online streaming service such as provided by Netflix and Blockbuster. If some titles are not available to some students, alternative titles will be offered.

Classic Hollywood Cinema (ART535) - This course explores the popular reception, historical and technological advents, and narrative, aesthetic and cultural aspects of the “Golden Age” of cinema as it developed in the United States. The time period is roughly 1929-1945, though some consider it to extend through 1950 and even 1960. Film clips and images will be available for viewing on the course site, but members of the class may be required to view some full-length feature films on their own. These films are readily available in the United States for purchase, rental on DVD, or rental through an online streaming service such as provided by Netflix and Blockbuster. If some titles are not available to some students, alternative titles will be offered.

Faculty

Lee Fearnside
Lee Fearnside

Lee Fearnside

FearnsideL@tiffin.edu
419-448-3427

Associate Professor of Art

Curator of the Diane Kidd Gallery

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Smith College
  • M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
  • M.S., Drexel University

Lee Fearnside

Before coming to Tiffin, Professor Fearnside was an adjunct instructor at several colleges in New England, including College of the Holy Cross, Rhode Island College and Greenfield Community College, teaching classes in photography, video and art history. In her own work, she creates projects using photography and video to explore issues of body image, sexuality, gentrification, and the creation of history. Her photographic work has been exhibited in galleries in New England and in national juried shows. Her videos have been screened at film festivals in Boston, Oregon, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and most recently on Rhode Island PBS. Her most recent projects include photographic work on scars and houses under construction, and a video about archaeology.

Lee Fearnside
Associate Professor of Art
Lee Fearnside
Associate Professor of Art

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