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    M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing

    Master the business, legal and organizational aspects of the entertainment industry.

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

Our Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television Producing can get you on the fast track to careers as a producer, executive producer or development executive at a talent agencies, network or major production company. Whether you’re starting from scratch with no prior production experience or you’ve already put in a few years in the film/television industry, Dodge College is the place to learn the ins and outs of the Hollywood machine and make the connections you need to succeed.

During your first year with us, you’ll study all aspects of producing under the tutelage of master storytellers who’ve honed their art over a lifetime of award-winning work; many of who continue to work in the industry today.

During your second year, you’ll delve deep into the business, legal and organizational aspects of the entertainment industry, including:

  • The development process of film and television
  • Securing the rights to creative material
  • Film and television financing
  • Organizing, budgeting and scheduling productions
  • Marketing, distribution and exhibition

Because we’re located just a heartbeat from Hollywood, you’ll have access to internships with studios and production companies and enjoy campus visits by major Hollywood heavyweights including directors, cinematographers, editors and screenwriters. And when you leave us, you’ll have a fully developed portfolio including a film or media production you’ve personally produced as well as a thesis book for a proposed film or media production — including detailed plans for rights acquisition, story development, pitching, budgeting, packaging, marketing, distribution and exhibition — to showcase your abilities and help you get your foot firmly in the door.

+ - Degree Requirements

  1. Complete 48 credits at the 500 or 600 level.
  2. Successfully complete a two–part thesis project:
    1. Produce advanced level films. (See academic advisor for details.)
    2. Develop an industry–ready project. (See academic advisor for details.)
  3. Pass an oral defense of the thesis project(s).

The following sequence of courses prepares students for successful completion of the thesis project. The courses must be taken in the following order, during the semesters indicated. Any deviation must be approved by the film division chair.

first year (27 credits)

fall requirements (12 credits)

FS 502

Evolution of Narrative Film I

3

FP 531

Production Workshop I

3

FTP 534A

Production and Set Management for Film Production (Producers)

3

FTP 560

Overview of Producing

3

spring requirements (12 credits)

SW 527

Fundamentals of Screenwriting

3

FTP 566

Story Development for Producers

3

FTP 567

Independent Feature Filmmaking

3

FTP 631A

Production Workshop IV for Producers

3

summer requirement (3 credits)

FTV 690

Independent Internship

3

second year (21 credits)

fall requirements (12 credits)

FTP 661

Marketing, Distribution and Exhibition

3

FTP 674

Entertainment Law

3

FTP 697

Thesis in Producing I

6

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

 

48

+ - Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to demonstrate the 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.
  • Ability to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the business elements of producing, including production management, intellectual property, rights and issues, financing, marketing and distribution.
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