Undergraduate
Curriculum

The two-year, 48 credit hour program currently admits an incoming class every other year in the Fall of even numbered years. The hallmark of our MFA program has been an ongoing effort to building a community of filmmakers who share in each others' talents and strengths. Beginning in 1997, the Media Studies faculty revised the MFA program to a smaller, more efficient, tightly focused program of high quality. This focused program has been very successful with a high graduation rate, excellent placement of our graduates in professional positions in the media industries, in academic jobs in media education, and as media production entrepreneurs.

Admission to the MFA is competitive, and traditional measures like undergraduate GPAs are only partial predictors for the successful filmmaker. Consequently, we place equal weight in the admissions process on a portfolio consisting of a personal statement, a resume, samples of creative video work, and face-to-face interviews with candidates. We seek students from diverse backgrounds, and actively work to admit qualified international students:  our community of learners represent a wide diversity of states and many foreign countries, including students from Germany, India, Korea, Romania, and Taiwan.

MFA - Master of Fine Arts in Drama, Film and Video Production concentration

The MFA in Drama (concentration in film and video production) is a 48-hour degree.

Degree Requirements

Major Studies (36 hours)

  • MST 515 Film Theory (3)
  • MST 528 Topics in Media (3)
  • MST 610 Introduction to Graduate Study (3)
  • MST 611 Image and Sound Acquisition for Media (3)
  • MST 612 Advanced Media Editing (3)
  • MST 618 Writing Short Scripts (3)
  • MST 619 Production Law and Responsibility (3)
  • MST 620 Seminar in Media Analysis (3)
  • MST 625 Seminar in Media (3)
  • MST 698 Graduate Practicum in Film and Video (3)
  • MST 699a Master Production in Film and Video I (3)
  • MST 699b Master Production in Film and Video II (3)

Academic Studies (12 hours)

Select four additional courses from:

  • MST 524 Media Financing and Distribution (3)
  • MST 525 Media Organization and Management (3)
  • MST 528 Topics in Media (3)
  • MST 550 Feature Film Script Analysis (3)
  • MST 551 Writing the Feature Film I (3)
  • MST 552 Writing the Feature Film II (3)
  • MST 553 Advanced Media Writing (3)
  • MST 559 Doing Visual History (3)
  • MST 580 Directing for Television (3)
  • MST 581 Dance on Video (3)
  • MST 585 Advanced Media Production (3)
  • MST 587 Animation Production (3)
  • MST 588 Documentary Production (3)
  • MST 613 Advanced Media Lighting (3)
  • MST 614 Advanced Media Sound Production (3)
  • MST 616 Directing for the Camera (3)
  • MST 617 Creating Visual Narratives (3)
  • MST 684 Advanced Image Acquisition (3)
  • MST 690 Independent Study (3)
  • MST 691 Advanced Experimentation (3)
  • MST 695 Client Based Media (3)
  • MST 696 Graduate Internship (3)

Or additional courses from other disciplines, such as

  • ART 500 Traditions of Art Criticism (3)
  • ART 501 Topics in the History of Art (3)
  • ART 540 Digital Visualization and Methods (3)
  • ART 545 Interactive Web Design (3)
  • ART 685 Photography (6)
  • MUS 550 Electronic Music (3)
  • THR 506 Non-Western Theatre and/or Film (3)
  • THR 534 Acting for the Camera (3)
  • THR 670 Production Design for Film (3)

Required Sequence of Courses (48 hours)

Courses must be taken in the semesters as listed below:

Year One (24 hours)

Fall Semester

  • MST 610 Introduction to Graduate Study (3)
  • MST 611 Image and Sound Acquisition for Media (3)
  • MST 612 Advanced Media Editing (3)
  • MST 528 Topics in Media (3)

Spring Semester

  • MST 625 Seminar in Media (3)
  • MST 618 Writing Short Scripts (3)
  • MST Academic Studies elective one (3)
  • MST 698 Graduate Practicum in Film and Video (3)

Year Two (24 hours)

Fall Semester

  • MST 619 Production Law and Responsibility (3)
  • MST 515 Film Theory
  • MST Academic Studies elective two (3)
  • MST 699a Master Production in Film and Video* (3)

Spring Semester

  • MST 620 Seminar in Media Analysis (3)
  • MST Academic Studies elective three (3)
  • MST Academic Studies elective four (3)
  • MST 699b Master Production in Film and Video* (3)

*Courses comprise Capstone Experience

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