Media Studies MA

Required Courses

  • NMDS 5006 Media Theory
  • NMDS 5008 Media Design

And one Research Methods course from the list below

  • NMDS 5010 Media Research Methods
  • NMDS 5012 Grant Seeking (1 credit)
  • NMDS 5015 Research Methods for Media Activism
  • NMDS 5017 Audience Research
  • NMDS 5020 Documentary Research Methods
  • NMDS 5024 The Design Process
  • NMDS 5026 Designing Methods for Media
  • NMDS 5288 Participatory Research and Social Inquiry
  • NMDM 5311 Market Research for Media Managers

The Master of Arts program in Media Studies offers a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum in media theory and practice, with emphasis on creative media making, as well as critical analysis and reflection, guided by a faculty that includes noted film and media-makers, researchers, designers, and scholars.

Career Paths

Graduates of the Media Studies program work in diverse fields, including documentary and narrative film and media production, multi-platform transmedia and digital storytelling and marketing, media management and media research, as well as media advocacy and education. Some continue to PhDs and scholarly careers, while others produce innovative creative work as artists and designers, working with traditional and emerging media forms. Our graduates have been recognized worldwide by receiving top media and film festival awards, including Oscars, as well as accolades for significant scholarly contributions and media business innovations.

Subject Areas

These Areas are suggested course guides, but not required. A student can complete the track, or mix tracks and courses to best suit their academic goals.

Designed to accommodate working students, this flexible program enables students to study full-time or part time, on-site in New York, or online from anywhere. It is also possible to earn the master’s degree entirely online.


The limited number of required courses gives students many options to plot their own paths through the program and sample a variety of approaches and techniques. With permission, students may also take courses offered by other graduate programs at The New School.

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The MA in Media Studies gives students experience in creative media making, critical analysis, and entrepreneurialism. The Media Management MS offers the practical experience you need to succeed in today's media industries. The Documentary Studies Certificate program provides an opportunity to study documentary filmmaking in a small, tightly focused program. The Media Management Certificate Program provides a strong foundation of management principles and leadership skills to find work in the ever-changing global media landscape.


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