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Students in the doctoral program choose from a wide range of courses spanning all of the many interdisciplinary subspecializations in the field of Moving Image Studies, from theory and textual analysis to industry studies, visual culture, cultural studies, and global media formations.

Students are required to take 9 hours of methods courses. Currently, the three methods courses offered are:

Style and Narrative Analysis: advanced study of narrative theory, visual style, and the relationships between narrative and image, in film, television, video, and digital media. Since each instructor inflects this course with her/his own areas of interest and expertise, this seminar may be taken a second time with a different instructor.

Media Historiography: advanced study of the various methodological questions involved in the writing of media histories.

Reception Studies: methods for studying the reception of media works.

The rest of the student's program of study is planned in close collaboration with the student's plan of study committee, which the student puts together in the second semester of course work.

Up to two courses may be taken outside the Department of Communication (or at neighboring Emory University or Georgia Tech), with the approval of the student's plan of study director.

Our doctoral program is committed to developing the teaching skills of our students. Nearly all doctoral students receive graduate teaching assistantships. All students with teaching assistantships are required to take Communication Pedagogy in their first semester. In addition, the department of communication provides substantial guidance to our teaching assistants as they develop their classroom skills.