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Hi everyone,

I'm a current applicant struggling to choose my MA program and I'm here for some advice. I have a BA in art history in UK and I don't necessarily hate it. But the thing is, I really want to study cinema for my masters and it seems that art history in the U.S. usually offer no terminal MA (some do but rare) while cinema do. While undecided on if I'm going to continue study art history for a Ph.D, I wonder if anyone know people who entered an art history Ph.D with a focus or a major in cinema studies. i.e. someone not cut off by art history due to their nonconsecutive majors. 

And the key issue is, my GRE is not very impressive and it seems that art history MAs usually require a very decent grade. 

I've seen people and schools that integrate the two well but not sure if it's normal. Please write down any opinions you have and I'll deeply appreciate. 

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Stanford University has a joint department between art history & film and media studies. It might be the best place for what you're looking to study. They don't have a terminal MA, though. 

Also, GRE grades are 

1. less important in the humanities. What matters more is research fit and writing samples

2. VERY easily improved with some practice. Standardized testing is a skill, not a measure of intelligence. Get yourself a book, practice a bunch, re-take the test and you're fine. 

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On 12/8/2018 at 6:44 AM, neongolden said:

Stanford University has a joint department between art history & film and media studies. It might be the best place for what you're looking to study. They don't have a terminal MA, though. 

Also, GRE grades are 

1. less important in the humanities. What matters more is research fit and writing samples

2. VERY easily improved with some practice. Standardized testing is a skill, not a measure of intelligence. Get yourself a book, practice a bunch, re-take the test and you're fine. 

Thank you for the advice. I've looked at the program but I don't think I can handle 7 years straight...Gonna look for some MAs programs.

Thank you so much for answering. Btw, if you don't mind me asking, what MA art history program are you in?

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