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Cinema and language concentration

Admission requirements summary

Cinema and language concentration

of entry:


May 1

Special requirements:

For admission, domestic applicants must submit evidence of a knowledge of Italian or Spanish at the “Intermediate High” level according to ACTFL guidelines. Domestic students must submit evidence of a knowledge of the second language at the “Intermediate High” level according to ACTFL guidelines before beginning classes in Europe.

For admission, European students must submit transcripts showing that they have received satisfactory grades during their undergraduate studies (minimum GPA of 3.0) and in their first year of graduate study (with no grade lower than C). Students must also pass the TOEFL or the ELP administered by VCU (iBT score of 100; CBT score of 600; or IELTS academic band score of 6.5) and submit a satisfactory GRE score before beginning classes at VCU.

Each fall, cohorts of VCU and European students (from University of Messina and University of Cordoba) begin a two-year (four-semester) graduate program. Typically, European students spend the first semester of their first year at the University of Cordoba, second semester at the University of Messina and remaining two semesters at VCU. Domestic students spend their first and second semesters at VCU, third semester at the University of Cordoba and fourth semester at the University of Messina.

The cinema and language concentration in the M.I.S. broadens education and career options and is designed to help develop the crucial analytical and communication skills, knowledge base and international experiences needed to pursue a career in the global marketplace. Student achievement outcomes include:

Admission requirements

In addition to the general VCU Graduate School requirements for admission and the overall requirements for admission to the M.I.S program, applicants to the cinema and language concentration must:

Upon review of the application and all supporting documentation, the transatlantic curriculum in cinema and language program coordinator will contact applicants and provide further information.

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the visas necessary to study in Europe and the United States. However, students accepted in the cinema and language concentration will receive assistance with visa applications.

The achievement of superior language proficiency in their field is one of the most important aims of this concentration. VCU students’ proficiency in Spanish and Italian will be assessed by School of World Studies’ foreign language faculty according to the guidelines of The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. (See

Before departure for their first semester abroad (the fall semester at Cordoba begins on Oct. 15), domestic students must function on the following minimum level:


The cinema and language concentration requires 44 semester hours of course work, with 20 hours take and the University of Cordoba and the University of Messina and 24 hours taken at VCU. A typical curriculum for domestic students follows:

First year, first semester: fall
Location Credits
WRLD 530 Concepts in World Cinema VCU 3
WRLD 535 World Filmmakers VCU 3
MATX 690 Seminar in Media, Art, and Text VCU 3
First year, second semester: spring    
FREN 511 French Civilization VCU 3
MATX 690 Seminar in Media, Art, and Text VCU 3
WMNS 602 Feminist Research Epistemology and Methods VCU 3
Second year, first semester: fall    
L-ART/06 Theory and Analysis of Cinema Cordoba 2
L-ART/06 Cinema and City Cordoba 2
L-LIN/05 Dialogues Between Cinema and Other Arts Cordoba 2
L-LIN/05 Independent Research Project (based on internship) Cordoba 3
Second year, second semester: spring    
LFIL-LET/10 Inter-semiotic Relationships: Literature, Theatre and Cinema Messina 2
L-ART/06 History of Italian Cinema Messina 2
L-LIN/01 Cinema Translation and Dubbing Messina 2
L-ART/06 Internship at the Taormina Film Festival Messina 3
M-PED/03 Intercultural Education and Pedagogy Messina 1
M-DEA/01 Sociology and Anthropology of Culture Messina 1
GRAD 697 Directed Research VCU 6

Degree candidacy and final requirement

After receiving approval to begin the final directed research project, a student must submit and receive approval for degree candidacy. The form is available on the Graduate School website at Approval of degree candidacy must be obtained before a student can begin the final semester of study. Because of the sequencing of cinema and language course work, approval for the final project and degree candidacy may need to occur simultaneously.

The final requirement of the program is completion of GRAD 697 Directed Research. This is a capstone project culminating in a synthesis of the academic course work and internship experiences as outlined in the student’s curriculum plan. A student must receive a grade of A or B on the final directed research in order to graduate from the program.

Before beginning the final research project, a student must have submitted a final project proposal, which must be approved by the concentration graduate program director and the M.I.S. graduate program director. The research project must be graded by a VCU graduate faculty member. Note: Registration for GRAD 697 is by permission of the M.I.S. graduate program director only.



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