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Film and Television Production

The Film and Television Production MFA program prepares students to express their stories on a variety of screen formats. Students cultivate their artistic voices while mastering the practical aspects of mounting a production, from writing and directing to budgeting and post-production. All students direct two short films in their initial three semesters. Towards the completion of their third semester, students choose one of five specializations: directing fiction, directing non-fiction, creative producing, cinematography, or editing. They then receive advanced instruction and tailor their thesis film and/or other deliverables to their chosen specialization. SFTV students own the rights to their films which allows them to submit to film festivals and distribute as they desire.

Alumni include Daniel McDonald ‘17 who has worked on Cheer and Last Chance U. In 2020, McDonald won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program for his work on Cheer.

Zoe Smurr
Alumni Spotlight: Zoë Smurr '17