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"Mark Poindexter (37PSVFB@CMUVM" <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 7 Sep 1992 00:51:48 EDT
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There are at least a dozen, maybe two or three dozen universities in North
America that should be considered by your friend. Rather than name them, I
would like to make the following suggestions: (a) your friend should take a
look at some of the main journals in the field, paying particular attention to
where the people who have written the articles most closely matched to her
interests are teaching; (b) she should pick a minor or supporting program that
combines well with her main mass media interests and then look for a school
that is strong in this area, as well as her desired major; (c) she should look
at the graduate catalogs of the universities that she is considering,
realizing that what she wants could be in more than one department at the same
university (for example, departments of radio-TV-film, journalism and speech
communication all at the same university could offer different programs and
they cannot be counted on to promote each other; (d) some graduate programs
are more open to combining courses from multiple departments than others; (c)
if production courses and facilities are a high priority (they usually are not
in a Ph.D. program), then be sure to see the facilities and --better yet-- see
some examples of student work produced in them; and (d) find out if graduate
assistantships are available and, if so, how many there are. Even if your
friend does not need the money, getting even a small assistantship can provide
access to faculty and facilities that might not be available to others. It is
possible that your friend has already done all of these things. If that is the
case, then maybe some additional information about her interests could help
elicit suggestions of specific programs.
Mark Poindexter
Dept. of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts
Central Michigan University