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  1. Hello, My question is for anyone who has been accepted to media related PhD programs. I'm looking to apply for Communications/media studies programs and wanted to know for those who have been accepted to these programs what type of background did you have: - what was your GRE score? - past college GPA's - did you have any publication experience? - did you have and related work experience in the field of communications/media studies/film? - what school were you accepted to and what did they offer full funding?
  2. I'm currently applying for Phd programs in media studies. I noticed on some applications they ask for a writing sample, however I don't actually have any current research articles to submit. I did complete a Master program, where I did a short documentary as my research thesis vs a full length thesis paper. So my question is what should I do to complete the writing sample portion of my application? Also are there any tips anyone has for ways that I can make a strong application. I currently have a BA in TV Production, an MS in Journalism and several years of media and teaching experience in tv production, however I am geared towards completing a Phd now in media studies which deals directly with film this time around so I can broaden my background in media as a whole.
  3. Hey everyone, My area is a bit niche, and I'm working on putting together a writing sample at the moment. I'm a first division BA, MA, Mphil holder from Delhi University, and I'm an ad-hoc teacher at the English department at Hindu College currently. I worked on participatory fandom cultures, fans as creators and the clash of signification between media producers and fans for my MPhil degree. It was a dissertation rooted in years of spectatorship - as an Indian fan in overwhelmingly white fan spaces dedicated to the consumption of Anglophone media, I was interested in documenting the kind of fan production and community I saw around me. Still, I've reoreinted my interests. Now I want to look at fanfiction written by Indian fans for Indian TV serials like Qubool Hai, Bepannah, etc. I'm interested in questions of form - very interesting things are happening to the form of fanfic itself. Driven by IndiaForums, Wattpad or Tellyupdates, Indian fanfiction differs in its familiarity with the established, informal 'rules' for formatting, style, length, classification, etc. Many are irregularly or inconsistently formatted. The users writing in are overwhelmingly female, as is the audience for most Indian soaps. TV serials deal with the drama of the domestic and the familial, and most fanfictions deal with the same. There's a vast degree of difference in users' competency in English, too. It is a rich corpus of fan production in an under-theorised and mischaracterised area - Indian televisual media consumption in the 'age of the internet' (which arrived much later in India, or, still is arriving in many parts of the country). I'm interested in both diasporic engagements with Indian TV fanfiction (as a guilty pleasure, a return to a certain ethnic identity) as well as native Indian writers. To this end, I am familiar with both Western theorisations of fandom (Jenkins, Booth, Hills, etc) and am studying archival material for Indian traditions of fan writing I am looking for the right departments to approach! Frankly, a little overwhelmed at all the choice. I'm not picky about Top 100/50/whatever. I'm applying for Spring 2019. Any and all comments, suggestions and barbs are welcome.
  4. Anyone else apply to MCM this cycle? Thoughts on when we might hear back? The program is maybe not the best overall fit for me, but Joan Copjec is my idol, and it would be insane to study with her...
  5. I'm just curious about my list of programs going forward into the acceptance/rejection period. What would you hope for? Just curious generally what people think of this list and what the strengths and weaknesses are, where I can expect problems and where there might be hope. It will likely appear in my signature too, but just in case here's my scorecard currently: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute STS PhD (Accepted) -heading to campus for visit Feb 27th MIT HASTS PhD (Likely Rejected) Northwestern MTS PhD (Likely Rejected) UC Santa Cruz Hist. of Consciousness PhD (Likely Rejected) Cornell STS PhD (Rejected) Berkeley Rhetoric PhD (Pending) NYU Media Culture Communication PhD (Pending) Brown Modern Culture and Media PhD (Pending) Harvard History of Science w/STS PhD (Pending) Boston University Emerging Media Studies PhD (Pending) University of Toronto History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Institute PhD (Pending) University of Texas Austin Media Studies PhD (Pending) Oxford DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences (Pending) Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Also, anyone hearing back? I'm trying to decide on whether RPI would be Theory-friendly enough my tastes.
  6. Hi everyone, I studied for the GRE for months hoping to improve my quant score but I ended up getting a 162 in verbal and a 152 in quant. I'm applying to cinema and media studies MA programs, and I'd like to be in SoCal. Out of all of the schools there, only a few offer the program as an MA degree, so I don't have a lot of options. As of now, I'm definitely applying to UCLA and USC, and one CSU, and obviously UCLA is my top choice. I have a 3.88, a good amount of extracurricular's during undergrad (I was a peer mentor, volunteered with kids/mentor programs, and am currently interning as a social media coordinator), 3 strong lors, and I am currently working on my SOP and Writing sample, but writing is my strong suit so I'm not too worried about those. I Anyways, I feel like i should take it again since I know my quant score is low, but is it really that important for media studies? I've contacted ucla and usc directly and they just said that there is no minimum for the gre and they take into account other factors when considering admissions.
  7. Hi, all – I apologize in advance if any of my questions are glaringly obvious, but I require gradcafe wisdom on submitting a multimedia essay to PhD programs in English literature and similar disciplines like cultural/media studies. As a point of reference, my essay examines the ideological edifice of two Steve Bannon documentaries, Torchbearer and Generation Zero, and draws on the theoretical framework of S. Žižek's The Sublime Object of Ideology. Such analysis requires that I embed clips from either film as textual evidence, and the platform I decided upon was WordPress, buying my own domain to give a little autonomy to the project. To start, how do different PhD programs deal with this type of submission? I'm sure disciplines like media studies have pretty clear-cut protocol for what I'm describing, but I'm not sure how English literature programs might differ, if at all, but they're my main point of interest here, so it'd help to receive as much knowledge as I can on the subject. Further, might there be an advantage to briefly describing relevant scenes in my essay, as Žižek so often does, in lieu of embedded clips? On the one hand, this move would streamline the complication by maintaining a purely textual essay; on the other hand, I can't possibly imagine paraphrasing a literary text, e.g. Ulysses, for an entire paper without losing rhetorical effect on some demonstrative level. (Good grief, I never thought I would ever align Joyce and Bannon in a metaphorical capacity – I think I may need an ice-cold shower, or perhaps a holy water blessing from Dr. Buck Mulligan himself.) If you're so inclined, I also have a few less-pressing questions: 1) Preferentially, is WordPress the best platform for a multimedia essay such as mine? 2) How does one formalize your page-count with embedded videos, or does this ultimately not matter as much as word-count when submitting to programs? 3) Submitted multimedia essays should preclude peripheral or paratextual content, like expository "About" tabs, right? Thanks everyone!
  8. Hi, all – I apologize in advance if any of my questions are glaringly obvious, but I require gradcafe wisdom on submitting a multimedia essay to PhD programs in English literature and similar disciplines like cultural/media studies. As a point of reference, my essay examines the ideological edifice of two Steve Bannon documentaries, Torchbearer and Generation Zero, and draws on the theoretical framework of S. Žižek's The Sublime Object of Ideology. Such analysis requires that I embed clips from either film as textual evidence, and the platform I decided upon was WordPress, buying my own domain to give a little autonomy to the project. To start, how do different PhD programs deal with this type of submission? I'm sure disciplines like media studies have pretty clear-cut protocol for what I'm describing, but I'm not sure how English literature programs might differ, if at all, but they're my main point of interest here, so it'd help to receive as much knowledge as I can on the subject. Further, might there be an advantage to briefly describing relevant scenes in my essay, as Žižek so often does, in lieu of embedded clips? On the one hand, this move would streamline the complication by maintaining a purely textual essay; on the other hand, I can't possibly imagine paraphrasing a literary text, e.g. Ulysses, for an entire paper without losing rhetorical effect on some demonstrative level. (Good grief, I never thought I would ever align Joyce and Bannon in a metaphorical capacity – I think I may need an ice-cold shower, or perhaps a holy water blessing from Dr. Buck Mulligan himself.) If you're so inclined, I also have a few less-pressing questions: 1) Preferentially, is WordPress the best platform for a multimedia essay such as mine? 2) How does one formalize your page-count with embedded videos, or does this ultimately not matter as much as word-count when submitting to programs? 3) Submitted multimedia essays should preclude peripheral or paratextual content, like expository "About" tabs, right? Thanks everyone!
  9. Just found this awesome site! So far, I have heard from 6/7 schools. Waiting to hear from University of Oregon PhD in Media Studies. Has anyone heard from UO? I had an interview on 01/31/17 and they said mid-Feb. for decisions but now we are approaching mid-March. Amitted: George Mason University, University of North Dakota Waitlisted: Penn State University Rejected: Cornell, UC Davis, Washington State (Pullman) Still Waiting: University of Oregon
  10. Hi everyone! So i'm kind of in a dilemma, I recently got accepted into Temple University's Media Studies and Production Master's Program and into Indiana University's Media Arts and Sciences Master's Program. I really like both programs but I'm definitely having trouble deciding... Temple is offering me a one time scholarship for $10,000 and when I spoke with the Grad Program director at Indiana he said the Master's program is fully funded. Even so, i'm still not sure which school is the right fit for me. Any advice on how to decide or any opinions on the schools' programs? Thanks!
  11. Hi, I'm new here and was hoping to get some feedback on good fits for someone interested in media studies, visuality, and theory. In particular, I'm looking for MA or PhD programs and faculty that share my interests in the body, visuality, subjectivity, and desire. In terms of approaches, I tend to gravitate toward queer theory (Foucault primarily), aesthetics ( interested in applying Heideggerian notions of worlding to contemporary transnational art), and psychoanalysis. I know there are some obvious contenders out there (NYU, Brown, Duke), but I'm a bit worried because my grades aren't superb and my otherwise spotless GRE scores are lacking in math (possibly not relevant), though I can say with reasonable confidence that my recs and statements will be solid. I also have connections to people in and affiliated with King's College London's Film department and NYU's MCC department, respectively. But, at the end of the day, my goal is to get into a good program and get funding without being stranded in the middle of nowhere (this is for my own mental and emotional well-being more than it is mere nitpicking). Is there any hope of balancing all this? What are my options? Thanks!
  12. Hello guys! I am writing this to ask a question if I can have chances to get admission from grad schools considering my low GPA. I am a future applicant with a Bachelor of English Literature degree and 10 years of professional experiences in journalism in South Korea. I won several journalism awards with international reputation. Now, I am going to apply MA or MS in comm/media/journalism programs as many as possible this year. Unfortunately, after having read the degree program overview of some programs, i figure the programs require a minimum 3.0 GPA(on a 4.0 scale) for admission. My undergrad GPA is about 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. So, I wonder if my application will not be reviewed by Admission Committee at all because it is too low. Also, is it possible that I make up for my low GPA by submitting GRE scores or my professional experiences? Of course, I ask this questions to some admission committees of the schools, but they gave just a general answer. So, I am seeking pieces of advice here. Thank you in advance for your help.
  13. Never know where these belong. Let's get this started. I've already heard back from most of the schools I applied to. Waiting on Brown and NYU. I think NYU has already sent out interview requests, but Brown has been unusually quiet. Can anyone confirm if the Modern Culture and Media PhD program has sent out decisions? For reference: Chicago - Admitted Pittsburgh - Admitted Michigan - Admitted Northwestern - Interview Texas-Austin - Interview Wisconsin - Rejected
  14. Hi all! A prospective Media Studies MA student here in need of a little guidance. I've been accepted to the Media Studies program at New School and the Media, Culture and Communication (MCC) program at NYU with similar funding offers (about 40% merit + some need). I have housing in New York, so I'm confident I'll end up choosing one of the two for Fall 2016. I go to a small liberal arts college without any kind of media/communications department, so my professors know very little about the programs. Same goes for me, aside from basic stuff about faculty/quality that convinced me to apply in the first place. I'd be thrilled to go to either, and both have some faculty members who fit comfortably within my area of interest. I can't seem to find much on either program, however. Does anyone have any information/thoughts on which would be a better choice? Which I might be getting a better value for -- i.e., is my scholarship offer rarer at one than at the other -- or which is more esteemed/respected? I'm also thinking of doing a PhD, but maybe not immediately, if that helps at all. Honestly, I'm looking for any details I can get right now. It's a big decision, after all. I'm at a loss right now, so if anyone has any thoughts, please post! I'd appreciate it.
  15. ajayghale

    Failure Makes Me A Modern Boy

    I've done this before. The application process, not the blogging (though I have done that too). I'll interrupt this digression with another: I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Russian, a Master of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies and a Master of Arts in Slavic Studies. This is important to know because not only did my academic career diverge in the middle of my undergraduate years, it did it twice within the final days of my terminal graduate degrees. This could be indicative of a character flaw (mercurial, prone to boredom) that might be useful if I were more intelligent or creative. It could also be indicative of a lack of self-awareness and insufficient research before making potentially life-changing decisions. I would agree that I suffer from many of these faults. I think the nicest way I can sum it all up is that I'm not much of a planner. I would, however, argue that I have made it this far (I have two MAs and I work at a big-box retailer. Dreams do come true!) and that I'm relatively young, so I can always go teach English abroad and conveniently lose my passport. So far that's the best escape plan I have for avoiding the massive amount of student loan debt I have. ANYWAY. Like I said, I've done this before. I applied to about 8 Political Science doctoral programs thinking that a thesis combining Russian Studies with the study of Popular Culture would help admissions committees overlook the fact that I've taken about two Political Science classes in my life and had no one in the field writing me letters of recommendation. I don't suggest doing this. My mistake was convincing myself it was a much more interdisciplinary field than it in fact is. That, and basically not being suited in any way to attempt to enter it. Consequently, I got shut out. My advice is to talk to people in the field you're interested in before investing a lot of emotional and literal currency in a lengthy and arduous admissions process. I've apparently set my entire life up to be mostly a long example of what not to do in almost any given situation. But new things! Exciting things! I found out there's a whole area of study for people who are so institutionalized that they can't imagine not being in an academic setting, but also watch an enormous amount of television and like to make connections between television programs and things that aren't television programs (There really are only the two things). This time I emailed prospective advisors in advance (!) with a description of my research and a follow-up question as to whether I'd be suited to their program. Almost every single person I emailed responded positively, and a couple who didn't pointed me in the direction of others whom I might be able to work with. Oh, I suggest doing this a few months before August (Late May-Late July). This will be after the chaos of the end of the spring semester and before the chaos of the beginning of the fall semester. Some people didn't reply at all. I still applied to that program because it's a good fit, but I'm not holding my breath. That's that, then. I'll keep you updated with results from this season's hottest admissions process. As of yet, I have no news.
  16. Hey all! Anyone else out there applying for Communication Studies or Media Studies Ph.D programs for Fall of 2012? What are you doing while you wait it out, and where have you applied? I applied to UNC-CH, UT-Austin (RTF), and Georgia State University (Moving Image Studies) for my communication schools, and then a variety of other programs in other disciplines. Just wondering if there's anyone else out there waiting for decisions. Also, what kind of research do you want to do?
  17. dedetillis

    Cinema/Media Studies for 2012

    I could not find a recent post for all the students considering film/media/television studies on the MA level... so I thought I would start one! I have been searching for the past month for some of the less popular MA programs, and frankly I could use some help. Here is a list of some schools and programs I am considering: University of South Florida - Masters of Liberal Arts in Film Studies (Did my undergrad work here so this is more of a backup) Emory University - MA Film Studies University of Florida - MA Film Studies Indiana University, Bloomington - MA Film and Media Studies Georgia State University - MA Film Studies Savannah College of Art and Design - MA Film Studies Boston University - MA Film Studies University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - MA Media Studies Anyone have new suggestions? I am trying to stay away from schools in California and New York and some of the big name schools like Brown and Northwestern. Appreciate the help!
  18. Hi! I have a GPA of around 2-2.5. in equally bad in both undergrad (commerce, business, accounting) and Masters (Economics). I have a decent GRE score of above 1400, quant - 720-800 and verbal 700-800. Final score will be available in mid-november. I am interested in pursuing a PhD in communication. Something like the program at UC San Diego seems very suitable to my interests, but I might be aiming too high. Can anyone kindly suggest point to me the kind of universities that I should target? I will need full funding... Any advice will be highly appreciated.
  19. Hi everyone, I am in the process of applying to graduate programs. I have narrowed my choices down to the following: Master of Media Studies - Concordia University Master of Immigration and Settlement Studies - Ryerson University Master of Communication and Culture - Ryerson and York Universities (joint program) Master of Industrial Relations - Queen's University Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources - University of Toronto My question is does it look bad to referees when you are applying to programs that are quite different from each other? I do have a genuine interest in all of these programs but I am not sure whether the variety would be perceived negatively. As long as I could explain my interest in each of the programs, do you think that that would suffice? Thank you in advance for any tips/advice.
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