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.

Typical length of study for the MFA in Film is five full terms, and the program may be completed in two years.

Curriculum subject to change.

TERM 1 - FALL
Film Department Orientation  
Set Safety Class  
Screenwriting: Writing Visually 3
Producing & Set Procedures 4
The Director & the Script 5
Designing Movements & the Virtual Director 3
Visual Narrative Workshop 3
Individual Advisement & Setting Your Goals  
TERM 2 - SPRING
Advanced Acting Workshop 3
Cine Workshop: Lighting theNarrative 3
Not Your Dad’s Film History Class 3
Narrative Film Analysis 3
Individual Advisement & Script Boot Camp  
Short the Scene 4
TERM 3 - SUMMER
Pitching 3
Narrative Editing: Theory & Practice 3
Individual Advisement & Thesis Research 1
Screenwriting: Rewriting Visually 2
Visual Storytelling Techniques 3
Selling Your Indie Film: Concept to Distribution 3
TERM 4 - FALL
Written Thesis Development 1
Narrative Editing: Workshop 3
Sound Design: The Other Half 3
Watching Films Like a Filmmaker 3
Visiting Artist Seminars & Advisement  
Film Thesis Development 1
TERM 5 - SPRING
Color Science & VFX 3
Business Affairs for the Filmmaker 3
Film Thesis Production 2
Individual Advisement & Transitioning to Pro  
Written Thesis Creation 1
Completed Thesis  
TOTAL
Total Required Units 66