• M.B.A./M.F.A in Film and TV Producing

    M.B.A./M.F.A in Film and TV Producing

    Offered in conjunction with the Argyros School of Business

» M.B.A./M.F.A in Film and Television Producing

About the Program

Offered in conjunction with Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the three-year M.B.A./M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing is designed for people who seek management or executive level positions at production companies, talent agencies, studios or television networks.

This three-year program provides a broad education of business in general and how it all works. As part of the M.B.A. component, you’ll study business concepts such as economics, accounting, marketing and financial management. These concepts will then be applied to student productions when you begin the M.F.A. program in your second year.

As part of the M.F.A. degree, you’ll study the fundamentals of producing. You’ll also come away with a deep understanding of film and television financing, marketing, distribution and exhibition, as well an awareness of the global business environment. You’ll put these skills to good use as you develop your M.F.A. thesis project — an original short film or media production you’ve personally produced.

Upon graduation, you’ll have a project portfolio, along with a thesis book for a proposed film or media production that includes detailed plans for rights acquisition, story development, pitching, budgeting, packaging, marketing, distribution and exhibition.

+ - Learning Outcomes

M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, develop and market creative material appropriate for film, television and the internet.
  • Through critical essay and writing assignments, students demonstrate an understanding of the development of film language, including aesthetic perspectives.
  • Through closely-mentored projects, students demonstrate the knowledge and collaborative skills necessary to produce a film or media project from start to finish.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the business elements of producing, including production management, intellectual property, rights and issues, financing, marketing and distribution.

M.B.A. 

  • Each student will effectively apply paradigms and theories in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and operations to solve business problems.
  • Each student will possess the quantitative and technical skills to analyze data, interpret results and propose defensible solutions for improving business performance.
  • Each student will be able to evaluate the economic potential of business opportunities, devise actionable strategies, and communicate recommendations persuasively.

+ - Degree Requirements

In conjunction with the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers a joint program leading to both an M.B.A. degree and an M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing degree. Offered to full–time students, the program requires three years of study and acceptance to both the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the Argyros School of Business and Economics. The M.B.A./M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing gives students the opportunity to obtain two highly marketable professional degrees designed for individuals seeking a management or executive level position at a production company, talent agency, studio or television network.

The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers an M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing that consists of 48 credits and is completed by full–time students in four semesters, while the Argyros School of Business and Economics offers an M.B.A. program that consists of 50 credits and is typically completed by full–time students in four semesters. The two programs, combined into the joint degree, require the completion of only 86 credits, a savings of 12 credits, resulting from the cross–application of completed coursework in the two schools.

Students must satisfy the minimum requirements for each degree program including course requirements, GPA, residency and other requirements listed in the graduate catalog.

Requirements for the degree

first year (33 credits)

fall requirements (13 credits)

FS 502

Evolution of Narrative Film I

3

BUS 600

Strategies for Competitive Advantage

1

BUS 601

Economic Analysis for Business

3

BUS 602

Accounting and Financial Analysis

3

BUS 603

Statistics for Business Decisions

3

interterm requirement (2 credits)

BUS 613

Accounting for Management and Control

2

spring requirements (15 credits)

SW 527

Fundamentals of Screenwriting

3

BUS 604

Organization and Management

3

BUS 605

Marketing Management

3

BUS 607

Financial Management

3

BUS 609

Business Analytics

3

summer requirement (3 credits)

BUS 606

Operations and Technology Management

3

second year (32 credits)

fall requirements (13 credits)

FP 531

Production Workshop I

3

FTP 534A

Production and Set Management for Film Production (Producers)

3

FTP 560

Overview of Producing

3

BUS 610

Understanding the Global Business Environment

4

spring requirements (16 credits)

FTP 566

Story Development for Producers

3

FTP 567

Independent Feature Filmmaking

3

BUS 612

Strategic Management

4

FTP 631A

Production Workshop IV for Producers

3

 

*Business Elective

3

summer requirement (3 credits)

FTV 690

Independent Internship

3

third year (21 credits)

fall requirements (12 credits)

FTP 661

Marketing, Distribution and Exhibition

3

FTP 697

Thesis in Producing I

6

FTP 674

Entertainment Law

3

spring requirements (9 credits)

FTP 562

The Development Process of Film and Television

3

FTP 564

Film and Television Financing

3

FTP 698

Thesis in Producing II

3

total credits

 

86

*The required three credit business elective can be taken any time after the spring semester of the student's first year in the program.

+ - Career & Internship Opportunities

Students enrolled in the program have interned at companies such as Lionsgate, Sony, NBC Universal, Atlas Entertainment, United Entertainment Partners, and ICM Partners, among others. Typically, students take between 2-4 internships while enrolled and most have found full-time jobs within 90 days of graduation.

+ - Application Requirements

In order to apply to the Film and Television Producing/M.B.A. graduate program, you must submit the required application materials, as well as a Creative Supplement. The application will go live in July, and more instructions on the application process will be updated on our website soon.

Application:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Creative Supplement

Other Required Materials:

  • Official copy of your undergraduate transcript from your degree granting institution
  • GRE or GMAT 

No additional information should be sent to Dodge College or the Office of Admissions outside of what is required on the application. Any outside work sent to either office will not be reviewed as part of the admission process.

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(714) 628-2764

ftvgrad@chapman.edu

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