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Film and Media Arts

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MA in Film and Media Arts 

The Master of Arts in Film and Media Arts provides students with a professional skill set in film, video, and digital media for a successfully career in the media industry. Students will receive a formal overview in media production their first year and can focus their second year in refining a skill base.

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MFA in Film and Electronic Media

The MFA prepares you for a career as an artist telling meaningful stories for public knowledge and action in film and video productions, including documentaries, feature films and television. It also prepares you to teach at the university level.

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Film and Media Arts at American University

Popular entertainment has a tremendous role in shaping our culture. But what distinguishes a generic television show from a groundbreaking one? What makes a Web series forgettable and another go viral? Media matters when it is compelling.

SOC's Film and Media Arts program provides undergraduate and graduate students with a professional skill set in photography, film, video, and digital media for successful careers in the media industry. Students can take advantage of Washington, DC internships at national media organizations, such as USA Today, National Geographic Television, and the Public Broadcasting System. Students are positioned on the forefront of social purpose filmmaking at nonprofits, NGOs and government agencies such as the World Wildlife Fund and Smithsonian Museum, and the National Park Service.

Additionally, our new Master of Fine Arts degree will prepare students to become powerful visual, storytellers in one of the three concentrations: Environmental and Wildlife Filmmaking; Political, Cultural and Social Impact; or Art in Entertainment. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to step into the industry as filmmakers and media creators or move on to a career in academia.