• JD/MFA Film and TV Producing
Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

JD/MFA in Film and Television Producing

» Master the legal aspects of film and television producing through hands on project collaboration

About the Program

Offered in conjunction with Chapman University’s School of Law and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, the four-year JD/MFA in Film and Television Producing is designed for those who seek careers as entertainment attorneys; legal counselors at production companies, agencies, guilds or studios; or as producers or other executives in the entertainment industry.

The four-year JD/MFA program provides a strong emphasis on the legal aspects of film and television producing, such as drafting and negotiating contracts, the attorney’s role in the filmmaking process, intellectual property protection, and copyright law. You’ll collaborate with fellow students’ writers, actors, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, sound and production designers, while studying the fundamentals of film production to gain first-hand knowledge of how these functions come together to produce a film.

During summer internships you’ll have the opportunity to put your classroom learning and hands-on experience into context, gaining valuable experience in the field while forming important mentoring relationships. You will then use these skills to develop your MFA thesis project — an original short film or media project you’ve personally produced.

Upon graduation, you’ll have two highly marketable professional degrees and a fully developed portfolio. 


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