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Dodge College of Film & Media Arts

M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing

» Master the business and creative dimensions of producing for film and television

The two-year M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing is a mentoring-focused, hands-on program that explores all aspects of film 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 film 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.


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+ - 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)

Class

Description

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)

Class

Description

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)

Class

Description

Credits

FTV 690

Independent Internship

3

second year (21 credits)

fall requirements (12 credits)

Class

Description

Credits

FTP 661

Marketing, Distribution and Exhibition

3

FTP 674

Entertainment Law

3

FTP 697

Thesis in Producing I

6

spring requirements (9 credits)

Class

Description

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 advanced skills necessary to evaluate creative material and its potential as well as to manage the business elements of production, legal and intellectual property rights, marketing, financing and distribution internationally for film, television and the internet.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively within the structure of a film crew, helping to maintain a singular artistic vision.
  • Through closely mentored projects, demonstrate advanced knowledge and astute interpersonal and practical skills to produce film or media projects from start to finish.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create a comprehensive project proposal, written in clear and concise language within an organized format that presents a compelling and professional presentation of the material.

+ - 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

*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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