Course of Study

Graduate Film students work closely with industry professionals to develop and shoot personal narrative, documentary and commercial work.

Our program attracts a diverse community of storytellers. Traditional disciplinary boundaries melt away and collaboration among students and faculty from other disciplines encourages ideas to flourish.

The typical length of study for the MFA in Film is five full terms. The program may be completed in two years.

Curriculum subject to change.

TERM 1 - FALL
Film Department Orientation 0
Set Safety 0
Screenwriting: Writing Visually 3
Producing and Set Procedures 3
The Director and the Script 5
Narrative Editing: Theory and Practice 3
Visual Narrative Workshop 3
TERM 2 - SPRING
Advanced Acting Workshop 3
Cine Workshop: Lighting the Narrative 3
Thinking Critically About Film 3
Color Science and VFX 3
Narrative Film Practicum 3
Watching Films Like a Filmmaker 3
TERM 3 - SUMMER
Mid-Program Review 0
Portfolio Film Development 1
Individual Advisement and Thesis Research 1
Studio electives 12
TERM 4 - FALL
Narrative Film Analysis 3
Written Thesis Development 1
Selling Your Indie Film 3
Business Affairs for the Filmmakers 3
Studio electives 3
TERM 5 - SPRING
Prof Practices & Grad Review 3
Written Thesis Creation 1
Completed Thesis 0
Studio electives 3
TOTAL
Total Required Units 69