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Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

MFA in Film Production

» Master all aspects of film production through the use of storytelling, industry standard tools and best practices

The three-year MFA in Film Production is a mentoring-focused, hands-on program that explores all aspects of film production through the use of visual storytelling techniques, industry standard tools and best professional practices. Students must choose an area of specialization at the point of application in either directing, cinematography, editing or sound design.

During your first year, you will learn foundational and more sophisticated facets of filmmaking as you collaborate on productions with your colleagues under the close guidance of our faculty. Our accelerated program places students immediately on productions in order to gain hands on experience both on set and supported from the classroom. The second year is an enhancement and continuation of the program through advanced classroom based knowledge and increasingly challenging film projects under the close supervision and guidance of our faculty. You will take on greater responsibilities in the practice of your craft.

Your education culminates in your third year when you form a complete creative team with your colleagues, writers, producers, editors, cinematographers, sound and production designers, all coming together to realize a unified vision —a final thesis project. Dodge College provides each team with a $15,000 contribution towards their thesis production; in addition to having full use of industry standard equipment and facilities. These projects enable students in all disciplines to enter their field with a professional sample of work.

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Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts in Film Production degree are held to the University's Academic Policies and Procedures. In addition these specific degree standards apply:

  • Complete 72 credits at the 500 or 600 level.
  • Minimum grade "C+" or above required in all coursework.
  • Maintain 3.000 GPA in the degree.
  • Successfully complete a thesis film.
  • Pass an oral defense of the thesis project.

The following sequence of courses is intended to prepare the student for successful completion of the thesis project. Each area of study is comprised of specialized coursework which prepares students as cinematographers, directors, editors or sound designers. The courses must be taken in the following order, during the semesters indicated. Any deviation must be approved by the film division chair.

Please use the following links to view the MFA in Film Production course curriculum:

Cinematography Area of Study

Directing Area of Study

Editing Area of Study

Sound Design Area of Study

Learning Outcomes

  • Exhibit an in-depth understanding of the fundamental components of visual storytelling, story structure and story analysis.
  • Articulate the complex and inter-related functions and roles on a film set, and can work collaboratively within that structure.
  • Through closely-mentored projects, apply technical elements to the creation of an artistic experience in a specific discipline (Directing, Editing, Cinematography, Sound Design, Producing, and Production Design).
  • Through critical essays, writing assignments, and visual production exercises, demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the development of film language, including aesthetic perspectives.

Application Requirements

Each specialization in the MFA Film Production program has specific application instructions. Please choose the specialization below in which you are most interested to view the application requirements:

MFA Film Production - Directing

MFA Film Production - Cinematography

MFA Film Production - Editing

MFA Film Production - Sound Design

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