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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

About the Program

The two-year M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing is a mentoring-focused, hands-on program that explores all aspects of producing including both the business and creative dimensions.

During your first year you will get a foundation in producing and learn the best practices in the industry. You will immediately apply these skills on various student productions. Throughout this process, you’ll be closely mentored by our industry active faculty comprised of producers and executives.

During your second year, you’ll hone your skills and delve deeper into the creative aspect of production as you develop a creative portfolio and fully produce a thesis film project in collaboration with the production students.  You'll leave the program with knowledge of, and experience in, physical production and the creative development process.

+ - 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

  • 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.

+ - Core Faculty

For a complete list of Dodge College faculty, view our faculty directory

Alex Rose

Travis Knox

Russell Schwartz

Kiku Terasaki

Harry Ufland

Madeline Warren

Eric Young, Film Division Chair

+ - Application Requirements

In order to apply to the Film/Television Producing 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 (if GPA from undergraduate program is below a 3.0)

 *More information on how to submit the Creative Supplement will be updated soon

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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