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In the Film and Television Production program, students gain experience in the crucial leadership role of director/producer/writer, with an emphasis on experiential learning. You can stress narrative or documentary production and are encouraged to explore both. Students are required to shoot three films during their studies, including their thesis film.

You’ll have ample access to industry-standard equipment and facilities and more opportunities than you can imagine to produce your own work and to crew on the film projects of fellow students. In your first year alone, you’ll deliver 3-5 short narrative or documentary projects in collaboration with future editors, sound designers and other key craftspeople.

The Production M.F.A. emphasizes experiential learning and small class size. This facilitates hundreds of hours on two dedicated production stages and in fully furnished scene and prop shops. And you’ll get plenty of practice on advanced lighting and grip equipment and Red and Canon C300 digital cameras. You’ll expand your production skills working one-on-one with faculty–who are also industry specialists–and learn from visiting instructors who have included visual effects supervisor Richard Taylor (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, District 9) and producer Paula Wagner (Jack Reacher, Mission: Impossible III). The school’s tapeless orientation eases post-production. Your work is saved to a central server so you can call up your project from any computer station at any stage, and then screen your finished film in Mayer Theater.

You’ll come into the Film and Television Production graduate program with some expertise, an idea of your creative identity and a growing professional network. You will exit transformed–and ready to start your career.

Zoe Smurr
Zoë Smurr '17
Owning Your Voice